How to Download Mapquest to Garmin Nuvi

By Candi Lemon

Your Garmin GPS may have a built-in screenshot feature.
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If you like to use Mapquest to plan your trip routes or map your destinations, you can download these Mapquest itineraries and waypoints directly to your Garmin Nuvi device, eliminating the need to search for them again on your Garmin Nuvi. Most of the Garmin Nuvi devices are compatible for use with Mapquest, and this feature is free of charge.

Step 1

Go to and download the Garmin Communicator plug-in that allows you to connect your Garmin Nuvi with Mapquest and other sites. Follow the screen prompts to install the software and run it.

Step 2

Plug the small end of the Garmin USB cable to the side or bottom of your Garmin Nuvi and connect the other end of the cable to a USB port in your computer.

Step 3

Go to and type in the destination you wish to download to your Garmin Nuvi. Open the map for the address you selected.

Step 4

Click on the "Send" tab on the top of Mapquest's map display page and select "Send to GPS" from the drop-down menu.

Step 5

Highlight your Garmin Nuvi device in the pop-up window and click "OK." Mapquest sends your selected address to your Garmin Nuvi "My Favorites" or "My Locations" tab in the "Where to" menu.