How to Download Updates From a Computer to a TomTom GPS

by William Pullman

The TomTom global positioning system (GPS) uses satellite connections to determine your location, and provide directions to other locations while you are driving. The software in TomTom GPS units is updated regularly. This is done to correct any errors, or to add features that were not included in the original software release. Keep your TomTom GPS unit up to date regularly so that you can always take advantage of the added features.


Connect one end of the USB data cable to your TomTom GPS unit and the other end to the USB port on your computer. After several seconds, the computer will recognize the external device and open "TomTom Home". It's the program that controls the transfer of data between your computer and the GPS unit.


Click "Update My Device" in TomTom Home, if the program does not automatically search for updates. The window that pops up will have any updates available for your GPS device.


Select the updates you want to install on your device by clicking on it and then click "Download Updates." A status bar will appear on the screen, indicating the progress of the download. The first status bar is replaced by a second status bar when the download is complete. The second status bar indicates the progress of the installation.


Click "Done" when the installation is complete to finish the installation of the software update.

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About the Author

William Pullman is a freelance writer from New Jersey. He has written for a variety of online and offline media publications, including "The Daily Journal," "Ocular Surgery News," "Endocrine Today," radio, blogs and other various Internet platforms. Pullman holds a Master of Arts degree in Writing from Rowan University.