How to Update a Garmin Map for the Kenwood DNX9960

by Melissa King
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The Kenwood DNX9960 is an in-dash navigation system that features turn-by-turn directions, built-in Bluetooth, traffic alerts and Garmin maps. On occasion, updates are released for the Garmin software that adds extra features, or fixes known issues. Before updating the DNX9960 with Garmin's latest software, it is necessary to update the device's firmware through the Kenwood website. After doing so, the Garmin update can be downloaded and installed on the device.

Step 1

Download the DNX9960 firmware update from the Open the downloaded file. Connect a USB storage device to the computer, and copy the update file to the USB device.

Step 2

Connect the USB storage device to the DNX9960. Press "Menu" and choose "Standby." Press "Setup," "Software" and "Update." Wait approximately three minutes for the update to finish. Remove the USB device, and reset the DNX9960.

Step 3

Go the, and download the software update for the DNX9960.

Step 4

Insert an SD card into the computer, and create a directory on the card by right-clicking on the screen and selecting "New Folder." Name the new folder "garmin." Copy the update file to the "garmin" folder, then remove the card from the computer.

Place the SD card into the card slot on the DNX9960. The update should begin automatically. When the update finishes, remove the SD card.


  • Do not remove the SD card while the device is updating. This may damage the GPS.


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Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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