How to Program a GPS Device

by Krista Martin

GPS stands for Global Positioning System (GPS), which is a navigation system that sends and receives signals via satellite. GPS devices can determine the location, velocity and time you are traveling anywhere in the world at any time. These devices can be used for everything from hiking in the country, driving to work, taking a road trip, cycling and much more. While brands may differ, the GPS is user-friendly and will guide you through your journey fairly easy.

Charge your GPS so that it is fully charged before you start your trip. You don't want the GPS battery to go dead while you are driving or hiking. Always take a map and a compass with you as a backup; the GPS device isn't fool-proof.

Turn on the GPS and let it load. It may take a few minutes for your GPS to acquire the satellite signal.

Program the address that you want to go to if you have the address details. The GPS will allow you to enter the address details in a step-by-step process. For safety reasons, wait until you are parked or program your GPS before you embark on your journey.

Listen to the directions offered by the GPS. The GPS will direct you turn by turn and advise you how far you have to go before your next turn. Your GPS will display a map view of where you are driving, how fast you are going and how many miles you have yet to go.

Save the journey on your GPS by touching the screen and following the options in your GPS if it's a journey you plan to use again. It's a good idea to save your home address so that your GPS will always know how to direct you home in the event you get lost.

Explore your GPS device features. Depending on the type and capabilities of your GPS, you may have access to other features, such as changing the voice of the GPS speaker, adjusting the volume or display screen and more.

Update your GPS regularly by connecting it to your computer via USB cord. This will allow your GPS to update any road changes, construction routes and other changes to routes in your area.

About the Author

Krista Martin has been writing professionally since 2005. She has written for magazines, newspapers and websites including Live Listings, "Homes & Living" magazine and the "Metro Newspaper." Martin holds an honors Bachelor of Arts in English from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Journalism from the University of Westminster.

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