We have recently seen several clients come into our shop, requesting help in updating their Garmin GPS systems. While smartphones have cut into the GPS market, there are still several Garmin GPS units available. Today, we wanted to discuss some ways to update your Garmin GPS.

It is vital to keep your device updated with a current list of roads and highways to get you where you need to go as quickly as possible. You don’t want to experience being lead down a dead-end road at the tail end of a long trip!

Fortunately, even though roads are changing, Garmin has made updating a breeze with Garmin Express software. Once you install the software on your computer, all you will need to do is plug in your GPS; the software does the rest.

Connect It To Your Computer

To start the process, connect your Garmin to your computer. Power on the unit and connect with the mini USB cable. After you connect the GPS, wait for the progress bar to scroll through to completion. If it is the first time updating, you may have to sign in to your Garmin account.

Install Garmin Express

Secondly, your computer will need the Garmin Express software installed. If it is not, you can download it from here. Select “Download for Windows” or “Download for Mac” depending on the device you are using. Next, click the install button and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation. Garmin Express is compatible with Drive, DriveAssist, Zumo, Nuvi, or any other model in Garmin’s lineup.

Purchase or Access Updates

If Garmin Express doesn’t recognize your device, you will have to add it. Click “Add a Device” once your GPS is hooked up and locate your device. The program will search for any available updates and provide a list to select from. If you didn’t purchase lifetime updates with your device, you might need to purchase them to update your device entirely.

Ready To Roll!

Once the updates are finished installing, select Eject to safely disconnect your device from your computer. Hook your GPS back up in your vehicle, and you are ready to go. If you found this article interesting or helpful, check out our other posts!