What should I do if I receive a server error while using Garmin Express?

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Garmin Express uses a background service to communicate with Garmin servers. If Garmin Express displays the error message We are unable to add this device because our servers are unavailable at this time or Sorry, we're having a problem with communicating with our servers, ensure that the service has the ability to connect to the Internet.

•Internet Connection

Ensure the Internet connection meets the system requirements for Garmin Express. A high-speed Internet connection is required. Garmin Express is not intended to be used with mobile broadband (such as MiFi, AirCard, or cell phone tethering), satellite, fixed wireless, or dial-up Internet connections

•Computer Date and Time Settings

Incorrect date and time settings on the computer can cause communication errors between Garmin Express and the Garmin Servers. To adjust date and time settings, click the appropriate Microsoft or Apple FAQ:

Microsoft Windows

Set the clock, Windows Vista

Set the clock in Windows 7

How do I set clock on Windows 8?

Mac OS  X

Set the date and time on your Mac

•Internet Security/Firewall

Security programs can affect the communication between a computer and the Garmin servers. It may be necessary to disable any and all security programs to allow Garmin Express to communicate. Refer to the instructions provided by the application publisher to disable any security programs installed to the computer.

•Proxy/LAN Settings

Incorrectly configured proxy and/or LAN settings may affect the connection between the Internet and Garmin Express.


  1. Press the Windows key on the keyboard
  2. Type Internet Options
  3. Click Internet Options
  4. Click the Connections tab
  5. Click LAN Settings
  6. Select the box "Automatically detect settings"
  7. Clear any boxes for use of a proxy server
  8. Click OK, then OK again

Mac OS X:

  1. Click the Apple icon
  2. Click System Preferences
  3. Click Network
  4. Click Ethernet
  5. Click the Advanced button
  6. Click the Proxies tab
  7. Select the box "Auto Proxy Discovery"
  8. Click OK

Garmin Express should now be able to connect to Garmin services. If the issue persists, contact Garmin Product Support by phone.

Referenced Links:

Garmin Product Support: http://www.garmin.com/support

Set the Clock, Windows Vista:

Set the clock in Windows 7:

How do I set clock on Windows 8?

Set the date and time on your Mac: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH18804

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