How do I install maps to my computer with Garmin Express?

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04/09/2015

Garmin Express has the ability to install maps to compatible computers for use with BaseCamp and MapInstall.1

To install maps to the computer with a new map update:

  1. Connect the device to the computer
  2. Open Garmin Express if the application does not start automatically
    • Windows: Open Garmin Express from the Windows Start menu, Start screen, or the Desktop shortcut icon
    • Mac: Launch Garmin Express from the Applications folder or Spotlight
  3. Select a device that has a map update available
  4. Click Check for Updates if a map update does not display
  5. Click View Details
  6. Click Installation Options
  7. Select Computer and Device
    • Windows Only - If necessary, click Browse to change the map install location
  8. Click Install
  9. Click Accept
  10. Click Yes or Continue when the User Account Control prompt displays (Windows only)

For devices that do not support the SD card feature and must choose a region to load to the internal memory, refer to the FAQ: What do I do if my device doesn't support the SD card feature during the Garmin Express map update?

If the device is already up to date, the maps can be installed to the computer by following these steps:

  1. Connect the device to the computer
  2. Open or Launch Garmin Express if the application does not start automatically
    • Windows: Open Garmin Express from the Windows Start menu, Start screen, or the Desktop shortcut icon
    • Mac: Launch Garmin Express from the Applications folder or Spotlight
  3. Select a device that has the desired map update
  4. Click Map Options
  5. Click Install to Computer
  6. Click Accept
  7. Click Install Update
  8. Click Yes or Continue when the User Account Control prompt displays (Windows only)

After a successful installation, the map can now be used with compatible Garmin applications.

1Maps can be viewed on a computer using BaseCamp without having the map image permanently installed, thus freeing up drive space. Simply connect the Garmin device to the computer for the map image to be read by BaseCamp.

Referenced Link(s):

What do I  do if my device doesn't support the SD card feature during the Garmin Express map update?: http://support.garmin.com/support/searchSupport/simpleCase.htm?caseId={a209e880-9319-11e2-65d0-000000000000}&kbName=garmin

BaseCamp: http://www.garmin.com/basecamp

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