How to Use an External GPS With the iPod Touch

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How to Use an External GPS With the iPod Touch
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The iPod Touch is more than just a music device. They also make great personal organisers and game devices. Like the previous generation of iPods before it, there are many third party devices, accessories and software. One such accessory is a GPS antenna which allows you to use your iPod Touch as a GPS navigation unit. Jailbreaking your iPod allows you to run software from other sources other than only Apple's approved software.

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Things you need

  • Jailbroken iPod
  • GPS antennae
  • GPS software

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  1. 1

    Install GPS Serial, a small program available from the Cydia file repository. This is a free application that allows your iPod to communicate with a broad range of different GPS devices. Tap the Cydia application. Search for GPSSerial. Click on the install and confirm button in the upper right-hand corner.

  2. 2

    Install your navigation software. Recommended applications include Navigon, Tom Tom and xGPS. Load iTunes and go to the App Store to purchase. Sync your iPod and the navigation software will be installed onto your iPod.

  3. 3

    Purchase a GPS device such as the iGPS360, which is a special GPS device made specifically for the iPod. Connect your GPS device to the bottom of the iPod. Usually these devices just snap in, similar to the iPod sync cable.

  4. 4

    Launch your GPS Serial application. You can select which device you are using on the simple on-screen menu.

  5. 5

    Load your navigation software. Make sure you have a clear view of the sky.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure your GPS device is fully charged before installing.
  • Jailbreaking your iPod could void your iPod warranty.

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