How to Determine Your Garmin Nuvi's Model Number

by Melissa King
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The Garmin Nuvi guides you through city streets and down rural roads with accurate directions, traffic updates and a list of points of interest. All Nuvis have a model number that enables you to identify your product. You'll need to know this model number if you want to look up documentation for your device, download updates or contact Garmin for support. If you know your model number, you can also quickly get service for your device in the event of a product recall. If your Nuvi is attached to a vehicle cradle, you need to remove it to find the model number.

Step 1

Disconnect the Nuvi from the vehicle charger, if applicable.

Step 2

Press the tab on the front of the vehicle cradle to unlock the Nuvi, and pull the device toward you to remove it.

Flip the device over. Look for the model number on the back or bottom of the Nuvi. The model number always starts with "Nuvi" and is followed by three or four numbers or letters.


  • Garmin has recalled several Nuvi models because of a battery that may overheat and cause a fire hazard. These models include the Nuvi 200W, 250W, 260W and 7xx, where "xx" is a two-digit number.
  • Garmin also provides the model number on your product's packaging and owner's manual. You may also find the number inside the battery compartment.
  • You can find more information about your Nuvi in the System menu. To access it, go to "Tools," select "Settings," select "System" and choose "About." This menu displays your Nuvi's model number, unit ID and software version. You will need to know this information if you update the device's maps or software.


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Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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