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How to Transfer Google Maps to a Garmin

Updated March 23, 2017

Since the introduction of the “Send to GPS” feature in Google Maps, Garmin users can send various types of map data from Google Maps to their compatible Garmin devices. Garmin users interested in using this feature must download and install the Garmin Communicator plugin, a plugin that enables Garmin devices to receive data from web pages. The Garmin Communicator plugin requires Garmin users to have a USB cable to connect their device to a computer.

Visit the Garmin Communicator plugin home page to download the application.

Click on the blue “Download for Windows” button, and then select the “Save File” button. If you are a Mac user, select the “Download Mac” link located at the left-hand corner under “Quick links.”

Install the Garmin Communicator plugin by double-clicking on the file, and then following the prompts.

Connect your Garmin device to your PC using the original USB or serial cable that came with your Garmin device.

Visit the Google Maps home page, enter the address, business or point of interest (POI) you would like to transfer to your Garmin device in the search field, and then click on “Search maps.”

Click on the “Send” link located at the top right-hand corner of the Google Maps screen. A Send dialogue box appears. Click on “GPS” from the left pane, select your GPS brand, and then click on the “Send” button.

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