Getting Official Garmin Map Updates Using Maps from Other Sources Community Q&A Before you go on a road trip, you may want to update the maps on your Garmin Nuvi GPS device so you have the latest map data and won’t get lost.

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.

This process is painless, straightforward and the cheapest solution.

After some clever checking, the Garmin website will prompt you to either access your existing my Garmin account or create one.

Once you have done this you can access your free map updates for Garmin GPS products in a few easy steps: Assuming that you have downloaded the Garmin Map Update application to your desktop, you will then need to run this program.

Garmin offer free map updates as part of their nu Maps Guarantee.

The nu Maps Guarantee lets customers get a Nuvi map update for free and state that: “Simply connect your new Garmin Nuvi or Zumo to your computer and visit within 90 days of first acquiring satellites while driving with your device and you’ll be able to see if a free map update is available.” What this essentially means is Garmin will offer the customer a one-off map update for free within the first three months of them owning and using their Nuvi GPS.

On the Garmin site, in the Update Maps section make sure you choose the option labelled nu Maps Guarantee.

You will then be prompted to enter the serial number of your Nuvi or Zumo GPS.

She thinks that there might be something downloading in the background, we checked and Windows 10 was downloading an update.

I was told to close Garmin Express and restart the program.

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.