How to Change the TomTom GPS Display

Updated July 19, 2017

The TomTom GPS (global positioning system) is a popular navigation device that can pinpoint a user's exact location and give him directions to a specific address. TomTom owners can easily personalise the TomTom by altering the display settings, including the colour scheme, 3D display and the vehicle symbol. To change the look of your GPS, access the "Preferences" menu.

Turn on your GPS device and tap the "Preferences" option, which is located in the main menu.

Tap on the "Display Color Scheme" icon to change the display's colour. Select "Use Day Colors" for a brighter display. If you're using your GPS in the evening, select the "Use Night Colors" option. Changing the display to the night scheme will reduce interference with your night vision when you're driving late at night. After you select a day or night scheme, you will have the option to select a specific colour for your scheme.

Tap on the "Turn off 3D Display" icon to change the GPS display to 2D view. The TomTom is usually set on the 3D view. When you change the display to 2D view, your GPS maps will be displayed in an overhead view.

Tap on the "Change Car Symbol" icon to alter the positioning icon that is displayed on your map. Scroll through the list of available options and select your preferred vehicle symbol. If you have an older TomTom model, you may not have the option to change the car symbol.

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