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.



fix #4:]


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


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{ 94 comments… read them below or add one }

tom December 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

your are the best!@!@!#
work for me after long search .. thank you!

Pille December 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Thanks a million! Was stressing out with that blank screen until I found this and the fix nr 4!

Jenn December 28, 2013 at 5:15 am

Suggestion #5 worked for me!!! Thanks!!!!!

shane December 29, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Suggestion 5 was a winner! After trawling the garmin site for hours. Big thanks

Parry December 31, 2013 at 3:01 am

Thanks!!!! worked for me. Thought the watch was DEAD!

Sean Fay January 4, 2014 at 8:39 am

Thank you. I have the latest, greatest 910xt. New to Garmin. Had the same problem. Tried every solution from Garmin site, then found your site and it suggested plugging into computer to recharge. It was when I did that, when the charging progress appeared on screen and I saw that it hadn’t charged in the wall outlet. Thanks!

Magdalena Stagreus January 5, 2014 at 3:00 am

#5 sorken fine for my dead Garmin! Thanks!

Ivan January 5, 2014 at 5:06 am

I use Garmin Forerunner 210, fix #2 worked for me, which is great, because I’d lose my last workout otherwise. Thank you.

Ligia January 7, 2014 at 3:02 am

Mine looks hopeless and tip #5 worked just fine!

Amy January 29, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Thank You!!! I had tried many ideas on the forum however none were sucessful. Your tip Number 4 did the trick :)

Pascal January 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm

The final suggestion worked for me. Thanks a lot, it’s been a great help.

Wouter January 31, 2014 at 4:25 am

I was trying to get the clip right on my Forerunner 110 while the USB cable was already plugged into the computer. I find this the best way to check if the clip is in the right position. But this time my Forerunner beeped once and went blank. Fix #5 solved the issue.

Thank you very much Bruce!

Marathon Blogger January 31, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Genius. Fantastic. Thanks. Fix 2 worked for me. Thankyou very much.

kolpin February 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm

fix #5 was a godsend! just when I thought I’d have to return the piece of crapola garmin after having tried a number of button combinations, it finally came back to life when I followed the tip about connecting the watch to the clip first.

thanks so much for the fix!

Janet February 6, 2014 at 3:51 am

Fix 4 worked for me… Thank you very much…

Judy Barnes February 6, 2014 at 9:03 am

Fix #2 worked for me after screen went blank following holding the light button because watch was frozen. Thanks!

John Farinelli February 8, 2014 at 2:23 am

Fix #2 just solved my problem, minutes before starting a 4 hr run, a week before my first 50k… Thanks so much!!

Winston February 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Just want to say thanks for the advice on fixing the blank garmin forerunner! Very useful.

Barbara February 13, 2014 at 6:53 am

Finally!!! The last suggestion on how to charge a dead Garmin 110 worked ! First time I saw this new info! Thanks!

manny February 16, 2014 at 2:20 am

fix # 4 did it! thanks a lot for these useful tips!!!

Chris February 18, 2014 at 7:15 am

Cheers for this – #4 worked for me!

Karen February 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Fix #5 worked for me. I keep telling myself it is really time to buy a new watch.

Sherry February 19, 2014 at 5:40 pm

None of these fixes are working for me. Anybody have any other suggestions?

alison February 20, 2014 at 10:51 am

Fix#5 worked!! Thank you

Karen February 25, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Thank you for all the options!! #2 finally worked for me, thank goodness!

Donovan DAVIDSON March 26, 2014 at 3:03 am

Thats worked for me

M April 7, 2014 at 6:01 am

Thanks so much. Holding down the light button worked for me.

Garmin April 16, 2014 at 1:56 am

Fix #5 worked, thanks!!

kim April 16, 2014 at 7:35 am

Thanks for this, nothing else worked for me other than fix 5!

Tom G April 19, 2014 at 2:07 am

Fix# 3 worked for me. Thank you for taking the time to post these solutions. You saved my vacation running experience.

Wayne May 2, 2014 at 9:20 am

Thanks a bunch. Number 4 worked for me

Bob May 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm

#4 worked for me on the 110 model! thanks!

Nicole May 25, 2014 at 6:36 am

Awesome! I didn’t have a blank screen – I had a screen that was too dark to read (even with the light) unless you turned it at certain angles. Fix 4 worked for me. Thanks!

Sarah May 29, 2014 at 8:13 am

#4 worked for me!! Thanks Bruce!!

Mike May 31, 2014 at 9:21 am

Garmin 201 user here. Went through steps 1-5 and nothing – which left me bumming. Went back through the list a second time and #2 worked (can’t even begin to understand why). So – for those that can’t get a fix first time through – perhaps try again (or more) if you have a temperamental watch like mine!

Vincent June 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm

I’ve tried all 5 and no luck :’( I even sat in a dark room and I can see the back light stay continuously on and then turn itself off during pressing of the various buttons of all of these 5 steps, however even though the backlight will turn on indicating the watch is powered, it will not come up with any display, text, nor reflect as a mass drive when plugged into the cpu. (my tactix/fenix was working fine until I uploaded 4.40 and while uploading the cpu died, the watch than stated software loading at which point it went blank and only the backlight will turn on and off, with no text or even that famous bar line across the screen, ughhh…. any other suggestions?

Will June 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Thank you so much. I’m relieved. #3 worked on my Forerunner 110.

Karina June 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Thank you so much for this post! Mine didn’t turn on until the reader Steve G’s suggestion. I was getting pretty worried!

Nike Air One July 4, 2014 at 9:59 am

Just got my FR 110 Screen went completely dead after a full charge # 5 worked for me thank you!

Sharon R July 4, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Thank goodness for Google! Your webpage was the first I clicked on when I Googled “Garmin 110 blank screen”. I was so happy that #3 worked for me!! Thank you for saving me $$$ !!

Kim July 7, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Your the greatest! The Garmin website wasn’t much help.
Thank you

Alia July 7, 2014 at 3:27 pm

None of the suggestions worked for me. I went to charge my watch and it said “Saving activity” and then went blank! I used a spare charger it didn’t work. I used different wall plugs, and thought maybe the battery was dead because it was purchased from Amazon, so who knows how long it was on the shelves. The thing that DID work that you mentioned was plugging it into the computer…poof!! The thing came back to life!! I had pressed all the buttons previously in all kinds of combinations, but plugging it into the computer worked! Thank you so much because this is a brand new watch, and I wouldn’t have ever of thought of plugging it into the computer.

Christell July 19, 2014 at 9:08 am

I was just about to bin my watch when I came across your article. #5 worked for me. Thanks a lot!

Brenda July 19, 2014 at 10:50 am

Number five worked for my garmin 210. Followed it exactly. Even plugging into computer. Whew. Saved buying another watch. Thank you

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