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How do you update your Garmin Nuvi GPS for free?

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To update your Garmin Nuvi GPS for free, download a map update within the first 90 days of using the device through the Garmin nüMaps Guarantee and install the update to your device, as of 2015. Another option is downloading a free open source map and installing it on your device.

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The Garmin nüMaps Guarantee allows you to download one free map update within the first 90 days of your device connecting to a satellite. You can download the update using the Garmin Express application. Download the application from the website. After it's installed, connect your Garmin Nuvi to the computer with a USB cable and the application finds the correct map update.

If the 90-day period has passed, Garmin requires you to pay for map updates, unless your device has lifetime updates. If so, you can always download free map updates for that device.

A variety of free open source maps are available online. Since Garmin doesn't create these maps, there is a possibility that these maps might not work, may harm your device or invalidate your warranty.

Before purchasing a map update, consider how long you've had your device. If it is an old device, you may want to buy a new GPS device that has current maps, instead of spending money to keep an obsolete device updated.

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