Owner`s manual | Garmin 1900111700 GPS Receiver User Manual

owner’s manual
models: 500, 510, 550, 560
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Manual Conventions
When you are instructed to “touch”
something, use your finger to touch an item
on the screen.
The small arrows (>) used in the text indicate
that you should touch a series of items. For
example, if you see “touch Where To? >
Favorites” you should touch Where To?,
and then touch Favorites.
This manual applies to the automotive mode
for the aera. See the aera Pilot’s Guide and
aera Quick Reference Guide for instructions
and information on the aviation mode.
aera Tips and Shortcuts
• To quickly return to the Menu page, touch
and hold Back.
to see more choices.
• Touch
Touch and hold to scroll faster.
• Pages appear differently based on your
usage mode and settings.
Go to http://my.garmin.com to access the
latest services for your Garmin products:
• Register your Garmin unit.
• Subscribe to online services for safety
camera information (see page 34).
• Unlock optional maps.
Contact Garmin
Contact Garmin if you have any questions
while using your aera. 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
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Table of Contents
Manual Conventions.................................i
aera Tips and Shortcuts............................i
Contact Garmin.........................................i
myGarmin™ ..............................................i
aera 500 Series Models.......................iv
Getting Started.....................................1
Installing the Battery.................................2
Charging Your aera...................................2
Mounting Your aera in an Automobile.......2
Configuring Your aera...............................3
Acquiring Satellites...................................3
Changing Modes.......................................3
Using the Menu Page...............................3
Finding Your Destination...........................4
Following Your Route................................5
Adjusting the Volume................................5
Where To?............................................6
Finding an Address...................................6
Searching Near Another Location.............6
Go! Page Options.....................................6
Setting a Home Location...........................7
Finding a Place by Spelling the Name .....7
Finding Recently Found Places................7
Using Favorites.........................................8
Using Photo Navigation............................8
Using Extras..............................................8
Using Custom Routes...............................9
Finding a Place Using the Map.................10
Entering Coordinates................................10
Using the Main Pages.........................11
Map Page..................................................11
Turn List Page...........................................11
Next Turn Page.........................................12
Lane Assist Page......................................12
Trip Computer Page..................................12
Using Hands-free Calling....................13
Pairing Your Devices.................................13
Receiving a Call .......................................14
In a Call . ..................................................14
Using the Phone Menu.............................14
Receiving XM Signals.........................16
Checking XM Signal Strength...................16
Listening to XM Radio...............................16
Using FM TMC Traffic..........................18
Receiving Traffic Information....................18
Traffic in Your Area....................................18
Severity Color Code..................................18
Traffic on Your Route................................19
Viewing the Traffic Map.............................19
Viewing Traffic Delays...............................19
Viewing Offers...........................................19
Using the Media Players.....................20
Using a Wireless Headset.........................20
Playing Music............................................20
Listening to Audible Books........................21
Managing Files.....................................22
Supported File Types................................22
Connecting Your aera to Your Computer..22
Transferring Files......................................22
Deleting Files ...........................................22
Using the Tools....................................23
Where Am I?.............................................23
Media Player.............................................23
Picture Viewer...........................................25
Custom Routes.........................................25
My Data.....................................................25
World Clock .............................................26
Language Guide.......................................26
Calculator . ...............................................27
Unit Converter . ........................................27
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Customizing the aera..........................28
Changing the System Settings..................28
Changing the Navigation Settings.............28
Adjusting the Display Settings..................29
Updating the Time Settings.......................29
Setting the Languages..............................29
Changing the Map Settings.......................30
Changing Weather Settings......................30
Adding Security.........................................30
Viewing FM TMC Traffic Subscription
Changing Bluetooth Technology
Changing the Proximity Points Settings....32
Restoring All Settings................................32
Clearing User Data...................................32
Changing the Fuse....................................36
About GPS Satellite Signals.....................36
Removing the aera and Mount..................36
Caring for Your aera . ...............................37
Registering Your aera...............................37
Software License Agreement....................38
Resetting the aera.....................................33
Calibrating the Screen..............................33
Locking Your aera.....................................33
nüMaps Guarantee™ ................................33
Additional Maps........................................33
Updating the Software..............................34
Extras and Optional Accessories..............34
Battery Information ..................................35
Maximizing the Battery Life.......................35
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aera 500 Series Models
aera 500 Series Models
XM® Compatible
Lane Assist
Speed Limits On
map Page
FM TMC Traffic
NOTE: Go to www.garmin.com or see the packaging contents on your product box for more information.
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Getting Started
Getting Started
Power button:
Press and hold to turn the aera on/off.
Press quickly to adjust the volume and the backlight brightness.
GPS antenna
audio-out jack
(under weather cap)
External antenna
(under weather cap)
Serial number
(under the battery)
S ee the Important Safety and Product Information guide in the product box for
product warnings and other important information.
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Release key: Slide and
release to open the
battery cover
Getting Started
Installing the Battery
1. Locate the lithium‑ion battery that came in
the product box.
2. Slide the release key until the battery
cover on the back of the aera opens up.
3. Remove the battery cover.
4. Locate the metal contacts on the end of
the lithium‑ion battery.
5. Insert the battery so that the metal
contacts on the battery line-up with
the metal contacts inside the battery
6. Slide the top of the battery cover into
the groove on the inside of the battery
compartment, and press down.
Warning: This product contains a lithium-ion battery.
To prevent damage, remove the unit from the vehicle when
exiting or store it out of direct sunlight.
Charging Your aera
Charge your aera for at least 4 hours before
using on battery power.
• Connect the vehicle power cable.
• Connect the USB cable.
• Connect an AC adapter (optional
• Use a battery charger (optional
Mounting Your aera in an
1. Plug the vehicle power cable into the
power connector on the right side of the
Release button
Vehicle power
2. Remove the clear plastic from the bottom
of the friction mount and shape it to your
3. Place the friction mount on your
dashboard so it is easily accessible.
4. Lift the arm up.
Mount arm
Friction mount
5. Snap the cradle onto the friction mount
6. Fit the bottom of your aera into the cradle.
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Getting Started
Acquiring Satellites
1. Go outdoors to an open area, out of
garages, and away from tall buildings.
2. Turn on your aera.
7. Tilt the aera back until it snaps into place.
8. Plug the other end of the vehicle power
cable into a power outlet in your vehicle.
Configuring Your aera
Your unit should turn on automatically if it
is plugged in and your vehicle is running.
To manually turn on your aera, press
the Power key. Follow the on-screen
Acquiring satellite signals may take a few
minutes. The
bars indicate GPS signal.
When one bar is green, the aera has acquired
satellite signals. Now you can select a
destination and navigate to it.
Changing Modes
➑ ➒ ➓
➊ GPS signal.
➋ Bluetooth® technology status.
➌ Touch to select automobile or aviation
Your aera offers two modes for
transportation: automotive and aviation.
1. Touch a mode icon.
2. Touch Yes.
Using the Menu Page
➊ ➋ ➌ ➍
Battery status.
Current time. Touch to change settings.
Touch to find a destination.
Touch to view the map.
Touch to make a call when connected to
a compatible mobile phone.
➒ Touch to adjust the volume.
➓ Touch to use the tools such as settings,
Where Am I?, and Help.
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Getting Started
Finding Your Destination
The Where To? menu provides several different categories for you to use when searching for addresses, cities, and other locations. The detailed
map loaded in your aera contains millions of points of interest, such as restaurants, hotels, and auto services.
1. Touch Where To?.
2. Select a category.
3. Select a subcategory.
4. Select a destination.
5. Touch Go!.
6. Follow the navigation
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Getting Started
Following Your Route
Your route is marked with a magenta line.
As you travel, your aera guides you to your
destination with voice prompts, arrows
on the map, and directions at the top of
the map. On some models, The upper-left
corner indicates the distance to your next
maneuver and the lane you should be in for
the maneuver.
If you depart from the original route, your
aera recalculates the route and provides new
A speed limit icon could appear as you travel
on major roadways. See page iv.
Adding a Via Point
You can add a stop (Via Point) to your route.
The aera gives you directions to the stop and
then to your final destination.
1. With a route active, touch Menu > Where
2. Search for the extra stop.
3. Touch Go!.
4. Touch Add As a Via Point to add this
stop before your destination.
If you want to add more than one stop to the
route, edit the current route. See page 9.
Taking a Detour
If a road on your route is closed, you can
take a detour.
1. With a route active, touch Menu.
2. Touch Detour.
The aera attempts to get you back on your
original route as quickly as possible. If
the route you are currently taking is the
only reasonable option, the aera might not
calculate a detour.
Stopping the Route
1. With a route active, touch Menu.
2. Touch Stop.
Adjusting the Volume
From the Menu page, touch Volume. Touch
and to adjust the master volume.
Touch Mute to mute all audio.
To adjust the volume levels for the voice
prompts, the media player, and the phone,
touch Mixer. Adjust the levels as needed.
Touch Restore to return the volume settings
to the original levels.
To switch the audio between your aera and
a Bluetooth audio device, such as Bluetooth
headphones, touch Audio Output. This
feature is only available when your aera is
paired with a Bluetooth audio device. See
page 20.
TIP: Press and release the power button to
quickly access the volume and brightness
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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 standard
search, see page 4.
Finding an Address
The steps to find an address can vary
depending on the maps that are loaded on
your aera. Not all map data provides postal
code searching.
1. Touch Where To? > Address.
2. Change the state, country, or province, if
3. Touch Spell City, enter the city/postal
code, and touch Done. Select the city/
postal code in the list. If you are unsure of
the city, touch Search All.
4. Enter the number of the address, and
touch Done.
5. Enter the street name, and touch Done.
6. Select the correct street in the list, if
7. Select the correct city in the list, if
8. Touch the address, if necessary.
Searching Near Another
Your aera automatically searches for places
near your current location.
1. Touch Where To? > Near.
2. Select an option:
• Where I Am Now
• A Different City
• My Current Route
• My Destination
3. Touch OK.
Go! Page Options
Touch an item in the search results list to
view the Go! page.
➊ Touch to call this location, if a mobile
phone with Bluetooth wireless
technology is connected. See page 13.
➋ Touch to view the route on a map.
➌ Touch to create a turn-by-turn route to
this location.
➍ Touch to view this location on the map.
➎ Touch to save this location to your
Favorites. See page 8.
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Where To?
Setting a Home Location
You can set a Home location for the place
you return to most often.
1. Touch Where To? > Go Home.
2. Select an option.
Going Home
After you set your Home location, you can
route to it at any time. Touch Where To? >
Go Home.
Changing Your Home Location
To set a new location as your Home location,
use the Tools menu.
1. Touch Tools > My Data >
Set Home Location.
2. Select an option.
Finding a Place by Spelling
the Name
If you know the name of the location you
are looking for, you can spell it using the onscreen keyboard. You can also enter letters
contained in the name to narrow the search.
1. Touch Where To? > Points of Interest >
Spell Name.
2. Using the on-screen keyboard, enter
letters in the name.
3. Touch Done.
Using the On-Screen Keyboard
When an on-screen keyboard appears, touch
a letter or number to enter it.
• Touch
• Touch
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• Touch
to select words you have
recently typed and selected.
• Touch Lang. to change the keyboard
language mode.
• Touch
to enter special characters.
Finding Recently Found
Your aera stores the last 50 of your recent
finds in the Recently Found list. The mostrecently viewed places appear at the top
of the list. Touch Where To? > Recently
Found to view your recently found items.
Clearing Recently Found Places
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 aera.
to add a space.
to delete the character.
Where To?
Using Favorites
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 location.
Saving Places You Find
1. After you have found a place you want to
save, touch Save on the Go! page.
2. Touch OK. The place is saved in
Finding Saved Places
1. Touch Where To?.
2. Touch Favorites.
3. Touch a category. Your saved locations
are listed.
Editing Saved Places
1. Touch Where To? > Favorites.
2. Touch the location you want to edit.
3. Touch Edit.
4. Touch an option to edit the location:
• Change Name—enter a new name,
and touch Done.
• Attach Photo—select a picture to
assign to the location. To load pictures
on your aera or memory card, see
page 22.
• Change Map Symbol—touch a new
• Change Phone Number—enter a
phone number, and touch Done.
• Change Categories—create and
change the category in which this
location is saved.
• Delete—touch Yes to remove this item
from the Favorites list.
Using Photo Navigation
You can load pictures that include location
information onto your aera and then create
routes to them.
1. Go to http://connect.garmin.com
/photos to download pictures with location
2. Follow the instructions on the Web site to
select and load pictures.
3. Touch Where To? > Favorites > Photos.
Pictures with location information are
4. Touch a picture.
Using Extras
For information about extras such as safety
camera information and Garmin Travel
Guide, see pages 34–35.
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Where To?
Downloading Locations
You can download locations and points of
interest to your aera from various online
1. Go to www.garmin.com
/communicator to download and install
the Garmin Communicator Plugin on your
2. Connect your aera to your computer. See
page 22.
3. Find a location on a supported Web site.
4. Follow the instructions on the Web site to
send the location to your aera.
Downloaded locations are saved in your
Favorites on your aera.
Using Custom Routes
Touch Where To? > Custom Routes. Select
the route you want to take, and touch Go!.
Creating a Custom Route
Use your aera to create and save routes
before your next trip. You can save up to 10
1. Touch Where To? (or Tools) > Custom
Routes > New.
2. Touch Add New Start Point.
3. Find a location for your starting point, and
touch Select.
4. Touch Add New End Point.
5. Find a location for your ending point, and
touch Select.
6. Touch
to add another location to your
route. Touch
to remove a location.
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7. Touch Next to calculate your route and
view it on the map.
8. Touch Save to save the route and exit.
Editing Custom Routes
1. Touch Where To? (or Tools) > Custom
2. Select the route you want to edit.
3. Touch Edit.
4. Touch an option to edit the route:
• Change Name—enter a new name,
and touch Done.
• Add or Remove Points—add or
remove points from the route.
• Manually Reorder Points—change
the order of points along your route.
• Optimally Reorder Points—
automatically order the points.
• Recalculate—change the route
preference to calculate by faster time,
shorter distance, or off road.
• Delete—remove this route.
Your changes are automatically saved when
you exit any of the route edit pages.
Where To?
Finding a Place Using the
To find a location on the map, touch Where
To? > Browse Map or touch anywhere on
the map.
• Touch and drag to view different parts of
the map.
to zoom in and out.
• Touch
• Touch anywhere on the map. An arrow
points to the location.
• Touch Save to save this location.
• Touch Go! to navigate to the location.
• If the aera is in simulator mode, touch Set
Loc. to set your location to the selected
location. (See page 28.)
• Touch
to switch between a 3-D
(three-dimensional) map and a 2-D
(two-dimensional) map.
• Touch
to rotate the viewing angle in
3-D view.
• Zoom far out to view a globe. Touch and
spin the globe to quickly find different
areas of the world.
NOTE: You can only see detailed map
information for areas for which you have
maps loaded on your aera.
Entering Coordinates
If you know the geographic coordinates
of your destination, you can use your aera
to navigate to your destination using the
latitude and longitude coordinates (or other
coordinate formats). This can be especially
helpful when geocaching.
1. Touch Where To? > Coordinates.
2. Touch Format to select the correct
coordinate format for the type of map you
are using.
3. Touch a direction field to select a new
4. Touch a numeric field to enter the
coordinates, and touch Done.
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Using the Main Pages
Using the Main Pages
Map Page
Touch View Map to view the Map page.
vehicle icon shows your current
• The
• Touch anywhere on the map to select an
overhead view.
• Touch and drag the map to view a
different area of the map. See page 10.
• A speed limit icon could appear as you
travel on major roadways. See page iv.
➌ Touch to zoom in and out.
➍ Touch to view the Where Am I? page.
➎ Touch to view the Trip Computer.
➏ Touch to return to the Menu page.
➐ Touch to customize this data field.
Turn List Page
Changing the Data Field
When you are navigating a route, the Turn
List page displays turn-by-turn instructions
for your entire route and the distance
between turns.
1. While navigating a route, touch the data
field in the lower right corner of the Map
2. Select the data you want to appear.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 while not navigating
a route.
1. Touch the text bar on the top of the Map
page to view the Turn List page.
2. Select an option:
• Touch a turn on the list to view the
Next Turn page for that turn.
• Touch Show Map to view the entire
route on the map.
You can display different information when
you are driving and routing.
Touch to view the Next Turn page or the
Lane Assist page (if available).
Touch to view the Turn List page.
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Using the Main Pages
Next Turn Page
Lane Assist Page
Trip Computer Page
When available, when you are navigating a
route, the Next Turn page shows the turn on
the map and the distance and time left before
you reach the turn.
The Lane Assist page may display a view of
the upcoming junction and in which lane you
should be driving. To view the Lane Assist
page touch the upper-left corner of the Map
page. You can also access the Lane Assist
page from the Next Turn page. See page iv
for a list of which aera models feature Lane
The Trip Computer provides helpful statistics
about your trip. To view the Trip Computer,
touch the Speed field on the Map page.
1. To view an upcoming turn on the map,
touch the upper-left corner of the Map
page, or touch any turn on the Turn List
2. When available, touch Lane Assist on
the Next Turn page to view the Lane
Assist page for this turn.
If you make frequent stops, leave the aera
turned on so it can accurately measure
elapsed time during the trip.
Resetting Trip Information
If you want accurate trip information, reset
the trip information before beginning a trip.
Touch Reset Trip to reset the information on
the Trip Computer page. Touch Reset Max
to reset the maximum speed.
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Using Hands-free Calling
Using Hands-free
Using Bluetooth technology, your aera can
connect to your mobile phone to become a
hands-free device.
To determine whether your device with
Bluetooth technology is compatible with the
aera, go to www.garmin.com/bluetooth.
Pairing Your Devices
Bluetooth wireless technology establishes
a wireless link between devices, such as a
mobile phone and the aera. The first time you
use two devices together, you must “pair”
them by establishing a relationship using a
PIN/passkey. After the initial pairing, the two
devices can connect automatically each time
you turn them on.
To pair and connect, your device and the
aera must be turned on and be within 33 feet
(10 meters) of each other. The aera can be
connected to a phone and a headset at the
same time.
When you turn on the aera, it tries to connect
to the last device to which it was connected.
You might have to set your device to connect
to the aera automatically when it is turned
When your phone is connected to your aera,
you are ready to make phone calls. From the
Menu page, touch Phone to access the Phone
Pairing Your Device Using the
1. From the Menu page, touch Tools >
Settings > Bluetooth > Enabled.
2. Enable the Bluetooth component on your
phone. This might be in a menu called
Settings, Bluetooth, Connections, or
3. Initiate a search for Bluetooth devices.
4. Select the aera from the list of devices.
5. Enter 1234 into your phone.
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Using Hands-free Calling
Pairing Your Device Using the
1. Enable the Bluetooth component on your
device. Enable Find Me/Discoverable/
Visible mode. These settings might be in
a Bluetooth, Connections, or Hands-free
2. Touch Tools > Settings > Bluetooth.
3. Touch the button under Bluetooth.
4. Select Enabled, and touch OK.
5. Touch the button under Phone.
6. Select your phone, and touch OK.
7. Enter the aera Bluetooth PIN (1234) in
your phone.
Receiving a Call
Using the Phone Menu
When you receive a call, the Incoming Call
window appears. Touch Answer to answer
the call. Touch Ignore to ignore the call and
silence the ring.
From the Menu page, touch Phone to view
the Phone menu. Touch Status to view the
signal strength, the battery level, and the
name of the connected phone.
The internal microphone is in the front of the
NOTE: Not all phones support all features of
the aera Phone menu.
In a Call
Using Your Phone Book
To end a call, touch > End Call. Touch
Call Options for the following options:
• Touch Tones—displays a keypad page so
you can use automated systems, such as
voice mail.
• Transfer Audio To Phone—this is
helpful if you want to turn off the aera but
stay on the call, or if you need privacy.
To switch back, touch Transfer Audio
To Unit.
• Mute Microphone.
Each time your mobile phone connects with
the aera, the phone book is automatically
loaded into the aera. It may take a few
minutes for the phone book to be available.
1. Touch Phone > Phone Book.
2. Touch the phone book entry (contact) you
want to call.
3. Touch Dial to call the contact.
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Using Hands-free Calling
Dialing a Point of Interest
1. Touch Phone > Points of Interest.
2. Search for the point of interest you want
to call.
3. Touch Dial or .
Dialing a Number
1. Touch Phone > Dial.
2. Enter the number, and touch Dial.
Viewing Your Call History
Each time your phone connects to the aera,
your call history is automatically transferred
to the aera. It may take a few minutes to
transfer this data to the aera.
Calling Home
Placing Calls Using Voice Dial
1. Touch Phone > Call Home.
2. Touch Enter Phone Number to use the
keypad page, or touch Select From
Phonebook (only available if your phone
supports phone book transfer).
3. Touch Done > Yes. The aera dials your
home phone number.
1. Touch Phone > Voice Dial.
2. Speak the contact name.
Enter a phone number for your Home
location so that you can quickly call home.
You can place calls by speaking the contact
NOTE: You may need to “train” your
mobile phone to recognize your voice dial
commands. Refer to the instructions for your
1. Touch Phone > Call History.
2. Touch a category to view those calls. The
calls are listed in chronological order, with
the most recent calls at the top of the list.
3. Touch an entry, and touch Dial.
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Receiving XM Signals
Receiving XM Signals
See page iv for a list of which models are
XM compatible. Some features, such as XM
WX™ Weather and XM Radio, require XM
satellite signals. You must have purchased
and activated an XM subscription, and
your aera must be connected to a GXM 40
antenna to receive XM satellite signals.
The service is activated by providing XM
Radio with a coded ID (Radio ID). The
Radio ID can be found on the underside of
your GXM 40 antenna. Refer to the GXM
40 Owner’s Manual for more information on
activating XM Radio.
NOTE: XM is only available in North
1. Place your aera in the automotive mount
or the aviation mount.
2. Plug the GXM 40 antenna into the
mini-USB port on the back of the cradle.
3. Place the GXM 40 antenna within clear
view of the sky.
Checking XM Signal
1. With the GXM 40 antenna connected to
your aera, touch Tools > Media Player.
2. Touch Source until the XM Radio player
appears. The signal-strength bars are in
the upper-right corner of the screen.
Listening to XM Radio
If your aera came with a GXM 40 antenna,
you can listen to XM Radio. You must have
purchased and activated an XM subscription,
and your aera must be connected to a GXM
40 antenna and be receiving XM satellite
signals to receive XM radio. See page iv for
a list of which models are XM compatible.
NOTE: XM is only available in North
1. Touch Tools > Media Player.
2. Touch Source to select the XM Radio
3. Select an option to listen to XM radio:
• Touch
to select a station.
• Touch Browse to browse available
stations by category.
NOTE: After you select a station by
category, only stations in the same category
will be available when you touch and
. To view all stations, touch Browse >
• Touch 1 2 3 to enter a station number.
• Touch
to adjust the volume of
the XM Radio player.
• Touch Save > OK to save a station as
a preset.
• Touch Browse > Presets to view the
stations you have saved as presets.
• To remove a preset, select the station
you want to remove, and touch Delete
> Yes.
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Receiving XM Signals
If your aera came with a GXM 40
antenna, you can access XM WX weather
information. You must have purchased and
activated an XM subscription, and your aera
must be connected to a GXM 40 antenna and
be receiving XM satellite signals to receive
weather information. XM is not available
on all aera models. See page iv for a list of
which models are XM compatible.
NOTE: XM is only available in North
Touch Tools > Weather. The weather
forecast for your current location appears.
Viewing Weather on the Map
Touch Tools > Weather > Map.
Options—select the type of weather
conditions to show on the map.
Map—view current weather conditions on
the map.
Other City—view weather information for
another location. A list of cities appears in
ascending order by distance.
3-Day—view an extended forecast for your
current location.
• NEXRAD Radar—(NEXt Generation
Weather RADar) shows precipitation
from very light rain and snow to strong
• Satellite Mosaic—shows cloud cover but
not precipitation.
• Storm Cells—shows current storm cells
and their projected paths.
• Lightning—shows recent lightning
Animate—provides a brief animation of
current weather patterns.
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Using FM TMC Traffic
Using FM TMC Traffic
Some aera models can receive FM TMC
(Traffic Message Channel) traffic depending
upon the traffic receiver connected to your
aera. See page iv.
NOTE: Garmin is not responsible for the
accuracy of the traffic information.
The FM TMC traffic receiver is an optional
accessory. FM TMC traffic receivers receive
traffic information that is broadcast over the
FM Radio Data System.
The FM TMC subscription activates
automatically after your Garmin GPS device
acquires satellite signals while receiving
traffic signals from the service provider. You
can add other FM TMC subscriptions at any
time. Check the Garmin Web site at
www.garmin.com/fmtraffic for other
available services.
Receiving Traffic
To receive traffic information, the following
conditions must be met:
• The traffic receiver must be connected to
the aera.
• The traffic receiver and the aera must be
connected to an external power source.
• The traffic receiver and the aera must
be in data range of an FM station
transmitting traffic information.
NOTE: Heated (metallized) windshields
could degrade the performance of the traffic
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 on the road you
are currently traveling.
Severity Color Code
Low severity
Traffic is flowing
Traffic is slightly
High severity
Traffic is heavily
congested or
No data
Traffic Data has
not updated.
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Traffic on Your Route
When calculating your route, the
aera 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
aera automatically recalculates the route.
You might still be routed through traffic if no
better alternative routes exist.
If a non-severe traffic delay occurs on your
route, the traffic icon shows how much time
the delay has added to your route. This time
is included in your estimated arrival time.
Avoiding Traffic on Your Route
1. On the Map page, touch the traffic icon.
2. Touch Traffic On Route.
3. Touch the arrows to view other traffic
delays on your route, if necessary.
4. Touch Avoid to avoid the traffic delay.
Viewing the Traffic Map
The traffic map shows color-coded traffic
flow and delays on nearby roads.
1. On the Map page, touch the traffic icon.
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.
Viewing Traffic Delays
1. On the Map page, touch the traffic icon.
2. Touch Traffic Search to view a list of
traffic delays.
3. Touch an item in the list to view the delay
on a map and details about the delay. If
there is more than one delay, touch the
arrows to view the additional delays.
Viewing Offers
If you use a lifetime traffic receiver in
North America, you will receive offers and
coupons. Touch the advertisement on the
screen to search for the nearest location
related to that advertisement.
Caution: Do not attempt to write down
the coupon codes while driving.
To stop receiving offers, turn off the traffic
feature. See page 31.
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Using the Media Players
Using the Media Players
Using a Wireless Headset
To listen to high-quality audio, you can
connect an Advanced Audio Distribution
Profile (A2DP) Bluetooth headset. For more
information about Bluetooth technology, see
page 13.
To pair and connect, your device and the aera
must be turned on and be within 33 feet (10
meters) of each other.
Pairing Your Headset
1. Touch Tools > Settings > Bluetooth.
2. Under Audio, touch Add.
3. Turn on your headset, and enable
Find Me/Discoverable/Visible mode, if
4. Touch OK on the aera.
5. Select your headset, and touch OK.
6. Enter the Bluetooth PIN/passkey for your
headset, if necessary, and touch Done.
7. Touch OK.
Playing Music
Load music files to the internal memory or
memory card. See page 22.
1. Touch Tools > Media Player.
2. Touch Source to view the MP3 player.
3. Touch Browse.
4. Touch a category and a subcategory, if
5. To play the entire category from the
beginning of the list, touch Play All. To
play a specific song, touch the title.
Current track
Album art
previous song on the playlist. Touch and
hold to rewind through the current song.
• Touch
to skip to the next song. Touch
and hold to fast-forward through the
current song.
to pause the song.
• Touch
to repeat the current
• Touch
to shuffle the playlist.
• Touch
• Touch the album art to view details about
the song or to remove this song from the
Supported File Types
The aera supports MP3 music files, and M3U
and M3U8 playlist files.
• Touch the playlist to add songs, remove
songs, and skip to another song in the
• Touch
to adjust the volume.
• Touch
to play the current song from
the beginning; touch again to play the
Creating and Listening to
Using your aera, you can listen to playlists
created on your computer. You can also save
playlists using your aera.
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Using the Media Players
To save your current playlist:
1. While listening to music, in the music
player, touch Browse > Playlist > Save
Current Playlist.
2. Enter a name, and touch Done.
To create a new playlist:
1. In the music player, touch Browse >
Playlist > Create New Playlist.
2. Select songs.
3. Touch Back when you have finished
adding songs to your playlist.
To create a playlist on a computer:
1. Using your computer and an audio
program, create a playlist of music files.
Save the playlist as an M3U or M3U8 file.
2. If necessary, use a text editor application
to remove the path to the file names in
the M3U file. The M3U file should only list
the music file names. Refer to the audio
program Help file.
3. Transfer the playlist and the music files
to the aera (see page 22). The M3U
file must be in the same location as the
music files.
To play a playlist:
1. In the music player, touch Browse >
Playlist > Open Saved Playlist. All
available playlists appear.
2. Touch a playlist to start playing the music
To edit the current playlist:
1. While listening to music, in the music
player, touch the playlist.
2. Edit the playlist:
• Touch Add to add a song to the end of
the playlist.
• Touch a song, and then touch
Remove to remove it from the playlist.
Listening to Audible Books
To purchase books from Audible.com®, go to
1. Touch Tools > Media Player.
2. Touch Source to view the audible book
3. Touch Browse.
4. Touch a category, and then touch a book
Book cover
• Touch
to adjust the volume.
• Touch
to skip a section and
to jump back. Touch and hold to move
forward or backward.
• Touch
to pause the book.
• Touch the book cover art to view
more-detailed information.
Using Bookmarks
To create a bookmark, touch
Bookmark. To view your bookmarks,
, and then touch a bookmark.
Touch Play to listen to the book from the
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Managing Files
Managing Files
You can store files, such as MP3s and JPEG
image files, in the aera internal memory or
on an optional memory card.
NOTE: The aera is not compatible with
Windows® 95, 98, Me, Windows NT®, and
Mac® OS 10.3 and earlier.
Supported File Types
MP3 music files
M3U and M3U8 music playlist files
AA audio book files
JPEG and JPG image files
GPX route files
GPI custom POI files from the POI
Loader application
• Maps, routes, trip logs, and waypoints
from MapSource®
Connecting Your aera to
Your Computer
1. Insert a memory card into the memory
card slot in the battery compartment
(optional). Press it in until it clicks.
2. Connect the USB cable to the connector
under the battery cover.
3. Connect the larger end of the USB cable
to a USB port on your computer.
Your aera and memory card appear as
removable drives in My Computer in
Windows and as mounted volumes on Mac
NOTE: If you have several network drives
mapped on your computer, Windows may
have trouble assigning drive letters to your
aera drives. See the operating system Help
file to learn how to map and assign drive
Transferring Files
1. Browse your computer for the file you
want to copy.
2. Highlight the file, and select Edit > Copy.
3. Open the “Garmin” or memory card
4. Select Edit > Paste. The file appears in
the list of files in the aera memory or on
the memory card.
5. When you are finished transferring files,
in your toolbar (system tray), or
drag the volume icon to the
trash can
on Mac computers.
6. Unplug your aera from your computer.
Deleting Files
1. Connect the aera to your computer, and
open the aera or memory card drive/
2. Highlight the file you want to delete.
3. Press the Delete key on the computer
Caution: If you do not know the
purpose of a file, do not delete it. Your aera
memory contains important system files
that should not be deleted.
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Using the Tools
Using the Tools
The Tools menu provides many features that
are helpful when you are traveling across
town or across the globe.
For information about the settings, see
pages 28–32.
Where Am I?
Touch Tools > Where Am I? to view
information about your current location.
This is a helpful feature if you need to tell
emergency personnel your location. Touch
a button on the right to view the nearest
locations in that category. Touch Save
Location to save your current location.
Touch Tools > Help to get information about
using your aera. Touch a category to view
information about a topic. To search the
topics for a keyword, touch Search.
Media Player
For information about the media player, see
pages 20–21.
The ecoRoute feature calculates your
vehicle’s fuel economy, carbon footprint, and
the fuel price of navigating to a destination
and offers tools for improving fuel efficiency.
The data provided by the ecoRoute feature
are estimates only; they are not actually read
from your vehicle. To receive more-accurate
fuel reports for your specific vehicle and
driving habits, calibrate the fuel economy.
Touch Tools > ecoRoute. The first time you
access the ecoRoute features you will be
asked to enter fuel and mileage information
about your vehicle.
View the Fuel Report
If you have entered your vehicle profile and
the current fuel price, your aera calculates
your vehicle’s average fuel economy
and carbon footprint, and the cost of fuel
To view the fuel report, touch Tools
> ecoRoute > Fuel Report. The fuel
consumption data is based on estimates
for speed and acceleration for an average
TIP: To ensure fuel data is always recorded,
keep your aera turned on while driving.
Touch Reset to reset the data.
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Using the Tools
Calibrate 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 tank.
1. Calculate your miles per gallon or liters
per 100 kilometers.
2. Touch Tools > ecoRoute > Fuel Report
> Calibrate.
3. Touch + and - to enter the result from
step 1.
4. Touch OK.
Adjust Fuel Price
Touch Tools > ecoRoute > Fuel Price and
enter the current fuel price. This information
is used to calculate the fuel cost of routes and
to calculate the fuel reports.
Take the Driving Challenge
The Driving Challenge tool helps you
maximize your fuel economy by scoring
your driving habits. The higher your overall
score for a Driving Challenge, the more fuel
you could save.
To take a Driving Challenge, touch Tools >
ecoRoute > Driving Challenge, then touch
Your overall score is the average of three
Acceleration score—gain points for
gradual acceleration; lose points for rapid
Deceleration score—gain points for gradual
braking; lose points for hard braking.
Speed score—gain points for driving at
the best speed for conserving fuel, which is
45–60 mph for most vehicles.
on the Map page to view details
about your current challenge. The leaf
color on the driving challenge icon changes
depending on your performance in the
When viewing the details, touch Stop > OK
to stop the current challenge.
To reset your best scores, touch Reset.
Adjust Your Vehicle Profile
You will create a vehicle profile the first time
you touch Tools > ecoRoute. To adjust the
vehicle profile, touch Tools > ecoRoute >
Vehicle Profile.
City Fuel Economy—enter the average city
fuel economy for your vehicle.
Highway Fuel Economy—enter the average
highway fuel economy for your vehicle.
TIP: For best results, calibrate your fuel
economy instead of adjusting the city and
highway fuel economy here.
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Fuel Type—select a fuel type.
View Driving Tips
To reset your vehicle profile data, touch
Your aera provides driving tips to help you
save fuel. Touch Tools > ecoRoute > Tips.
View the Mileage Report
Picture Viewer
A mileage report is created for every route
that you drive. If you stop a route on your
aera, a mileage report is created for the
distance you traveled.
1. Touch Tools > Picture Viewer.
2. Touch a picture to view a larger image of
it. Touch Info to view file information.
3. Touch Back.
4. Touch the arrows to view all the images.
Mileage reports provide the distance, the
time, the average fuel economy, and the fuel
cost of navigating to a destination.
To access a mileage report, touch Tools >
ecoRoute > Mileage Report, and select a
report. Up to 20 mileage reports are saved
on your aera. You can also access mileage
reports in the Reports folder on your aera
drive/volume. To reset the data, touch Reset.
View pictures that you have stored in your
Viewing a Slide Show
1. Touch Tools > Picture Viewer > Slide
Show to start a slide show.
2. Touch anywhere on the screen to pause
the slide show and to see a list of options:
• Touch Stop to stop the slide show.
• Touch Resume to restart the slide
• Touch + and - to zoom in and out.
Custom Routes
For information about routes, see page 9.
My Data
Touch Tools > My Data to manage and
delete your saved data, such as your
If you have transferred a route from
MapSource, touch Import Route from File
to use the route in your aera.
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Using the Tools
World Clock
Touch Tools > World Clock to view the
current time for different cities around the
world. Touch World Map to view a map.
Nighttime hours are shown in the shaded
Changing Cities
1. Touch Tools > World Clock.
2. Touch the city you want to change.
3. Enter the new city, and touch Done.
4. Touch the new city in the list, and touch
Language Guide
The Garmin Language Guide puts data
from Oxford’s multilingual resources and
five bilingual dictionaries in the palm of
your hand. To purchase an accessory, go
to http://buy.garmin.com, or contact your
Garmin dealer.
Words and Phrases
1. Touch Tools > Language Guide >
Words and Phrases.
2. Touch Language, select the From and
To languages, and touch Back.
3. Select a category, and search for a
4. Touch Search to spell the word or phrase,
if necessary. Touch a phrase to view the
5. Touch
to hear the translation.
Words and Phrases Tips
• Use Search for keyword in phrases
to find all of the phrases that contain a
specific word.
• Touch an underlined word to use a
different word.
• Touch More Variations to change
words in the phrase or to get a different
Bilingual Dictionaries
The Garmin Language Guide provides five
bilingual dictionaries.
1. Touch Tools > Language Guide.
2. Touch Bilingual Dictionaries.
3. Touch a translation option. If necessary,
touch To English.
4. Search for the word, and touch it.
5. Touch
to hear the translation.
Bilingual Tips
• Touch Search to spell the word or the
beginning of the word.
• Touch Legend to view information on
abbreviations, labels, and pronunciation
symbols for the selected language.
All Dictionary, Word and Phrase content is © Oxford
University Press. Voice files are © Scansoft.
Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary © Oxford
University Press 2005. Pocket Oxford Italian
Dictionary © Oxford University Press 2004. Oxford
Portuguese Minidictionary © Oxford University Press
2002. Multilingual Wordbank © Oxford University
Press 2001. Multilingual Phrasebank © Oxford
University Press 2001. Pocket Oxford-Hachette French
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Using the Tools
Dictionary © Oxford University Press and Hachette
Livre 2005. Pocket Oxford-Duden German Dictionary
© Oxford University Press and Bibliographisches
Institut & F.A. Brockhaus 2003.
1. Touch Tools > Calculator.
2. Enter the first number of your calculation.
3. Touch an operator (÷, ×, -, or +).
4. Enter the second number of your
5. Touch =.
6. Touch C to perform a new calculation.
Unit Converter
1. Touch Tools > Unit Converter.
2. Touch Conversion, select a unit to
convert, and touch OK.
3. Touch the unit of measure that you want
to change from.
4. Select a unit of measure, and touch OK.
Repeat if necessary.
5. Touch a blank rectangle.
6. Enter a value, and touch Done to convert
the unit.
7. Touch Clear to enter another value.
Update Conversion Rates
The aera allows you to update the currency
conversion rates manually so that you are
always using the most-current rates.
1. Touch Tools > Unit Converter >
Conversion > Currency > OK > Update.
2. Touch the rate you want to update.
3. Touch
to erase the current rate.
Enter a new rate, and touch Done.
4. Touch Save to finish.
Touch Restore to use the original rate.
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Customizing the aera
Customizing the aera
1. Touch Tools > Settings.
2. Touch the setting you want to change.
Changing the System
Touch Tools > Settings > System.
GPS Simulator—enable the simulator
to turn off the GPS mode and simulate
navigation. This also saves battery power.
3. Touch the button below the setting name
to change it.
Usage Mode—within automotive
mode, specify your navigation method:
Automobile, Bicycle, or Pedestrian.
This setting does not apply to the dual
boot functionality. See page 3 to switch to
aviation mode.
Units—change units of measure to
Kilometers or Miles.
Keyboard Layout—select a preference for
your keyboard layout:
• QWERTY—a layout similar to a
computer keyboard
• ABCDE—an alphabetical layout
About—display the software version
number, the unit ID number, and the audio
version number for your aera. You need this
information when you update the system
software or purchase additional maps.
Restore—restore the original system
Changing the Navigation
Touch Tools > Settings > Navigation.
Route Preference—select a preference for
calculating your route:
• Faster Time—to calculate routes that
are faster to drive but can be longer in
• Shorter Distance—to calculate routes
that are shorter in distance but can take
more time to drive.
• Less Fuel—to calculate routes that use
less fuel than the other routes.
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• Off Road—to calculate point-to-point
routes (without roads).
Avoidances—select the road types that you
want to avoid or that you would prefer to
take on your routes.
Brightness—adjust the backlight brightness
level. Reducing the backlight brightness
increases your battery life.
Restore—restore the original navigation
Restore—restore the original display
Adjusting the Display
Updating the Time Settings
Touch Tools > Settings > Display.
Color Mode—select Daytime for a
light background, Nighttime for a dark
background, or Auto to automatically switch
between the two.
Screenshot—enable screenshot mode. Touch
to take a screenshot. The picture bitmap
file is saved in the Garmin\Screenshot
folder on the aera drive.
Touchscreen—follow on-screen instructions
to calibrate the touchscreen.
Touch Tools > Settings > Time.
Time Format—select 12-hour, 24-hour, or
UTC time format.
Current Time—select Automatic to update
the time automatically. When Automatic is
not selected, you can adjust the time in
15-minute increments.
Setting the Languages
Touch Tools > Settings > Language.
Voice—change the language for voice
Text—change all on-screen 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. You can also change the keyboard
language from any keyboard by touching the
Lang. button.
Restore—restore the original languages.
Restore—restore the original time settings.
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Customizing the aera
Changing the Map Settings
Touch Tools > Settings > Map.
Map Detail—adjust the amount of detail
shown on the map. Showing more detail may
cause the map to redraw slower.
Map View—select a map perspective.
• Track Up—display the map in two
dimensions (2-D) with your direction of
travel at the top.
• North Up—display the map in 2-D with
North at the top.
• 3-D—display the map in three
dimensions (3-D) in Track Up.
Vehicle—touch Change to change the icon
used to display your position on the map.
Touch the icon you want to use, and then
touch OK. Download additional vehicle
icons at www.garmingarage.com.
Trip Log—show or hide the log of your
travels. To clear your trip log, touch Tools >
My Data > Clear Trip Log.
Map Info—view the maps loaded on your
aera and their versions. Touch a map to
enable (check mark) or disable (no check
mark) that map.
Restore—restore the original map settings.
Changing Weather Settings
Weather information is only available when
you have an XM subscription and the GXM
40 antenna is attached. See page 16.
Touch Tools > Weather.
Weather On Map—show or hide weather
conditions on the Map page.
Restore—restore the original weather
Adding Security
Touch Tools > Settings > Security.
Garmin Lock—turn on Garmin Lock™ to
lock your aera. Enter a 4-digit PIN, and set a
security location. For more information, see
page 33.
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 driving.
Restore—restore the original security
settings. Restoring the security settings does
not clear your Garmin Lock PIN or security
NOTE: An XM signal is required to view
weather information on the map. See page 16
for more information.
NOTE: Weather information does not appear
when the map view is set to 3-D.
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Viewing FM TMC Traffic
Subscription Information
NOTE: Some aera models can receive FM
TMC (Traffic Message Channel) traffic.
If your aera is traffic compatible, you can
only access the traffic settings if your aera
is connected to external power and an FM
TMC traffic receiver.
Touch Tools > Settings > Traffic. The traffic
settings vary based on the location you
selected as your locale in the initial setup.
Enable Traffic—turn traffic on and off.
Current—select which provider to use.
Select Auto to use the best provider for the
area, or select a specific provider to use.
Find More—search for additional TMC
traffic providers. If you are in a new area,
touch Yes to clear the provider table.
Subscriptions—view your FM traffic
subscriptions and expiration dates (these are
listed on the main traffic settings page for
North American devices).
Add (or Subscriptions > Add)—add a
new subscription to a traffic service. Go to
www.garmin.com/fmtraffic to purchase a
Bluetooth—enable and disable the
Bluetooth component. The Bluetooth
icon appears on the Menu page if the
Bluetooth component is enabled. To prevent
a device from automatically connecting,
select Disabled.
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.
Audio—select to listen to high-quality audio
wirelessly with a Bluetooth headset. See
page 13 and page 20.
Changing Bluetooth
Technology Settings
Restore—restore the original Bluetooth
settings. This does not clear the pairing
Touch Tools > Settings > Bluetooth.
Phone—select Add to pair with a device that
has Bluetooth wireless technology. The aera
PIN code (or passkey) is 1234.
• Drop—select the device you want to
disconnect, and touch Yes.
• Remove—select the device you want to
delete from the aera memory, and touch
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Customizing the aera
Changing the Proximity
Points Settings
You must have proximity points (such as
custom POIs, a safety camera database,
or a TourGuide® file) loaded to adjust the
proximity point settings. See pages 34–35.
Touch Tools > Settings > Proximity Points.
Proximity Alerts—touch Change to turn the
alerts on or off when you approach custom
POIs or safety cameras.
TourGuide—set how you want the audio for
TourGuide to be activated. Select Auto Play
to hear the complete tour as programmed,
Prompted to show the
speaker icon on
the map when tour information is available
during your route, or Off.
Restoring All Settings
1. Touch Tools > Settings.
2. Touch Restore.
3. Touch Yes.
Clearing User Data
notice: This deletes all user-entered
information. This does not clear Garmin
Lock data (page 33).
1. Hold your finger on the lower-right corner
of the aera screen while turning on the
2. Keep your finger pressed until the
message appears.
3. Touch Yes to clear all user data.
All original settings are restored. Any items
that you have saved are erased.
Restore—restore the original proximity
points settings.
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Resetting the aera
If the aera stops functioning, turn off the
aera, and then turn on the aera.
You can also remove and then reinstall the
battery to reset the aera.
Calibrating the Screen
If the touchscreen is not responding properly,
calibrate the touchscreen.
1. Touch Tools > Settings > Display.
2. Under Touchscreen, touch Calibrate.
3. Follow the on‑screen instructions.
Locking Your aera
Garmin Lock is a theft-deterrent system that
locks your aera. Each time you turn on the
aera, enter the PIN or drive to the security
1. Touch Tools > Settings > Security.
2. Touch the button below Garmin Lock.
3. Enter a 4-digit PIN, and drive to a security
What is a Security Location?
Select a location you return to often, such as
your home, for your security location. If the
aera has satellite signals and you are at the
security location, you do not need to enter
the PIN.
NOTE: If you forget your PIN and your
security location, you must send your aera
to Garmin to get it unlocked. You must also
send a valid product registration or proof of
nüMaps Guarantee™
To receive one free map update (if available),
register your aera at http://my.garmin
.com within 60 days of acquiring satellites
and navigating with your aera. 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 navigate with your
NOTE: The nüMaps Guarantee only applies
to the automotive maps loaded on your aera.
For more information on aviation databases,
go to http://fly.garmin.com.
Additional Maps
You can purchase additional maps for
your aera. To see a list of maps that are
compatible with your aera, go to your aera
product page on the Garmin Web site
(www.garmin.com), and click the Maps tab.
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Updating the Software
1. Go to www.garmin.com/products
/webupdater, and download WebUpdater
to your computer.
2. Connect the aera to your computer using
the mini-USB cable.
3. Run WebUpdater, and follow the onscreen instructions.
After confirming that you want to perform
an update, WebUpdater automatically
downloads the update and installs it on your
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.
Safety Cameras
Safety camera information is available in
some locations. Check http://my.garmin
.com for availability. For these locations, the
aera includes the locations of hundreds of
safety cameras. Your aera 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
You can purchase a new region or extend
an existing subscription at any time. Each
region that you purchase has a specific
expiration date.
Caution: Garmin is not responsible
for the accuracy of, or the consequences
of using, a custom POI or safety camera
Custom Points of Interest
Use the POI Loader to load custom points of
interest (POIs) onto your aera. POI databases
are available from various companies on the
Internet. Some custom databases contain
alert information for points, such as safety
cameras and school zones.
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 view
the Help file.
To view your Custom POIs, touch Where
To? > Extras > Custom POIs. To change
the proximity alert settings, touch Tools >
Settings > Proximity Points > Proximity
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To delete the Custom POIs from your aera,
connect your aera to your computer. Open
the Garmin\poi folder in the aera drive
or the memory card drive. Delete the file
entitled poi.gpi.
The TourGuide allows your aera to play
third-party, GPS-guided audio tours. These
audio tours can take you on a route while
playing interesting facts about historical sites
along the way. For more information, go
to www.garmin.com/extras, and click POI
To view your TourGuide files, touch Where
To? > Extras > Custom POIs. To change
the TourGuide settings, touch Tools >
Settings > Proximity Points > TourGuide.
Garmin Travel Guide
Maximizing the Battery Life
To use the Travel Guide, insert the memory
card into your aera. Touch Where To? >
Extras. Touch the name of your Travel
Guide to view it.
Replacing the Battery in the aera
Much like a paper 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.
Battery Information
Your aera contains a user‑replaceable,
lithium‑ion battery. To maximize the lifetime
of the battery, do not leave your aera in direct
sunlight, and avoid prolonged exposure to
excessive heat.
• Turn down the backlight (Tools >
Settings > Display > Brightness).
• Disable Bluetooth. See page 31.
• Unplug the XM antenna. See page 16.
• Do not leave your aera in direct sunlight.
Avoid prolonged exposure to excessive
If you need to replace the battery in the
aera, use a Garmin lithium‑ion battery
010‑11143‑00. Purchase a replacement
battery at http://buy.garmin.com. Contact
your local waste disposal department for
information about properly disposing of the
battery icon in the corner of the
Menu page indicates the status of the aera
battery. To increase the accuracy of the
battery gauge, fully discharge the battery and
fully charge it. Do not unplug the aera until it
is totally charged.
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Changing the Fuse
Caution: 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 does not charge in your vehicle,
you may need to replace the fuse located at
the tip of the automotive adapter.
1. Unscrew the round end piece, and
remove it.
2. Remove the fuse (glass
and silver cylinder), and
replace with a 3A fastSilver tip
blow fuse.
3. Ensure that the silver
tip is placed in the end
piece. Screw on the end
About GPS Satellite Signals
Your aera must acquire GPS (Global
Positioning System) satellite signals to
navigate. If you are indoors, near tall
buildings or trees, or in a parking garage,
your aera cannot acquire satellites. Go
outside to an area free from tall obstructions
to use your aera.
When your aera has acquired satellite
signals, the signal strength bars on the Menu
page are green
. When it loses satellite
signals, the bars turn red or clear
For more information about GPS, go to
Removing the aera and
To remove the aera from the cradle, press the
button on the side of the cradle, and tilt the
aera forward.
To remove the cradle from the friction
mount, turn the cradle to the right or the left.
Apply pressure until the socket on the cradle
releases the ball on the mount.
NOTE: Reconnecting the cradle to the
friction mount requires significant force.
Press the ball firmly into the socket.
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Caring for Your aera
Your aera contains sensitive electronic
components that can be permanently
damaged if exposed to excessive shock
or vibration outside normal aviation or
automobile use. To minimize the risk of
damage to your aera, avoid dropping your
unit and operating it in extreme high-shock
and high-vibration environments.
Cleaning the Casing
The aera is constructed of high-quality
materials and does not require user
maintenance other than cleaning. Clean the
outer casing (not the touchscreen) using
a cloth dampened with a mild detergent
solution, and then wipe 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 aera
• Do not store the aera where prolonged
exposure to extreme temperatures can
occur, because it can cause permanent
• Though 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, or damage may result.
Avoiding Theft
• To avoid theft, remove the unit and mount
from sight when not in use.
• Do not keep your unit in the glove
• Register your product at
• Use the Garmin Lock feature.
See page 33.
Registering Your aera
Go to http://my.garmin.com to register your
aera. See page 22 for information about
connecting your aera to your computer.
1. Plug in your aera. You will see an option
to install the myGarmin Agent (optional).
2. Follow the online instructions to install
myGarmin Agent and register your aera.
After you have registered your aera, you
can subscribe to the latest Garmin online
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Software License
Garmin Ltd. and its subsidiaries (“Garmin”)
grant 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 and/or its third-party providers.
code is not provided, are valuable trade
secrets of Garmin and/or its third-party
providers and that the Software in source
code form remains a valuable trade secret of
Garmin and/or its third-party providers. 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 or the
export control laws of any other applicable
You acknowledge that the Software is the
property of Garmin and/or its third-party
providers 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, for which source
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Physical size (W × H × D): 5.35 × 3.28 ×
0.94 in. (136 × 83.4 × 24 mm)
Weight: 9.5 oz. (270 g)
Display: 4.3 in. diagonal, 480 × 272 pixels;
WQVGA TFT landscape display with white
backlight and touchscreen
Power input: DC vehicle power using
the included automotive power cable and
cradle, or AC power (included in some aera
Usage: 10 W max.
Battery life: up to 5 hours depending on
usage and settings
Case: Waterproof to IPX7
Battery type: Removable lithium-ion battery
Operating Temperature range: from -4°F
to 140°F (from -20°C to 60°C)
GPS receiver: High-sensitivity
Charging Temperature range: from 32°F
to 113°F (from 0°C to 45°C)
Data storage: Internal memory and optional
removable memory card. Data stored
Acquisition times*:
Warm: <5 sec.
Cold: <38 sec.
Factory Reset: <45 sec.
*Average acquisition times for a stationary
receiver with a clear view of the sky.
Computer interface: USB mass storage,
Headphone jack: Standard 3.5 mm
Charge time: Approximately 4 hours
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My aera never gets
satellite signals.
Take your aera out of parking garages and away from tall buildings and trees. Remain stationary for several minutes.
My aera does not
charge in my vehicle.
Check the fuse in the vehicle power cable.
Ensure the vehicle is turned on and is supplying power to the power outlet.
Your aera can only charge between 32°F and 113°F (between 0°C and 45°C). If the aera is placed in direct sunlight or in a hot
environment, it cannot charge.
How do I clear all my
user data?
1. Hold your finger on the lower-right corner of the aera screen while it is turning on.
2. Keep your finger pressed until the message appears.
3. Touch Yes to clear all user data.
The aera is locked
If the aera screen stops functioning, turn off the aera, and then turn on the aera. If this does not help, remove the battery and then
reinstall the battery. The aera should operate normally.
The touchscreen is
not responding to my
touches properly.
Turn off the aera.
Hold your finger on the screen and then press and hold the Power button.
Hold until the calibration screen appears.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
My battery gauge does
Allow the unit to fully discharge, and then fully charge it (without interrupting the charge cycle).
not seem accurate.
My phone will not
connect to the aera.
Touch Tools > Settings > Bluetooth. Verify that the Bluetooth field is set to Enabled.
Ensure your phone is turned on and is less than 33 feet (about 10 meters) away from your aera.
Go to www.garmin.com/bluetooth for more help.
How do I know my aera
When your aera is in USB mass storage mode, a picture of an aera connected to a computer is shown. Also, you should see two
is in USB mass storage
new removable disk drives listed in My Computer.
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My computer never
senses that the aera is
1. Unplug the USB cable from your computer.
2. Turn the aera off.
3.Plug the USB cable into your computer and your aera. The aera automatically turns on and goes into USB mass storage mode.
I cannot see any new
If you have several network drives mapped on your computer, Windows may have trouble assigning drive letters to your aera drives.
removable drives in my
See the operating system Help file to learn how to map/assign drive letters.
list of drives.
I cannot get traffic
Verify that your aera is traffic compatible and that you are in a coverage area. You must be in a coverage area to get the traffic
information for that area.
If your aera is traffic compatible, verify that the FM TMC Traffic receiver is connected to the power connector on the cradle and also
connected to a power outlet in your vehicle.
How can I find
restaurants near the
hotel I will be staying at
in the future?
Touch Where To? > Near > A Different City and enter your vacation destination.
Find the hotel and touch Go!.
Touch Menu > Where To? > Near > My Destination.
Search for a restaurant. Restaurants nearest to your hotel are listed first.
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2D map view 10, 30
3D map view 10, 30
acceleration score 24
accessories 34
additional maps 33
addresses 6
proximity 32
safety camera 34
anti-theft feature 30, 33
audible books 21
audio version 28
road types 29
theft 37
traffic 18
background color 29
battery information 35
bilingual dictionaries 26
Bluetooth technology 13–15
headset 20
pairing with phone 13, 31
removing a phone 31
settings 31
bookmarks 21
books 21
brightness 29
calculator 27
answering 14
from the Go! page 6
hanging up 14
history 15
home 15
muting 14
caring for your aera 37
charging your aera 2, 36, 40
clock for the world 26
contacting Garmin i
currency 27
units 27
coordinates 10
cradle 2
currency, converting 27
current location, save 8
customizing the aera 28–32
custom POIs 34
deceleration score 24
all user data 32
character 7
custom POIs 35
Favorites 8, 9
recent finds list 7
route 9
detail maps 30
detour 5
diacritical characters 7
display settings 29
locations 9
Driving Challenge 24
driving directions 11
ecoRoute™ 23
calibrate fuel economy 24
Driving Challenge 24
fuel price 24
fuel report 23
mileage report 25
tips 25
vehicle profile 23
emergency assistance 23
extras 8, 34, 35
Favorites 8
downloading 9
editing 8
photos 8
saving 8
files 22
deleting 22
managing 22
supported types 22
transferring 22
finding places 4
address 6
by name 7
by postal code 6
Go! page options 6
item on the map 10
near another location 6
recent selections 7
saved places (Favorites) 8
using photos 8–9
fuel price, adjusting 24
fuel report 23
fuse, changing 36
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Garmin Lock 30, 33
geocaching 10
globe view 10
Go! page options 6
Go Home 7
about GPS 36
off/on 28
hands-free phone features 13–15
headphone jack 39
headset 20
Help 23
location 7
phone number 15
incoming call 14
keyboard 7
language mode 7, 29
layout 28
kilometers 28
Lane Assist 12
language guide 26
lithium-ion battery 35, 39
locking your aera 33
M3U playlist format 21
additional 33
browse 10
customize 30
detail level 30
enable detail maps 30
Map Info button 30
moving 10
update 33
version 30
view 30
zoom 10
MapSource 33
max speed, reset 12
measurements, converting 27
media player 20–21
microphone 1
mileage report 25
miles 28
removing from mount 36
MP3 music files
loading 22
playing 20
music 20
audio 5
phone call 14
My Data 25
myGarmin i
playlist 20
creating 21
editing 21
from computer 21
playing 21
saving current 21
position icon 30
Power key 1
QWERTY keyboard 28
mode 28
settings 28
Next Turn page 12
nüMaps Guarantee 33
off road, routing 9, 29
on-screen keyboard 7
on-unit Help 23
output, audio 5
headphone jack 39
registering 37
removing the mount 36
the max speed 12
the trip data 12
adding a stop 5
custom 9–10
detour 5
editing 9
following 5
importing 25
off road 29
preferences 28
simulating 28
pairing a mobile phone 13, 14
phone book 14
photo navigation 8–9
Bluetooth 31
Garmin Lock 33
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safe mode 30
safety camera database 34
satellite signals 36
places you find 8
your current location 8, 10, 23
school zone database 34
brightness 29
screen shots 29
SD card 39
SD card slot 1
search area 6
security location 33
security settings 30
serial number 1
restoring 32
setting your location 10
simulating a route 28
license agreement 38
update 34
version 28
specifications 39
speed limit icon 5, 11
speed score 24
spelling the name 7
storing the aera 37
supported file types 22
system settings 28
text language 29
time settings 29
time zone 29
Tools 23–27
calibrating 33
cleaning 37
settings 29
TourGuide 32, 35
traffic 18–19
adding traffic subscriptions 31
incidents 18
transferring files 22
translating words 26
Travel Guide 34, 35
trip information, reset 12
trip logs 30
turn-by-turn directions 11
turn List page 11
usage mode 3, 28
USB 22
mass storage mode 22
user data, delete 32
vehicle icon 11, 30
vehicle profile 24
Via Point, adding 5
voice dial 15
voice language 29
voice mail 14
volume 5
WebUpdater 34
Where Am I? 23
Where To? 6–10
wireless headset 20
world clock 26
zoom 10
unit ID 28
units, convert 27
maps 33
software 33, 34
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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.
© 2009 Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries
Garmin International, Inc.
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Garmin (Europe) Ltd.
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