Resolving Stuck Buttons on Garmin Watches

For some inexplicable reason, my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ top right button became mostly stuck. It was working as per usual the night before and in the morning it became stuck. I could still activate functions tied to the button but the clicking feel was gone. This was the first time I experienced this issue and the first blemish on an otherwise very well built watch.

A quick search online showed that I was not the only one facing this. Apparently, dirt can get stuck in between the button and its socket leading to a stuck button. It still did not address how this could happen in clean conditions over night but I combined online suggestions into a single solution:

  1. Turn off the watch.
  2. Soak it in warm slightly soapy water for 30 minutes. (Don’t worry this will no damage the Fenix series.)
  3. Rinse it in water and let it dry completely.
  4. Repeatedly press the affected button until it becomes unstuck.

These steps have resolved my issue. Leaving this short post here in case it helps others.


2 Comments on “Resolving Stuck Buttons on Garmin Watches”

  1. Holy smokes, it works!

    I have had my Garmin Vivoactive 3 since at least early 2018, and we’ve been through a lot. Today (3.5 years later), my button became “soft” and “non-clicky.” I submerged it in soapy water for a while, and, VOILA, back to normal! Thank you for the tip!

    Thanks for posting this and leaving it up for people to find!!

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