Garmin Express: How Do I Update My Garmin Maps For Free?

If you have a Garmin device, it is very important that keep on updating its software and maps. Updating the Garmin software not only makes your device run smoothly but it also erases various bugs and problems.

One may have many questions when they need to update a Garmin device such as

  • Can I update my Garmin GPS for free?
  • How do I update my Garmin Sat Nav for free?
  • How much money does it cost for a Garmin Map Update?
  • Are Garmin map updates free?
  • How do I download Garmin maps?
  • How often do Garmin update maps?
  • How do I get free Garmin Lifetime map updates?

All this can be achieved through just one software-Garmin Express. It is one of the must-have tools every Garmin user should have no matter what device they are using. If you have any kind of Garmin GPS device, you can have free Garmin map updates and free Garmin GPS updates whenever an update is made available for your device by Garmin. Let’s find out how can you take full advantage of Garmin Express.

Garmin Express Download

In order to use Garmin Express, first you have to install in in your windows or Mac system. But first see if your system meets the minimum requirement needed to install Garmin Express on a system.

Garmin Express Windows Requirement

  • 1024 x 768 display
  • High-speed internet
  • 1 GB RAM and USB port
  • Windows 7 or new
  • 20 GB free space

Garmin Express Mac Requirement –

  • 1440 x 900 display,
  • High-speed internet
  • 1 GB RAM and USB port
  • OS X 10.11 or new
  • 20 GB free space

Download Garmin Express For Windows

If you want to download and install Garmin express in your computer and it meets the above-mentioned windows requirement, simply follow these steps:

  • Check that you are having active internet connection and getting good speed.
  • Start your computer and open a web browser.
  • Visit Garmin website.
  • Go to the product app store on
  • Click on Download For Windows
  • After the download finishes, go to the download folder in your system.
  • Go to the downloaded file and double click on it.
  • Click on the Run option to initiate the installation process.
  • Select your preferred location to save the downloaded files for Garmin Express.
  • Garmin Express application will be downloaded in your windows system.

Download Garmin Express For Mac

Just follow these steps to download and install Garmin Express in your Mac-book:

  • Check that you are having uninterrupted internet connection in your system.
  • Launch Safari browser.
  • Open Garmin Express download for mac page and click on Download for Mac.
  • Garmin Express software file will download in the preset download folder.
  • Open download folder and go to the Garmin Express file. Double tap and click
  • Select your location for application files to download. They are set as default to be saved in Folder C/.
  • The application will be installed in your Mac system. Click on the Launch Garmin Express option to run the software.

Why Do You Need Garmin Express?

You must be asking why I need Garmin express software and what benefits I can reap with this software. Here is what you can get with Garmin Express:

  • Garmin Free Map Update – Garmin Express makes sure that its users get notified for any map updates available for their registered device.
  • Software Updates – If you have registered your device with Garmin, you can easily update your Garmin GPS software easily with Garmin Express.
  • Chart Updates – Garmin Express is the one-stop shop for your marine charts. Get an exclusive range of marine charts specially catered for your device.
  • Golf Course Updates – With Garmin Express, you can easily update your Golf course device and Golf Course maps.
  • Sync Your Garmin Device – Sync all your Garmin data on any of the device and with Garmin Connect easily.

How Do You Register Your Garmin Device?

Learn the steps you have to follow to register a Garmin device with Garmin Express.

Registering A New Device

  • Connect your Garmin GPS with your PC using a USB data cable.
  • Launch Garmin Express.
  • On the home screen, a prompt message will appear with a ‘Add New Device’
  • If you are not able to get any prompt notification, click on the ‘Add A Device’
  • In the next page, write an email ID and a Username of your choice.
  • Click on Yes and your device will be registered with Garmin Express.

Registering An Old/Exchanged Device

Here is how you can register any old or exchanged Garmin GPS device with Garmin Express:

  • Make sure you have deleted your older device when you are adding a new one.
  • Connect your Exchanged Garmin GPS with computer using a USB cable. Make sure you have internet connection.
  • Open Garmin Express.
  • Click on ‘Add Device‘ option.
  • Register your device by writing your email ID. If you want, you can select a nick name for your ID.
  • A prompt message quoting that the device has been registered with Garmin Express will flash on the screen.

Garmin Express: Update Guide

Update Garmin Maps For Free

Follow these steps to update Garmin maps for free in your GPS device:

  • Open your system and launch Garmin Express application.
  • Make sure your computer is connected with internet.
  • Connect your Garmin GPS either with Bluetooth or a USB data cable.
  • Make sure your device has sufficient storage to save the updated maps.
  • Go to the Map Update A list of available map updates will come on the screen.
  • Select the map you want to update and click ‘Install Now’ button.
  • The selected map will be updated in your GPS device. 

Update Garmin Marine Maps For Free

Follow these steps if you want to download and install Garmin marine maps in your device:

  • Launch Garmin Express in your system.
  • Make sure you have a prepared marine SD card with you. Connect it with your computer with a card reader device.
  • If you have already registered it, go to the map update options; if not, register your marine GPS with Garmin Express.
  • After registration, a list of available marine charts will appear on your screen. Opt for the map you want in your GPS and click on Download.
  • After the download is complete, move the file in the SD card.
  • Insert the SD card in your marine GPS and access the map you have downloaded.

 Update Garmin Automotive Maps For Free

Follow these steps to download and update automotive maps in your Garmin automotive GPS device:

  • Run Garmin Express and connect your device using a USB data cable. Wait till the software automatically detects your device. If not, select Add A Device option and add your device on Garmin Express.
  • Go to the map update option and see if there are map updates available for your device.
  • If these are available, go to the map and click on Download
  • The map will be downloaded and installed in your device.

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