How to Disable the Lock on a TomTom GO

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How to Disable the Lock on a TomTom GO
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The GO is a TomTom GPS device that features a touch screen allowing the user to view maps and directions, as well as access the device controls. For safety reasons, the device is set to disable all but basic on-screen controls while the vehicle is in motion. In addition, the map display may be set to shut off during driving to prevent driver distraction. However, if a passenger is navigating, the safety feature can be disabled, allowing full view of the map and control access.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Tap the "Safety Preferences" icon on the TomTom main screen. If the screen does not respond, the "safety lock" is active.

  2. 2

    Stop the vehicle and put it in park. The TomTom will detect that movement has stopped, and the screen will unlock.

  3. 3

    Tap the "Safety Preferences" icon again and select "Disable" from the list of options.

  4. 4

    Tap the "Map Display" entry under the "Safety Preferences" menu. Select "Never" from the "Turn map display off" list of options. This will prevent the screen and map from turning off when the vehicle is in motion.

Tips and warnings

  • Some versions of the TomTom GO lack a "Safety Features" icon. In this instance, select the "left arrow" icon and then "Turn Map Display On," to disable the safety screen lock feature.

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