June 6, 2009

Update your Garmin Maps - Lifetime Subscription

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Garmin has a pretty sweet deal on maps - here it is: Pay one price and get four map updates a year for the life of the device. - What's even better is that it's about $97, at this writing, when you order it off of Amazon (when you include shipping) - this same update is $119 on Garmin's website - a $23 savings.

Buying this is easy.


  1. Go to the Garmin Website to make sure your unit is compatible - Click on View compatible Products.

  2. Order the "Gift Card" item off Amazon - and get it in a few days; it has codes on it to validate a download.

  3. Go to MyGarmin to log in or create an account.

  4. Connect your GPS via USB cord, then go to the website on the back of the card and start the validation process; it takes a little time, but it's easy.

  5. Download the file - it can be BIG so this will take a while the first time you update.

  6. Open the downloaded file and it will install and validate on your GPS.

More information on the Download Instructions (PDF Link) from Garmin detail the process a bit more.

Please note that this is a Lifetime subscription that is linked to one and only one GPS through the serial number. Sorry, it's not a household license that gives you the ability to load the maps on your Nuvi 250, then the Nuvi 265W, your Colorado 400t, and your friend's Nuvi too!! (Too bad, I know).

You can update your maps on your GPS up to four times per year for the lifetime of the unit - pretty good deal.

At Amazon - Garmin nüMaps Lifetime North America Map Updates for detailed maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico

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Posted by Scott Martin at June 6, 2009 5:40 PM

Recent Comments

Question:
I have preordered an Oregon 550. Once it arrives I'll want routable maps.

Do I buy nuMaps, or do I have to buy City Navigator North America NT first, then nuMaps to keep THAT updated?


Posted by: Mark at July 1, 2009 9:40 AM

This really, really, really seems like the hard, expensive, stupid and license-encumbered way to do this when there's much better options available that DO let you share it with as many units as you would like. Try visiting http://garmin.na1400.info/routable.php instead.


Posted by: Paul Johnson at June 6, 2009 9:30 PM
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