See also: Send-to instructions for TomTom GPS.
Google and GPS maker Garmin have partnered to make it easier to upload destination information into your in-car GPS. By following the instructions in this how-to, you can simply click on "send" in Google Maps to upload destination addresses and locations into your Garmin in-car GPS. This feature is useful for quickly uploading a cluster of destinations you'll need as part of a vacation or business trip. With all of your destinations pre-loaded as favorites, you can focus on the purpose of your trip, rather than how to get to your next destination.
- Connect your Garmin in-car GPS to your PC via its included USB cable.
- You are ready to search for and upload a destination into your GPS. Open your Web browser and go to Google Maps.
- Type a destination into the "Search Maps" box in Google Maps. Google Maps has powerful search features, a good reason for using it in concert with your GPS.
- When you have identified the destination you sought, click on the "send" link (with the envelope icon) in the upper right of the destination map window.
- A dialog box will appear with the options to send to "e-mail," "car," or "GPS." Choose Garmin GPS. This selection will automatically open a new browser window and start a special "locate" page on the Garmin Web site. This page will show a map thumbnail and your destination address.
- If the Garmin page successfully located your GPS, it will show a "Send to GPS" button. If it did not locate your GPS, try the "Scan for GPS" button. Click on "Send to GPS," and your destination is now available as a favorite on your Garmin GPS.
- Send to Garmin GPS works in MapQuest, too. Look for the "send" button in the upper left and follow instructions per above.
- Not all addresses have "send to GPS" data associated with them. This feature works most consistently with business and public place addresses.
What You Need
- Garmin GPS connected to your PC via included USB cable.
- Internet connection.