How to Add Additional Maps to a Garmin MicroSD Card

Many Garmin GPS devices are compatible with a microSD card. To save maps to the memory card, the card must be inserted in the GPS. New map files added to the Garmin are automatically added to the inserted memory card. To add new maps, you must have the necessary software installed on the system. New maps can be purchased online through your myGarmin account and downloaded to the computer. If you don't have a myGarmin account, the additional maps will still need to be saved on the computer to transfer them to the microSD card inserted in the device.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable
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Instructions

    • 1

      Log in to myGarmin. You can create a myGarmin account at the Garmin website (see Resources). When creating an account, you will be asked to register the Garmin GPS device. Follow the registration prompts.

    • 2

      Download and install the Garmin MapInstall software. See Resources for a download link.

    • 3

      Click on the "myMaps" tab in the myGarmin account. Select "Update Available." All purchased maps, free map updates and maps available for purchase for your Garmin device will be listed. To purchase maps, select "Add to Cart" and follow the prompts to complete the purchase with a debit or credit card.

    • 4

      Click on "Add to Device" and "Download" to save the map to the computer. If a product key is provided, be sure to write it down.

    • 5

      Insert the microSD card into the Garmin GPS device. Connect the device to the computer with the USB cable.

    • 6

      Open Garmin MapInstall. The software will detect all connected devices. Select the GPS device that you want to update. Click "Continue." Accept the license agreement and hit "Continue." Enter the product key, if prompted. Click "Continue."

    • 7

      Click "Advanced" to install additional maps. All maps currently on the computer will be detected and listed.

    • 8

      Select the map to install in the Advanced screen. Select "Install to Device Only" and click "OK." The software will install the new map.

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