TomTom Sports will not remain downloaded on pc

Salty1 Registered Users Posts: 2
Apprentice Traveler
edited January 24 in TomTom Sports
Hi everyone - I am very new to 'running technology' so please excuse any obvious ignorance on my part. I have a TomTom runner 3. Despite downloading/installing Windows TomTom Sport and setting the watch up etc as per manual, every time I connect the watch to the PC to charge and upload runs etc, my PC does not recognise my watch. I then download Windows again and my latest run data etc is displayed as well as all of my previous history, so it is there but I just can't locate it when I connect up. Any suggestions/advice as to what to do will be gratefully received - it is such a pain to have to download the programme every time I want to upload runs or sync my watch.


  • tfarabaugh
    tfarabaugh Posts: 16,943
    Unless you are uninstalling the software in between uses, it is not going to uninstall itself. You likely do not have it running in the background. Is there a watch icon in the notification tray in the bottom right corner of the screen? Are you getting any error messages when you plug the watch in or is it being recognized at all? Does the clock face change to a battery charging icon (which indicates it is getting power so there is a partial connection). A few things to look at (and I apologize if some are very basic but it is best to get past the obvious issues first):

    1) Are you plugged directly into the machine and not a hub?
    2) Does the port work, can the computer detect other devices (like flash drives) in that port?
    3) Is the watch firmly snapped into the cradle and the USB plug firmly in the port?
    4) Is the USB plug free of any debris or blockages?
    5) Is the Connect software actually running (is there an icon for it in the notification area)?
    6) Did you install MySports Connect, not MyDrive Connect? It is downloaded from
    7) Do you have administrator rights to the computer?
    8) Is a firewall or antivirus running that is blocking the software from connecting to TomTom (try turning them off before docking the watch)?
    9) Does the computer have a good Internet connection (Internet is required to sync)?
    10) Can you try installing it on a different machine to determine if it is an issue with the computer versus the watch?

    In particular, make sure it is fully snapped into the cradle. If it does not have a full connection it will charge but it will not be recognized by the computer. It seems simple but this is generally the issue. It needs to fully click into the cradle and it may help to take it out of the band to do so. Also check that none of the pins on the dock are bent or pressed in, as that will prevent a connection.

    If nothing above helps you may have a bad dock or there may be computer setting blocking it. At that point I would suggest calling Customer Support and seeing what they can do. They are able to more deeply investigate and diagnose problems than we can here on the user forum. To get the number for Customer Support, click Contact at the bottom of this page, enter the product name and click Phone Us. It will give you the phone number for the country your account is registered under (this can be changed by clicking the flag icon in the bottom right corner of the screen).

    I hope this helped answer your question. If so, please mark it as a solution so others can look for it if they have the same question.
  • Salty1
    Salty1 Registered Users Posts: 2
    Apprentice Traveler
    Thank you for taking the time to give such a comprehensive answer. Nos 1-7 I have covered myself on each occasion that I have tried to connect to my PC and I have an excellent internet connection. Checking the firewall and installing on a different PC to see if that throws any light on the situation are great suggestions and I will try them before calling Customer Support - many thanks.