How to Update a GPS Map

By Ally Gibson

A GPS will help find the shortest and fastest routes to a particular destination. When the maps are out of date, the GPS may not be able to find the best route. A GPS should be updated at least once per year. Some GPS manufacturers will allow the user to download free updated maps; however, many manufacturers require the user to purchase updated maps. Updating a GPS map isn't complicated, and will take about 2 hours to install.

Step 1

Turn on the GPS and plug the USB cable into the USB slot located on the GPS.

Step 2

Plug the other end of the USB cable into the USB slot on the computer.

Step 3

Insert the map update DVD into the computer. If you have a map download, locate and open the file on the computer.

Step 4

Click on Update Firmware located on the main menu. Click "OK" when the firmware is finished updating.

Step 5

Unplug the USB from the computer and turn off the GPS. This will allow the firmware to reset on the GPS. Turn the GPS back on and select the language and time.

Step 6

Reconnect the USB to the computer and click on "Update Map," then click on "Load Maps."

Step 7

Connect to the Internet by clicking on the activation link. This will display the activation number. Find the serial number located on the back of the DVD. If you downloaded the update, a serial number was provided. Enter the serial number and activation code into the update program to continue updating.

Step 8

Close the program after it has completed the update, and unplug the USB from the computer and the GPS. Turn off the GPS to finish the update.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check the manufacturer's website to see if they provide free map updates.
  • The computer used for the installation must have at least 3GB of free space on drive C.