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.

Step 3

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.