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I forgot my password for my Garmin Nuvi 205 how can I reset it.

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You can try a master reset

With unit off, press and hold the bottom right hand corner of the screen, keep holding this and turn the unit on, hold it for 10 more seconds and the unit should say do you really want to wipe all user data.

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You can try a master reset

With unit off, press and hold the bottom right hand corner of the screen, keep holding this and turn the unit on, hold it for 10 more seconds and the unit should say do you really want to wipe all user data.

Best of it

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I've been trawling for unanswered questions; this information may be too late for you (or perhaps it may help you resurrect a useless machine which you have put away) but it will certainly help others searching for advice with the same problem.

You have Garmin Lock activated on your nuvi: there are only two ways you can unlock it.

1. Enter the PIN code (but you clearly don't have it or you wouldn't be reading this).

2. Take the unit to the Security Location you chose when activating Garmin Lock: it will then unlock without the PIN code and you can then either reset the PIN or disable Garmin Lock. The Security Location should not be the owner's home address, but many owners ignore this recommendation. Many owners choose their workplace or a close friend or relatives address for this purpose.

If neither option works then your unit is useless unless you send it to Garmin with proof of purchase. Garmin charge for the service and if your maps are not up to date then it's really a waste of money as the investment would be better spent on a new unit with current mapping.

I hope that you manage to either fix your problem using my advice or at least can decide whether to abandon the unit and buy another.

Posted on Oct 06, 2010

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Lost my garmin nuvi 205 password, how do I reset it


Every time the 205W is powered on, you must enter the PIN, or drive to your security location you set up when the PUN was first entered..

Sep 04, 2012 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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How to Perform a Hard Reset of your Garmin Nuvi 205 and 205W


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Does your Garmin Nuvi 205 or 205W Freeze at Loading Maps?
Does it lock up or stop working?

This tip will describe how to perform a hard reset of the device, and how to backup your 'Favorites' in case the hard reset erases them. The next step in fixing your Nuvi when it doesn't start properly is to update its system software using Garmin WebUpdater.

A hard reset (or Clear All User Data)has been known to resolve unit quirks and strange behavior after firmware updates. It's generally recommended to perform it after a firmware update but is not required by any means. However, if you're seeing quirks and strange behavior with your unit after the firmware update, it is a good idea to do a hard reset of the unit. It's also one of the first things that Garmin will have you do when contact tech support regarding quirky unit behavior.

Backup and Restoration Procedure for Favorites:

The Hard Reset procedure has been known to delete your Favorites, so back them up beforehand.

  1. From the Nuvi drive, copy '/Garmin/GPX/current.gpx' to a backup location on your computer.
  2. After the hard reset, copy your backed up 'current.gpx' from your computer back to the '/Garmin/GPX/' folder on the Nuvi, but be sure to rename it 'temp.gpx'.
  3. On the next power cycle, the Favorites will beread from 'temp.gpx' into the non-user accessible memory area on theNuvi where they are actually stored.
Perform the Hard Reset:

*Note that this will clear all user selected settings on the unit

  1. Power the unit off.
  2. Remove the battery and wait several minutes.
  3. Install the battery.
  4. Press and hold (and continue to hold) the bottom-right corner of the screen while powering the unit on.
  5. Continue to hold the screen until the "Do you want to erase all user data?"prompt appears.
  6. Press "yes" and the unit will reboot. This resets all your location settings and user preferences.

If possible after the hard reset, let the unit sit outdoors in the open for about 30 minutes or so to let the unit re-acquire the satellite almanac data.


You have now performed a hard reset of your Garmin Nuvi 205 and 205W.

I hope that helps.
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Download Garmin Nuvi 205 Manuals here.
Garmin Nuvi 205 Favorites Backup here.
Garmin Nuvi 205 WebUpdater here.

on Jan 15, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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Forgot Password on my Garmin and want reset


Hi,
I have tried this on my Garmin 205:
1) Turn the GPS while holding on the lower-right corner of the screen as the GPS powers up. Keep your fingers there until a message box appears. 2) Select "Yes" when the message box asks if you want to clear all user data. As a result, all original settings will be restored and any saved items will be immediately erased. You can now reset your password.
Before doing this procedure, please do a backup of your SD-micro card by copying the contents to another similar memory card.

Nov 12, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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I forgot the password on my garmin nuvi 205, how


I've been trawling for unanswered questions; this information may be too late for you (or perhaps it may help you resurrect a useless machine which you have put away) but it will certainly help others searching for advice with the same problem.

You have Garmin Lock activated on your nuvi: there are only two ways you can unlock it.

1. Enter the PIN code (but you clearly don't have it or you wouldn't be reading this).

2. Take the unit to the Security Location you chose when activating Garmin Lock: it will then unlock without the PIN code and you can then either reset the PIN or disable Garmin Lock. The Security Location should not be the owner's home address, but many owners ignore this recommendation. Many owners choose their workplace or a close friend or relatives address for this purpose.

If neither option works then your unit is useless unless you send it to Garmin with proof of purchase. Garmin charge for the service and if your maps are not up to date then it's really a waste of money as the investment would be better spent on a new unit with current mapping.

I hope that you manage to either fix your problem using my advice or at least can decide whether to abandon the unit and buy another.

May 12, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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Garmin nuvi 205 wont boot up


If your Garmin NUVI 205 can be recognized by your computer when plugged in, I recommend you backup your favorites.

Then attempt a hard reset.

Finally, replace the firmware and system software using webupdate.

I hope that helps.

Apr 03, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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I forgot the password on my garmin nuvi 205, how do i reset it its locked when you first turn it on, how to fix it


You can try a master reset

With unit off, press and hold the bottom right hand corner of the screen, keep holding this and turn the unit on, hold it for 10 more seconds and the unit should say do you really want to wipe all user data.

Best of it

Mar 21, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205W GPS Receiver

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My garmin nuvi is looked and i forgot the password kan someone help me....?


If you have forgotten the PIN, take the unit to the location at which the PIN was entered. The unit will unlock and you can change the PIN to something you will remember.

Mar 05, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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I forgot my pin on garmin 205


Try this. You'll lose all your favorites and anything else you have entered though.

Turn off Garmin device. Press down on bottom right corner of the touchscreen, and then power on the GPS unit. You should be prompted whether do you really want to erase all user data, or asked if do you really want to start up in maintenance mode. Press “Yes” to reset (warning: all data will be erased and lost, so backup before proceeding) or enter maintenance mode.

Dec 20, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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I forgot my password and lost all my paperwork moving my home how do i unlock without my manual


Instructions to find the Garmin Nuvi manuals for the 205W series are available here.

Both manuals are available from the Garmin website, just follow the links below:

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I hope that helps.

Oct 14, 2009 | Garmin nuvi 205 GPS Receiver

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I forgot my password how can i unlock it


When you went through the password process you also had to set up your secret place in case you forgot your password. Go to your secret place and your Garmin will unlock and you can reset your password.
Hope this helps

May 12, 2009 | Garmin (010-00583-00) for nuvi 750/760/770

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