How to Hack a Magellan 1470 GPS

By Dan Harkins

Magellan's RoadMate 1470 dash-mounted GPS navigation device is thin at 0.7-inch wide with a sizable 4.7-inch touch-screen display for easily viewable direction planning. Hacking, or unlocking features, on the device was difficult to perform until the summer of 2010, when the company released a new software upgrade for the 1470. Now, just download a desktop program called Content Manager and the upgraded software to unleash all your new maps and points of interest.

Step 1

Turn on your Magellan RoadMate 1470 and your Web-ready computer, then connect the two with your USB cable.

Step 2

Navigate to the first link in the References section for Content Manager. Click on "Download" and choose "Save File." Place the file on your desktop.

Step 3

Double-click on the icon after it's downloaded, then "Run." Follow the on-screen prompts to fully install the Content Manager. This facilitates the software upgrade and informs you of any future upgrades.

Step 4

Navigate to the link in the Resources section link and click "Download" for your software upgrade. Choose to "Save File" and place it in a convenient location.

Step 5

Double-click on the upgrade icon after it has fully downloaded, then "Run." Follow the prompts to install the upgrade on your device.