Garmin is rolling out a software update for the Garmin Descent MK3: New Features & Bug Fixes


Garmin has commenced the deployment of System Software 16.25 for the Garmin Descent MK3, marking a significant milestone in their continuous software enhancement efforts. Currently, the rollout stands at 20%, with plans to incrementally increase this figure over time.

What’s New?

Diver-to-Diver Distance Feature Introduced

One of the standout features of this update is the addition of the Diver-to-Diver distance feature, enhancing the diving experience for Garmin users.

Streamlined Tankpod Pairing Process

In response to user feedback, Garmin has implemented improvements to the tankpod pairing process, particularly beneficial for those pairing multiple tankpods.

Fresh Moonphase Watch Face

Enthusiasts will be delighted by the inclusion of a new Moonphase watch face, adding a touch of celestial elegance to Garmin wearable devices.

Integration of Latest Fenix 7 Content

System Software 16.25 also incorporates the latest content from the 2024 Q1 QMR Fenix 7 update, introducing several noteworthy additions:

  • Automatic activity type detection within multisport activities.
  • Integration of CIQ System7.
  • Introduction of Jump Rope activity.
  • Quick flashlight control with double-tap LIGHT function for compatible models.
  • Introduction of Sleep Coach widget glance.
  • Support for Male audio prompts.
  • Database integration of 400m running tracks worldwide.
  • Enhanced golf experience with the ability to mark current position as the hole location via double-tap on the screen.
  • Bug fixes and improvements for Connect IQ.

Comprehensive Bug Fixes and Improvements

Garmin has addressed various issues reported by users, including fixes for:

  • “Footpod Connected” banner display inconsistency.
  • CIQ animations.
  • Backlight behavior during night vision mode (Tactix 7 non-AMOLED models).
  • Date format synchronization from Garmin Connect.
  • Navigation inaccuracies.
  • Spotify shuffle and repeat controls malfunction.
  • City search limitations.
  • Error icon misalignment in smart notification widget glance.
  • Widget glance folder views in large font mode.
  • Stability concerns related to heart rate monitoring and other activities.
  • Shutdown occurrences during various operations.

Enhancements Across the Board

Additionally, System Software 16.25 brings a host of enhancements, such as:

  • Extension of ‘5 Minute’ backlight timeout setting (non-AMOLED only).
  • Refinement of ski/snowboard activity summaries.
  • Optimization of incident detection banner display.
  • Improved Max Heart Rate prompt.
  • Enhanced scaling on elevation charts.
  • Weather information accuracy improvements.

Simplified Software Update Process for Garmin Devices

Effortless Updates via Garmin Dive™ or Garmin Connect™ Apps

Stay ahead with the latest features and enhancements effortlessly with the Garmin Dive™ app or the Garmin Connect™ app. These apps work silently in the background, automatically downloading software updates while your device is connected to your mobile phone. No manual intervention is required on your part. Typically, updates are rolled out within a week and will either install automatically or prompt you to do so.

Seamlessly Manage Updates with Garmin Express™ Software

For those preferring a computer-based approach, Garmin Express software offers a convenient solution. Each time you connect your device to your computer, Garmin Express provides the option to check for and download software updates. It’s a hassle-free way to ensure your device is always up-to-date with the latest improvements.

Streamlined Descent™ Transmitter Software Updates

If you own a Descent T1 or T2 transmitter, rest assured that software updates for the transmitter seamlessly integrate with your watch. Updates are transmitted to the watch first and can then be effortlessly applied to the transmitter, ensuring optimal performance and functionality.


Garmin continues its commitment to delivering a seamless and optimized user experience through regular software updates, ensuring that users derive maximum value from their devices. Stay tuned for further updates as the rollout progresses and more features are unveiled.

Source: Garmin

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