Different Voices for a Garmin Nuvi

by Kefa Olang
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The guidance voice on a Garmin GPS is beneficial because it provides step-by-step instructions, such as when to turn and the names of streets and highways for improved trip navigation. Although a Garmin nuvi comes with a pre-set default voice, changing to a different voice is a personalization preference that customizes your GPS. In addition, downloading and installing more voices provides even more options to enhance navigation.

Step 1

Touch "Settings" on your Garmin nuvi and touch "Language." Touch "Voice" to display the voices uploaed to your GPS.

Step 2

Touch the voice you want to use. When you touch a voice, it's automatically previewed, so make sure the GPS's volume is turned up. Touch the down arrow to view additional voices.

Step 3

Touch "OK" when you select the voice you want to use. The GPS saves the changes automatically and the new voice is activated.

Step 4

Connect your Garmin nuvi to a computer using the USB data cable to install additional voices.

Step 5

Download and install the Garmin Communicator Plugin on your computer if you don't have it. The communicator allows you to install a variety of voices on your Garmin GPS.

Step 6

Launch the Garmin voices download page when the installation completes and click the "Install Now" button to install new voices to your GPS automatically.

Disconnect the USB cable when the installation completes, and then go back to the Voice setting to change the voice on your device.


  • Garmin offers a variety of premium voices that you must pay for before downloading to your Garmin nuvi.


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About the Author

Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.

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