How to Update Garmin Nuvi via the Web

By Tricia Goss

While your Garmin Nuvi offers the features you need to get wherever you need to go, updating it regularly is essential to ensuring accuracy. Garmin simplifies updating Nuvi software and maps online with the Garmin Express application. In addition, backing up your saved addresses, favorites and routes prior to performing updates enables you to restore them if you experience an issue.

Step 1

Go to the Garmin Express site. Click "Download" for Windows or Mac to initiate the software download. Select the check box to agree to the terms and conditions, then click "Install." Click "Launch" once the installation is complete.

Step 2

Press the power button on the top left of the Nuvi to turn it on. Connect it to your computer using the USB cable provided with your device when prompted on the Garmin Express window.

Step 3

Select the "Device" tab on the Garmin Express window, click "Backup" and select "Backup Now" to backup saved favorites prior to checking for updates.

Step 4

Select the "Updates" tab to view any available map and software updates. If your device is up to date, Garmin Express displays messages in the Updates list explaining that you have installed all current updates.

Step 5

Click "Install All" to update all of the available maps and software updates or select "Show Details" to view more information and select the updates you want to install.

Step 6

Close Garmin Express and disconnect the Nuvi from your computer when the "All Updates Were Successfully Completed" message appears.

Tips & Warnings

  • Any time you want to check to ensure your Nuvi is up to date, start Garmin Express, connect your device to the computer using the USB cord and click "Check for Updates" in the upper-right corner. Express lists any available updates or informs you that your maps and software are up to date.
  • If you do not have enough space on your Nuvi, you will not be able to install all map updates. Garmin Express warns you if the device requires more space. You can choose to use a memory card or opt to install maps only for a specific region.
  • Select the "Device" tab of the Garmin Express window to access your user manual and other information on your Nuvi.
  • You must have an active Internet connection to use Garmin Express.