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Can I update my Garmin without a charge? It wasn't even current when it was purchased!

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Well, I can on my TomTom, You go to their, Garmin web site and register, then you can "Update" via the internet. First though you must install any drivers & software on your PC. Generally you download this or it self installs when you connect your unit via the cable to the USB port.

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When trying to put in an address the Garmin asks me for a country and then does not accept it after typing in the first letter. The other functions appear to be ok.


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you need to update your map

Purchase your map updates (if necessary). You can purchase map updates for your Garmin Nuvi from the Garmin website. There are two basic options: a lifetime purchase or a one-time upgrade. The lifetime purchase gives you access to any new updates for the life of your device, while the one-time upgrade will provide you with the latest current maps, but you'll need to purchase again if you want to upgrade again later.

Make sure to log in with your myGarmin account before purchasing the map upgrade.

Connect your Garmin Nuvi to your computer via USB cable.

Open the "myGarmin" website and sign in with your Garmin account. Make sure to sign in with the account that you've purchased the map updates on.

Click the "myMaps" tab on the myGamrin dashboard. This will load a list of all of your purchased map upgrades.

Click the drop-down menu in the "Recent Map Purchases" section. Select your Garmin Nuvi from the list of devices.

Install the Garmin Communicator Plugin when prompted. This is required in order for the Garmin website to transfer the map files to your Gamrin software on your computer.

Download and install Garmin Express. This is the program that allows your computer to interact with your Garmin Nuvi.

Register your device in Garmin Express. If you haven't already registered your device, you'll be prompted to when you start Garmin Express. You'll need to register in order to update the maps.

Click the "Updates" tab in Garmin Express. This will show all of the available updates for your Nuvi, including the new map update you just purchased.

Click the "Show Details" option next to your Map Update. Click the "Install" button that appears. You will need to accept the agreement before the update installs.

Wait for the maps to download and install. Once you agree to the terms, the map update will begin downloading to Garmin Express, and will then be transferred to your Nuvi. This will likely take several minutes to complete.

unplug the Nuvi when the update is complete. The Nuvi will reboot and begin installing the updated software on the device. This may take another couple of minutes.

You can download garmin express here

http://software.garmin.com/en-US/express.html.

Apr 19, 2015 | Garmin Nuvi 610 GPS Receiver

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No access to free map or traffic updates. Plugged in traffic accessory that came with the unit, and it tells me that the accessory is not compatible with the unit. The serial number on the bottom of the...


If the Garmin Nuvi is sold with "life-time updates" for maps & traffic - updates are available for download at MyGarmin.com once they are available.

A "life-time update" is coupled to the serial number of the Garmin unit. If the serial number does not match the box with "life-time updates" on it - it could be the Garmin Nuvi came from another box without "life-time updates".

Without "life-time updates" - maps are available for free within 60 days after purchase. A "purchase" is registered by the Garmin device if it detects a certain speed or when it's registered at MyGarmin.com - meaning the 60 day countdown starts. Without a "life-time update" for traffic - a traffic subscription must be bought for a country & timeframe. (ie a year).

Jul 08, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 1300 Car GPS Receiver

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My gps is outdated by about 3 years,how do i update it? do i have to buy a disc or do it on my computor?


The best way is to do it on your computer. Make sure the gps is fully charged then go to the Garmin links below. Register your unit and then download Garmin updater then connect your gps via a usb cable. The software will update the gps but any new maps will have to be purchased. The update process can take a few hours even with high speed internet. Follow the instructions to the letter after the updates have been downloaded. Be patient and do not rush it. It will take a few minutes for the gps to reboot after all the updates.
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Register:
https://my.garmin.com/mygarmin/registrationGettingStarted.htm?productType=auto&categoryType=AUTO
garmin Updater:
http://www8.garmin.com/products/webupdater/howtoinstall.jsp

Jun 20, 2011 | Garmin StreetPilot C330 GPS Receiver

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Yesterday, I purchased a Garmin Nuvi 2360LMT for my grandfather. I have read the instructions on how to register it but now, I have the usb connected to the computer and the Garmin, my computer will not...



Here is what you need to do to update the map your Garmi nuvi 2360lmt; first make sure the unit is fully charged, then go to the Garmin web site and register your product. Next download Garmin Updater and connect your nuvi with a USB cable directly to your computer and not thru a USB hub. I would also try a different usb port. See if it show up in Computer or My computer in Windows 7/Vista or XP.
Let the update go directly to the GPS and not a folder. It will take a few hours even with a fast internet connection. When done follow the instructions on your screen. I have attached a link to the Garmin site. Thanks for using FixYa

https://my.garmin.com/mygarmin/registrationGettingStarted.htm?productType=auto&categoryType=AUTO

May 26, 2011 | GPS

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I have a Garmin 200W and want to update it so my maps & routes are current. How do I do that?


If the unit is new you get a free map update within the first few months after that they will charge a fee, but you can still update the unit for software and fixes.
Here is what you need to do to update the map your Garmi nuvi 200W; first make sure the unit is fully charged, then go to the Garmin web site and register your product. Next download Garmin Updater and connect your nuvi with a USB cable directly to your computer and not thru a USB hub. Let the update go directly to the GPS and not a folder. It will take a few hours even with a fast internet connection. When done follow the instructions on your screen. I have attached a link to the Garmin site. Thanks for using FixYa

https://my.garmin.com/mygarmin/registrationGettingStarted.htm?productType=auto&categoryType=AUTO

May 16, 2011 | GPS

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Free opdates for Garmin nuvi 255


There are no free updates. You can buy the current version OR you can buy the lifetime update package. Go to your retail store or to Garmin.com

Jun 27, 2010 | Garmin Nuvi 255 GPS Receiver

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Attempts to download new maps failed even after updating software


You may need to contact Garmin Support at their website and have them mail you a CD.

Apr 06, 2009 | Garmin StreetPilot C330 GPS Receiver

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Purchased the map update tried to load and got message was short 950 mb..what do i do ??


No did not fix.. It appears that Garmin sells you an update that does not work then offers you a premium service, which I am sure has an additional charge.. It will be last Garmin I purchase and will advise all that I can not to purchase also..

Thanks

Aug 03, 2008 | Garmin GPS

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Garmin c330 update


What are you trying to update, firmware or maps? Firmware updates ae free from Garmin. Just go to www.garmin.com and download the WebUpdater. If you are trying to update the maps, these are available for purchase in CD or SD card formats, also from Garmin or your local retailer. They should be approx. $70.

Mar 23, 2008 | Garmin StreetPilot C330 GPS Receiver

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I Would like to update my Garminc330. I have a glitch in the map (tells me address doesnot exist, when I know it does)


Garmin puts out map updates on a regular basis. You must purchase these. The GPS comes loaded with maps that are current as of the date of production of the unit. It cannot "know" when new roads are paved and new subdivision are created without being "told" via map updates. The unit knows where it is in relation to the maps loaded on it by receiving signals from the GPS satellites in orbit. If things change, the maps must be changed in order for the unit to give you correct directions.

Jan 02, 2008 | Garmin nuvi 350 GPS Receiver

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