How to Update Garmin Maps of All Types
Wearable Technology and GPS Navigation have been a part of the daily life of the citizens of today’s highly evolving and interactive technological world. And in this world, Garmin has captured almost most of the space in the technological aspect of the automobile, marine, aviation, fitness, and outdoor markets. With a mission of creating something essential for making our lives easier, Garmin considered every day as an opportunity in order to innovate something new, finding a chance to beat yesterday and its old traditional rudimentary technologies. With compelling designs and superior quality, Garmin’s products like activity trackers, high-tech smart & sports watches, and GPS Tracking systems with maps have indeed brought in the best value and performance for the consumers.
Map Format of Garmin
With points of interest, routes, tracks, and such other information added to a base map, we know that GPX data files have been a GPS standard for waypoints. Garmin uses GPX files for its maps. Even though Google Earth KML and KMZ files are not compatible with Garmin, they can be converted to GPX files in order to be used in Garmin and other GPS devices or programs using Garmin BaseCamp software. Using free web-based programs and software, one can convert KML or KMZ files to GPX files or vice-versa in order to use in Garmin products.
If you wish to put Google maps on your Garmin watch or any other products, you can use the GPS standard GPX converted files of the same. The KML files that google uses can be converted using Garmin BaseCamp software, by directly selecting and importing an existing track on the map to the Garmin product or by watching supporting tracks.
Starting as a GPS equipment maker, Garmin’s line of geolocation devices features quite a rich mix of paid and free updates for maps that are supported by GPS. Using GPX files, routes and locations are tracked and identified. If you want to get the most out of your old GPS device, you can update your old Garmin maps in themselves.
In order to download and update maps firsthand in Garmin, you need to have a Garmin account and should register all your Garmin devices in it. For the initial pairing of your device with the software, you need to register it in your Garmin account.
For updating maps, you can use Garmin maps, the Maps Updates page, or the Garmin Express application for free and paid updates.
For Free Garmin Map Updates
Log into the website http://my.garmin.com and log into your my Garmin account where you can find new notifications appearing in the home tab, informing you of recent available free map updates.
Downloading and Installing updates through Garmin Express Application
Sometimes notifies you if you have to install the Garmin Express application to download any updates for maps. Garmin Express Application is sometimes considered as a key to update maps for many devices of Garmin company. The application is available for both Mac and Windows computers through which, you can use the USB port to connect with the Garmin devices to sync the new updates or software of your maps into the devices. After completing the update, you can disconnect your device from the PC and restart it to activate the updated OS on the device.
If we look at the different types of Garmin maps, we can classify them as Garmin golf course maps, Garmin maps for cycling, maps for outdoors, marine charts, aviation, avionics, etc.
With free lifetime course updates, the company charges an annual fee for course updates that can be updated for Garmin golf devices, through Garmin Express software, much like how we update maps for other devices.
Using the Garmin Express desktop app, you can update the city navigator, and Garmin cycle maps for your devices.
For those in favor of hiking, fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities and adventures, Garmin Maps and Maps updates page shows you options for the latest and most accurate map updates for your Outdoor GPS devices.
By downloading the latest charts into a memory card and by transferring them to your device, you can update Marine charts by using Garmin Express software.
Aviation and Avionics is a totally separate and highly regulated part of the Garmin database. For central resources and for the latest info, and to keep up with the data current, professionals use the Fly Garmin to update maps and other data.