Garmin Nuvi 205 Update

A Comprehensive Guide To Perform Garmin Nuvi 205 Update

An update is compulsory for the proper functioning of the Garmin Nuvi 205 device. These updates help the users to fix issues present in the older software version. This guide will inform you about the Garmin Nuvi 205 update procedure.

By using the free Garmin web update software, you might update the Garmin Nuvi 205 to its latest version. Else, you can install community-related maps from the unaffiliated website.

To know more about it, thoroughly follow the rest of the content.

How to Update Garmin Nuvi 205?

As said earlier, you can update the Garmin Nuvi 205 in two ways- 

  1. By using free Garmin Update Software 
  2. By using Maps from the other sources. 

Let’s delve deeper into it.

Way 1: Using Free Garmin Update Software

Garmin Express is a free Garmin web update software that you can use to update the Garmin Nuvi 205. Here are the steps that you can follow to perform the task.


Step 1

In the beginning, visit the official website of the Garmin Express. Afterwards, tap on the Download for Windows option. After that, the Garmin Express setup file will be installed on your device.

If you wish to install the Garmin Express on your Mac device, then tap on the Download for Mac option. 

Step 2

If you are a Windows user and once the setup file has been downloaded, then you should double-click on the setup file. Further, you need to follow the on-screen instructions to install the Garmin Express.

Afterwards, select the box beside the ‘I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions’ option. Next, tap on the Yes button.

The Mac users should, at first, open the Garmin Express DMG file. If required, then verify the software. Next, tap and drag the Garmin Nuvi 205 icon within the Application folder icon. Then follow the on-screen instructions.

Step 3

The next thing that you have to do is to connect the Garmin Nuvi 205 to your device. Therefore,  connect one end of the Garmin Nuvis charging cable to the Garmin Nuvi unit. The other end must be connected to the USB port of the computer.

To perform the same task on your Mac device, you have to use the USB 3.0 port.

Step 4

Now, double-click on the Garmin Express software and open it. Thereafter, tap on the Get Started option. You will find this option at the top of the window. 

On the next window, go to the upper left corner and select the Add a Device option. When the Add Device option prompted, select it. After that, the procedure will start.

Step 5

In order to finish the remaining procedure, you should follow the on-screen instructions. Afterwards, open the Dashboard.

On the next page, move to the top and tap on Install All option. Then, the Garmin Nuvi 205 will start updating. This can be a lengthy procedure, hence wait for sometimes and let the updating procedure complete.

After completion of the installation procedure, safely remove the Garmin Nuvi 205 device. Any-time you can update your Garmin device. For that, just open the Garmin Express app. After that, choose Garmin Nuvi 205 as well as tap on the Install All option.

Way 2: Using Maps from Other Sources

If the Garmin Nuvi does not work for you, then you can download and install these maps on the Garmin Nuvi 205 device. Follow the given below steps to complete the task.


Step 1

First, you have to download a free map image file. Once done, then you should connect the Garmin Nuvi 205 device to your computer by using a USB cable. 

Basically, the smaller end of the cable is connected to the Garmin Nuvi 205. You should connect the end within the USB port of your device. Keep in mind, if you have already installed the Garmin Express, close it.

Also, if your Garmin Nuvi 205 device has an SD card, then remove the SD card. Afterwards, insert the card within the computer’s card reader.

Step 2

Now, you should put the Garmin Nuvi 205 device in the USB Mass Storage mode. It will help you to copy the files to and from the GPS. 

Next, on your device, you should open the Garmin’s storage. For that, simultaneously, press the Windows and E key on the keyboard.  

Thereafter, tap on the This PC option that might be located at the top-right corner of the page. Next, move to the Devices and Drivers section. Under here, locate and double-click on the Garmin Nuvi 205.

Step 3

If you are a Mac user, then you will see the Nuvi name on the desktop. Unfortunately, if not, then open the Finder and from there, tap on the Garmin Nuvi 205 option. 

You will see the option in the left side corner of the window. Next, open the Garmin or Map folder. The folder’s location is totally dependent on the device’s mode. 

In case you have not seen any folder, you need to create a new folder and name it Map.

Step 4

Afterwards, copy and paste the downloaded map file within the Garmin or Map folder.  To copy, press the Ctrl and C keys together ( for Windows). For Mac, press the ⌘ Command and C keys together.

For pasting, simultaneously press the Ctrl and V keys together (Windows). For Mac, simultaneously press the ⌘ Command and V keys. Depending on the file size, the process can take some time to complete. So till then, keep calm.

Step 5

Once the transferring procedure is completed, disconnect the Garmin Nuvi 205 device from your device. Finally, reboot your computer. Once it has been successfully booted up, you should load the new map on your Garmin Nuvi 205 device.

To do so, in the beginning, open the Tools menu and afterwards, choose the Settings option. Choose Map and thereafter, select the Map Info option. 

If you have already used a map, then unselect the old map’s box. Afterwards, select the dialog box beside the new map’s box.

That’s it. 

Garmin Nuvi 205 Map Update: Steps to Follow

To update the Garmin Nuvi 205 Map, check out the following guidelines.

Step 1

Use a USB cable and connect your Garmin device to the computer. Launch a web browser and proceed to the Garmin’s Find Map Updated page.

Here, scroll down and choose the Automotive option. Then, tap on the Download Map Updater option. Next, save the file on the desktop. 

Step 2

Once the file is downloaded, double-click on the file in order to install the Garmin Nuvi Map Updater.  However, before continuing, you might have to update the Microsoft .NET Framework.

Step 3

When the application has been successfully installed, select the ‘Search for device’ option. If a free map update is available’. then click on Continue.

Afterwards, you will see the ‘Ready to update your maps’ option on the screen. Tap on Continue. Wait for a while as the updating procedure might take some time to complete. 

When finished, reboot your computer. Now, you are done with the updating procedure.

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