How to Unlock a Garmin Nuvi 255W

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How to Unlock a Garmin Nuvi 255W
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The Nuvi 255W, developed by Garmin, is a global positioning system device designed to help guide drivers to their chosen destination. For security reasons, it may be necessary to lock the device by entering a PIN code. This provides a safeguard against unwanted handlers using the GPS. Over time, though, you may forget your PIN, preventing you from using the Nuvi 255W. Fortunately, Garmin provided two additional ways to unlock the device.

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Things you need

  • Receipt or proof of purchase

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  1. 1

    Turn on the device and enter your car.

  2. 2

    Drive to your secret destination that you chose when you locked your Nuvi. When you arrive at the proper coordinates, the GPS device will unlock. If this does not work, or you forgot the unlocking site, proceed to the next step.

  3. 3

    Call the Garmin support hotline and ask them to unlock your device. You will need a receipt or proof of purchase to confirm your are in fact the owner of the GPS. Call 1-800-800-1020 in the U.S., 1-866-429-9296 in Canada. See Resources for the Garmin support webpage.

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