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When I first started my Garmin 255W I chose the wrong country? How do I switch the language format to English?

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  1. Press TOOLS (the spanner symbol in the right bottom corner of the screen which shows VIEW MAP and WHERE TO)
  2. Press SETTINGS (The spanner symbol) or LOCALE (The blue symbol) on models that don't have a settings symbol
  3. Press LANGUAGE (the Lips symbol)
You will see a screen with 3 items on it. VOICE, TEXT LANGUAGE and KEYBOARD
If you need to change the voice to english press VOICE and select an English voice.

If you need to change the text language press TEXT LANGUAGE and select English or American English if you're in the USA

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How do i get english on my garmin nuvi 255w


Menu>Tools>Settings>Language> Choose Your language (Tools is the wrench icon, Settings is the wrench icon in the tools menus, Language is the lips icon)

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I have a Garmin nuvi 255W (a gift) and while setting it up, my thumb hit the country "Venezuela" instead of the "United States." I can't get out of Venezuela. What do I do?


If your satnav is not in English go to paragraph 2 first.

1. On the screen that says WHERE TO and VIEW MAP
  • Press WHERE TO
  • Press ADDRESS
  • At the top of the screen you'll see the country VENEZUELA
  • At the bottom you'll see an icon CHANGE COUNTRY
  • Press CHANGE COUNTRY and select United States
2. If your satnav is not in English as a result of picking Venezuela
  1. Press TOOLS (the spanner symbol in the bottom right corner of the page showing WHERE TO and VIEW MAP
  2. Press SETTINGS (The spanner icon) or LOCALE (the blue icon) if your satnav doesn't have a settings icon
  3. Press LANGUAGE (the lips icon)
There are 3 items on this screen; VOICE, TEXT LANGUAGE and KEYBOARD

Press VOICE and select a voice from an English speaking country
Press TEXT LANGUAGE and select American English
All should now be back to normal.

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My new 255w started out with English for about three minutes and then it quickly changed to spanish while I was setting the route. How do I get it back to English all the prompts are in spanish?


  1. Press Tools, the symbol in the bottom right corner of the main menu, (picture of a spanner).
  2. Press Settings, the symbol in the top left corner of a spanner.
  3. Press Language, the symbol of lips
You'll see 3 bars one for text language, one for voice language and one for keyboard layout.
Press each one in turn and select english as the language.

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How do I change the country on my Garmin nuvi 255W?


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This may be a result of a previous software version on a device or possibly some one changing the settings. If a device does power on with a foreign language that you can not understand it can be corrected by going through the settings to change the text language.
To change the text language:
  1. Touch Wrench icon on the screen with the Magnifying Glass and Map icon
  2. Touch the Gears icon
  3. Touch the down arrow
  4. Touch the second option from the top1
  5. Touch the middle blue box on right
  6. Touch the up arrow until American English appears2
  7. Touch American English
  8. Touch OK
  9. Touch Back
The device should be in selected text language.
Note 1 - In some cases, if there are Custom POIs loaded to the device then it may be the first option at the top.
Note 2 - If American English is not the language needed, please selected the desired language

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Change language from spanish to english on garmin


Hit Tools (wrench icon)
Hit Settings (wrench icon)
Hit Language (lips icon)
Hit Text (top bar on right) Change to English
Hit Voice (top bar on left) Change to English

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I need to change the language on my gps back to English How do I do this


my garmin 255 shows chinese language. How i can change to english?

Hit Tools (wrench icon)
Hit Settings (wrench icon)
Hit Language (lips icon)
Hit Text (top bar on right) Change to English
Hit Voice (top bar on left) Change to English

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you have to change the selected voice form American English to American English-Jack (TTS) or Samantha (TTS). Same way for the other languages.

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found solution on garmin website http://www.garmin.com/garmin/cms/home/support/searchsupport To change the language settings: Touch the Wrench icon which is located on the screen with the Magnifying Glass and Map icon Touch the Wrench icon Touch the down arrow1 Touch the Lips/Mouth icon Touch the top right blue box Touch the up arrow until you see American English2 Touch American English Touch OK The device should be in selected text language. Note 1 - this will only be on the 2x5 and the 5xx Note 2 - If American English is not the language needed, please selected the desired language.

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