How to change countries on a Garmin GPS system

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When I travel to Europe I always bring my old Garmin GPS unit loaded with the European map for driving directions. However, since Europe is small, often times I drive through different countries and I need to change the country in my Garmin GPS. Read on to find out the simple steps for changing the country on your Garmin GPS unit while traveling.

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I love my old Garmin GPS when traveling to Europe because I don’t have to worry about buying any expensive data plan for my phone and cringe at roaming charges when traveling through different countries. I just turn it on, enter my destination and drive. I also don’t care about finding wi-fi signal for my cell phone. A good Garmin GPS unit just works anywhere.
However, there is one scenario that always happens. I arrive in Europe, I turn on my Garmin GPS and wait for it to get signal. I change to the European map I have loaded on the external SD card. 

But my Garmin starts in the wrong country, or I travel across the border to a different country. 

How do I change countries on my Garmin GPS?

It is easy! Here are the steps for changing the country on your Garmin:

  • Press Where To
  • Press Address. You could also press Attractions. At the top of the screen it will show the current country you are using.
  • Press Change Country at the bottom.
  • Type the name of the country you want. 
  • Press done.

Now your Garmin GPS will be set for the country you have selected until you need to change it again. All you have to do now is drive.

You can also learn how to switch maps on your Garmin GPS unit if you travel to Europe and back home in the US.

If you are looking for a good GPS unit to take with you on your trip so you don’t depend on expensive data plans and wifi signal, buy an inexpensive Garmin GPS unit and then load the Europe map.

In order to make sure you can charge your Garmin GPS unit (and other devices) you have to have the right plug adapters. Read my article about making sure your electronic devices function properly in Europe.

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