How to Connect a Nuvi to a PC

by Kirk Bennet

A Garmin nuvi GPS unit has a wide display that enables you to easily see maps and directions. You can also upload additional maps, waypoints and other data to its SD card. To upload data to a nuvi unit, you need to connect it to your computer with the supplied USB cable. Windows 7 is able to recognize the device and communicate with it by default.


Plug the mini USB connector of the USB cable into the mini USB port on the bottom of the Garmin nuvi unit.


Plug the other end of the USB cable into a free USB port on your computer. Windows 7 detects the Garmin nuvi device as an external storage device.


Click the Windows Start button and click "Computer" to open Windows Explorer.


Select the drive assigned by Windows to your GPS device from the left pane to view the contents of the GPS unit in the right pane.

About the Author

Kirk Bennet started writing for websites and online publications in 2005. He covers topics in nutrition, health, gardening, home improvement and information technology.

Photo Credits

  • photo_camera Jupiterimages/ Images