How to Install Maps Into a TomTom XL

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How to Install Maps Into a TomTom XL
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GPS units, or Global Positioning Systems, give owners street by street directions. TomTom, a popular maker of GPS units, offers a widescreen version denoted by an "XL" in the unit name. The units come pre-installed with maps, but you might want to upgrade or add more locations such as Canada or Europe. Use the TomTom HOME software program on your computer to install these maps.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • TomTom XL
  • TomTom USB cable
  • TomTom HOME software
  • Internet connection

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  1. 1

    Insert the TomTom software CD that came with your GPS unit into your computer's optical drive. Double-click on the file labelled "Install TomTom HOME" and proceed with installation. If you lost your disk, you can download the software from the TomTom website listed in the "Resources" section of this article.

  2. 2

    Attach your TomTom XL unit to the computer's USB port with the USB cable that came with the TomTom. If you have a home docking unit, you can attach it using that.

  3. 3

    Navigate to the TomTom HOME software program that automatically starts when you connect the GPS unit to your computer. In the HOME menu, select "Tools" then "Use Latest Map Guarantee". If there is a free map update, you can select "Download" to have it automatically update.

  4. 4

    Select "Add Maps" search for any new maps you might want to download. Select the maps you want to install from the options listed; you will need to purchase any that have a "Buy" button. Enter in your payment information and agree to purchase. Once completed, the maps will automatically download and install on your unit.

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