How to Update Maps on Garmin c550 StreetPilot

By Dan Howard

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Your Garmin c550 StreetPilot GPS device comes with a set of pre-installed maps. Occasionally, road layouts change, so eventually you'll need to download new maps from Garmin to ensure that yours are up to date. Garmin handles map updates via a Garmin Communicator Plugin. Once you've installed the plugin, you can access Garmin's map update Web page to download new maps to your c550 device.

Step 1

Connect your Garmin c550 StreetPilot to your computer using the PC interface cable that came with the device.

Step 2

Open your Web browser and navigate to the Garmin Communicator Plugin website at

Step 3

Click the "Download" button to save the plugin installation file to your computer.

Step 4

Close all open Web browsers.

Step 5

Run the downloaded installation file to initiate the Garmin Communicator install wizard.

Step 6

Click the "Next" button and then check the box next to "I Agree" and click "Next" again. The installation wizard will install the Garmin Communicator Plugin to your computer.

Step 7

Click the "Done" button to open the Garmin Communicator Plugin test page in your default Web browser. An on-screen message will indicate whether the plugin installed successfully.

Step 8

Navigate your Web browser to The Communicator plugin will determine whether there are available updates for your Garmin c550 device.

Step 9

Follow the on-screen prompts to install available updates to your Garmin c550 StreetPilot.