How do I download the USB drivers for my Garmin Mode device?

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05/27/2015

In order for Garmin Mode USB devices to communicate with a Windows computer, Garmin USB drivers need to be installed. These drivers are not needed for newer Garmin devices that use a USB mass storage or Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) interface. These devices (which include the nuvi and zumo series) use drivers that are included with Microsoft Windows.

The drivers for Garmin Mode devices are included with the latest versions of Garmin Express and Garmin WebUpdater. If these applications are installed, it is not necessary to install the drivers separately. If needed, the drivers may also be installed as a standalone package by following these steps:

  1. Visit http://www8.garmin.com/support/agree.jsp?id=591
  2. Click I agree to the above terms and want to proceed to the download page
  3. Click Download
  4. Run the application and follow the on-screen prompts
  5. Connect the Garmin device to the computer1

If after installing these drivers the Garmin device is not recognized, it may be necessary to specify the driver manually. To do this, follow the steps below.

Windows Vista and newer:

  1. Press the Windows key + R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc
  3. Click OK
  4. Right-click the Garmin Device
    • If it is not clear which device is the Garmin, unplug the Garmin device from the computer and make note of which item disappears from the list. That item should return upon plugging the device back in.
  5. Click Update Driver Software...
  6. Click Browse my computer for driver software
  7. Click Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer
  8. Click Have Disk...
  9. Click Browse
  10. Browse to one of the following folders:
    • 32-bit Windows: C:\Program Files\Garmin\USB_Drivers\
    • 64-bit Windows: C:\Program Files(x86)\Garmin\USB_Drivers\
  11. Select grmnusb.inf
  12. Click Open
  13. Click OK
  14. Click Next
  15. Click Close

Windows XP:

  1. Press the Windows key + R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc
  3. Click OK
  4. Right-click the Garmin Device
    • If it is not clear which device is the Garmin, unplug the Garmin device from the computer and make note of which item disappears from the list. That item should return upon plugging the device back in.
  5. Click Update Driver
  6. Select No, not this time
  7. Click Next
  8. Click Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)
  9. Click Next
  10. Select Don't search. I will choose the driver to install.
  11. Click Next
  12. Click Have Disk...
  13. Click Browse
  14. Browse to one of the following folders:
    • 32-bit Windows: C:\Program Files\Garmin\USB_Drivers\
    • 64-bit Windows: C:\Program Files(x86)\Garmin\USB_Drivers\
  15. Click OK
  16. Click Next
  17. Click Finish

The Garmin drivers should now be installed successfully.

1If the computer is running Windows XP, when the hardware installation wizard opens, follow these instructions:

  1. Select No, not at this time
  2. Click Next
  3. Choose Install the software automatically (Recommended)
  4. Click Next

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