I need an advise how to safely pause a Garmin (I have Edge Explorer 2 but the problem is more general) during a longer coffee or pub (alcohol free) stop. Safely means that the screen should be locked so that no activity deletion could happen. I have had two running activities discarded already in half a year even though for the second time I knew the risk exists and I was being careful.

Why pause? Otherwise it consumes batter and sometimes creates excursions to nearby towns when inside.

What happpens now? When I press the lower right Start/Stop button. It only allows Finish or Continue, after some time it swiches to Finish itself and offers Discard or Save. If it is pressed inadvertently when carrying the touchscreen device to the bike, it will ask for confirmation, but in very confusing way. At least in the Czech localization the word that usually means Cancel actually means Discard on Garmin.

How to safely pause the device so that it can be in a pocket and the screen can be touched without any ill effects?

P.S. I know there is a way to recover a deleted file from the FAT but despite turning off the device immediately and despite the recovery software not finding any sector overwritten, the file content was just garbage.

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    I don't know if you have tried but the Edge Explore has a 'lock screen' functionality, judging by the manual. See page 4 (page numbering, not screen pages): www8.garmin.com/manuals/webhelp/…
    – DoNuT
    Oct 9, 2023 at 7:53
  • @DoNuT That does not pause the tracking, it is useful when it starts to rain because the water drops start to "press" the touch screen at random places. Oct 9, 2023 at 11:03
  • @VladimirFГероямслава, that solves your problem of accidental input. Pausing tracking can be done with a hardware button press. See the answer below. Once tracking is paused with the screen locked you should be fine Oct 9, 2023 at 12:19
  • @ArtGertner I do not see how that is connected, your answer is about something else. Or at least about much more than just the existence of the Lock button. At least the original Option A that is probably the best answer possible (given the possibilities offered by Garmin). Oct 9, 2023 at 12:23
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    I still think that pointing out and linking the page to the actual locking feature in the official manual isn't too bad for a start (hence, a comment), but you do you! I'm glad it works for you. ;-)
    – DoNuT
    Oct 9, 2023 at 20:02

1 Answer 1


Option A:

Press start/stop and then power. When activity is paused, power button will instantly switch the screen off (instead of locking the screen). This helps to further reduce battery consumption and prevents accidental touchscreen input.

When resuming the ride after your break, press the same combination of buttons in reverse. power, then start/stop. This will wake the device up and resume activity.

Option B:

Just ride with screen locked as suggested by @DoNuT . To lock the screen during activity, just press power once. To lock the screen before you started the activity, press and hold power and tap "Lock screen". With the screen locked you will still be able to swipe right/left to move between the data screens, but won't be able to tap. This will also resolve your problem of accidental input when activity is paused.

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    I went for a short walk in the rain and I can confirm that all the mentioned combinations work well. What I would be the most hesitant to try is turning off the device completely, but the activity is resumed correctly after turning it back on. The sleep mode is probably enough for most situations. Oct 9, 2023 at 16:43

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