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how to upload your GPS

Updated on November 25, 2007

When people purchase a GPS unit, it comes with a few maps. If a certain area that the user wants to see can't be found, it has to be uploaded from software readily available on the Internet.

These software programs have aerial photos, topographical maps and important landmarks. This can also be modified to show the exact longitude and latitude making it easy for the device to tell the user how many miles to go before arriving at the desired destination.

The first thing that you should do is look for these using one of the major search engines. After a few seconds of browsing through the choices, the user will click on it and then follow the instructions in order to download it. The designers of these programs have made them available in different formats so it doesn't matter if you are using a PC or a MAC.

One thing that should be pointed out is that not all the software programs are compatible with the unit you may have at home. This is because there are some that will only work with a particular brand so it is best to check this first.

Those who don't have access to a computer will still be able to download such information into the unit. This can be done if you have a PDA or the cellphone that is able to send the data to the GPS receiver.

Let's say a friend has the same GPS unit and he has more maps than you. Instead of going online, the information stored can be passed on since these devices are able to talk to one another.

Given that there is a high demand for GPS handheld devices, it has been translated to 12 different languages. No longer will this be a hindrance especially for those who aren't very good with english.

The best places to check out for detailed maps are sites run by hikers and trekkers. Those who love to fly or sail should also check those managed by aviation and marine hobbyists.

It won't be long before almost everyone has GPS unit. Currently, those purchased in stores have only general maps of the US, Canada and Mexico. Those who are planning to bring it on a trip to Europe or in Asia should have it updated to avoid getting lost when seeing the sights.

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