How to Upgrade the Software on a Tom Tom GPS Unit

Updated July 20, 2017

Tom Tom recommends that you always install the latest version of the Tom Tom application on your device. This ensures that you are always using the latest features and install improvements available for your Tom Tom GPS. Tom Tom also advises you to back up all the contents on your GPS before upgrading the software. To back up and upgrade your Tom Tom application, you need to download Tom Tom HOME to your computer by selecting the " Services" tab from and clicking on "Tom Tom HOME", then selecting the "Download HOME" tab.

Connect the small end of the USB cable to the side or bottom of your Tom Tom device, and plug the other end to a USB port in your computer.

Switch your Tom Tom GPS on. Tom Tom HOME should start automatically. Click "Back up and restore" from the HOME menu.

Select the "Back up my device" tab, then click "Back up now". When HOME finishes backing up the contents of your Tom Tom GPS, click "Done".

Click "Update my device" from the HOME menu. Select the new application that HOME finds for your Tom Tom GPS and click "Download updates".

Click "Done" when HOME finishes installing the software upgrade and select "Device" from the HOME menu. Click "Disconnect Device" and disconnect your Tom Tom GPS from the computer.


If HOME does not start automatically when you connect your Tom Tom GPS to your computer, click on the "Start" menu on Windows and go to "All Programs" and select "Tom Tom" and then "HOME". If you are using a Macintosh computer, click "Go" in the "Finder" menu, choose "Applications" and double-click "Tom Tom HOME".

Things You'll Need

  • Tom Tom USB date cable
  • Computer
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