How To Fix A Garmin 110 Blank Screen [Consumer Fix]

by on June 29, 2013

in consumer

Garmin Forerunner 110The other day I was plugging in my Garmin 110 to charge it. I saw the Garmin logo, then the screen went blank. Blank, blank. Nada. A dead screen and nothing was responding blank!

Yikes! What will I tell the wife when she comes looking to use it?

In my desperation, I scoured the web for a potential fix to this dilemma. What I found were a few fix ideas that worked for other people and I did find one that worked for my situation. I’m putting the suggestion that did work for me at the end of the list.

Here we go with suggestions for fixing a Garmin 110 Blank Screen:

Fix #1:

  • Press and hold “Page” & “Lap” buttons to soft reset the Garmin. (There was no suggestion on how long to do this.)

Fix #2:

If #1 does not work, then try the following:

  • Press and hold the “Lap/Reset” & “Light” buttons at the same time. At this point, the GPS device is supposedly going to prompt you if you want to erase your stored run data.

(This didn’t work for me. The blank face just stared back at me.)

Fix #3:

I saw this in addition to the above 2 suggestions:

  • Hold down the light button for 6 seconds.

Then I hit upon this one suggestion, THE suggestion that did work for me.

Fix #4:

  • Hold the “Light” button down for 10 seconds
  • Wait for the screen to go blank & 10 more seconds for the watch to come back to life.
  • If it does not wake up, plug it into a power source!

{I don’t know if it mattered or not, but rather than the wall outlet plug, I had my Garmin 110 cabled into my computer. It probably doesn’t matter. But since I’m superstitious about sensitive electronic devices, if this were to happen again, I’d probably plug it into the computer like last time. Exactly the way it worked for me. But that’s your call.}

Updated 6-29-13:

Fix #5:

Brusimm reader Steve G said he didn’t have good luck with any of the first four suggestions, But he called Garmin, who added this new aspect to the potential fixes:

  • While the watch is connected to the charger,
    • Hold the light and start/stop buttons at the same time for 20 seconds.
  • In addition, connect the watch to the clip BEFORE connecting it to the charger.
    • When the clip is being connected and then unconnected, it causes problems for the watch.

Thanks bunches Steve for the extra info.


Here’s hoping one of the above suggestions works for you.

Curious Observation: What has me curious is how some suggestions say press the Light button for 6 seconds, while others have a 10-second wait time.

OH!!! And one other thing… I immediately uploaded whatever new data there was to my free account on the Garmin Connect site, just in case.




[Originally published Sep 14th, 2012,
Updated 6-29-13]

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeebi June 1, 2017 at 11:00 am

Thanks, nbr 2 did the job for me!

john h December 28, 2016 at 8:52 am

BIG THANKS ! N0 5 worked for me

Emmanuel November 30, 2016 at 5:50 am

None of them worked for me but i gave it to my XC couch and he fixed it some how.

Emmanuel November 30, 2016 at 5:47 am

none of them worked for me. so i took it to my coachand he fixed it some how.

bomm June 30, 2016 at 10:09 am

Fix #5: worked for me

Airborne June 16, 2016 at 8:30 pm

fix 2 worked for me. thank you very much

Andrew June 3, 2016 at 1:06 am

Thanks – very useful. Fix 4 worked for me.

lori March 25, 2016 at 2:04 am

Thank you! Fix 3 worked.

dirty chic February 23, 2016 at 11:48 am

I connected the charger to the watch and then the computer and it worked! Northing else worked. Thanks!!

Kiyoaki November 29, 2015 at 10:28 am

The last suggestion worked out for me. Plug the Garmin to the computer after pressing de light button…
A apreciate very much your tip!

kelley September 22, 2015 at 1:25 pm

lap/light hold worked for me!! thanks…!!!

vivd August 9, 2015 at 4:36 am

Thanks Bruce, fix #5 worked for me. I have the exact same watch shown in your picture and was getting nervous like the other readers because I have a 90 day challenge starting on Monday. Now I can use the watch for all 90 days. If I do well, I’ve promised myself another watch, but maybe not a Garmin. I wonder why this keeps happening – I love the watch, but getting that blank face at critical times makes it unreliable.

Colin August 6, 2015 at 12:14 am

Thank you guys. I tried all of them and fix 5 seems to have worked. Many thanks.

Margaret Buenemann July 17, 2015 at 5:23 pm

#5 plus connecting to my computer did the trick

Dave June 20, 2015 at 12:35 pm

#2 worked for me.

Cherie June 17, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Fix #5 worked! Thank you, thank you! I was preparing myself to buy a new watch!

Terry June 13, 2015 at 1:21 am

Fix5 worked!

Cathy June 9, 2015 at 8:47 am

Thanks for this info – #4 did the trick!

Andrew Eastwick May 30, 2015 at 8:55 am

Steve G Tip 5 is a winner and made my wife smile Thank you.

Will May 25, 2015 at 8:49 am

Thanks ! fix 4 worked for me, and it’s not my Garmin, so I wasn’t too keen on returning it with a blank screen !

Gail May 1, 2015 at 6:34 am

Fix 5 was the winner! Good thing too because I’m 2 days away from a half-marathon and I was getting nervous about my watch.

ali April 25, 2015 at 4:19 am

Fix 5 worked for me. Thanks

Milly April 12, 2015 at 2:59 am

I gave all of these a go, none of them worked but then I decided to connect my 110 to my laptop and it suddenly started charging! Thank you very much for sharing these fixes- very useful!!

Gabriela April 11, 2015 at 9:39 am

THANKS SO MUCH. Fix 2 worked for my unitl

irene March 18, 2015 at 7:15 am

THANK YOU!! fix 3 worked for me 🙂

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