20 Most Recent Garmin nuvi® 200 Car GPS Receiver Questions & Answers


I have a nuvi 200 and I live in Jacksonville FL

You can update the maps using either Garmin or other third party maps. The accuracy will depend on how old the mapping data was that is used to create the map. So you want to find out if the map in that area is recently updated. You may also find that a regional map may show the details in some areas where a larger map won't.

To upgrade using Garmin you just go to garmins website


You may find the map update is free or you may update for a fee or get a lifetime update subscription. The gps is hooked up through the usb cable and will download and instal the updates. It's painless (sort of ;-]) and quick.
4/12/2016 7:17:25 PM • Garmin nuvi® 200... • Answered on Apr 12, 2016

My gaRMIN NUVI 200 lost it's maps information. How do I recover the information. thanks

You can try contacting Garmin and seeing if they will allow you to download the map again. The file that you are looking for on the Nuvi's flash drive is "gmapprom.img". It should be within the Garmin directory on your Nuvi (using PC to Nuvi USB cable). The file will be very large, around 1GB. More information on missing maps can be found here: SHARCNET USA Out of Warranty GPS Digital Camera Repair Center
7/20/2014 2:44:37 PM • Garmin nuvi® 200... • Answered on Jul 20, 2014

Want to download a Mac version of instruction manual for a G 200 seris

Download a pdf file. It should be read in all computer systems that have Adobe Reader or other pdf readers.
4/6/2014 8:16:27 PM • Garmin nuvi® 200... • Answered on Apr 06, 2014

My brother passed away and his wife gave me a garmin nuvi 200 and it has a pin code that know one knows. how can i master reset it so i can use the device

There is no way to perform a master rest to clear the PIN. You either have to have the PIN number or contact Garmin to unlock it for you for a fee. I would first try turning the unit on where your brother lived or where he worked and the unit will not ask for the PIN. This is called the safe location. You can then change the PIN. He probably set the PIN at some place where he knows well.
2/19/2014 5:06:36 AM • Garmin nuvi® 200... • Answered on Feb 19, 2014

Does not come on

Perhaps your battery is flat. Recharge it and try again. Give it time.
1/18/2014 5:33:25 PM • Garmin nuvi® 200... • Answered on Jan 18, 2014

How do you open a Nuvi250 to remove the battery?

Please don't do this. You risk damaging the unit. We receive units each week from failed battery replacements. Please see this link for more info:http://www.sharc.net/gps_battery_repair.htm
9/2/2013 9:06:00 PM • Garmin nuvi® 200... • Answered on Sep 02, 2013

Garmin nuvi 200w

reset it with your computer. It might need a hard reset
6/2/2012 7:01:04 PM • Garmin nuvi® 200... • Answered on Jun 02, 2012

Garmin Nuvi 200 Hard Reset

Garmin Nuvi 200 Hard Reset

Models: Garmin Nuvi 200, 200W, 250, 250W, 260, 260W, 270
Models: Garmin Nuvi 205, 205W, 215, 215W, 255, 255W, 265, 265W, 275



Does your Garmin Nuvi 200 or 200W 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. 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.

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 be read from 'temp.gpx' into the non-user accessible memory area on the Nuvi 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 200 and 205 series GPS unit.

I hope that helps.
Download Nuvi 200 Manuals here.
Download Garmin WebUpdater here.
Backup & Restore Nuvi Favorites here.


When i turn on my GPS it says loading maps, then

Have you tried to update the GPS yet?
10/7/2011 2:49:37 PM • Garmin nuvi® 200... • Answered on Oct 07, 2011

Garmin sat nav wont switch on battary fully

garmin has no sound when switched on
8/8/2011 7:02:34 PM • Garmin nuvi® 200... • Answered on Aug 08, 2011

How do I get free map updates?

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 200; 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

5/18/2011 3:49:52 AM • Garmin nuvi® 200... • Answered on May 18, 2011

My garmin will not charge what should i do?

Sounds like the internal battery needs to be replaced. Here is a link to a YouTube video that shows how. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVrZe62qoG0

I've done it using this video and was successful, but I'm experienced making repairs like this. You decide whether this is for you or whether you should look for a repair service to do it for you.
4/19/2011 12:33:30 PM • Garmin nuvi® 200... • Answered on Apr 19, 2011

How do I get the address data downloaded from the


To get personal Addresses and POI's onto your Garmin unit you will have to use a software called "POI Loader" here is a link to the software.

Hope this helps!
4/15/2011 4:42:23 PM • Garmin nuvi® 200... • Answered on Apr 15, 2011

How do I update my

If you don't have lifetime updates for your Garmin you need to go to there website to purchase the updates from them. They will then offer you a lifetime package for a price. Make sure you have an account with them, you can set up one at the top of the page under My Garmin from there you should be able to purchase or receive your updates. Garmins web page is www.garmin.com

I hope this helps you out if so please leave me some feedback.
4/4/2011 1:32:54 AM • Garmin nuvi® 200... • Answered on Apr 04, 2011

Whenever I turn on my

With a Nuvi, If a Garmin or Garmin compatible power cord is not used, GPS will stay on the USB Mass Storage mode and will not go to Map Screen even though connector fits fine. In this case GPS can slowly charge. So, you need to find/obtain a power supply that works right.
3/22/2011 2:25:05 PM • Garmin nuvi® 200... • Answered on Mar 22, 2011
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