If you have recently purchased a Garmin Nuvi with LMT or LM extension (for example Garmin Nuvi 1450 LM, Nuvi 1300 LM, Nuvi 2595lmt, etc) it means that you can benefit from free lifetime map updates (the life of the device of course, or better yet the average usage duration of a Garmin Nuvi). Well now that we know we can take advantage of free maps for our satnav, what are the steps we should take to get them?
Let’s see below how easy we can get the latest free updates for Garmin Nuvi devices with Life Time Maps:
Turn on your PC (or laptop) and access your favorite web-browser. Then access the following link : Garmin official site
It will open a new tab where you can download Garmin Express , a little app that will deal with your Satnav’s updates. While the program is downloading connect the Garmin Nuvi GPS unit to the computer with the supplied cable . If you don’t have the cable at hand you can enter the serialnumber of the device in the box above the “enter your serial number” text on the same website above.
Another alternative where you can create an account and register your personal Nuvi GPS unit is: Garmin registration Here, in addition to the free map updates, you can also access and purchase other services (vehicles, voices, safety camera updates and more).
After downloading the Garmin Express (and having Nuvi unit connected to the PC ) install it in your computer. After installation the program will automatically detect the connected satnav and will access the free available updates for it (of course you need to have an Internet connection). Depending on the model, the program will detect updates for the software of the device as well as free updates for maps.
Now click the “Install all” orange button and the program will begin working. It will firstly update the navigation software of the Garmin Nuvi device and then it will proceed with the download of the latest available maps storing them in your computer temporary . The download process of the maps may take 2-3 hours depending on your Internet speed, the availability of the server and the size of the downloaded files.
After the new maps are fully downloaded, they will be copied in the memory of the Garmin Nuvi GPS device, which will take approximately 10-15 minutes. After copying the maps you will receive a confirmation message from the Garmin Express program: “All updates were successfully completed” and also “Your maps are up to date”.
With this we conclude the free updates for Garmin Nuvi regardless of the model. In the same app previously installed (Garmin Express), by pressing the Device button we can see the storage memory and how much of it has been taken by the new maps as well as the available space. You can also delete or change the sets of maps or you can make a backup of your navigation unit in your computer which is an extremely useful function.
Exit the Garmin Express app and disconnect the Garmin Nuvi GPS unit from the PC (for extra precautions use the Safely Remove Device from Windows).
After disconnecting it, the device will reset and a LOADING message will appear on the screen which means that the new software and the update maps are loading in its memory. This process will take a couple of minutes and afterwards the regular menu of the device will load.
By tapping on Settings/ Manage Maps you can check if the new maps have been properly installed (check the coding of the Maps vs. what you saw in Garmin Express –ex 2014.40).
It might take some time until it acquires satellites for the first time after the update but don’t worry, after the initial adjustment there won’t be any problems.
This is everything you need to know and it isn’t very difficult. Basically, we can update maps on the Garmin Nuvi with Lifetime Maps easy without needing to have advanced knowledge of a computer, but simply by following some simple installation, connection, download and copy operations. Good luck!