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How to Free up Space on a Garmin Nuvi

Updated April 17, 2017

Garmin Nuvis can be handy GPS systems, but they are limited in memory. If you are unsuccessful in downloading updates, deleting any unused pictures or language files may help free up the needed space to complete the download.

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  1. Plug your Garmin Nuvi into your computer using a standard mini USB-to-USB cable.

  2. Locate "My Computer" on your desktop and double-click on the icon. Locate the Garmin Drive and double-click it to open it.

  3. Double-click on the Garmin Folder. This will open the following folders: Text, Help, Voice, JPEG and Vehicles. Double-click one of the folders.

  4. Delete any unused files of languages, pictures or vehicles. Do not delete the language you use for your Garmin Nuvi.

  5. Locate the Garmin Drive on your computer and double-click it again, opening the folders in the drive.

  6. Repeat steps 3 to 4 in the other folders listed until you have deleted everything you can, and then try to run your update again. If you have freed up enough memory, the update should work now.

  7. Warning

    The updates must be downloaded into the internal memory of your Garmin Nuvi system, so adding them to your SD card will not effectively update your Nuvi.

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Things You'll Need

  • Mini-USB cable

About the Author

Hana Yoo began writing in 2003, while interning for an online film resource. She has written for various ends of the film and television industry from her work and internship experiences. Yoo holds a Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University.

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