How to Change the Boot Picture on a Garmin GPS

by William Pullman

When you start a Garmin GPS receiver, the Garmin company logo appears on the screen while the device boots. One method of customizing many Garmin GPS units is to change the boot picture to a personal image downloaded to the device. Garmin GPS receivers support JPEG images that you transfer to the device from a computer. Only Garmin receivers that have the Picture Viewer software can change the boot picture.

Step 1

Plug the mini-USB end of the USB cable into the Garmin GPS and the USB end of the cable into a USB port on a computer.

Step 2

Click the Windows "Start" button, select "Computer" and double-click the "Garmin" drive.

Step 3

Double-click the "JPEG" drive to see a list of the images on your Garmin device.

Step 4

Drag the image from the computer that you want to use as the boot picture and drop it in the JPEG window.

Step 5

Click the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the system tray and select "Eject Garmin." Unplug the GPS when "Safe to Remove Hardware" appears on the screen.

Step 6

Turn on the Garmin GPS, select "Tools" and click "Picture Viewer." A thumbnail list of the images stored on the device will appear.

Step 7

Tap the thumbnail of the image you want to use as the boot picture and tap the "i" symbol on the toolbar.

Tap the "Display at power on" option.


  • Information in this article applies to Garmin GPS devices with Picture Viewer software. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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