How to Reset a Magellan GPS (3 Steps)

by Kefa Olang
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If your Magellan GPS is behaving erratically, whether it fails to respond or update maps, or freezes, resetting it reboots the device to restore normal operations. The more you use your GPS, the greater likelihood that it will run into minor problems, so performing a reset is necessary. When you reset your Magellan GPS, the device's firmware reboots automatically without deleting saved content such as updated maps. You can perform this simple procedure anytime to solve GPS problems.

Step 1

Slide the power switch to the off position, then hold it there for eight seconds or more to reset your Magellan GPS automatically. This procedure is designed for a Magellan GPS with a slide switch.

Step 2

Locate the Reset hole on your Magellan GPS if your unit has a push-down power button. The Reset hole is usually located on the back of the GPS.

Insert the end of a paperclip or pin into the reset hole and push the Reset button in for at least 10 seconds. Remove the pointed object. The Magellan GPS resets automatically.


  • If your Magellan GPS has a reset power switch, it will have a three-position power switch (Reset, Off and On). Move the switch to the "Reset" position to reset your GPS automatically.
  • Resetting a Magellan GPS varies with different models, so always refer to your device's manual or documentation for the proper reset instructions.


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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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