My GPS watch lost a few buttons. Well, more precisely, over time the rubber covering the side buttons cracked and fell off. The watch worked fine though, and after I got tired of pushing the contacts inside the watch with a bobby pin I decided to fix it. I wasn’t able to find a solution on Google so I made up my own. Hope this helps anyone who has a broken Garmin 305.
How to fix Garmin 305 with Missing Buttons
– duct tape
– small beads
1. Place the bead in the hole where the rubber button used to cover (above photos)
The bead should sit inside the hole comfortably, resting on the contact inside the watch, and also protruding enough from the hole that it sticks out like the other buttons.
2. Cut a small square from your duct tape and, starting from the bead’s center, carefully tape over the bead onto the hard plastic sides of the watch. Don’t push the bead down when you do this, just let it rest in the watch.
I think your tape job might look a bit more professional if it didn’t come from a craft store.
Now you should be good to go! I’ve had my tape on for a couple of weeks without problems, and it’s pretty fun to be able to push all the buttons again.
p.s. Using decorative duct tape for the first time in my life… I don’t think I can be blamed for what happened next.