How to Update a TomTom GPS

By Oxana Fox

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

Step 1

Use a Web browser on your computer to navigate to the Home TomTom software download website (see Resources).

Step 2

Click on the link "Download" and choose "Run" on the prompt.

Step 3

Click the button "Install" to install the TomTom software on your computer.

Updating TomTom GPS

Step 1

Insert the USB connector of the TomTom GPS data cable into an available USB port of your computer.

Step 2

Plug the other able connector into the TomTom GPS port.

Step 3

Press the power button on the TomTom device to turn it on.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Click the button "Update and Install" in the program window to install available updates.

Step 6

Click the button "Done" to finish updating.

Step 7

Click the button "Disconnect Device" in the right bottom corner of the TomTom Home window.

Step 8

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.