How to Open Magellan IMI Files

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How to Open Magellan IMI Files
Like many GPS devices, Magellan devices use their own file format to handle system maps. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Magellan manufactures stand-alone GPS devices and GPS applications for mobile phones. If you have an .IMI map file, the format only opens if you also have a device with Magellan software installed. The data inside of an .IMI file is archived map of location points and functions that work with the Magellan positioning system. New .IMI maps sell online at Magellan's website. You can purchase and download them from your computer or phone.

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    Mobile Devices

  1. 1

    Open up the application menu on your phone.

  2. 2

    Navigate to the "RoadMate" app from Magellan and download to your phone.

  3. 3

    Add the newest .IMI maps to open from your phone. The Magellan software automatically updates once you purchase new maps.

  4. 4

    Open any other .IMI maps once you installed the "RoadMate" app onto your phone.

    Outdoor Devices

  1. 1

    Purchase the new maps from Magellan's website.

  2. 2

    Connect the USB cable from your Magellan device to your computer.

  3. 3

    Save the new maps to your Magellan device. Once you download the new .IMI map files, your maps update within the device and open as you travel.

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