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

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

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

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

Updating TomTom GPS

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

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USB connector.

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Plug the other able connector into the TomTom GPS port.

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

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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.

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

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Click the button "Done" to finish updating.

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

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Disconnect the data cable from your GPS device when you see the message "You can safely unplug your navigation device."