Updating the maps on my garmin

Posted by / 24-Dec-2017 20:43

Select the checkbox next to "Tiled KMZ for specific map type" to enable it.

The tiled export works by letting you choose a Topo Fusion tileset in the dropdown.

This tutorial describes the process of exporting any of Topo Fusion's maps to Garmin GPS units (currently Oregon, Dakota and Colorado support this feature). The Export View function will export maps for the area currently visible in Topo Fusion's map view. Pan and zoom the map view to show the area you wish to export.

The feature is found in the "Export View" dialog in Topo Fusion. Select the checkbox for "Export KMZ to Garmin GPS." The options below it are now enabled.

Garmin have made a number of changes to their map update procedures in the last year.

For those with newer devices these changes have made it much simpler, for others it can still be a painful process with numerous calls to Garmin technical support.

If all goes to plan, not only will the latest maps for your sat-nav be installed but also the latest device software, Bluetooth updates, voice updates and so on. Register your sat-nav by entering your email address when requested to do so. I recommend that you only use Express if you have a good and reliable broadband connection as some of the maps files are very large and take several hours to download from Garmin. During the update procedure and depending on your device, you may be asked to disconnent your sat-nav from your PC and reboot it (turning it back on).

This can only be done with Garmin Mapsource or Map Install.

You connect your sat-nav to your PC or Mac using the USB cable that came in the box.

If you have lost your USB cable you can get a replacement. Within Garmin Express, selecting 'Install All' under the 'Updates' tab is the safest option.

In this case you can either select a smaller region that will fit on your device or you can insert a micro/SD card into your sat-nav to hold the maps. If you don't have one, you can purchase one from here. Always make sure you have the latest version of Garmin Express installed before updating your sat-nav. Unfortunately, Garmin Express does not always work.

You can check this by clicking the 'cog' icon, top right hand side of the Garmin Express window and clicking on the link in the 'About Garmin Express' panel. Sometimes it has trouble recognising the devices that are connected to it.

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It is important to let this procedure complete - don't be tempted to switch on/off your device even if it looks like nothing is happening.