How to Unlock a Garmin IMG

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How to Unlock a Garmin IMG
Travelling to your location is one way of unlocking your Garmin device. (road image by Patrik Lidaj from

Your Garmin provides you with turn-by-turn directions around the country or around the world. With your Garmin, you will receive built-in maps, Bluetooth technology, apps and a MP3 player. It also includes a security feature that prevents thieves from using the device. With the security feature enabled, you cannot open the map IMG files on your Garmin device. Unlocking the device requires entering a PIN or travelling to the security location. The security location is the location set when you first program the PIN number in the Garmin; for example, this could be your home or office.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Travel to the location chosen when establishing security settings on your Garmin GPS.

  2. 2

    Turn on your Garmin GPS. Once it is on and determines the location to be the security location, it will automatically unlock.

  3. 3

    Enter your PIN on the Garmin device, if you cannot travel to the security location. The PIN is a 4-digit number you set upon activating your device. Once the PIN number is correct, Garmin will unlock and let you use it.

  4. 4

    Tap the "MAPS" icon. Select the map you want to use on your Garmin. It will now launch on your device's screen.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the PIN number in a safe place.
  • Contact Garmin customer service if you cannot remember your PIN number and cannot unlock the device by driving to the security location.

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