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For every Garmin GPS user, it is very important that they keep on updating the maps to enjoy the latest and unknown territory. Sometimes, Garmin issues map updates with some unique features which you were not able to experience in the older Garmin GPS devices.

Big question is, how to get these map updates for free? There are numerous ways you can get Garmin map updates like Garmin express application and nuMaps subscriptions. There are several ways you can adopt to download and update a map such as:

  • Garmin Express
  • Garmin Connect
  • Garmin WebUpdater
  • myGarmin account
  • Garmin nuMaps
  • Purchasing

Lets find out how to update maps using these sources.

Garmin Express Map Update

Garmin Express is one of the best way you can update Garmin map for free. If you want to update your Garmin maps whenever they are available, you have to install Garmin Express application in your computer. You can easily download and install the software from Garmin website. Here is how you can update maps using Garmin Express:

  • Make sure you have efficient free space available in your Garmin SD card. Some of the maps are quite big in size and your downloading may interrupt if you do not have free storage.
  • Launch the Garmin Express software in your computer and connect your Garmin GPS device using Bluetooth or a USB cable.
  • Make sure you have a high speed internet connection to download and update maps.
  • Register your device with Garmin by entering your device details.
  • If you have already registered, Garmin Express will provide a list of available map updates.
  • Select the map you want to update and click ‘Install Now’ button.
  • After the download, the selected map will be updated in your Garmin GPS device.

Garmin Connect Map Update

Garmin Connect is a mobile application which lets you enjoy several Garmin features like keeping a track of your activities like running, cycling and fitness workouts. If you have a Garmin device, Garmin Connect is a must application to have. You can easily download the app from your device’s app store and register your device with it. Even though it is suitable to download all kinds of maps, it is one of the best way to download Garmin Golf courses. Here are the steps which you have to take in order to download a golf course in your Garmin golf device:

  • Download and install Garmin Connect from your phone’s app store. It is easily available for all Android, iPhone and Windows phones.
  • Launch Garmin Connect and register your device in it.
  • After registering, browse for the golf course you want to download and download them.
  • After downloading, the golf course will be already installed in your device.
  • Turn OFF your device and turn it ON. You can access the golf course in your Garmin golf device.

Garmin Map Update With nuMaps 

Having a nuMaps subscription guarantees one thing – A lifetime free Garmin map updates. The best way to download Garmin map update is by having nuMaps subscription. One thing to remember is that the nuMaps subscription works only with Garmin Express app. If you have a nuMaps subscription,  Here is an easy guide which you can follow to update your Garmin maps for free:

  • Go to the Garmin sign in page and create an myGarmin ID by entering the necessary information. Make sure you put the right credentials.
  • Sign-In in your myGarmin account by entering your details with nuMaps product key.
  • You will find a ‘Activate My Subscription’ option, just click on it.
  • You will receive a prompt message asking to activate the Lifetime Map Update.
  • As soon as you sign in again in your myGarmin account, you will be subscribed to the nuMaps lifetime update.
  • Launch Garmin Express and download and update every map for your Garmin GPS device.

Garmin Map Update Using myGarmin Account

myGarmin account is one of the easiest way to download a Nuvi map for your Garmin Nuvi device. Follow these steps in order to update Garmin Nuvi maps:

  • Sign-In in your myGarmin account.
  • Connect your Garmin Nuvi GPS device with the computer using a USB cable.
  • Go to the ‘Add A Device’ option in your Garmin account.
  • Register your Nuvi device with the help of your email ID.
  • A list of available map updates will prompt. Just buy the ones you need or select the ‘Get Free Update’ option to receive free map updates.
  • Download the file in your computer.
  • Delete the ‘gmapsupp’ file from your device folder and replace it with the new one. The latest map will be updated in your Garmin device.

Garmin Map Update Using WebUpdater 

Follow these steps to install and download Garmin maps using WebUpdater: 

  • Launch the WebUpdater software in your computer. If you do not have WebUpdater, download it from the Garmin website for free.
  • After downloading the software, double click on the downloaded file to run the installation wizard.
  • Wait till the installation gets complete. Run the software after installation.
  • Connect your Garmin GPS device using a USB data cable and wait till the WebUpdater recognize your device.
  • If your device does not get recognized easily, click on Add A Device option.
  • When your device is registered with WebUpdater, you will find a wide range of map updates available for your device.
  • Click on the map you want to download and install it.
  • Disconnect your device and switch it OFF. Switch it ON again and you can access the new maps.

Garmin Map Update By Purchasing

This might be the most simplest way you can have, if you have a budget to buy Garmin maps. There are several features which you can enjoy if you buy Garmin maps such as:

  • If you become a regular buyer, you can have Garmin maps on special discounted prices.
  • It is one of the easiest way to get Garmin maps if you can afford to buy the maps. Simply download the file and move them in the SD card. Insert SD card in your device and install the maps.
  • With purchasing a map, you can update Garmin maps without using a USB cable.
  • You can have a wide regional map which covers a lot of the areas.
  • You can choose from a wide variety of maps.
  • Buying the map is the best option if you want a topographic map.

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