Download route on Garmin

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Download routes directly on to your Garmin device

How to use the Garmin download module on the product page

Here is an example of a product page.

Important preliminary remarks

Before you can download routes from the RouteYou website directly on to your Garmin device, your device first has to be installed correctly in order to enable its usage on websites. Otherwise the route download page cannot access your device and it will not be possible to download routes from that page directly on to your device. You can find more information about the installation and possible problems you may encounter on the following page:

Installation of a Garmin GPS device on a PC or Mac for usage on RouteYou

How to download a route on to your Garmin device

  1. Connect your Garmin device to your PC or Mac with a USB cable or serial cable and, if required, turn on the device.
  2. Go to the route of your choice and click on the Download button.
  3. On the next page, click on Download the route to my Garmin device.
  4. The first time you do this, you will see a message that the Garmin Communicator Plugin (Windows/Mac) and the Garmin USB driver software (Windows only) have to be installed first. Below this message you will find a link to the installation files. You only have to do the installation once. After installing, repeat steps 2 and 3 again.
  5. In the list Choose your device you can see all the Garmin devices that are connected to your PC or Mac. Choose the device to which the route should be downloaded.
  6. For models not known by RouteYou, you also have to choose the number of trackpoints that are supported by your device.
  7. Click on Download to my device.
  8. After a few seconds you will see the message Download complete! The route is now downloaded to your device. See your device’s manual to see how you can activate a track.

Problems with the download

Frequently we get the message that the download module of Garmin does not work well and that the GPS device is not detected. We advise you to follow these steps:

  1. Switch on your PC
  2. Switch on your GPS
  3. Connect your GPS to your PC with a USB cable
  4. Go to the route you want to download on RouteYou and then go to the product page
  5. Select the download for Garmin

If you still encounter problems, it is possible that your device is not installed correctly for usage on websites. You can find more information about the installation and possible problems you can encounter on the following page:

Installation of a Garmin GPS device on a PC or Mac for usage on RouteYou

Manually placing itineraries on your Garmin

The video below will explain how to download a GPX of RouteYou on to your device. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Download the GPX file to your computer
  2. Connect your GPS device to your computer
  3. Navigate to your device's drive
  4. Navigate to the Garmin folder
  5. Navigate to 'NewFiles' (in the case of a new device, such as the Edge Touring or >800 devices) or navigate to the GPX folder
  6. Place the file in the folder
  7. Disconnect your device safely from your computer

Placing itineraries on your Garmin with Basecamp

Specific information about Garmin devices

Check out the overview of Garmin devices and the corresponding information

Other sources and websites with information on Garmin devices

MrGPS DVD course

If you experience problems when loading the gorgeous itineraries of on to your Garmin Outdoor GPS, consider purchasing a four hour video course from MrGPS. He offers two different courses:

  1. On the road with the Garmin GPS - specifically for Garmin outdoor devices
  2. Basecamp for the motorcyclist -  specifically for those with a Garmin Zumo

The DVD course mainly deals with the logic behind the itineraries/tracks and the extensive possibilities offered by Garmin Basecamp. The explanation of the individual device settings are available online for free:


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