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Customizing a TomTom GPS

Updated on August 22, 2012

© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.

The TomTom portable car navigation device tells you how to get somewhere with spoken and visual directions. However, you may find its functional and sturdy black case a bit dull. You can customize the exterior of several models with something more exciting by ordering your device from the TomTom website.

Licensed Designs

  1. Browse the My Custom TomTom GPS page of the TomTom website. Click the TomTom model that you want to customize and buy. The Customize page appears.
  2. Click “Browse Our Gallery of Designs” to select from licensed artistic designs that are professionally created.
  3. View the available options by clicking a category from the list on the left. Click the magnifying glass under a design that you want to view in detail. Click your browser’s “Back” button return to the design display, if you want to look at more designs. Otherwise, click the “Buy Now” button to order the custom TomTom model. It is added to your shopping cart, which is also displayed.
  4. Click “Proceed to Checkout” to display the Checkout page. Enter your shipping details and credit card information. Then click “Submit My Order” to complete your order.

Designing Your Own

  1. Browse the My Custom TomTom GPS page of the TomTom website. Click the TomTom model that you want to customize and buy. The Customize page appears.
  2. Click “Design Your Own from Scratch” to display the Designer page, where you can create your own images.
  3. Choose one of the optional backgrounds if it appeals to you. You can view its appearance on the TomTom by clicking the Front or Back tabs. You may also leave the case black for now.
  4. Click “Upload Images and Add Text” to add your own image and/or text. The Upload Images and Add Text page appears.
  5. Click “Upload Images” to display a File Open dialog box. Navigate to the location of the image you want to upload. Double-click the image name to upload it. It appears on the TomTom picture. You can click the Front or Back tabs for a more complete view. The Edit Image dialog also appears, allowing you to move, rotate or scale the image on your device. When you are finished with the modifications, click “Done’ to close the Edit Image dialog.
  6. Click “Add Text” to display the Edit Text dialog box. Enter the text you want to put on your device. By default, it appears in the center of the frame above the screen. You can specify the appearance of the text by choosing an option from the Select Font and Color drop-downs. You can also move, size or rotate the text. Click “Done” to save your changes and close the Edit Text dialog.
  7. Click “Review Your TomTom” to generate a final image of your device. Click “I Need to Edit My Design” if you want to make more changes. Otherwise, click “Buy Now.” Your order is added to the shopping cart, which is also displayed.
  8. Click “Proceed to Checkout” to display the Checkout page. Enter your shipping details and credit card information. Then click “Submit My Order” to complete your order.


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    • alocsin profile image

      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm totally directionless, prasetio30, so I always rely on my TomTom.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Certainly more interesting than the standard design ... you could even have it match your car lol. Have to keep these up to date though, as otherwise you can get some interesting directions!!

      Shared, up and interesting.

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Definitely i am missing out on this great option and i will be looking in on this one, as and when i get it, very useful hub, thanks

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      The Tom Tom is a great GPS. Unfortunately I bought the Garmin which often tells me that I am in the middle of a field when I patently am on a road. Also it tells me to turn after I have passed the turning. Next time I'll get a Tom Tom so I can customize it. :)

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      greeneryday 5 years ago from Some tropical country

      I've been considering to buy either a tom tom GPS and one other brand, however this hub will make it easier for me to decide which one to buy. Thank you for sharing and voted up!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice review about TomTom GPS. This stuff help us to find the way. I'll put the GPS if I have a car one day. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!


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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, great idea alocsin, my brother could really do with a new one or at least customise his, he is always moaning about it! lol! mind you I think its just that he doesn't use it right! voted up and useful, nell

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Unfortunately, since I'm living in a smaller city I do not need the GPS for now. I've bookmarked it though.

      Voted up & useful, Aurelio.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Very true, iefox5. Unfortunately, my "smart" phone is not so smart, hence I own the GPS.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I have a Magellan GPS system so I am missing out on this great option. Good information for those who do own one. You never really get this kind of help when you purchase new technology, so I am sure others will be looking in on this one often. Voted up and useful.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, and interesting Alocsin. I have never had a need for GPS. Sadly, most of the vehicles that I have owned would be lucky to cross any state line next to West Virginia. LOL This was interesting, never knew you could do so much with a GPS. I have a new level of respect for them now. Great article Alocsin, take care.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      My husband will love this. Maybe a Christmas present idea. Thanks.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Alecson......Sounds like a good idea to "customize" one's GPS.........I was given a "Magellan" by my husband, who worries about my directional dysfunction.....he got it for me over a year ago. I'd customize it, but I'm still working on learning to use it!! I think there's something wrong with the little person inside it. All she keeps repeating to me is, "Recalculating.".............Yes, I know. I have issues.......but thanks anyway. UP+++

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      point2make 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great info alocsin very timely. We are going to purchase a new GPS shortly and your hub helps a lot. Thanks again....voted up.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      I had no idea that you can do this...but then again, I don't own a GPS. I just stick to the ol' paper maps. :) In any case, what a cool feature you can do...and that awesome English accent...haha. What fun!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I really need to get one of these now that I know how to program it. I still use Mapquest. I am in the dark ages. These seem like they are user friendly. Very helpful information!

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      iefox5 5 years ago

      It is not so necessary to buy a GPS, most smart phones and tablets have built-in GPS.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for keeping me updated with such useful information. Voting this Tom Tom GPS hub that as well as up and interesting. Here is to never getting lost again! :)

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      We've been considering getting one of these. Now that I know about the customization options available, it makes the device even more appealing. I've marked this for future use. Thank you! Voted up and shared.