Everything To Know In Order To Download Maps On Garmin Edge

Garmin Edge is one of the most popular sports and fitness tracking device produced by Garmin. The Edge series is the most used tracking device used by the cyclists and this bike computer is fully loaded with features like rider-to-rider messaging, incident detection, LiveTrack and Trendline.

If you are also a frequent Garmin Edge user, you can download Garmin Edge maps for free on your device by following this guide. One thing to keep in mind is that even though most of the maps are available free for your device, there are some maps which can only be installed after buying. This guide will help you in downloading those maps which are most useful, easy to find and free to use on your device.

Compatible Garmin Devices And Requirements To Have

This guide will help you download and install Garmin maps on most of the Edge devices. Some of them are:

  • Garmin Edge 130
  • Edge 520/ 520 Plus/530
  • Garmin Edge 705
  • Garmin Edge 800/810/820/830
  • Garmin Edge 1000/1030
  • Garmin Explore
  • Bontrager Edge 1030


  • A Garmin SD card
  • Garmin Express software
  • High speed internet
  • USB data cable

Keep in mind that if your device is no longer supported by Garmin or it has stopped issuing map update for your device such as Garmin Edge 20/130/200/500, you will not be able to install and download the maps on your device.

How To Download Maps For Your Garmin Edge?

There are several ways you can follow to download the maps on your Garmin Edge. Some of them are as follows:

By Garmin Express Application

Garmin Express is a must-have software for your Garmin GPS user. With this software, you can download the best of the maps available free for your device. Here is how you can download the maps on your Garmin Edge using the Garmin Express software:

  • Open the Garmin Express app in your system. If you do not have the app, you can download it by visiting https://www.garmin.com/en-US/software/express.
  • Before installing Garmin Express, please check the system requirement and confirm that your system meets the requirement needed to run Garmin Express smoothly.
  • After downloading and installing the app, run it and connect your Garmin Edge using a USB data cable.
  • When you connect the device, Garmin Express will automatically recognize your GPS. Register it in you Garmin Express.
  • When your device is registered successfully, a wide range of map and system updates will be made available for free.
  • Select the map you wish to install in your system and click on the Download option.
  • After the map is downloaded, move it in the SD card of your device.
  • Disconnect the device from the system and install the map. To access the latest map turn it OFF your device and turn it ON again.

By OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap is an online map store where you can find a wide range of maps for your device. Follow these steps to install the maps on your Garmin Edge:

  • Start your system and visit http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/
  • Confirm that you are having a steady high-speed internet else the website may crash in between the download due to huge traffic.
  • Once the website loads, select the Routable Bicycle Maps option from the Map Type.
  • After selecting the map type, select the region or area the map of which you want to download.
  • After selecting your preference, the next page will come with the available map updates. Tap on the map you wish to download. Keep in mind to select the option which states SD card format so that you can move the map in your Garmin Edge and install it.
  • Before moving the map file on your device, make sure you have at least 500 MB of free space in the SD card.
  • After moving the file in the SD card, insert the SD card in your Garmin Edge and install the map.

Troubleshooting Garmin Edge Issues

Besides unable to download maps on Garmin Edge, there are some common issues which are related with Garmin Edge such as  Garmin Edge not turning on, unable to download Garmin Edge update or Garmin Edge display issues. You can resolve these issues by following these steps:

  • You can perform a soft reset on your device which is known to resolve several Garmin Edge working issues. To perform a soft reset press the power key until the screen go black and turn ON again. Wait till the device finishes the booting process.
  • If you are unable to download or install the map in your Garmin Edge, confirm that there is enough space to install the map.
  • If you are having screen issues, verify that you have downloaded the right map for your device and your device is not low on space.
  • If you have a new Garmin Edge and it is not turning on, there are chances that you might have received a faulty product. Visit the nearest Garmin store and ask for replacement.
  • You can also contact the Garmin customer service by dialing the Garmin phone number and receive instant help.

Enhance Your Garmin Edge Map Viewing Experience

It is crucial that you use your Bike computers in a safe and secure way so that it does not get damaged. To get the best out of your Garmin cycle devices, follow these steps:

  • Make sure you have opted the right zoom level. Choosing a high level may distort the screen and will make it difficult for you to read the map properly.
  • Set the map details according to your need. You can set it on high or low depending how you are using the device.
  • When you have recently installed a map on your device, it may take a few minutes for your device to generate all the data necessary to load the map.
  • Use guide text. Turn on this option so that you can know about your road in advance.
  • Keep in mind to use the device with a decent level of battery. Using it continuously on low batteries will make the battery drain quickly.
  • Never leave your device on direct sunlight continuously. If your device is running while being in sunlight continuously, it will create heating problems.

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