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How to add maps to the Garmin GPSMap 66i

How to add maps to the Garmin GPSMap 66i

Exploring New Zealand’s scenic landscapes requires reliable maps, and the NZ Topo Map website offers detailed maps perfect for outdoor adventurers. To ensure you have the most relevant maps for your journeys.

Here are the general steps to add maps to the Garmin GPSMap 66i handheld GPS device. Please note that the device’s software or interface might have been updated since then, so it’s always a good idea to refer to the latest user manual or Garmin support documentation for the most accurate and up-to-date instructions.

  1. Prepare the maps:
    • Purchase or obtain the compatible map files for your Garmin GPSMap 66i. Garmin offers a variety of maps, including topographic maps, road maps, and other specialized maps for different regions.
    • Ensure that the map files are in the correct format supported by the device. Garmin typically uses their proprietary .img format for maps.
  2. Connect the GPSMap 66i to your computer:
    • Use the USB cable provided with the device to connect it to your computer.
  3. Access the device’s internal storage:
    • Once connected, your GPSMap 66i will appear as a removable storage device on your computer (similar to a USB drive). Open the device’s internal storage.
  4. Create a folder for maps:
    • Inside the GPSMap 66i’s internal storage, create a new folder named “Garmin” (if it doesn’t already exist). This folder will be the location where you’ll copy the map files.
  5. Copy the map files:
    • Locate the map files you obtained in step 1 and copy them into the “Garmin” folder on the GPSMap 66i’s internal storage.
  6. Safely disconnect the device:
    • Once the map files are copied, safely eject the GPSMap 66i from your computer.
  7. Load the maps on the device:
    • On your GPSMap 66i, navigate to the “Maps” menu or a similar location where you can manage maps.
    • The device should detect the new map files. You may need to enable or select the maps you want to use.
  8. Verify the maps:
    • Check if the new maps are displaying correctly on your GPSMap 66i. You can zoom in and out of the maps to ensure they are functioning as expected.

Please remember that the process might differ slightly depending on the specific software version and interface of the GPSMap 66i. Always consult the official user manual or Garmin support resources for the most accurate and detailed instructions. Additionally, make sure you have the necessary permissions to use the maps you are adding to your device, as some maps may be subject to licensing restrictions.

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