A Garmin GPS unit can be advantageous in every aspect. With a GPS device in your car, you will no longer need to scramble through the paper maps to search an address. Just give a command where you want to go, and your gadget will take you there however, you need to make sure that your device has the latest Garmin map updates loaded with all mapped highways and roads.
We all have been in a scenario where our GPS takes us down on a dark road with turns and twists until we figure ourselves out at a dead end.
We know that the routes and streets keep changing constantly around us. So, if you do not keep your GPS device updated with the latest Garmin maps, you may end up cursing your dashboard.
Fortunately, updating your GPS unit is quite easy with the help of Garmin Express software. You only need to plug in your device into a computer and leave the rest to this software.
You can use Garmin Express whether you have got a Nuvi, Zumo, DriveAssist, Drive or any other model of Garmin. Here, we provide you easy and step by step instructions to update your Garmin GPS as suggested by Garmin Support.
Step 1. Connect The Device To Your Computer
Before you begin with the update, you need to connect your Garmin GPS to your computer. To do this, you will be required to remove it from your car, motorcycle, truck or any vehicle you are using it in. Also, make sure that the device is switched on.
Now, with the help of a mini USB cable, plug in the GPS device to your computer and wait till the progress bar keeps scrolling. If you have connected this device before, the prompts will start to appear automatically.
But, if it is your first time, you will have to sign in manually to your Garmin account before proceeding further.
Step 2. Install Garmin Express
After that, you need to make sure you have installed Garmin Express on your computer. If you have not installed it yet, navigate to the “Garmin Express downloading page” and select “Download for Mac” if you are a Mac user or “Download for Windows” if you use Windows.
Once you download the appropriate file, click on the Install button and then follow the on-screen instructions. As we have mentioned above, you can use Garmin Express with all GPS units including Zumo, Nuvi, DriveSafe, and Drive.
Step 3. Purchase Or Access Updates
Now, you have to install your updates. In case Garmin Express does not open on its own on your PC after installing, open it by selecting it and make sure that your Internet connection is smooth.
Click on the option of “Add a Device” and find out your GPS. The app will then search for all the updates available and display a list. Click on “Select All” and make sure you keep your GPS connected during the installation process.
Once the process completes, you will have access to all the apps which either came standard with your unit or are available for free. If you have not purchased lifetime updates, you may have to purchase them now.
Step 4. Disconnect Your Device
When you finish installing your free Garmin Map updates or you have purchased new maps, select “Eject” and disconnect your device safely and then unplug the USB cable.
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That’s all about updating your GPS device with the latest Garmin Maps. Now, just install your GPS device back in your vehicle and obtain assured and accurate directions. In case of any issue or query, contact Garmin support and seek experts’ advice.