How to Update a TomTom GPS
TomTom is a brand of portable Global Positioning System (GPS) vehicle navigation devices. Navigators usually come with pre-loaded maps and a database of points of interests such as hotels, stores, restaurants and gas stations. TomTom allows you to calculate the fastest route, displays the real-time position of your car on that map as well as provides turn-by-turn directions. Updating a TomTom GPS includes downloading the latest maps and the database corrections. Use freely available TomTom Home software to quickly update your navigator.
Installing Home TomTom Software
Use a Web browser on your computer to navigate to the Home TomTom software download website (see Resources).
Click on the link "Download" and choose "Run" on the prompt.
Click the button "Install" to install the TomTom software on your computer.
Updating TomTom GPS
Insert the USB connector of the TomTom GPS data cable into an available USB port of your computer.
Plug the other able connector into the TomTom GPS port.
Press the power button on the TomTom device to turn it on.
Touch "Yes" on the device screen to make a connection to the computer--the TomTom Home program will launch automatically and display the list of available map or database updates for your device.
Click the button "Update and Install" in the program window to install available updates.
Click the button "Done" to finish updating.
Click the button "Disconnect Device" in the right bottom corner of the TomTom Home window.
Disconnect the data cable from your GPS device when you see the message "You can safely unplug your navigation device."
Tips & Warnings
- The USB data cable is enclosed in the TomTom GPS package box.
- Avoid disconnecting the TomTom GPS from the computer during updating since it may corrupt the device database.