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Does my nuvi 780 have the voice to text feature

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Yes it speaks directions and street names, but it must be turned on. refer to the user manual for instructions

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I purchased 3 nuvi 780 models about a year ago. One for me and one each for my children. Not long after we started using them the sound quit on 2 of them. Neither the FM or internal speaker will work on...

The most common cause of this problem is that the voice files become corrupted and need to be replaced. To replace them:
  • Download and install WEBUPDATER to your computer from
  • Connect your satnav to your computer with the mini USB lead and run the WEBUPDATER program.
    Webupdater will find any updates to your software that are available. Select all and install them to your satnav. When the update is complete it will then find optional updates including VOICES. Select a few of the English speaking voices and they will be downloaded to your satnav. After the download is completed SAFELY disconnect your satnav from your computer and restart it.
  • Press TOOLS
  • Press SETTINGS
  • Press LANGUAGE
    This brings you to a screen with 3 items; VOICE, TEXT LANGUAGE and KEYBOARD
  • Press VOICE and select one of the English speaking voices you downloaded.
I hope this solves your problem.

Jun 22, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 780 GPS

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Need to know how to turn on the voice activation


The nuvi 7xx series did not include the voice activation function. You may hav been misinformed by the sales person who sold it to you.

Hope this helps.

Apr 14, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 780 GPS

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Nuvi 780 options

Unfortunately, no. You cannot add features to the unit it was not designed for.

Jun 17, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 780 GPS

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Voice guidance lost

If the unit is turned off prior to loading everything, there is a good chance it will blow the voice file away.

You will have to go to the Garmin web updater and re-install the voice you want.

Jun 08, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 780 GPS

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My garmin 780 doesnt have any sound -voice. It says "none found" under language.

My Garmin 780 says the same thing. "NO VOICE FOUND" I reinstalled voiced like 5 times already. And after a little while voices dissapears again! What the heck is wrong with this unit????

Sep 23, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 780 GPS

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I lost the voice

Had same problem with 760. I Turned the GPS simulator on and voice came back.

Jun 05, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 780 GPS

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How do you get GArmin nuvi 265WT to speak street names?

I just purchased similar model (Nuvi 265W) and experiment for sometime. The trick is on the language option with or without TTS.

Select Setting from menu, go to language and pick the Voice option. Select any one of the language with TTS (Text to Speech) and save. Those that without (TTS) will not talk "street name", this is why some cheaper model can't speak street name, only turn-by-turn instruction, like nuvi model 205.


Apr 11, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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Garmin Nuvi 260 - how to activate text to speech

Make sure the voice you have selected has the letters TTS next to it.

Feb 28, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

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Garmin 780


Touch tools > settings > language > voice.

Voice- changes the language for voice promts.
Languages noted with a persons name are (tts)
text to speak voices.

which have an extensive vocabulary and pronounce
the street names as you approach turns.

The pre-recoreded voices (those without a persons name)
have a limited vocabulary and (do not speak names of locations or streets)

Text language- change all on-screen text to the selected language,
changing the text language does not change the language of user entered data
or map data, such as street names.

Keyboard- select the keyboard for your language,
you can also change the keyboard language mode from any keyboard
by touching the mode button

Adjusting the volume levels
From the "menu" page touch "volume"
to adjust the volume.
To adjust the volume levels for the media player
and the navigation prompts,
please click.

Tools > settings > Volume > Restore
Restore will, restore to origional volume levels.

You should be good now


Jan 23, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 780 GPS

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