How to Load Maps onto My Garmin 60CSX

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How to Load Maps onto My Garmin 60CSX
You may load new maps onto a Garmin GPSMAP 60CX via a microSD card or a USB connection. (Road map image by Ellanorah from

Garmin's GPSMAP 60CX is a high-sensitivity global positioning system (GPS) unit that is designed for use while driving or exploring the great outdoors. The 60CX is different from most Garmin units because it offers users the option of loading new maps onto the system by purchasing microSD cards that come preloaded with maps. You can also download map updates for your 60CX from the Garmin website or purchase maps loaded onto a CD-ROM and transfer them from your computer via a USB connection.

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Things you need

  • USB cable

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  1. 1

    Navigate to Garmin's website for buying maps (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Type "GPSMAP 60CX" (without quotes) in the text box next to the number 1.

  3. 3

    Select which continent you'd like to buy maps for in the drop-down box next to the number 2.

  4. 4

    Select the type of map that you want to buy from the drop-down menu next to the number 3. Garmin offers maps for driving, boating, hiking, and golfing.

  5. 5

    Review the available maps. Maps for the 60CX are available via download, via microSD card, and via CD or DVD.

  6. 6

    Click on the map that you'd like to download. On the next screen, click on the "Add to Cart" button and click "checkout" to purchase the map.

  7. 7

    Provide your billing and shipping information to complete the transaction.

  8. 8

    Download the map to your hard drive if you have chosen the download option. An installation file will be downloaded to the location on your computer that you select.

  1. 1

    Plug a USB cable into your GPSMAP 60CX unit. Plug the other end of the cable into an available USB port on your computer.

  2. 2

    Navigate to the folder on your hard drive or CD-ROM drive that contains the map installation file.

  3. 3

    Double-click on the installation file to begin the installation program. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the maps onto your Garmin GPS unit.

  4. 4

    Disconnect the GPS unit from the USB cable when the installation is complete.

  1. 1

    Insert the microSD card containing the maps that you purchased into the microSD slot on your GPSMAP 60CX unit.

  2. 2

    Follow the prompts on your GPS screen to install the maps contained on the microSD card onto your system.

  3. 3

    Wait for the information to transfer to your GPS unit. When you receive notification that all maps are installed you may remove the microSD card from your GPSMAP 60CX.

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