How to Update Garmin Voice

by David Lipscomb Google
    Most Garmin navigation products allow you to change the voice of the guidance system.

    Most Garmin navigation products allow you to change the voice of the guidance system.

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    The Garmin Montana, dezl, nuvifone G60 and most nuvi navigation devices allow you to change the voice heard while providing guidance. The options for voice changes range from popular children's characters to notable names in science fiction. Changing the voice on your Garmin product doesn't take much time and can create a unique traveling experience. Using the Garmin Communicator Plugin software, swapping voice and other data between computer and your navigation device is quick and intuitive.

    With Garmin Communicator Plugin

    Step 1

    Download and install the Garmin Communicator Plugin software (see the link in Resources).

    Step 2

    Connect your Garmin navigation device to your computer via the USB cable supplied with the device.

    Step 3

    Head to the voice download page. You have a choice of premium or free voices to add to your Garmin device. Click the "Download Bundle" option. Finish downloading and click "Install Now."

    Step 4

    Tap "Settings" on your Garmin device. Touch "Language," then "Voice."

    Step 5

    Select the voice you want to hear from the list. Tap the circle icon next to the name. Tap "OK" to exit.

    Step 6

    Unplug the USB cable from the Garmin device. Turn up the sound and be sure "Mute" is turned off.

    Without Communicator Software

    Step 1

    Connect your Garmin device to your computer with the supplied USB cable. Look for the Garmin drive under "Computer."

    Step 2

    Download the free or premium voice from the Garmin Voice website. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the download.

    Step 3

    Click on "Extract" to unzip the downloaded file.

    Step 4

    Open the "Garmin" folder on your computer. Drag and drop the newly-downloaded voice file into the folder.

    Step 5

    Unplug the USB cable from the Garmin unit. Tap "Settings" on your Garmin device. Touch "Language," then "Voice." Choose your new voice file and tap "OK."

    Tips

    • The nuvi 300 and 600 series do not offer the option to change the voice.

    Required Items

    • Desktop or laptop computer
    • Garmin Communicator Plugin software
    • Garmin USB cable

    About the Author

    David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

    Photo Credits

    • Noel Hendrickson/Digital Vision/Getty Images