How to Upload Different Languages to a Garmin GPS
By Aaron Charles
It makes sense that a device for the Global Positioning System would reflect global diversity by incorporating different languages, and that's exactly what Garmin GPS devices do -- in terms of both the display text as well as the spoken commands during turn-by-turn navigation. To upload languages that don't already exist on your device, you first must download a special app to your computer. Once that's installed, you can then download language-oriented Garmin software updates through your computer and upload them from there to your Garmin device.
Visit Garmin's WebUpdater download page (see Resources) and download the WebUpdater software that's appropriate for your computer. Install the software.
Open the WebUpdater program. Connect your Garmin device to your device using the Garmin-branded USB cable that came with your Garmin unit.
Download and install the software updates that appear for your particular Garmin unit. Note the available language updates that will work for your specific Garmin model and download those updates. The WebUpdater program will then upload those updates to your device.
- If you don't have a Garmin-branded USB cable or one that will fit your device, visit the Garmin Shop (see Resources) to pinpoint what type of USB cable you need for your Garmin model. On the site, locate your device's information page and look for the USB cable's Garmin part number under the "Accessories" tab.
- As of August 2013, Garmin supports language updates only for the Nuvi, LIVE, Dezl, RV and Zumo models.
Aaron Charles began writing about "pragmatic art" in 2006 for an online arts journal based in Minneapolis, Minn. After working for telecom giant Comcast and traveling to Oregon, he's written business and technology articles for both online and print publications, including Salon.com and "The Portland Upside."