Garmin GPSMAP 64s –Slippery bits of information #5

Installing free maps on your Garmin 64s

Here’s a quick post on installing free maps on your Garmin 64s, it should also work with most Garmin devices as well and you can have contour lines on them as well, useful when you’re trekking for instance. Map updates on the website are weekly.

https://garmin.opentopomap.org/ Is the address to download the files for your Garmin device. Download the files for the country you want and copy them directly onto your Garmin. Download the ‘Garmin’ and the ‘Garmin contours’. In my case France.

Update. Garmin changed some things on their site since my original post, including file names, I have updated this post so the images and their address show the changes in June 2021 are correct at this time.

Download the free maps on your Garmin 64s including the contours
Download the free maps on your Garmin 64s including the contours

Once the two files have been downloaded. You can then copy them into the Garmin folder. In my case, on the SD card. You can see I have installed Spanish maps as well as I’m hoping or should I say dreaming to do some treks in Spain one day.

Copy the maps to your Garmin device
Copy the maps to your Garmin device

All you have to do now is activate them. Choose the map or maps that you want to use from the map settings menu. ‘Et voilà’, a map with contour lines. I disable all the other maps that I don’t need

Map settings on the 64s

Installing free maps on your Garmin 64s or the 66i is the same procedure

Since this post I have changed the Garmin 64s for a Garmin 661 with Inreach capabilities https://www.minty95.com/embe

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