How to Reset a Magellan GPS

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If your Magellan vehicle GPS has trouble tracking satellites, you wish to clear the currently active route or you've just updated the device, reset it to get the gadget back on track. As of 2014, the products in Magellan's GPS lineup feature three different types of reset configurations, if they have a reset feature at all. In addition to a soft reset, which restarts the device to address the aforementioned issues, you can also reset the Magellan eXplorist's odometer or restore the Echo fitness GPS with just a few button presses.


Physical Switches

Step 1

Slide the Magellan GPS unit's power switch to the off position, if your GPS has a two-way slide-style switch. Hold the switch in the off position for 8 seconds or more to reset the device.


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Step 2

Slide the switch to the reset position if your GPS has a three-way switch. These switches feature "Reset," "Off" and "On" labels. Hold the switch on the reset position for 10 seconds to initiate a reset.

Step 3

Inspect your GPS for a reset pin hole if the unit has a push-down power button rather than a switch -- check the bottom and sides of the device for a pin-sized hole. Insert a pin or a straightened paperclip into the hole, pushing until you feel a slight pop. Hold the pin or clip down for 10 seconds and the GPS will reset.


To reset the trip odometer on an outdoor Magellan GPS, such as those in the eXplorist series, access the menu and use the arrow joystick to navigate to “Reset Trip.” Press “Enter,” “Yes” and “Enter” again to set the odometer to zero.

To perform a factory reset on your Magellan Echo fitness GPS, first set the watch to searching mode by pressing the button on the upper-left side. While the watch is in searching mode, press all four buttons simultaneously until the phrase “Factory Reset?” appears. Confirm the reset by pressing the button on the lower right. This procedure restores the device to its factory settings.

Some Magellan vehicle GPS models, such as the SmartGPS series, do not have a reset feature.

Always consult your Magellan device's user manual for model-specific instructions. Magellan hosts a collection of free-to-download manuals at the company's official website, where they also offer support services such as live chat, customer support emails and an online knowledge base.