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Garmin have made a number of changes to their map update procedures in the last year.

For those with newer devices these changes have made it much simpler, for others it can still be a painful process with numerous calls to Garmin technical support.

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Even with several years of updating various models of Garmin sat-navs, I have found the experience torturous at times.

You buy a micro/SD card preloaded with the Ireland/UK maps, you insert it into the side of your device and off you go.

You connect your sat-nav to your PC or Mac using the USB cable that came in the box.

If you have lost your USB cable you can get a replacement. Within Garmin Express, selecting 'Install All' under the 'Updates' tab is the safest option.

If you prefer your maps free, you can use open source maps from Open Street Map.

Updating your Garmin maps has become easier over the past few years, as the company has streamlined its maps update processes and access points.

If all goes to plan, not only will the latest maps for your sat-nav be installed but also the latest device software, Bluetooth updates, voice updates and so on. Register your sat-nav by entering your email address when requested to do so. I recommend that you only use Express if you have a good and reliable broadband connection as some of the maps files are very large and take several hours to download from Garmin. During the update procedure and depending on your device, you may be asked to disconnent your sat-nav from your PC and reboot it (turning it back on).

At the end of the process your sat-nav will be right up to date. This step is the installation of the latest software (not the maps) for your device.

It is important to let this procedure complete - don't be tempted to switch on/off your device even if it looks like nothing is happening.

The software update procedure can take several minutes to complete so be patient. It is advisable not to update your sat-nav if the battery is flat, make sure it is charged. Your sat-nav may not have sufficient space for the map update.

Currently, all Tom Tom map updates are done through either My Tom Tom or Tom Tom Home.

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