nüvi 1490TV
owner’s manual
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Getting Started..................... 4
Looking at Your nüvi................... 4
Using the Main Menu................. 5
Setting Up Your nüvi................... 5
Charging Your nüvi..................... 6
Using the Power Button.............. 8
Adjusting the Volume.................. 8
Navigating the Screens.............. 8
Finding Your Destination............ 9
Navigating in Pedestrian
Usage Mode........................... 10
Adding a Stop............................11
Changing Destinations..............11
Stopping the Route....................11
Where To?.......................... 12
Finding an Address................... 12
Setting a Home Location.......... 12
Using the Go! Page.................. 13
Providing Feedback on Points
of Interest............................... 14
Finding a Place by Spelling
the Name .............................. 14
Searching Near Another
Location................................. 15
Finding Recently Found
Places.................................... 16
Finding a Place Using the
Map........................................ 17
Entering Coordinates................ 18
Using Photo Navigation............ 18
Using the Map Pages........ 19
Viewing the Trip Computer ...... 20
Viewing the Turn List ............... 20
Viewing the Next Turn Page..... 21
Viewing the Junction View
Page....................................... 21
Using the Pedestrian Map
Page....................................... 22
Making Hands-free Phone
Calls.................................... 23
Pairing Your Phone................... 23
Receiving a Call ...................... 24
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In a Call ................................... 25
Accessing the Phone Menu...... 25
Watching Digital TV........... 28
Using the TV Menu................... 29
Hiding Channels....................... 30
Changing the Channel Order... 31
Changing the Channel
Language............................... 31
Adding Subtitles....................... 31
Adjusting Screen Brightness.... 31
Adjusting the Screen Size........ 32
Using a Reverse Camera......... 32
Managing Files................... 33
Supported File Types................ 33
Connecting Your nüvi to Your
Computer............................... 33
Transferring Files . ................... 34
Deleting Files . ......................... 34
Using the Tools.................. 35
Accessing the Settings............. 35
Using the Where Am I?
Page....................................... 35
Accessing Help......................... 35
Using the Picture Viewer.......... 36
Accessing My Data................... 37
Using the World Clock ............. 37
Using the Calculator................. 37
Using the Unit Converter ......... 37
Using ecoRoute™ . ................... 38
Resetting ecoRoute Data......... 41
Using FM TMC Traffic........ 42
Understanding FM TMC
Traffic..................................... 42
Adding or Renewing Traffic
Subscriptions......................... 43
Receiving Traffic Information.... 43
Traffic in Your Area................... 43
Traffic on Your Route................ 44
Viewing the Traffic Map............ 45
Viewing Traffic Delays.............. 45
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Customizing the nüvi........ 46
Changing the System
Settings.................................. 46
Changing the Navigation
Settings.................................. 47
Adjusting the Display Settings.. 47
Updating the Time Settings...... 48
Setting the Languages............. 48
Changing the Map Settings...... 49
Changing Security Settings...... 49
Setting the Bluetooth
Technology Options............... 50
Changing the Proximity Points
Settings.................................. 51
Viewing Traffic Subscription
Information............................. 51
Restoring All Settings............... 52
Appendix............................ 53
Caring for Your nüvi . ............... 53
Locking Your nüvi..................... 54
Calibrating the Screen.............. 55
Updating the Software.............. 55
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Clearing User Data................... 55
Battery Information .................. 56
Changing the Fuse................... 56
Removing the nüvi and
Mount..................................... 56
Mounting on Your
Dashboard............................. 57
nüMaps Guarantee™................ 57
nüMaps Lifetime™..................... 58
Additional Maps........................ 58
About GPS Satellite Signals..... 58
Extras and Optional
Accessories............................ 58
Garmin Travel Guide................ 60
Contact Garmin........................ 60
Registering Your nüvi............... 60
Specifications........................... 61
Declaration of Conformity......... 62
Software License Agreement... 62
Troubleshooting . ..................... 63
Index................................... 66
Getting Started
Getting Started
Looking at Your nüvi
‹ Warning
See the Important Safety and Product Information guide in the product box for
product warnings and other important information.
TV antenna
Power button:
Press to turn the nüvi on and off.
card slot
Video in
(no audio)
See page 32.
Headphone out
Mini-USB connector
External TV antenna
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Getting Started
Using the Main Menu
➋➌ ➍
➑ ➒ ➓ Ô
GPS satellite strength.
Bluetooth® technology status.
Touch to select a usage mode.
Current time. Touch to change
time settings.
➎ Battery status.
➏ Touch to find a destination.
➐ Touch to view the map.
➑ Touch to make a call when
connected to a compatible
mobile phone.
➒ Touch to use the TV feature.
➓ Touch to adjust the volume.
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Ô Touch to use the tools.
Setting Up Your nüvi
‹ Warning
This product contains a lithium-ion
battery. To prevent serious bodily
injury or damage to the unit or
vehicle, remove the unit from the
vehicle when exiting or store it out
of direct sunlight.
Mounting Your nüvi
1. Remove the clear plastic from the
suction cup. Place the suction
cup on the windshield.
Suction cup mount
Getting Started
2. Flip the lever back toward the
3. Snap the cradle onto the suction
cup arm.
4. Plug the vehicle power cable into
the back of your nüvi.
5. Plug the other end of the vehicle
power cable into a power outlet in
your vehicle. Your unit should turn
on automatically if it is plugged in
and the vehicle is running. Follow
the on-screen instructions.
6. Fit the bottom of your nüvi into
the cradle.
7. Tilt your nüvi back until it snaps
into place.
8. To expand the signal range,
connect the external antenna to
the traffic receiver and secure it to
the windshield using the suction
Acquiring Satellites
1. Go outdoors to an open area,
away from tall buildings and trees.
2. Turn on your nüvi.
Acquiring satellite signals can take a
few minutes. The
bars indicate
satellite strength. When at least one
of the bars is green, your nüvi has
acquired satellite signals.
Charging Your nüvi
Charge your nüvi for at least 4 hours
before using it on battery power.
Vehicle power cable
• Connect the vehicle power cable.
• Connect the USB cable.
• Connect an AC adapter.
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Getting Started
Selecting a Usage Mode
Your nüvi offers several usage modes
for navigation methods. Routing
is calculated differently based on
your usage mode. For example, in
Pedestrian mode with cityXplorer™
maps loaded, a route is calculated
using a combination of public transit
options, such as riding a bus or
subway, and walking. cityXplorer
maps are not included with your
nüvi. See www.garmin.com to
purchase cityXplorer maps.
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To change your usage mode:
1. From the Main menu, touch the
usage mode icon on the upperleft corner.
2. Select a mode, and touch OK.
3. Touch Yes, and follow the
on‑screen instructions to
configure your settings.
Navigating Off Road
If you are not following roadways
as you navigate, use Off Road
mode. Touch Tools > Settings >
Navigation > Route Preference >
Off Road > OK.
Getting Started
Using the Power Button
Press and quickly release
additional options:
to view
• Touch
and to adjust the
screen brightness.
• Touch Lock Screen to prevent
accidental screen touches.
• Touch Power Off to turn off your
nüvi. You can also turn off the
nüvi by holding for 2 seconds.
• If your nüvi stops functioning,
reset your nüvi by pressing and
holding for 10 seconds.
Adjusting the Volume
From the Main menu, touch Volume.
to adjust the
volume. Touch the box next to Mute
to mute all audio.
Navigating the Screens
• To quickly return to the Main
menu, touch and hold
• Touch
to see more
choices. Touch and hold to scroll
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Getting Started
Finding ������
Your Destination
3. Select a subcategory.
The Where To? menu provides
several different categories for you
to use when searching for addresses,
cities, and other locations. The
detailed maps loaded in your nüvi
contain millions of points of interest,
such as restaurants, hotels, and auto
1. Touch Where To?.
4. Select a destination.
2. Select a category.
5. Touch Go!.
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Navigating in Pedestrian
Usage Mode
Using the Itinerary Page
In Pedestrian usage mode, the
Itinerary page appears after you
touch Go!.
1. Select a route from the Route
Options page to view the Itinerary
page. Each route on the page
offers a different combination
of public transit or pedestrian
Select a leg of the route to view
more detailed instructions, or
touch Start to create a route.
2. Touch Start.
Using the Route Options
In Pedestrian usage mode, the Route
Options page appears after you touch
Go! if you have cityXplorer maps for
the current metropolitan area loaded
on your nüvi. See www.garmin.com
to purchase cityXplorer maps.
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Adding a Stop
1. While navigating a route, touch
> Where To?.
2. Search for the extra stop.
3. Touch Go!.
4. Touch Add as Via Point to
add this stop before your final
Changing Destinations
1. While navigating a route, touch
> Where To?.
2. Search for the extra stop.
3. Touch Go!.
4. Touch Set as New Destination to
make this your final destination.
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Taking a Detour
1. While navigating a route, touch
2. Touch Detour.
If the route you are currently taking
is the only reasonable option, the
nüvi might not calculate a detour.
Stopping the Route
1. With a route active, touch Menu.
2. Touch Stop.
Where To?
Where To?
The Where To? menu provides
several different categories you can
use to search for locations. To learn
how to perform a simple search, see
page 9.
4. Enter the number of the address,
and touch Done.
5. Enter the street name, and touch
6. Select the correct street in the list,
if necessary.
7. Touch the address, if necessary.
Finding an Address
Setting a Home Location
NOTE: Depending on the version
of the maps loaded on your nüvi, the
button names can change and some
steps could be ordered differently.
1. Touch Where To? > Address.
2. Change the state, the country, or
the province, if necessary.
3. Touch Search All.
If you know the city, touch Spell
City, enter the city/postal code,
and touch Done. Select the
city/postal code in the list. (Not all
map data provides postal code
Set your home location for the place
you return to most often.
1. To set your home location, touch
Where To? > Go Home.
2. Select an option:
• Enter your address.
• Use your current location.
• Choose from a list of recently
found locations.
Going Home
To navigate home after you have set
your home location, touch Where
To? > Go Home.
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Where To?
Changing Your Home
1. Touch Tools > My Data > Set
Home Location.
2. Select an option:
• Enter your address.
• Use your current location.
• Choose from a list of recently
found locations.
Editing Your Home Location
1. Touch Where To? > Favorites >
All Favorites > Home.
2. Touch Edit, enter your changes,
and touch Done.
If you delete your home location,
you can reset it by following the
steps on page 12.
Using the Go! Page
After you have selected a location to
navigate to, the Go! page opens.
➋ ➌
➊ Touch to call this location when
connected to a phone.
➋ Touch to view more
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information for the location.
Touch and to zoom in
and out.
Touch to save this location to
your Favorites.
Touch to create a turn-by-turn
route to this location.
Touch to return to the previous
page. Touch and hold to return
to the Main menu.
Where To?
Providing Feedback on
Points of Interest
1. On the ���������������������������
Go! page, touch the white
box. Detailed information for the
location appears.
2. Touch Feedback for the following
• Edit Rating—touch a circle to
give the point of interest (POI)
a rating from 1 to 5 stars.
• Report Error—the item
will be removed from future
searches. Reports will be sent
to Garmin when your nüvi is
connected to a computer. See
page 33.
• Edit Phone Number—use
the keyboard to change the
phone number.
Finding a Place by
Spelling the Name
Use the on-screen keyboard to spell
the name of the destination you are
looking for. You can also enter letters
contained in the name to narrow the
1. Touch Where To? > Points of
Interest > Spell Name.
2. Using the on-screen keyboard,
enter letters of the name of your
3. Touch Done.
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Where To?
Using the On-Screen
When an on-screen keyboard
appears, touch a letter or a number
to enter it.
to add a space. Touch
to move the cursor.
Touch to delete a character. Touch
and hold to erase the entire entry.
Touch Mode to select the keyboard
language mode. Touch
enter special characters, such as
punctuation marks. To change the
keyboard layout, see page 46.
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Searching ��������������
Near Another
1. Touch Where To? > Near.
2. Select an option:
• Where I Am Now—search
near your current location.
• A Different City—search near
the city you enter.
• A Recent Destination—
search near a recent
• A Favorite Destination—
select a destination from
• My Current Route—search
along your active route.
• My Destination—search near
your current destination.
Where To?
Finding Recently Found
Your nüvi stores the last 50 of your
recent finds in the Recently Found
list. The most-recently viewed places
appear at the top of the list. Touch
Where To? > Recently Found to
view your recently found items.
Deleting Recently Found
To remove all places from the
Recently Found list, touch Clear
> Yes. All items from the list are
removed, but this does not delete the
actual places from your nüvi.
Using Fa���������
You can save places in your
Favorites so you can quickly find
them and create routes to them.
Your home location is also stored in
Saving Your Current Location
From the Map page, touch . Touch
Save Location to save your current
Saving Places You Find
1. From the Go! page, touch Save.
2. Touch OK. The place is saved in
Finding Saved Places
1. Touch Where To?.
2. Touch Favorites.
3. Select a category. Your saved
locations are listed.
Editing Saved Places
1. Touch Where To? > Favorites.
2. Select the category and the
location you want to edit.
3. Touch Edit.
4. Touch an item to edit:
• Change Name—enter a new
name, and touch Done.
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Where To?
• Attach Photo—select a
picture that you have loaded
on your nüvi or on a memory
card to assign to the location.
• Change Map Symbol—touch
a new symbol used to mark
this location on the map.
• Change Phone Number—
enter a phone number, and
touch Done.
• Change Categories—select
another category for the
• Delete—touch Yes to remove
this item from the Favorites
Finding a Place Using
the Map
Use the Browse Map page to view
different parts of the map. Touch
Where To? > Browse Map.
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Tips for Browsing the Map
• Touch the map, and drag to view
different parts of the map.
• Touch and to zoom in and
• Touch any object on the map.
An arrow appears, pointing at
the object, and a box displays
information on the location.
When the box displays Press for
more, several POIs exist at that
location. Press to see the list of
• Touch Save to save this location.
• Touch Go! to navigate to the
• If the GPS simulator is on, touch
Set Location to set your location
to the selected location. See page
Where To?
Entering Coordinates
If you know the geographic
coordinates of your destination, you
can use your nüvi to navigate to your
destination using the latitude and
longitude coordinates. This can be
especially helpful when geocaching.
1. Touch Where To? > Coordinates.
2. Touch the coordinate you want to
3. Touch Format to select the
correct coordinate format for the
type of map you are using.
4. Enter the coordinates, and touch
Using Photo Navigation
You can load pictures with location
information onto your nüvi and then
create routes to them.
1. Go to http://connect.garmin.com
/photos (not available in all areas)
to download pictures with location
2. Follow instructions on the Web
site to select and load pictures.
3. Touch Where To? > Favorites
> Photos. Pictures with location
information are listed.
4. Touch a picture.
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Using the Map Pages
Using the Map Pages
Your route is marked with a
magenta line. As you travel, your
nüvi guides you to your destination
with voice prompts, arrows on the
map, and directions at the top of
the map. A checkered flag marks
your destination. If you depart
from the original route, your nüvi
recalculates the route and provides
new directions.
A speed limit icon may appear as
you travel on major roadways. This
icon displays the current speed limit
of the roadway.
The turn indicator also includes Lane
Assist, which tells you which lane
you should be in to prepare for your
next maneuver.
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➏ ➐
➊ T ouch to view the Next Turn
➋ T ouch to view the Turn List
➌ Touch and to zoom in
and out.
➍ Touch to view the TV.
➎ Touch to view the Where Am I?
➏ Touch to return to the Main
➐ Touch to change the data field.
➑ Touch to view the Trip
Using the Map Pages
Viewing the Trip
Touch Reset > Reset Max to reset
the maximum speed.
Touch Reset > Reset Fuel Price to
reset the fuel price.
Viewing the Turn List
The trip computer displays your
current speed and provides statistics
about your trip. To view the trip
computer, touch the Speed field on
the map.
NOTE: If you make frequent stops,
leave the nüvi turned on so it can
accurately measure elapsed time
during the trip.
Resetting Trip Computer
From the map, touch the Speed field.
Touch Reset > Reset Trip Data
to reset the information on the trip
When you are navigating a route,
the turn list displays turn-by-turn
instructions for your entire route and
the distance between turns.
Touch the text bar on the top of the
map to open the turn list. Touch a
turn on the list to view the next turn
for that route. Touch Show Map to
view the entire route on the Browse
Map page.
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Using the Map Pages
Viewing the Next Turn
Viewing the Junction
View Page
When you are navigating a route, the
next turn shows the turn on the map
and the time and distance left before
you reach the turn.
The Junction View page displays a
view of some upcoming junctions
and in which lane you should be
driving. To view the Junction View
page, touch the upper-left corner of
the Map page. To access the Junction
View page from the Next Turn page,
touch Junction View.
To view an upcoming turn on the
map, touch the turn indicator in the
top left corner of the map, or touch
any turn from the turn list.
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Using the Map Pages
Using the Pedestrian
Map Page
In Pedestrian usage mode, your route
is displayed on a two-dimensional
map. The , , , , , ,
and icons indicate the navigation
method for that section of the route.
For example, when you see ,
board a bus at that point in the route.
Touch to move back and forth
between legs of the route. The
nüvi zooms in and out on each
leg of your route, but it does not
automatically move to the next
➋ Touch to view the route
➌ Touch to zoom in and zoom
➍ Touch to recenter the map on
your current location.
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Making Hands-free Phone Calls
Making Hands-free
Phone Calls
Bluetooth wireless technology is
available on the nüvi 1490.
Bluetooth wireless technology
establishes a wireless link between
two devices, such as a mobile phone
and your nüvi. To determine whether
your mobile phone with Bluetooth
technology is compatible with the
nüvi, go to www.garmin.com
The first time you use two devices
together, you must “pair” them by
establishing a relationship using
a PIN or passkey. After the initial
pairing, the two devices can connect
automatically each time you turn
them on.
NOTE: You might have to set your
mobile phone to connect to the nüvi
automatically when it is turned on.
Pairing Your Phone
To pair and connect, your phone and
the nüvi must be turned on and be
within 33 ft. (10 m) of each other.
Initiate pairing from your nüvi or
from your phone. Refer to your
phone instructions.
Pairing Using Your Phone
1. Touch Tools > Settings >
2. Select Enabled.
3. Enable the Bluetooth component
on your phone. This might be in a
menu called Settings, Bluetooth,
Connections, or Hands-free.
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Making Hands-free Phone Calls
4. Initiate a search for Bluetooth
5. Select the nüvi from the list of
6. Enter the nüvi Bluetooth PIN
(1234) into your phone.
Pairing Using the nüvi
1. From the Main menu, touch Tools
> Settings > Bluetooth > Add.
2. Enable the Bluetooth component
on your phone, and enable Find
Me/Discoverable/Visible mode.
These settings might be in a
Bluetooth, a Connections, or a
Hands-free menu.
3. Touch OK on the nüvi.
4. Select your phone, and touch OK.
5. Enter the nüvi Bluetooth PIN
(1234) in your phone.
When your phone is connected to
your nüvi, you are ready to make
phone calls. Touch Phone on the
Main menu to access the Phone
When you turn on the nüvi, it tries to
connect to the last phone to which it
was connected.
Receiving a Call
When you get a call, the Incoming
Call window opens. Touch Answer
to answer the call. Touch Ignore to
ignore the call and stop your phone
from ringing.
The internal microphone is in the
front of the nüvi; speak normally.
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Making Hands-free Phone Calls
In a Call
During a call, the In Call icon
appears. Touch > End Call to
hang up. Touch > Call Options
for the following options:
• Touch Tones—displays a
keypad page so that you can use
automated systems, such as voice
• Transfer Audio To Phone—this
is helpful if you want to turn off
the nüvi but remain on the call,
or if you need privacy. To switch
back, touch Transfer Audio To
• Mute Microphone.
NOTE: Depending on the screen
that appears on your nüvi, the In Call
icon could look different.
Using Call Waiting
When you are on a call and you
receive a second call (call waiting),
the Incoming Call window appears.
Touch Answer to answer the call.
The first call is placed on hold.
Switching Between Calls
1. Touch
> Switch To.
2. Touch End Call to hang up. This
does not disconnect the call on
Accessing the Phone
NOTE: Not all phones support all
features of the nüvi Phone menu.
From the Main menu, touch Phone
to open the Phone menu.
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Making Hands-free Phone Calls
Using Your Phone Book
Each time your phone connects
with the nüvi, the phone book is
automatically loaded into the nüvi.
It can take a few minutes for the
phone book to be available. Phone
book transfer is not available on all
1. Touch Phone > Phone Book.
2. Touch the phone book entry
(contact) you want to call.
3. Touch Call to call the contact.
Dialing a Point of Interest
1. Touch Phone > Points of
2. Search for the point of interest
you want to call.
3. Touch Call or touch the phone
Dialing a Number
Viewing Your Call History
Each time your phone connects
to the nüvi, your call history is
automatically transferred to the nüvi.
It can take a few minutes to transfer
this data to the nüvi.
1. Touch Phone > Call History.
2. Touch a category to view those
calls. The calls are listed in
chronological order. The mostrecent calls are at the top of the
3. Touch an entry, and touch Dial.
Calling Home
Enter a phone number for your home
location so you can quickly call
1. Touch Phone > Call Home.
2. The nüvi dials your home phone
1. Touch Phone > Dial.
2. Enter the number, and touch Dial.
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Making Hands-free Phone Calls
Entering Your Phone Number
1. Touch Phone > Call Home.
2. Touch Enter Phone Number to
use the keypad page or Select
From Phonebook (only available
if your phone supports phone
book transfer).
3. Touch Done > Yes. The nüvi dials
your home phone number.
To edit your home location or
phone number, touch Where To? >
Favorites > Home > Edit.
Placing Calls Using Voice
You can place calls by speaking the
contact name. You might need to
“train” your phone to recognize your
voice dial commands. Refer to your
phone instructions.
1. Touch Phone > Voice Dial.
2. Speak the contact name.
Checking the Phone Status
Check the battery level and signal
strength for your phone by touching
Phone > Status.
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Watching Digital TV
Watching Digital TV
To watch digital mobile television,
the nüvi must be in a DVB-T (Digital
Video Broadcasting for Terrestrial
devices) coverage area. For more
information, see www.dvb.org.
Setting up the Antennas
1. Pull out the TV antenna. See
page 4.
2. For better reception, attach the
external antennas included in the
packaging and arrange them in
a perpendicular angle to each
NOTE: The external antennas
are intended to improve the TV
reception. They will not increase the
number of channels available.
Selecting Your Region and
Time Zone
1. Touch TV > Options > TV
2. Touch the box under Region to
select your region.
3. Touch OK.
4. Touch the box under Time Zone.
5. Select your time zone.
NOTE: The 1490TV time zone
options are based on Greenwich
Mean Time. Select the time zone
that is the correct amount of time
ahead of, or behind, Greenwich
Mean Time. For example, “GMT +
3:00” will be three hours ahead of
Greenwich Mean Time.
6. Touch OK.
7. Touch
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Watching Digital TV
Scanning for Channels
1. Touch TV > Options > Channel
Scan > Scan to locate every
available channel by scanning
multiple frequencies.
2. Touch
twice to view the TV
Touch Abort to stop the channel
scan. If the channel scan is not
completed, the nüvi will not receive
any channels.
Scanning for Specific
1. If you know the frequency of a
channel, touch TV > Options >
Channel Scan > Manual Scan.
2. Select the frequency.
3. Touch
twice to view the TV
Using the TV Menu
‹ warning
Do not attempt to view the television
function or other video input while
driving. Failure to pay full attention
to the operation of your vehicle
could result in death, serious injury,
or property damage.
Before using the television feature
in a vehicle, check the local laws
and ordinances where you drive.
Some laws prohibit drivers from
watching television while operating
motor vehicles. Garmin does not
assume any responsibility for any
fines, penalties, or damages that may
be incurred as a result of any law or
ordinance relating to the use of your
Garmin device.
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Watching Digital TV
Your nüvi will disable the TV
function when you are traveling
faster than 12 kph.
Hiding Channels
• Touch and to select a
• Touch and to adjust the
• Touch
on the map to return to
the TV menu.
• Touch Quit to stop receiving a
TV signal.
TV signal strength and system
messages are displayed in the status
bar in the upper-left corner of the
After a channel scan has been run,
you can choose to hide selected
Touch TV > Options > Guide.
Select a channel to hide.
Touch Yes. The channel will not
appear on the channel list and
will be skipped when you are
changing channels.
Showing Hidden Channels
1. Touch TV > Options > Guide.
2. Touch
3. Touch the
icon, which appears
next to the hidden channel.
4. Touch Yes.
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Watching Digital TV
Changing the Channel
Touch TV > Options > Guide.
Select a channel to move.
Touch the position to which you
want to move the channel.
Changing the Channel
Depending on the broadcaster, you
may be able to change the language
in which a channel is broadcast.
Adding Subtitles
1. Touch TV > Options > TV
Settings > Subtitles.
2. Touch On.
NOTE: The subtitle language is
determined by the broadcaster.
Adjusting Screen
1. Touch TV > Options > TV
Settings > Brightness.
2. Touch
to adjust
the brightness.
1. Touch TV > Options > TV
2. Touch Language to select a
broadcast language.
NOTE: Garmin is not responsible
for the broadcast languages.
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Watching Digital TV
Adjusting the Screen
When the TV page is inactive for
several seconds, the TV menu will
disappear and the picture will expand
to fill the screen. You can choose the
aspect ratio of the picture.
1. Touch TV > Options > TV
Settings > Aspect Ratio.
2. Select an option:
• Keep Ratio—to maintain
the aspect ratio in which the
channel is broadcast.
• Full Screen—to stretch the
picture to fill the screen.
Using a Reverse Camera
If a reverse camera has been installed
in your vehicle, you can view the
output of the camera on your nüvi
1. Connect the camera to your nüvi
through the video-in jack on the
left side of the nüvi. See page 4.
2. Touch TV.
3. If necessary, follow the on-screen
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Managing Files
Managing Files
The nüvi is not compatible with
Windows® 95, 98, Me, Windows
NT®, and Mac® OS 10.3 and earlier.
You can store files, such as JPEG
image files, in the internal memory
on the nüvi or on a memory card.
Supported File Types
• JPEG and JPG image files: see
page 36.
• Maps and GPX waypoint files
from MapSource®: see page 28.
• GPI custom POI files from
Garmin POI Loader: see page 58.
Connecting Your nüvi to
Your Computer
When you connect your nüvi to your
computer, you will see an option to
install myGarmin Agent™, which
monitors your computer USB ports
and allows you to easily check for
available updates. See page 60 for
more information.
1. Insert a memory card (optional).
Press it in until it clicks.
2. Connect the mini-USB connector
to the back of the nüvi.
3. Connect the larger end of the
cable to an available USB port on
your computer.
Your nüvi and memory card appear
as removable drives in My Computer
in Windows and as mounted volumes
on Mac computers.
NOTE: Some computers with
multiple network drives can not
display nüvi drives. See your
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Managing Files
operating system Help file to learn
how to map the drives.
Transferring Files
1. Browse your computer for the file
you want to copy.
2. Highlight the file, and click Edit >
3. Open the “Garmin” or memory
card drive/volume.
4. Click Edit > Paste. The file
appears in the list of files in the
nüvi memory or on the memory
5. When you are finished
transferring files, click
in your
toolbar (system tray), or drag the
volume icon to the Trash
Mac computers.
6. Unplug your nüvi from your
Deleting Files
If you do not know the purpose of
a file, do not delete it. Your nüvi
memory contains important system
files that should not be deleted.
1. Connect the nüvi to your
computer, and open the nüvi or
memory card drive/volume.
2. Highlight the file you want to
3. Press the Delete key on the
computer keyboard.
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Using the Tools
Using the Tools
The Tools menu provides many
features that are helpful when you
are traveling.
From the Main menu, touch Tools.
Accessing the Settings
For information about the settings,
see pages 46–52.
Using the Where Am I?
1. From the Main menu, touch Tools
> Where Am I?.
2. Touch a button on the right to
view the nearest locations in that
3. Touch Save Location to save
your current location.
Accessing Help
Touch Help to get information about
using your nüvi.
Touch Search to search help topics
for a keyword.
Use the Where Am I? page to
view current location information,
including hospitals, police stations,
and fuel. This feature is helpful if
you need to tell emergency personnel
your location.
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Using the Tools
Using the Picture Viewer
Use the picture viewer to view
pictures that you have stored in your
nüvi or on a memory card.
1. Touch Tools > Picture Viewer.
• Touch the arrows to scroll
through the images.
2. Touch a picture to view a larger
image of it.
• Touch to view information
on the selected picture.
• Touch the map and drag to
view different parts of the
• Touch to hide the menu
3. Use the scroll bar at the bottom of
the screen to change how many
pictures appear on the screen.
Viewing a Slide Show
1. Touch Tools > Picture Viewer >
. Each picture appears for a
few moments.
2. Touch anywhere on the screen to
stop the slide show.
Navigating to a Picture
If a picture contains location
information, you can create a route
to it.
1. Touch Tools > Picture Viewer.
2. Select a picture.
3. Touch > Go!.
See page 33 for more information
about loading pictures on your nüvi.
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Using the Tools
Accessing My Data
Use this tool to manage and delete
your saved data, such as your
1. Touch Tools > My Data.
2. Select an option:
• Set Home Location
• Delete Selected Favorites
• Clear Trip Log
• View Map Errors
Using the World Clock
1. Touch Tools > World Clock.
2. To change a listed city, touch one
of the cities.
3. Enter a city name, and touch
4. Select the correct city, if
5. Touch World Map to view a map.
Nighttime hours are shown in the
shaded area.
6. Touch
to view the clocks
Using the Calculator
Touch Tools > Calculator to activate
the calculator.
Using the Unit Converter
1. Touch Tools > Unit Converter.
2. Touch Conversion, select a type
of measurement, and touch OK.
3. Touch a unit of measure that you
want to change.
4. Select a unit of measure, and
touch OK. Repeat if necessary.
5. Touch the box next to the unit of
measure to enter a value.
6. Enter a value, and touch Done.
The unit is converted.
7. Touch Clear to perform another
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Using the Tools
Updating Conversion Rates
You can update the currency
conversion rates manually so that
you are always using the most
current rates.
1. Touch Tools > Unit Converter >
2. Select Currency, and touch OK.
3. Touch the currency buttons and
select the currencies you want to
4. Touch Update.
5. Touch the boxes next to the
currencies to enter new rates.
6. Touch Save to save the new
rates. Touch Restore to use the
original rates.
Using ecoRoute™
Touch Tools > ecoRoute.
The ecoRoute feature calculates
your vehicle fuel economy, carbon
footprint, and the fuel price of
navigating to a destination, and
offers tools for improving fuel
The data provided by the ecoRoute
feature are estimates only. The
data is not actually read from your
vehicle. To receive more-accurate
fuel reports for your specific vehicle
and driving habits, calibrate the fuel
The first time you access the
ecoRoute features you will be asked
to enter fuel and mileage information
about your vehicle.
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Using the Tools
Viewing the Fuel Report
If you have entered your vehicle
profile and the current fuel price,
your nüvi calculates the average
fuel economy for your vehicle, your
carbon footprint, and the cost of the
fuel consumed.
The fuel consumption data is
based on estimates for speed and
acceleration for an average vehicle.
Touch Tools > ecoRoute > Fuel
TIP: To ensure that fuel data is
always recorded, keep your nüvi
turned on while driving.
Calibrating the Fuel Economy
Calibrate the fuel economy to receive
more-accurate fuel reports for your
specific vehicle and driving habits.
Calibrate when you fill up your fuel
1. Calculate your miles per gallon or
liters per 100 kilometers.
2. Touch Tools > ecoRoute > Fuel
Report > Calibrate.
3. Touch
to enter the
result from step 1.
4. Touch OK.
Adjusting the Fuel Price
Enter fuel price information to
calculate the fuel cost of routes and
to calculate the fuel reports.
1. Touch Tools > ecoRoute > Fuel
2. Enter the current fuel price, and
touch Done.
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Using the Tools
Taking the ecoChallenge
The ecoChallenge tool helps you
maximize your fuel economy by
scoring your driving habits. The
higher your overall score for a
ecoChallenge, the more fuel you
could save.
Touch Tools > ecoRoute >
ecoChallenge > Start.
Understanding Your
ecoChallenge Score
Touch on the Map page to view
details about your current challenge.
The leaf color on the ecoChallenge
icon changes depending on your
performance in the challenge.
Your overall score is the average of
three scores:
Acceleration score—gain points for
gradual acceleration; lose points for
rapid acceleration.
Deceleration score—gain points for
gradual braking; lose points for hard
Speed score—gain points for driving
at the best speed for conserving
fuel, which is 45–60 mph for most
Stopping the ecoChallenge
1. From the Map page, touch
2. Touch Stop > Yes.
Adjusting Your Vehicle Profile
Touch Tools > ecoRoute > Vehicle
Fuel Type—select a fuel type.
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Using the Tools
City Fuel Efficiency—enter the
average city fuel efficiency for your
1. Touch Tools > ecoRoute >
Mileage Report.
2. Select a report.
Hwy Fuel Efficiency—enter the
average highway fuel efficiency for
your vehicle.
You can view up to 20 mileage
reports on your nüvi. You can also
access mileage reports in the Reports
folder on your nüvi drive/volume.
TIP: For best results, calibrate your
fuel economy instead of adjusting
the city and highway fuel efficiency
here. See page 39.
Viewing the Mileage Report
Mileage reports provide the distance,
the time, the average fuel economy,
and the fuel cost of navigating to a
A mileage report is created for
every route that you drive. If you
stop a route on your nüvi, a mileage
report is created for the distance you
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Viewing Driving Tips
Your nüvi provides driving tips to
help you save fuel.
Touch Tools > ecoRoute > Tips.
Resetting ecoRoute
1. Touch Tools > ecoRoute.
2. Select the category you want to
reset, and touch Reset.
Using FM TMC Traffic
Using FM TMC
Check local laws before using the
FM transmitter in your area. Use of
FM transmitters is currently illegal
in certain European countries due to
specific radio frequency restrictions.
NOTE: Garmin is not responsible
for the accuracy of the traffic
Use an FM TMC (Traffic Message
Channel) traffic receiver to receive
traffic information that is broadcast
over the FM Radio Data System.
For information about traffic
receivers and coverage areas, go to
Understanding FM TMC
The FM Traffic Message Channel
(TMC) traffic receiver, which is
integrated in the vehicle power cable,
is included in some nüvi packages.
Mini-USB connector
Internal antenna
Power LED
External antenna
Vehicle power
You do not need to activate the
subscription included with your FM
traffic receiver. The subscription
activates automatically after your
nüvi acquires satellite signals while
receiving traffic signals from the pay
service provider. Go to www.garmin
.com/traffic or www.garmin.com for
more information.
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Using FM TMC Traffic
Adding or Renewing
Traffic Subscriptions
To add or renew a traffic
subscription, touch Tools > Settings
> Traffic. For more information, see
page 51 and go to www.garmin
Receiving Traffic
Heated (metallized) windshields
could degrade the performance of the
traffic receiver.
• The traffic receiver and nüvi must
be in data range of an FM station
transmitting traffic information.
Traffic in Your Area
When you are receiving traffic
information, a traffic icon appears
in the upper-left corner of the Map
page. The traffic icon changes color
to indicate the severity of traffic
conditions on your route or the road
you are currently travelling.
To receive traffic information, the
following conditions must be met:
• The traffic receiver must be
connected to the nüvi.
• The traffic receiver and nüvi
must be connected to an external
power source.
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Using FM TMC Traffic
Color Description Meaning
Traffic is
Green Low severity flowing
Traffic icon
Traffic is
Traffic is
High severity heavily
Traffic data
has not
No data
You might still be routed through
traffic if no better alternative routes
Traffic on Your Route
If a non-severe traffic delay occurs
on your route, touch the traffic icon
to display a tab that shows how much
time the delay has added to your
route. This time is already included
in your estimated arrival time.
When calculating your route, the
nüvi examines the current traffic and
automatically optimizes the route
for the shortest time. If a severe
traffic delay occurs on your route
while you are navigating, the nüvi
automatically recalculates the route.
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Using FM TMC Traffic
Manually Avoiding Traffic on
Your Route
1. On the Map page, touch the traffic
2. Touch Traffic On Route.
3. Touch the arrows to view other
traffic delays on your route, if
4. Touch Avoid to avoid the traffic
Viewing Traffic Delays
1. On the Map page, touch the traffic
2. Touch Traffic Search to view a
list of traffic delays.
3. To view details, touch an item in
the list. If there is more than one
delay, touch the arrows to view
additional delays.
Viewing the Traffic Map
The traffic map shows color-coded
traffic flow and delays on nearby
1. On the Map page, touch the traffic
2. Touch Show Traffic Map to view
the traffic incidents on a map.
To return to the normal map from
the traffic map, touch the traffic icon,
and then touch Show Normal Map.
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Customizing the nüvi
Customizing the nüvi
1. Touch Tools > Settings.
2. Touch the setting you want to
3. Touch the button under the setting
name to change it.
Changing the System
Touch Tools > Settings > System.
GPS Simulator—turn on the
simulator to turn off the GPS mode
and simulate navigation, and to save
battery power.
Usage Mode—specify how you
will be navigating to optimize
routes: Automobile, Pedestrian, or
Keyboard—touch QWERTY
for a layout similar to a computer
keyboard, or touch ABCDE for an
alphabetical layout (only available
on the nüvi 1300 and 1400 series).
Units—change units of measure to
Kilometers or Miles.
About—display the nüvi software
version number, the unit ID number,
and information on several other
software features. You need this
information when you update
the system software or purchase
additional map data (see page 58).
Restore—restore the system settings.
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Customizing the nüvi
Changing the Navigation
Touch Tools > Settings >
Route Preference—select a
preference for calculating your route:
• Faster Time—to calculate routes
that are faster to drive but can be
longer in distance.
• Shorter Distance—to calculate
routes that are shorter in distance
but can take more time to drive.
• Off Road—to calculate point-topoint routes (without roads).
• Less Fuel— to calculate routes
that could use less fuel than other
routes. The route calculation is
based on road speeds and vehicle
acceleration data for a given
Avoidances—select the road types
you want to avoid on your routes.
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Transit Types—select which mode
of public transit you would like
your nüvi to avoid when calculating
routes. Available when cityXplorer
maps are loaded. See page 10.
Restore—restore the original
navigation settings.
Adjusting the Display
Touch Tools > Settings > Display.
Color Mode—select Day for
a light background, Night for
a dark background, or Auto to
automatically switch between the
Screen Shot—turn on Screen Shot
mode. Touch to take a screen
shot. The picture bitmap file is saved
in the screenshots folder on the nüvi
Customizing the nüvi
Brightness—adjust the backlight
brightness level. Reducing the
backlight brightness increases your
battery life.
Restore—restore the original display
Updating the Time
Touch Tools > Settings > Time.
Select a time format—select a 12hour, 24-hour, or UTC time format.
Current Time—manually set the
time on your nüvi. Select Automatic
to have the nüvi set the time based
on your location.
Setting the Languages
Touch Tools > Settings > Language.
Voice Language—change the
language for voice prompts.
Text Language—change all onscreen text to the selected language.
Changing the text language does not
change the language of user-entered
data or map data, such as street
Keyboard—select the keyboard for
your language. Touch Mode on any
keyboard to change the keyboard
Restore—restore the original
language settings.
Restore—restore the original time
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Customizing the nüvi
Changing the Map
Touch Tools > Settings > Map.
Map Detail—adjust the amount of
detail shown on the map. Showing
more detail can cause the map to
redraw slower.
Map View—select a map
• Track Up—display the map in
two dimensions (2D) with your
direction of travel at the top.
• North Up—display the map in
2D with North at the top.
• 3D—display the map in three
dimensions (3D) in Track Up.
NOTE: In Pedestrian usage mode,
North Up is the only map view.
Vehicle—touch Change to change
the icon used to display your position
on the map. Touch the icon you
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want to use, and then touch OK.
Download additional vehicle icons at
Trip Log—show or hide the log of
your travels. To clear trip log, touch
Tools > My Data > Clear Trip Log.
Map Info—view the maps and the
version of each map loaded on your
nüvi. Touch a map to enable (check
mark) or disable (no check mark)
that map.
Restore—restore the original map
Changing Security
Touch Tools > Settings > Security.
Garmin Lock—turn on Garmin
Lock™ to lock your nüvi. Enter a
4-digit PIN, and set a security
location. For more information, see
page 54.
Customizing the nüvi
Safe Mode—turn safe mode on or
off. When your vehicle is moving,
Safe mode disables all functions that
require significant operator attention
and could become a distraction while
Restore—restore the original
security settings. Note that restoring
the security settings will not clear
your Garmin Lock PIN or security
Setting the Bluetooth
Technology Options
Touch Tools > Settings > Bluetooth.
Connections—touch Add >
OK to pair with a phone that has
Bluetooth wireless technology. See
pages 23–27. Touch Change to
connect with a different phone.
• Drop—select the phone you want
to disconnect, and touch Yes.
• Remove—select the phone you
want to delete from the nüvi
memory, and touch Yes.
Bluetooth—turn the Bluetooth
component on and off. The
Bluetooth icon appears on the Main
menu if the Bluetooth component is
turned on. To prevent a phone from
automatically connecting, touch
Friendly Name—enter a friendly
name that identifies your nüvi on
devices with Bluetooth technology.
Touch Done.
Restore—restore the original
Bluetooth settings. This does not
clear the pairing information.
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Customizing the nüvi
Changing the Proximity
Points Settings
You must have proximity points
(such as custom POIs or a safety
camera database) loaded to adjust
the proximity points settings. See
page 58. Touch Tools > Settings >
Proximity Points.
Proximity Alerts—turn the alerts
on or off when you approach custom
POIs or safety cameras.
Restore—restore the proximity
points settings.
Viewing Traffic
The traffic receiver is included in
some nüvi packages. Touch Tools >
Settings > Traffic.
Current—select which provider
to use. Touch Auto to use the best
provider for the area, or select a
specific provider to use.
Find More—search for additional
TMC traffic providers. To increase
the search time, touch Yes to clear
the provider table.
Subscriptions—view your FM
traffic subscriptions and expiration
dates. Touch Add to add a
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Customizing the nüvi
Adding a Subscription
You do not need to activate the
subscription included with your
FM traffic receiver (if it came with
one). The subscription activates
automatically after your nüvi
acquires satellite signals while
receiving traffic signals from the
service provider.
You can purchase additional
subscriptions or a renewal if your
subscription expires. Go to
5. Touch Next on the nüvi, enter the
code, and touch Done.
The traffic subscription code cannot
be reused. You must obtain a new
code each time you renew your
service. If you own multiple FM
traffic receivers, you must obtain a
new code for each receiver.
Restoring All Settings
1. Touch Tools > Settings.
2. Touch Restore.
3. Touch Yes.
1. From the Main menu, touch Tools
> Settings > Traffic.
2. Touch Subscriptions > Add.
3. Write down the FM traffic receiver
unit ID.
4. Go to www.garmin.com/fmtraffic
to purchase a subscription and
get a 25-character code.
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Caring for Your nüvi
Your nüvi contains sensitive
electronic components that can be
permanently damaged if exposed
to excessive shock or vibration. To
minimize the risk of damage to your
nüvi, avoid dropping your unit and
operating it in high-shock and highvibration environments.
Cleaning the Unit
The nüvi is constructed of highquality materials and does not
require user maintenance other than
cleaning. Clean the outer casing
of the unit (not the touchscreen)
using a cloth dampened with a mild
detergent solution, and then wipe
it dry. Avoid chemical cleaners and
solvents that can damage plastic
Cleaning the Touchscreen
Clean the touchscreen with a soft,
clean, lint-free cloth. Use water,
isopropyl alcohol, or eyeglass
cleaner, if needed. Apply the liquid
to the cloth, and then gently wipe the
Protecting Your nüvi
• Do not store the nüvi where
prolonged exposure to extreme
temperatures can occur, because
it can cause permanent damage.
• Do not expose the nüvi to water.
Contact with water can cause this
unit to malfunction.
• Although a PDA stylus can be
used to operate the touchscreen,
never attempt this while
operating a vehicle. Never use a
hard or sharp object to operate
the touchscreen because damage
might result.
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Avoiding Theft
• To avoid theft, remove the unit
and mount from sight when not
in use. Remove the residue left
on the windshield by the suction
• Do not keep your unit in the
glove compartment.
• Register your product at
• Use the Garmin Lock feature. See
below for more information.
Locking Your nüvi
Garmin Lock is a theft-deterrent
system that locks your nüvi. Each
time you turn on the nüvi, enter the
PIN or drive to the security location.
1. Touch Tools > Settings >
2. Touch the button below Garmin
3. Enter a 4-digit PIN and drive to a
security location.
What is a Security Location?
If you forget your PIN and your
security location, you must send your
nüvi to Garmin to get it unlocked.
You must also send a valid product
registration or proof of purchase.
Your security location should be a
location you return to often, such as
your home. If the nüvi has satellite
signals and you are at the security
location, you do not need to enter
the PIN.
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Calibrating the Screen
1. Turn off the nüvi.
2. Hold the upper-left corner of the
screen while turning on the nüvi.
3. Release the power button
when the Garmin screen appears.
4. Continue to hold the upper-left
corner of the touch screen for 30
seconds until a white screen with
“Press dot” appears.
Updating the Software
1. Connect the nüvi to your
computer using the mini-USB
cable. The AutoPlay menu opens.
2. Double-click on to open the
myGarmin Agent download
page. If the AutoPlay menu does
not open, or you are on a Mac
computer, go to www.garmin
3. Follow the on-screen instructions.
open myDashboard when you
connect your nüvi to your computer.
myDashboard checks your nüvi
for current software and provides
additional information about your
Clearing User Data
This deletes all user-entered
1. Hold your finger on the lower-right
corner of the nüvi screen while
turning on the nüvi.
2. Keep your finger pressed until the
pop-up window appears.
3. Touch Yes to clear all user data.
All original settings are restored.
Any items that you have saved are
After you have installed myGarmin
Agent, you will be prompted to
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Battery Information
To maximize the lifetime of the
battery, do not leave your nüvi in
direct sunlight, and avoid prolonged
exposure to excessive heat.
battery icon in the corner
of the Main menu indicates the status
of the nüvi battery. To increase the
accuracy of the battery gauge, fully
discharge the battery and then fully
charge it. Do not unplug the nüvi
until it is totally charged.
Changing the Fuse
When replacing the fuse, do not lose
any of the small pieces, and ensure
they are put back in the proper place.
If your unit will not charge in your
vehicle, you might need to replace
the fuse located at the tip of the
vehicle adapter.
1. Use a coin to push down the
silver tip, and turn the coin
counter-clockwise, one-quarter
2. Remove the end piece, the silver
tip, and the fuse.
3. Install a 2 A
fast-blow fuse
of the same
Silver tip
4. Ensure that
the silver tip
is located in
the end piece.
Using a coin, replace the end
Removing the nüvi and
To remove the nüvi from the cradle,
press the tab of the cradle while
tilting the nüvi forward.
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To remove the cradle from the
mount, turn the cradle to the right
or the left. Apply pressure in that
direction until the cradle snaps off
the mount.
To remove the suction cup mount
from the windshield, flip the lever
toward you. Pull the tab on the
suction cup toward you.
Mounting on Your
The permanent mounting adhesive is
extremely difficult to remove after it
is installed.
Use the enclosed mounting disk to
mount your unit to the dashboard and
comply with certain state regulations.
1. Clean and dry the dashboard
where you are placing the disk.
2. Remove the backing from the
adhesive on the bottom of the
3. Place the disk on the dashboard.
4. Remove the clear plastic cover
from the top of the disk.
5. Place the suction cup mount
on top of the disk. Flip the lever
down (toward the disk).
nüMaps Guarantee™
To receive one free map update
(if available), register your nüvi
at http://my.garmin.com within 60
days of acquiring satellites while
driving with your nüvi. You are not
eligible for the free map update if
you register by phone or wait longer
than 60 days after the first time you
acquire satellites while driving with
your nüvi. For more information, go
to www.garmin.com/numaps.
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nüMaps Lifetime™
For a one-time payment, you can
receive up to four map updates each
year for the life of your unit. For
more information, go to www
Additional Maps
You can purchase additional maps
for your nüvi. To see a list of maps
that are compatible with your nüvi,
go to your nüvi product page on the
Garmin Web site (www.garmin
.com), and click the Maps tab.
About GPS Satellite
Your nüvi must acquire GPS
(Global Positioning System) satellite
signals in order to navigate. If you
are indoors, near tall buildings or
trees, or in a parking garage, your
nüvi may not acquire satellites. Go
outside to an area free from tall
obstructions to use your nüvi.
When your nüvi has acquired
satellite signals, the signal strength
bars on the Main menu are green
. When it loses satellite signals,
the bars turn red or clear
For more information about GPS, go
to www.garmin.com/aboutGPS.
Extras and Optional
For more information about optional
accessories, go to http://buy.garmin
.com or www.garmin.com/extras, or
contact your Garmin dealer.
Custom Points of Interest
Use the POI Loader to load custom
points of interest (POIs) onto your
nüvi. POI databases are available
from various companies on the
Internet. Some custom databases
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contain alert information for points,
such as safety cameras and school
Go to www.garmin.com/extras, and
click POI Loader to install the POI
Loader onto your computer. For
more information, refer to the POI
Loader Help file. Press F1 to open
the Help file.
To view your Custom POIs, touch
Where To? > Extras > Custom
To change the proximity alert
settings, touch Tools > Settings
> Proximity Points > Proximity
To delete the Custom POIs from
your nüvi, connect your nüvi to your
computer. Open the POI folder in the
nüvi drive or the memory card drive.
Delete the file titled poi.gpi.
Safety Cameras
‹ Caution
Garmin is not responsible for the
accuracy of, or the consequences of
using, a custom POI or safety camera
Safety camera information is
available in some locations. Check
http://my.garmin.com for availability.
For these locations, the nüvi includes
the locations of hundreds of safety
cameras. Your nüvi alerts you when
you are approaching a safety camera
and can warn you if you are driving
too fast. The data is updated at least
weekly, so you always have access to
the most up-to-date information.
You can purchase a new region
or extend an existing subscription
at any time. Each region that you
purchase has an expiration date.
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Garmin Travel Guide
The Garmin Travel Guide provides
detailed information about places,
such as restaurants and hotels. To
purchase an accessory, go to
http://buy.garmin.com or contact
your Garmin dealer.
To use the travel guide, insert the
memory card into your nüvi. Touch
Where To? > Extras. Touch the
name of your travel guide to open it.
Contact Garmin
Contact Garmin Product Support
if you have questions. In the USA,
go to www.garmin.com/support, or
contact Garmin USA by phone at
(913) 397-8200 or (800) 800-1020.
In the UK, contact Garmin (Europe)
Ltd. by phone at 0808 2380000.
In Europe, go to www.garmin.com
/support and click Contact Support
for in-country support information,
or contact Garmin (Europe) Ltd. by
phone at +44 (0) 870.8501241.
Registering Your nüvi
Go to http://my.garmin.com to
register your nüvi. See page 33 for
information about connecting your
nüvi to your computer.
1. Plug in your nüvi. You will see an
option to install the myGarmin
Agent (optional).
2. Follow the online instructions
to install myGarmin Agent and
register your nüvi.
After you have registered your
nüvi, you can subscribe to the latest
Garmin online services.
nüvi 1490TV Owner’s Manual
nüvi 1490TV
Physical size (W × H × D): 5.4 ×
3.4 × 0.70 in. (13.7 × 8.6 ×
1.78 cm)
Weight: 9.1 oz. (258 g)
Display: 5.0 in. diagonal, 480 ×
272 pixels; 64K colors; bright
WQVGA TFT landscape
display; white backlight;
Case: Not waterproof (IPXO)
Operating temperature range:
32°F–140°F (0°C–60°C)
Charging temperature range:
32°F–113°F (0°C–45°C)
Data storage: Internal memory and
optional removable microSD
card. Data stored indefinitely.
Computer interface: USB 2.0 fullspeed mass storage
Operating system: Garmin
Charge time: Up to 4 hours
Power input: Vehicle power using
the included vehicle power
cable, or AC power using an
optional accessory
Usage: 5 W max.
Battery life: Up to 3 hours
Battery type: Non-user-replaceable,
rechargeable lithium-ion battery
GPS receiver: High-sensitivity with
Acquisition times*:
Warm: <1 second
Cold: <38 second
Factory Reset: <45 second
*Average acquisition times for a
stationary receiver with a clear view
of the sky.
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Declaration of
Hereby, Garmin declares that this
nüvi product is in compliance with the
essential requirements and other relevant
provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC. To
view the full Declaration of Conformity,
go to the Web site for your Garmin
product at www.garmin.com.
Software License
Garmin grants you a limited license to
use the software embedded in this device
(the “Software”) in binary executable
form in the normal operation of the
product. Title, ownership rights, and
intellectual property rights in and to the
Software remain in Garmin.
You acknowledge that the Software
is the property of Garmin and is
protected under the United States
of America copyright laws and
international copyright treaties. You
further acknowledge that the structure,
organization, and code of the Software
are valuable trade secrets of Garmin
and that the Software in source code
form remains a valuable trade secret of
Garmin. You agree not to decompile,
disassemble, modify, reverse assemble,
reverse engineer, or reduce to human
readable form the Software or any part
thereof or create any derivative works
based on the Software. You agree not to
export or re-export the Software to any
country in violation of the export control
laws of the United States of America.
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My nüvi never gets
satellite signals.
Take your nüvi out of parking garages and away
from tall buildings and trees. Remain stationary for
several minutes.
The suction cup
will not stay on my
Clean the suction cup and windshield with rubbing
alcohol. Dry with a clean, dry cloth. Mount the
suction cup as described on page 5.
My nüvi does not
charge in my vehicle.
Check the fuse in the vehicle power cable (see page
Ensure that the vehicle is turned on and is supplying
power to the power outlet.
Your nüvi can only charge between 32°F and 113°F
(between 0°C and 45°C). If the nüvi is placed in
direct sunlight or in a hot environment, it cannot
My battery does not
stay charged for very
To maximize the time between charges, turn down
the backlight. Touch Tools > Settings > Display >
How do I clear all of
my user data?
Hold your finger on the lower‑right corner of the
nüvi screen while it is turning on. Keep your finger
pressed until the message appears. Touch Yes to
clear all user data.
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My battery gauge
does not seem
Allow the unit to fully discharge, and fully charge it
(without interrupting the charge cycle).
The touchscreen is
not responding to my
Calibrate the touchscreen as described on page 55.
How do I know my
nüvi is in USB mass
storage mode?
When your nüvi is in USB mass storage mode, a
picture of a nüvi connected to a computer is shown.
Also, you should see two new removable disk drives
listed in My Computer.
My computer never
senses that the nüvi
is connected.
1. Unplug the USB cable from your computer.
2. Turn off the nüvi.
3. Plug the USB cable into a USB port on
your computer and into your nüvi. The nüvi
automatically turns on and goes into USB
mass storage mode. Ensure that your nüvi is
connected to a USB port and not a USB hub.
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I cannot see any new
removable drives in
my list of drives.
If you have several network drives mapped on your
computer, Windows can have trouble assigning
drive letters to your nüvi drives. See your operating
system Help file to learn how to map or assign drive
How can I find
restaurants near the
hotel I will be staying
at in the future?
Save the hotel in your Favorites. See page 16 for
more information on Favorites. You can then search
near the hotel for restaurants.
1. Touch Where To? > Near.
2. Select A Favorite Destination.
3. Select a destination.
4. Touch Points of Interest > Food and Drink.
5. Select a category. Your nüvi searches for
locations near the hotel.
6. Select a restaurant.
My phone will not
connect to the nüvi.
Ensure that you have a nüvi with Bluetooth.
Touch Tools > Settings > Bluetooth. Verify that the
Bluetooth field is set to Enabled.
Ensure that your phone is turned on and is less than
33 feet (about 10 meters) away from your nüvi.
See www.garmin.com/bluetooth for more help.
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2-D, 3-D map view 49
acceleration score 40
accessories 58, 59
additional maps 58
addresses 12
alarm clock 60
safety camera 59
anti-theft feature 49, 54
attaching a photo to a
location 17
road types 47
theft 54
background color 47
battery 56, 63
battery information 56
bicycle navigation 46
Bluetooth technology
calling from Go!
page 13
deleting a phone 50
pairing with phone 23
settings 50
brightness 48
TV 31
browsing the map 17
calculator 37
answering 24
call waiting 25
hanging up 25
history 26
home 26
muting 25
caring for your nüvi 53
charging your nüvi 6, 63
city maps 7, 10
currency 38
units 37
coordinates 18
current location, save 16
customizing the nüvi
custom POIs 59
dashboard disk 57
deceleration score 40
Declaration of Conformity
all user data 55
character 15
custom POIs 59
Favorites 17
recent finds list 16
detail maps 49
diacritical characters 15
display settings 47
driving directions 20
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ecoChallenge 40
ecoRoute™ 38–41
calibrate fuel economy
ecoChallenge 40
fuel report 39
mileage report 41
tips 41
vehicle profile 38
editing saved places
change categories 17
change map symbol
change name 16
change phone number
extras 58–59
Favorites 16
feedback on POI’s 14
files 33–34
deleting 34
supported types 33
finding places 9
by address 12
by coordinates 18
by name 14
by postal code 12
near another location
recent selections 16
saved places
(Favorites) 16
using photos 18–19
fuel price, adjusting 39
fuel report 39
fuse, changing 56
Garmin Lock 49, 54
Garmin Travel Guide 60
geocaching 18
Go! page options 13
go home 12
about GPS 58
off/on 46
Help 35
phone number 26
setting a location 12
incoming call 24
itinerary page 10
JPEG image files 33
Junction View 21
keyboard 15
language mode 15, 48
layout 46
kilometers 46
language settings 48
latitude 18
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lithium-ion battery 56, 61
the nüvi 54
longitude 18
adding 58
browsing 17
detail level 49
enabling detail maps
Map Info button 49
pedestrian 22
settings 49
version 49
viewing 49
zooming 17
MapSource 33, 58
max speed, reset 20
measurements, converting
mileage report 41
miles 46
on dashboard 57
on windshield 63
removing from mount
audio 8
phone call 25
My Data 37
navigation 19
mode 46
settings 47
next turn 21
case 4
charging 6
cleaning 53
mounting 57
protecting 53
off road, routing 7, 47
on-screen keyboard 15
output, audio 8
pairing a mobile phone 23
pedestrian navigation
mode 46
itinerary 10
route options 10
phone book 26
Bluetooth 24
Garmin Lock 54
points of interest 14
custom 58
edit phone number 14
edit star rating 14
POI loader 33
report error 14
position icon 49
proximity points
alerts 51
settings 51
public transit
avoidances 47
city maps 7, 10
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QWERTY keyboard 46
recently found locations
registering 54
removing the mount 57
the max speed 20
trip data 20
route options page 10
mode 46
off road 47
preferences 47
simulating 46
stopping 11
safe mode 50
safety camera database 59
satellite signals 58
places you find 16
your current location
16, 17
school zone database 59
brightness 48
screen shots 47
search area 15
location 54
settings 49
settings 46–52
restoring 52
setting your location 17
simulating a route 46
license agreement 62
updating 55
version 46
nüvi 1400 series 61
speed limit icon 19
speed score 40
storing the nüvi 53
supported file types 33
system settings 46
television. See TV
text language 48
time settings 48
time zone 48
tools 35–40
calibrating 55, 64
cleaning 53
settings 48
Track Up 49
traffic 42–45
adding traffic
subscriptions 51
incidents 43
transferring files 34
trip computer 20
trip log 49
troubleshooting 63
turn-by-turn directions 20
turn list 20
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antennas 28
backup camera 32
brightness 31
broadcast language
changing picture
format 32
channel order 31
channel scan 29
locking channels 30
menu 29
region 28
time zone 28
watching digital
TV 28
unit converter 37
unit ID 46
maps 58
software 55
usage mode 7, 46
USB 64
mass-storage mode
user data, delete 55
vehicle icon 49
vehicle profile 40
voice dial 27
voice language 48
voice mail 25
walking route 46
WebUpdater 55
Where Am I? 35
Where to? 12–18
world clock 37
zoom 17
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For the latest free software updates (excluding map data) throughout the life of
your Garmin products, visit the Garmin Web site at www.garmin.com.
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