When we think of GPS, Garmin is a reference. Garmin is known for providing the most accurate maps, which help users stay on the right path and reach from point A to B in the fastest and easiest manner. There are several models, for cars, motorcycles, and boats, which always offer security for you to travel without getting lost.
As you know, the construction work goes on every day, so maps often get out of date when new streets/avenues are created or when traffic changes direction. Therefore, it is always important to have an updated map. An updated map will never get you off track and put you in a position where you need to ask people every few hundred meters for the right location.
Many marketed models already offer the so-called Lifetime Maps, meaning you will have maps updated forever, for free. We always recommend choosing a template with this option. If purchased in the United States, the free upgrade will be American. However, if it was purchased in some other country, then you can get the free upgrade as per the availability of the upgrade in that country.
To check your GPS software and map updates do the following:
- Download the Garmin Express program.
- Install on your computer.
- Plug the GPS through the USB cable.
- Follow the program guidelines, which are very simple.
After the initial procedures, GPS will check for updates and two things can happen:
- You only get the right software upgrade (usually older models).
- You will be entitled to software and map updates (newer models).
We always recommend storing maps on a microSD where there is more space available.
Garmin also lets you buy the map upgrade version, but it’s not worth it, because it costs $ 90, which is the same price as a new model that will already have the maps updated forever.
We recommend that you always do this before you travel so that you always have the latest version of maps installed on your GPS.
That was all about getting the update for Garmin maps without paying a dime. However, if you are not able to get the free update, then maybe your device is not eligible for the same. If you are sure that you were supposed to get free updates, but not getting it, then you should consult Garmin help and support to find out as to why you aren’t getting Garmin map updates for free. You can also log onto the Garmin Software Update to know the details of what to do at the time when free updates are not available.