How to Update the Streets on a Garmin Nuvi 205W Series

Written by aaron wein
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The Nuvi 205W series of GPS units provides turn-by-turn notifications while navigating you to your desired location. The devices include 3-D maps with labelled street names to help relieve stress when driving through unfamiliar, busy areas. Every year, Garmin, the 205W series developer, updates its maps to ensure that the streets and street names are current. Unlike other devices, the Nuvi doesn't receive street updates via satellite. Instead, you will need to install the maps on your computer.

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Things you need

  • Nuvi 205W USB cable

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  1. 1

    Plug your Nuvi 205W series into your computer using the Nuvi's provided USB cable.

  2. 2

    Open your Web browser.

  3. 3

    Go to the "MyGarmin" sign-in page (see Resource section).

  4. 4

    Log into your MyGarmin account. Click "Create new account" and follow the prompts if you do not have a MyGarmin account. After signing in, you will be directed to your MyGarmin dashboard.

  5. 5

    Select "Get Now." If you do not see the "Get Now" button, then no street updates are available for your Nuvi 205W series.

  6. 6

    Click "PC Download" or "Mac Download," depending on your operating system, to begin setting up the map installation.

  7. 7

    Run the "Garmin Communicator Plug-in" when a prompt appears. Afterward, your browser will recognise and communicate with your Nuvi as the website prepares to upload the files.

  8. 8

    Select "Launch Download Manager" when the "Ready to send" message appears.

  9. 9

    Download the "Download Manager" when prompted.

  10. 10

    Click "Launch" after the "Download Manager" finishes downloading to your computer.

  11. 11

    Follow the program's prompts to complete the street update for your Nuvi 205W series.

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