How to Update Garmin Nuvi

How to Update Garmin NuviThere are many ways in which you can update your Garmin Nuvi GPS Sat Nav in order to either improve it, or simply make it stand out from the crowd – but most of all make sure you get to your destination on time!

For example, you could download a Garmin map update, change the voices on the Nuvi, load in different vehicle icons, and much more.  Our guide below tells you how to update Garmin Nuvi devices so you can get the most from your Nuvi GPS with all this additional content.

Garmin Map Updates

There are a number of different options available for people who want new Garmin maps on their sat nav or GPS.  We’ve detailed all of the different Garmin map updates on another page but it is possible to download new Garmin maps for free or a very cheap price.  Some of the most popular Garmin Nuvi devices are listed below followed by details on the additional content you can load onto your Garmin.

Garmin Nuvi 200w Update

The Garmin Nuvi 200w update will be the same price across the board and considering that the Nuvi 200w is such a cheap product in the first place, having to pay a small fee for a Garmin map update should be acceptable enough – alternatively you might be eligible for the nuMaps Guarantee which is the free map update from Garmin.

Garmin Nuvi 250w Map Update

The 250w is wide screen GPS and similarly to the devices already listed, a Garmin Nuvi 205w update can be downloaded officially from Garmin.  Click here for all Garmin Map Update options and choose from the best and cheapest maps to suit your budget.

Garmin Nuvi 255w Update

Another one of the widescreen models, a Garmin Nuvi 255w update is a good idea considering the age that this product is.  If you have not updated your sat nav maps for a year, then we would highly recommend that you do so as roads can change regularly.  Garmin map updates are very cost effective and seem to be coming down in price regularly.

New Voices for Your Garmin Nuvi GPS

One of the coolest customization options available for the Nuvi GPS products is the ability to load new voices.  As you will know the products come with standard voices already installed, but if you go to the Garmin website you will find an extras section where you can access new voices files for free download including:

  • Spongebob SquarePants
  • Dora the Explorer
  • Squirrel
  • Yeti
  • Dr Nightmare

They are also more cartoon characters, famous people, and even leading sports men and women.  Loading a new voice definitely adds a little bit of interest to your drive, and you know that your kids will love having a cartoon character telling you to “turn left” or “turn right”.

Record Your Own Voices Onto a Garmin Nuvi GPS

If the free voices don’t really do it for you, then even better you can create your own voice commands and then load them onto your Nuvi using a free software download called Garmin Voice Studio.  Garmin Voice Studio is very simple to use and all you need is a microphone and USB Cable. 

The software leads you through the different commands, you speak them, record them, and then Voice Studio lets you export them in a format that you can load to the Nuvi.  One idea that has become popular is buying a Garmin GPS for a grandparent, and loading the kid’s voice directions onto it as a fantastic present.

Change Your Vehicle Icons

One final customization option gives you the ability to swap the small blue car that always appears on your Nuvi’s screen.  If you ever though how cool would it be to change it then you will be pleased to hear that you can change the vehicle icon.  Again Garmin have released a number of free options for download, and the new icons include boats, sports cars, trucks, cartoon characters, horses, helicopters and many more. 

These are just a few of the customization options available to someone asking themselves how to update Garmin Nuvi sat nav and GPS products.  These also apply for the Zumo range of motorcycle products.