How to Update The Software on my Garmin GPS?

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Navigation has given us freedom from uncertainties which we had faced in past while planning any trip. Before the era of GPS, we were dependent upon people for getting information about the routes. Now with just a few clicks, you can view numerous places on GPS devices without any hassle. One such organization which has presented quality products in this industry is Garmin. From aviation to marine, it offers you a vast range of maps and devices. But to utilize them in the best way possible, it is necessary that updates are regularly installed whenever Garmin launches them as only a well-maintained gadget can offer you excellence. Usually, the updates are released several times in a year. To download them you may not require an expert as this task can be performed with the help of Garmin Express. It is a software which is used to install all latest maps and software. You will receive proper notification from the company which will help you in downloading updates. You can use Garmin Express on any system as it is compatible with all Windows and Mac computers. Following are the updates which you will receive from Garmin.

•    Map updates

Under this category, you will receive updates related to maps such as latest changes to roads and locations, information regarding new places etc. The size of these updates will be enormous as it contains a lot of information. To install it on your device, first, you will have to download it on the system. The installation procedure will take time due to the large size. Do not interrupt the process in between as doing so will generate errors.

•    Software Updates   

These updates make changes to the operation of your navigation device. It will help in increasing the efficiency as well as compatibility of the gadget. Within few minutes the procedure of installation will conclude because as compared to maps software updates has smaller size due to less information in it.


Following is the process with which you can update the device. It is mandatory that you follow all the steps as prescribed below. If any deviation happens then, it is possible that you may not get the desired result.

•    Step 1: Download Garmin Express

Before updating navigation gadget, first, you have to download the application of Garmin Express on your laptop or system. You can find the link on an official website of Garmin. It will take only a few minutes, but this application will come in use whenever your device requires any updating of maps or software.  

•    Step 2: Install the application

After downloading the app, install it on the computer. Make sure that installation does not get interrupted. If the process gets hampered, then the device will start generating errors.

•    Step 3: Connect Garmin device to a system

Use a proper and compatible USB cable to connect the device to a desktop. Inferior cable will create errors. Sometimes users prefer buying other alternatives due to affordable prices, but it is possible that you may not be able to yield full benefits from it as it can encounter compatibility issues. Try to use the authentic cable of gadget which you may have received at the time of purchase. 

•    Step 4: Launch Garmin Express

When you install this application, it will launch itself during the process. If you already have the app installed on your system then start it by clicking on it. In case, If you are using a windows system, then you can double-click the express icon which you will find in the system tray. Here you will see some shortcuts. Double-click on the shortcut of GE on the desktop. You can also search for it in the start menu. After launching the application proceed further.

•    Step 5: Select the device

Here you will see a list of devices. From the menu, you have to select the gadget which requires an update. When you choose an option, some steps will show up on the screen. Follow them in the prescribed manner. If your device is not added to the list, then you will find an option where you can add it after providing the details of your equipment.

•    Step 6: Install updates

After selecting the device, the application will show you all the latest updates. Click "install" or "install all" to initialize the download. This action will initiate the process of download.

When the downloading will start, a window will pop up in which you will be able to see the progress in detail. After the completion of a download. You will see a message "Updates complete!." It will indicate that you have completed the whole procedure successfully. In case if you encounter problems than contacting customer support will be a right decision. They can assist if the problem with your device is different. Sometimes physical damage or a bug can be responsible for poor performance.

With passing time, it is possible that you may encounter problems with your GPS device. Installing latest updates can also help you in eliminating navigation issues. Following are the areas in which updating your equipment can be useful:

·         Incorrect routing

Sometimes the device will show you routes which can be incorrect and can lead you to the wrong destination. It can happen due to weak signals from satellite or outdated maps version. Installing latest updates can resolve this problem.

·         Upgrading issues

It is necessary that no interruption should come in between during the process of installation. If the process encounters obstacles, then it will generate errors which can result in a sudden collapse of your device.



·         Frequent hang incidents

Sometimes due to old software, your gadget can hang. The frequency of it can increase with time if you will keep on avoiding the download of updates. 

·         live track problems

Sometimes the gadget may face problems in creating a connection which will lead you to live track problems. Here you will have to establish a proper connection.

·         GPS is not able to unlock

When the device is not able to verify maps, it encounters a problem of locking up the gadget. If this is the issue, then you will not be able to unlock it unless you download pending updates.

·         Compatibility issues with devices and windows version

With changing time, Windows versions also have advanced. Your device will only be able to work correctly when proper updates are downloaded by keeping a version of Windows in mind.   

·         Problems in route creation

If you are searching for a newly open place, and your maps are not updated, then it will encounter the problem of route creation.

·         Routing errors

Faulty settings in the GPS unit or Basecamp/Mapsource, bugs in the OFM or broken road network on OpenStreetMap can be responsible for routing errors. With the help of updates, you can reset your device to normal for better performance.

With Garmin Express you can update all type of devices for every segment such as marines, aviation, outdoor, cycling and connect IQ etc. From mobiles to systems, it is compatible with every gadget. If you have any concerns related to updates in Garmin navigation equipment, then GE can be your one-stop solution for all answers. 

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