Can I Get Free Maps?

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  1. Nuvi-Nebie

    Nuvi-Nebie Moderator

    Aug 16, 2015
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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 :-

    download.png TalkyToaster UK Coverage

    download.png Userbeam World Coverage

    download.png TK World Coverage

    download.png Freizeitkarte World Coverage

    download.png Bbbike Worldwide Coverage

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

    More Free Map Links HERE
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2022
    Nuvi-Nebie, Nov 10, 2015
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