Can I Get Free Maps?

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    A big advantage of owning a Garmin GPS device over some of it's competitors, is the ability to use alternative maps, some of which are free. Please note that a lot of Garmin devices use a single file to contain maps, if this file is replaced with a new one, old maps will be lost, However the single file can hold multiple maps and new maps can be added to this file using Basecamp.

    One source of alternative maps is called Open Street Maps:-
    view -OSM.png
    This project has been running for some years and is edited by members of the public, in order to "create and provide free geographic data, such as street maps, to anyone", files downloaded directly from OSM are not compatible with Garmin Units, However other websites convert OSM maps for use on Garmin units, the files can be downloaded using the links below and installed into Basecamp or directly onto a Garmin GPS :-



    download1.jpg TalkyToaster (Free) UK Coverage

    download2.jpg Userbeam World Coverage

    download3.jpg TK World Coverage

    download4.jpg Lambertus - World Coverage (No updates since June 2020)


    NOTE
    If the free maps downloaded maps are displaying with black backgrounds, you may need to turn this option to off :- Menu >> Setup >> Marine >> Marine Chart Mode = Off


    More Free Map Links HERE
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2021
    Nuvi-Nebie, Nov 10, 2015
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