How to Update Maps on Garmin c550 StreetPilot

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How to Update Maps on Garmin c550 StreetPilot
Stay on the road with the latest Garmin maps. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Your Garmin c550 StreetPilot GPS device comes with a set of pre-installed maps. Occasionally, road layouts change, so eventually you'll need to download new maps from Garmin to ensure that yours are up to date. Garmin handles map updates via a Garmin Communicator Plugin. Once you've installed the plugin, you can access Garmin's map update Web page to download new maps to your c550 device.

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Things you need

  • PC interface cable

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  1. 1

    Connect your Garmin c550 StreetPilot to your computer using the PC interface cable that came with the device.

  2. 2

    Open your Web browser and navigate to the Garmin Communicator Plugin website at>

  3. 3

    Click the "Download" button to save the plugin installation file to your computer.

  4. 4

    Close all open Web browsers.

  5. 5

    Run the downloaded installation file to initiate the Garmin Communicator install wizard.

  6. 6

    Click the "Next" button and then check the box next to "I Agree" and click "Next" again. The installation wizard will install the Garmin Communicator Plugin to your computer.

  7. 7

    Click the "Done" button to open the Garmin Communicator Plugin test page in your default Web browser. An on-screen message will indicate whether the plugin installed successfully.

  8. 8

    Navigate your Web browser to The Communicator plugin will determine whether there are available updates for your Garmin c550 device.

  9. 9

    Follow the on-screen prompts to install available updates to your Garmin c550 StreetPilot.

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