Resetting a Garmin Forerunner 210 with blank screen

I really like this Garmin Forerunner 210, but twice it just gave me a blank screen and nothing else. After some research on the net I found some reset methods: (note: these were not always for the 210 model but until now method 1 and 2 worked for me; you may need method 3 one day …)

Method 1:
Press the lap/reset button a few seconds and then press the light button to switch on the Garmin device again.  Pressing both lap/reset and the light button may work better: keep both buttons pressed for several seconds until the 210 watch is “reanimated” again.

Method 2:
If this fails you can try the hard reset; keep the following 3 buttons pressed together during some seconds: page/menu, lap/reset and light. Release the buttons and press the light button again.

Method 3:
Soft Reset: keep the page/menu and lap/reset pressed for a few seconds.

Update – 25/01/2014:

Garmin released a firmware update, which should fix this issue.  I installed it today: hope it really helps 😉


Changes made from version 2.60 to 2.70:

  • Fixed an issue where the device could display a blank screen while connected to the charger.

Garmin Forerunner 210.jpg


112 thoughts on “Resetting a Garmin Forerunner 210 with blank screen”

  1. WOW! Method 2 worked for me too! I had to do it 3 times, holding it for 30 seconds each time, but it finally worked! Yaaaayyyyy! Thank you sooooo much!!! = )

  2. Method 2 worked for me too after locking on “saving activities” screen. You have to hold these 3 buttons down for maybe 15 seconds or more until the screen blanks before releasing and pressing the Light button

  3. nothing of this works for me i just bought the 210 and unpacked and charged it, but the display doesn’t work .
    Only the light works and the beeping sounds.
    Some help please ?????????????????

    1. That’s too bad. It can help to repeat the methods, because the timing seems to be rather important. Reassure yourself the device is correctly connected for charging; deconnect and reconnect again.
      Sometimes a short movie is clearer: some of the tips can be found on YouTube. Check out and (although they are not specific for the 210, they do work). Hope this helps.

  4. you’re great !
    My watch screen went all blank while trying to download data on my laptop and i couldn’t switch it on again!
    Method 1 worked perfectly (Pressing both lap/reset and the light button; i did for 30 seconds and the screen went on; wow! magic!)
    thanks so much to have spent some time on posting these solutions, it is such a great help for us!

  5. Thanks, #2 worked after a dozen of tries. Few secs really has to be more than 15s. I really appreciated this help.

  6. it2p, may many thanks. I am also very happy with the Forerunner and did not manage to wake it up again, although I have only used it for several weeks. Method 2 worked. Thanks a lot!

  7. Thanks – all three methods failed for me. I went back to method 1 and held both buttons for 2 minutes then pressed the light for about 10 seconds – presto back to life.

  8. THX!!! #2 worked for me after 2 tries. Now that it’s back to life, I need to find out how to get my computers to recognize it. But thanks for this first step!

  9. Okay thank you so freaking much. I have a 5k today and it was so ironic how my watch didn’t want to work. Until I found these methods. The first one worked for me. I had to do it serveral times though. All and all my life is saved. I would hate to go on a run with a normal timed watch. Thanks again!!

  10. Thank you so much for posting this. Every now and then my 210 decides to stop working and just beeeeeeep nonstop. And every time it happens I go through the google results unsuccessfully until I hit this page. And it works!

    Lesson learned: bookmark this page for future use!

    PS The “hold both” method of Method 1 worked for me this time. I don’t remember which methods I used in the past for this problem.

  11. Excellent! Method 2 for me. Seems pretty bad that these watches do this, for the cost of them. I do like it though, so won’t be moving on to any other brand yet. 😉

  12. And two years later after you first published this post… THANK YOU!
    Method #1 worked for me. I agree with others.. very curious as to why the blank screen even occurs in the first place.

  13. Did Method 1 by accident, was holding watch upside down thinking I was doing method 2 then hit ‘start/stop’ and voila the screen came alive. Thankyou thankyou thankyou.

  14. Thanks for the heads up on the firmware upgrade. I thought I had the most up to date version as Garmin Connect usually prompts me when upgrades are available. Went through a different update procedure using myGarmin Dashboard, as instructed after following the link you provided. Maybe now we can finally see an end to these random blank screen issues. Such a drag for an otherwise great unit.

  15. Had continued locking up and blank screen issues. Garmin support recommended I delete old activity records on the watch, expecting one might be corrupted. I removed all of them, over 100, and it’s been totally stable. Garmin also recommended ejecting the device first, then unplug the USB & finally remove the watch from the sync claw to avoid issues in the future.

  16. Thank you! I am not sure which reset worked but one of the three listed above FINALLY did the trick. I was on the verge of buying a new one after I had tried every thing I could find.

  17. Thank you! Method 2 worked for me too. I held the buttons down for about 30 seconds, and then hit the light button after releasing all 3 buttons. And then my watch turned on.

  18. The files on my FR 210 were corrupt. Even after a master reset it was not usable. I had to remove ALL files en folders on the watch (not just the activities), followed by a master reset! (You’d better take a backup first though)

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