Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE Specifications, Features and Price


  • Release date:: June, 2021
  • Display:: 1.2 inches, Transflective (MIP) LCD
  • Body:: Silicone, Fiber-reinforced polymer
  • Battery Life:: 14 days
  • Storage:: 8GB ROM
  • Compatibility:: Android 6.0+ and iOS 13.0+


Design:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Price:3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)
Average:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

Last updated on May 29, 2023 5:13 am


Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE Specifications and Features – The Forerunner 945 LTE is a fitness-focused premium GPS smartwatch with LTE capabilities. Mind you, the LTE status doesn’t make it a full-fledged standalone smartwatch. Forerunner 945 LTE can’t make calls, you can’t send text messages, and you can’t stream Spotify playlists independently. It is rather a safety tracking smartwatch that allows for live event sharing, spectator messaging, location tracking, and assistance. In other words, Forerunner 945 LTE will automatically send your location to Garmin IERCC to allow you to get needed help promptly (This require subscription). It will also allow you to share your location with your family and friends. Moreover, family members can also send you a message and audio. Beyond the LTE capabilities of Forerunner 945 LTE, it’s durably built, has a long battery life, features music storage and streaming, and is well loaded with lots of fitness tracking features.

Note: Spectator messaging and Assistance Plus require a subscription ($7/month) and are not available in every country. Check available countries and check available plans

Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE Design

Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE

Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE is a durably built smartwatch, it comes with a fiber-reinforced polymer case with Corning Gorilla Glass covering the display. The straps made of silicone are interchangeable with 22mm compatible straps. It’s quite compact at 44mm but unfortunately thick at 13.9mm. However, it’s a very lightweight smartwatch at 49 grams. It’s available in two colors; black and white. And has a waterproof rating of 5ATM which represents 50meters, this means that you can wear this watch to the pool or ocean.

Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE Fitness Tracking Features

Forerunner 945 LTE is equipped with a lot of activity tracking features.

Beyond the design, the Forerunner 945 LTE is a comprehensive fitness smartwatch. It comes with an improved heart rate sensor as well as other sensors such as accelerometer, altimeter, compass, pulse OX sensor, and more. It will track all the basics such as your sleep, heart rate, steps, distance, and calories. It also features advanced metrics like training effects, VO2 max, recovery time, training load, and the iconic PacePro.

It comes with an inbuilt GPS that enables outdoor activity tracking. It’s a premium GPS smartwatch and as such it features in-depth tools that can help you get the best outdoor activity adventure. It also features a full-color map that can help you find your best routes as well as the turn-by-turn navigation that alerts beforehand of the next turn. Also present on the Forerunner 945 LTE is the ability to monitor blood oxygen (SpO2), menstrual cycle tracking for women and there are lots of preloaded sport modes to choose from.

Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE Music Storage/Garmin Pay/Notifications

Forerunner 945 LTE comes with an onboard music storage capacity that can take up to 1000 tracks. You can sync and download your favorite playlists from Spotify, Deezer, and Amazon music. It supports Garmin pay which allows you to make payment directly from this watch. You can also manage notifications with the Forerunner 945 LTE. It will allow you receive SMS, calls, and app notifications. You can reply to messages but only with Android.

Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE Battery Life

Forerunner 945 LTE also boasts of a decent battery life that lets you go long from a single charge with smartwatch mode up to two weeks and continuous GPS tracking up to 35 hours.

Garmin Forerunner 945 Features

  • It comes with a 1.2 inches transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display that is bright and easy to read outdoors.
  • Features lots of preset sport modes to choose from.
  • Clock features include time/date, GPS time sync, auto daylight saving, alarm, timer and stopwatch.
  • Download watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps from the Garmin Connect IQ Store.
  • Calls reject/text response with preset texts (Android only).
  • Find my phone, watch, control music on smartphone and remote camera control.
  • Keeps you connected to all that matters to you, so you never get to miss important updates.
  • It is rated 5ATM which represents 50 meters waterproof rating (swim-proof).
  • 22mm interchangeable straps with quick release feature.
  • Make payment directly from watch with Garmin Pay.
  • You can download custom watch faces, add data fields, and get apps and widgets from the Connect IQ Store.
  • Compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Check if your device is compartible
  • Sync and upload data from watch to the Garmin Connect community – a thriving community of fitness enthusiasts where you can connect and share.
  • 8GB onboard storage capacity with support for streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Music.
Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE Activity Tracking Features
  1. Health Monitoring features include
  2. Heart rate monitoring with abnormal heart rate alerts. A battery energy monitor gives you insight into your fitness level to help you know the best time to train. Also, fitness age shows your fitness status, while pulse Ox. monitors blood oxygen saturation levels to support advanced sleep monitoring and altitude acclimation. Others include sleep tracking, menstrual cycle tracking for women, hydration tracking, stress monitoring, and sedentary reminders.

  3. Safety and Tracking Features include
  4. LiveTrack lets you invite others to join in your training goals and group LiveTrack lets you invite more people to join in your training activities. You can use Livetrack to let friends and family follow your real-time location.

    Features Incidental fall detection and assistant that let you seek help when a fall has occurred. Holding the light button down until you feel the watch vibrate 3 times will automatically send your location to preset emergency contacts when an incidental fall or a problem has happened (phone must be connected to the watch to enable this feature). Also available is live event sharing that lets you share your training activities with members of the Garmin Connect community.

    Spectator Messaging – will allow your family and friends to send your an audio or text message via cellular. This requires a subscription.

    Assistance Plus – This watch can automatically send your name and location to the Garmin IERCC, a 24/7 staffed professional emergency response coordination center4 that can contact and communicate with local emergency services (Subscription is required).

  5. Tactical features include
  6. Dual grid coordinates that let you save your current location and you can navigate back to the same location later.

  7. Activity Tracking Features include
  8. Steps counter, sleep monitoring, calories, floors climbed, distance traveled, intensity minutes, TRUEUP and MOVE IQ.

  9. Gym and Fitness Equipment include
  10. Cardio workouts, yoga workouts, strength workouts, pilates workouts, and automatic rep counting. Available gym profiles include strength, cardio, and elliptical training, stair-stepping, floor climbing, indoor rowing, breathwork, pilates, and yoga

  11. Heart Rate Tracking Features include
  12. HR zones, HR alerts, HR calories, % HR max, and HR broadcast data to the paired device. Also available, are recovery time that measures how well you’ve recovered from previous training, helping you train at the best time, and an HRV stress test that measures your stress level instantly.

  13. Training, Planning, and Analysis Features include
  14. Downloadable training plans, VO2 max, activity history on watch, GPS speed and distance, create custom activity profiles, advanced workouts, and more.

    In addition, recovery time, training load, training status, and training that let you see how productive your training has been over time and can help you plan and train more effectively.

    Other training and planning tools include auto and manual multisport activities, Garmin live segments, trendline popularity routing, course guidance, and custom alerts.

  15. Running Features include
  16. GPS-based distance, time and pace, run workouts, foot pod capable, and PacePro.
    Available run profiles include running, indoor and outdoor track running, treadmill running, trail running, virtual running, ultrarunning

    Other running features include, cadence (real-time steps/min) stride length, running dynamics, race predictor, performance condition, and lactate threshold that analysis HR and pace to estimate when the muscles begin to fatigue (Track these data in combination with compatible heart rate strap or the compact Running Dynamics Pod sold separately).

  17. Golfing Features include
  18. Preloaded with 42000 courses worldwide and features yardage to layups, measures shot distance and stat tracking. Others include Garmin auto shot, pinpointer, digital scorecard, yardage, and round timer.

  19. Outdoor Recreational Features include
  20. Back to start, total descent/ascent, trail run auto climb and vertica speed. Available outdoor recreational profiles include hiking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking.

    Other outdoor recreational features include, point-to-point navigation, bread crumb trail in realtime, elevation profile, ultra track mode, back to start, GPS coordinates and barometric trend indicator with storm alerts.

    Including ClimbPro ascent planner on downloaded courses that lets you see real-time information on your current and upcoming climbs, including gradient, distance and elevation gain.

    Features full-color maps that enables at a glance navigation and location tracking, with Trendline popularity routing that uses billions of miles of Garmin Connect data to help you find and follow the best trails and routes. Also features preloaded road and trail maps, Climbpro™ ascent planner and sun and moon information.

  21. Cycling Features include
  22. Alerts triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories. Also features advance vector support and race and activity. Compatible with varia vision, Varia lights and Varia radar. Available cycling profiles include biking, indoor biking, mountain trail biking, eBiking and eMountain trail biking.

  23. Swim Tracking Features include
  24. Open-water swim metrics include distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (swolf), and calories.
    Pool swim metrics include lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (swolf), and calories.
    Stroke type detection include freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly (pool swim only).
    Other features include drill logging (pool swim only), basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only), “repeat on” rest timer (pool swim only), auto rest (pool swim only), time and distance alerts, pacing alerts (pool swim only), countdown start (pool swim only), pool swim workouts and critical swim speed.

    Also features underwater heart rate tracking. Available swim profiles include pool swimming, open water swimming, swim running.

  25. Features the Running power app available on the Garmin App store, the power app analysis your pace and vertical oscillation to determine the amount of power you’re applying to the ground, helping you run at your pace.
  26. Pros

    • Premium design, rugged and stylish design.
    • Comprehensive activity tracker.
    • Swim-proof.
    • Open water swim tracking.
    • Make payment on the go with Garmin Pay.
    • Pulse ox sensor onboard.
    • 8GB onboard music storage.
    • Full color maps with trendline popularity.
    • LTE supports saftey and live event tracking.


    • Lacks microphone and loudspeaker.
    • Not a full-fledged standalone smartwatch

    Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE Review

Full Specifications



Device name

Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE

Device type


Release date

June, 2021


Garmin Forerunner 935


Forerunner 955


Forerunner 945, Forerunner 945 LTE




44.4 x 44.4 x 13.9 mm


49 grams



Case material

Fiber-reinforced polymer

Strap material


Bezel material

Fiber-reinforced polymer

Strap size

22 mm

Screen protection

Water resistance

Durability test



Black, White



Display size

1.2 inches

Display type

LCD, Memory-in-pixel (MIP), transflective

Display resolution

240 x 240 px

Pixel density

282.8 PPI

Always on

Custom watch face


Input type

(not touchscreen), 5 Physical buttons




ANT+, Bluetooth

Bluetooth calling






Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n





Memory card slot





SIM type




SMS alert

Calls alert

Email alert

Event reminder

Third-party apps alert




Bluetooth music










Ambient light






Pulse oximeter (SpO2)




Other sensors



Blood oxygen

Blood Pressure



ECG tracking

Heart rate monitoring

Sleep tracking




Fall detection

Menstrual cycle

Floors climbed

VO2 Max


Underwater heart rate tracking


On-screen workout

Sport modes




Battery type

non-removable Lithium-polymer

Battery capacity

Battery life

GPS mode with LTE LiveTrack: Up to 10 hours, GPS mode with music and LTE LiveTrack: Up to 7 hours, GPS mode with music: Up to 12 hours, GPS mode without music: Up to 35 hours, Smartwatch mode: Up to 2 weeks

Charging type

Charging dock

Charging time

1-2 hours

Solar charging






Operating system

Proprietary OS



Companion app

Garmin Connect


Android 6.0+, iOS 13.0+

Payment system

Interchangeable strap


Voice command

Find my phone

Box content

Charger, Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE, Manual, Straps


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