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:
Connect your Garmin device to your PC or Mac with a USB cable or serial cable and, if required, turn on the device.
Go to the route of your choice and click on the Download button.
On the next page, click on Download the route to my Garmin device.
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.
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.
For models not known by RouteYou, you also have to choose the number of trackpoints that are supported by your device.
Click on Download to my device.
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:
Switch on your PC
Switch on your GPS
Connect your GPS to your PC with a USB cable
Go to the route you want to download on RouteYou and then go to the product page
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:
Other sources and websites with information on Garmin devices
MrGPS DVD course
If you experience problems when loading the gorgeous itineraries of routeyou.com on to your Garmin Outdoor GPS, consider purchasing a four hour video course from MrGPS. He offers two different courses:
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: