How to Update a Nuvi

by Aaron Wein

The Nuvi is a series of global positioning system (GPS) devices developed by Garmin to direct drivers to their desired destination with voice navigation, among other features. Depending on the Nuvi model, Garmin may have available important software updates that improve the GPS's operating system or fix glitches. To obtain these updates, you must connect your Nuvi to your computer and run Garmin's free WebUpdater software, which automatically updates your Nuvi.


Hook your Nuvi to your computer using the USB cable supplied with your Nuvi device.


Navigate to the Garmin website and download the WebUpdater installation file.


Open the installation file when the download completes. Follow the wizard's on-screen directions to finish installing WebUpdater to your computer. Launch WebUpdater.


Select your Nuvi model from the source list in WebUpdater. The program will then search for updates. Allow WebUpdater to download, then install the available updates on your Nuvi.

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About the Author

Aaron Wein is a copy editor for Skagit Valley Publishing. He has been a writer and editor since 2004, contributing to Washington-based publications and clients such as the "Bellingham Herald," "Western Athletics," "GNAC Sports" and Microsoft. Wein obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Washington University.

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