How to Set a Garmin Interface

By John Smith

Garmin is a maker of popular global positioning systems, also known as GPS. Its products range from in-car navigation units that can provide directions and memorize thousands of points of interest to hand-held devices for use when hiking, complete with topographic mapping. These units run different software and have a different menu system, but the basics are located in similar places. If you need to change the interface setting on your Garmin unit, navigate to the appropriate menu.

Step 1

Turn on your Garmin GPS unit and navigate to the main menu screen.

Step 2

Select "Interface mode," or "Interface," or even “I/O” from the main menu.

Step 3

Select the mode you prefer from the drop-down menu or graphic list. Garmin’s standard mode is referred to by several different names: "Garmin," “GRMN,” “Data Transfer,” and “Host.” Some devices with have other options such as “RTCM/NMEA.” Once you select the interface setting, it will automatically switch to that mode.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult your user manual if you still can’t find the exact lnterface menu location. Being as each Garmin device is slightly different, there is no one universal location, but it should always be located under the menu settings.