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Master Reset your Garmin Nuvi

To perform a Master Reset on the nuvi 200, 205, 465, 500, 600, 700, 705, 1200,1300,1400 or 1600 series device:

Note: A master reset will erase all waypoints or favorites and will restore your unit to the default factory settings. If you would like to back up your favorites you can find instructions to do so here.

1. Start with the unit OFF and unplugged from power
2. Touch and hold the lower right corner of the screen with an index finger or the eraser end of a pencil
3. Continue touching and holding the lower right hand corner of the screen then power the unit ON
4. Release the power button when the device powers ON
* You will see a new message: Do you really want to erase all user data?
5. Remove your finger from the touchscreen when this message displays
6. Touch Yes

The device will automatically reset. Follow the on screen prompts then place your device in an area with a clear view of the sky until it acquires satellites.

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black screen but sound and touch screen beeps seem to be ok.


Most likely a defective LCD display. If the unit was dropped, the LCD ribbon cable might have pulled slightly out of the connector on the PCB board.

Mar 18, 2015 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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how reset


to perform a master reset on nuvi 200 and 205 series devices:
note: a master reset will erase all favorites1 and will restore your device to the default factory settings. if you would like to back up your favorites to your computer, you can find instructions to do so here.
  1. start with the device off and unplugged from power
  2. touch and hold the lower right corner of the screen with an index finger or the eraser end of a pencil
  3. continue touching and holding the lower right hand corner of the screen then power the device on
  4. release the power button when the device powers on
    • you will see a new message: "do you really want to erase all user data?"
  5. remove your finger from the touch screen when this message displays
  6. touch yes
    • if text language is not in english, this is the button on the right
the device will now reset. follow the on-screen prompts and then place your device in an area with a clear view of the sky until it acquires satellites.
1although the master reset will erase all saved favorites, any loaded custom points of interest will remain intact on the device.

Aug 12, 2014 | Garmin Nuvi 205 series

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My Garmin nuvi 205W was working fine but I wanted to update it on the computer before a family trip. Update seemed to work fine but the unit would not turn back on afterwards - not in the car, by USB, or by wall charger. Reset button did not work and holding the sliding power button on for over 15 seconds did not work. Waiting on response from Garmin. (This is only about 6 months old.)


Have you tried a master reset??

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Note: A master reset will erase all waypoints or favorites and will restore your unit to the default factory settings.
  1. Start with the unit OFF and unplugged from power
  2. Touch and hold the lower right corner of the screen with an index finger or the eraser end of a pencil
  3. Continue touching and holding the lower right hand corner of the screen then power the unit ON
  4. Release the power button when the device powers ON
    • You will see a new message: Do you really want to erase all user data?
  5. Remove your finger from the touchscreen when this message displays
  6. Touch Yes
The device will automatically reset. Follow the on screen prompts then place your device in an area with a clear view of the sky until it acquires satellites.

Nov 24, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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restore garmin nuvi 265w gps to factory settings


Do a MASTER RESET for that.

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Note: A master reset will erase all waypoints or favorites and will restore your unit to the default factory settings. But who cares if you have problems, right?
  1. Start with the unit OFF and unplugged from power
  2. Touch and hold the lower right corner of the screen with an index finger or the eraser end of a pencil
  3. Continue touching and holding the lower right hand corner of the screen then power the unit ON
  4. Release the power button when the device powers ON
    • You will see a new message: Do you really want to erase all user data?
  5. Remove your finger from the touchscreen when this message displays
  6. Touch Yes
The device will automatically reset. Follow the on screen prompts then place your device in an area with a clear view of the sky until it acquires satellites.

Jul 01, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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My Garmin nuvi 260 won't power on. It should be fully charged, but won't respond to anything.


Try a Master reset:
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Note: A master reset will erase all waypoints or favorites and will restore your unit to the default factory settings.
  1. Start with the unit OFF and unplugged from power
  2. Touch and hold the lower right corner of the screen with an index finger or the eraser end of a pencil
  3. Continue touching and holding the lower right hand corner of the screen then power the unit ON
  4. Release the power button when the device powers ON
    • You will see a new message: Do you really want to erase all user data?
  5. Remove your finger from the touchscreen when this message displays
  6. Touch Yes
The device will automatically reset. Follow the on screen prompts then place your device in an area with a clear view of the sky until it acquires satellites.

Mar 10, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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