If you have recently found yourself in a position wherein you've bought a new Garmin Nuvi with an LM or LMT extension, then you've got a significant benefit ahead of you, as you're able to download free Garmin Nuvi updates to the maps for as long as you have the device. From the moment you learn that you can access free downloads for your satnav, the chances are you'll want to know which steps you'll need to take in order to get them. Fortunately, getting your free Garmin Nuvi updates may be a lot easier than you think using Lifetime Maps.

Getting Started:

To begin accessing your free Garmin Nuvi updates, start by turning on your laptop or computer, and log on to your favorite web-browser. It doesn't matter which one you use as long as you have a secure connection that you can rely upon to stay steady for at least a number of minutes. Once you're up and running, type in the address for the Garmin official site, and you'll be sent to a new tab where you will be allowed to download an application known as Garmin express. Click on the download now button and start the app downloading as quickly as possible. While the program is downloading, connect your Garmin Nuvi to your computer with the cable it came with, or if you don't have the cable with you, you can enter your serial number into the box offered on the website.

Another alternative is that you can register your personal Nuvi GPS unit or create an account. By doing this, you will not only get access to free updates for your map, but you might find that you can benefit from a number of other helpful services too, including voices, vehicles, safety camera updates and so on.

The Next Step:

Once you've downloaded the Garmin Express app, with your Nuvi unit connected to your laptop or PC, install the app to your computer. Once the application has finished installing, it should be able to detect the satnav that is connected to the computer automatically, and will begin searching for any updates that may be available for it. At this time, make sure that your internet is running, as you will need a connection to access any updates that might be available to you. Remember, depending on the model you have, the program may detect updates for your software, as well as your maps.

Next click on the button that reads "install all" and the program will start working to update the navigation software, before installing of the latest maps and storing them in your memory. Keep in mind that the download process can take a number of hours depending on the size of the files, and the internet speed you have access to. After your new maps have been properly downloaded, they will be copied into the GPS device, and you will receive a little popup message from the program to let you know that the updates have been successful and your maps have been updated.