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Garmin Nuvi 260


Garmin has announced a new member of the Nuvi 200 family, the Garmin Nuvi 260. Basically what you will get with the 260 when it becomes available later this month is a 250 with the addition of text to speech. So instead of an instruction like “turn left in 250 feet” it will say something like “turn left on Maple Avenue”. It is nice to see text to speech moving further down the product lineup, however I hope nobody pays close to the steep $500 MSRP price attached to the 260.

Like other devices in the series, the 260 will really excel for pedestrian use thanks to the “hold” switch at the top of the device that prevents accidental touch screen input if you put the device in your pocket. The small size and good battery life will also make this device an excellent choice for pedestrians.

In the box you get the Nuvi 260, suction cup mount, and a power cable for your car. Many people might want to pick up the optional AC power adapter for faster charges outside of the car. There is an SD card slot, however the maps and application are stored in an internal memory, so most people will probably never use that card slot. But if you want to add maps of locations not covered, an SD card pre-loaded with those maps is a great way to go.

The Garmin Nuvi 260 is also compatible with optional travel guides and the SaversGuide, and features the Garmin Lock anti-theft protection.

558 Responses

  1. I just talked to GARMIN and they say that when you register your unit it will tell you if you have the lastest ver. of the map system.If you do not ,you have 60 days to download FREE the lastest ver. of the map.Hope he is right.

    Ron - February 9th, 2009
    • He is right.

      Tim - February 9th, 2009
  2. Can the 260 be connected to a Laptop and show maps and destination through the laptop?

    Kirk - February 10th, 2009
  3. can i use the 260 to navigate cross country (like taking a hike)

    gene - February 13th, 2009
  4. This thing is a bad joke.

    It pronounces 14 St as 14 Saint

    Southland Dr (drive) as Southland Doctor

    It’s going back tomorrow.

    John - February 14th, 2009
  5. No, don’t send it back. Try updating to latest firmware and map. After that find Turboccc in the nuvi forum. He has programs to change st to street and dr to drive. It is called speech doctor, he also has a program to change \recalculating\ to \whatever you want her to say\. Here is the link to his post:

    chris - February 14th, 2009
  6. Does anyone know if this GPS supports SDHC (SD High Capacity) card type? Thanks,

    Trac - February 17th, 2009
  7. I have purchased the map update and have delted everything that I possibly can but it is still coming up with the message of not enough space. Any suggestions?

    David - February 19th, 2009
    • David,
      I got that response when I tried to update my maps recently. I discovered that there was not enough space on my laptop hard drive! I never suspected that I was running our of room, but I was. After deleting a number of DVD files, the update was done in just a few minutes.

      Bot - February 19th, 2009
      • Thanks for all the suggestions. Once I freed up space, it worked perfectly.

        David - February 28th, 2009
    • Go in to the Garmin web site and they address that problem.What you have to do is go into the voices and delete ones you will not use and that will free up space.

      Ron - February 23rd, 2009
  8. How do you erase the fact. pictures??

    Ron - February 22nd, 2009
  9. I own a 260W Nuvi but cannot figure out how to view the coordinates of a favorite location. This must be possible, otherwise how can I communicate the location of a favorite to someone.

    Any ideas?

    thanks Scott

    Scott - February 24th, 2009
    • Touch the vehicle icon on the touch screen. This will bring up a screen that shows lat, long, and elevation for your location at the time you pushed the vehicle. It will not change as you drive. The elevation is not the most accurate.

      ken - February 24th, 2009
    • Oh… I am not sure if it is possible to get the coordinates from saved locations on your GPS. I am just a reader here at the site. It would be interesting to find out how if possible.

      Ken - February 24th, 2009
  10. I have a Garmin Nuvi 350 that has spotty voice prompts that have just about gone away completely. I tried resetting the device (per Garmin support’s suggestion) and re-downloading the software from Web Updater, and I still get sound only for a few seconds before it disappears. Do you have any suggestions for restoring (and keeping) the voice prompts? I’d like to hold on the this unit which is only about 18 months old.

    Sue - February 25th, 2009
  11. Are all usb outlet plugs that fit the nuvi 260 going to be the same voltage? I just bought a replacement Motorola bluetooth earpiece and it came with a charger that fits the 260.

    Gary - February 26th, 2009
    • They won’t all be the same, no. Many third party chargers will put the GPS into USB Mode.

      Tim - February 26th, 2009
  12. I just got my Nuvi 260, charged it, and opened it. It took 2 minutes to get signal.(4bars and later 5) When I am getting familar with all the buttons on the screen after I just opened it. I accidentally pressed “X” besides “STOP” at the bottom left. What are the two buttons and how can I get them back?

    aILEEN - February 28th, 2009
    • If I properly understand what you are describing, those two buttons only appear when a destination/active route has been set.

      Tim - February 28th, 2009
  13. (Australia)I recently purchased the nuvi260 and am having a lot of difficulty with the unit and am at the point of returning as faulty – problematic. It has maps from ’09.

    1)Satellite reception up to 20 minutes upon start up, then dropping out as well during journey (no clouds buildings etc).

    2) routed down old(more than a year old) dead-end streets.

    3) routed through no-right turns

    4) it uses whereis maps/ I tried the same journeys through http://www.whereis.com and it did not make the mistakes of (2) and (3)

    5) I used webupdater from Garmin and still no luck, are there any more options left or should I go back to the retailer and try navman or tomtom ?? Thanks.

    john - March 6th, 2009
    • Sounds like the maps on your device are older than the maps on the website if they are from the same vendor. Keep in mind that maps labeled on a device as “2009” were often released to the public in the year 2008 and those typically came from the map supplier of the GPS company in 2007.

      Tim - March 6th, 2009
      • So, I was told by the retailer they are ’09 maps, I use the map about page on the device and it reports ’09, how can I possibly tell the real version of maps that are installed, and there is still the major issue of satellite reception?

        john - March 6th, 2009
        • The “name” of the map probably is “09”. And the map you have might be the most recent made available. But generally there is a “lag” time of between 6 months and 2+ years between a release from the mapping company, to the GPS company purchasing an update from the mapping company, to them converting it to their device format, to that map being released on newly manufactured devices, to the new maps getting into your device.

          Tim - March 6th, 2009
  14. browsing the above comments, I need the browser plugin from garmin to do a map update.

    john – me again - March 6th, 2009
  15. I just purchased the 260W and like it a lot. I have 3 questions. 1) Can other voices be purchased that will speak the street names. Only the American English has a “name” and I wanted to use the British one. 2) Are there non-city maps for Pennsylvania available? I downloaded the City Navigator® NT for North America and it accurately reflects the streets in Philadelphia. However, when travelling around the towns near my vacation home in the Poconos, many of the roads are missing. We were driving around Lake Harmony (an older community in ) and it looked like were were driving through a large tract of undeveloped land. 3) Is there a source that provides more up-to-date Points of Interest? In Philadelphia, the points of interest appear to be years old. It couldn’t find the Target near my home that was built about 5 years ago. Thanks!

    Cathy - March 10th, 2009
    • I hope you didn’t purchase any additional maps because your device came pre-loaded with the map type you said you downloaded. There are no maps that Garmin offers that are any more “detailed” nor for “cities” versus what came on your device. There are occasionally map updates offered, but of the same detail level.

      You will find wherever you go that there are mapping errors with misnamed streets or missing streets. The same goes with POIs. It often takes many years for changes in the real world to make it into GPS maps. Also keep in mind that with POIs, not every known POI will be in your GPS. Manufacturers typically only include about 5-25% of all known POIs in their devices so you can expect that about 75% of all business will not be included.

      Tim - March 10th, 2009
    • 1. You want to pick a voice file that has (TTS) at the end of the file name. Go to Settings, Locale, Voice Language to scroll down and select one.
      2. You might have to zoom down farther when viewing your map screen. The wider the area shown on the screen, the less detail given on smaller roads. Maybe make sure your Map Detail setting is set to Most.

      Dave - March 10th, 2009
  16. i have a 260 200 series garmin nuvi..it is over a year old… twhen i turn it on the screen lights up with the garmin name and below it says loading maps..then it turns off..i tried charging it in the car and that does not work..your tech support team tol me to charge it on my computer for 5 hours, will this work??itf not what do i do now…

    andrew - March 11th, 2009
  17. I have the Garmin Nuvi 260 and it has been working fine for a year, but all of a sudden whenever we plug it in with the car charger that came with it, it goes into USB mode and we can’t view the maps. I’ve tried my digital camera USB cord which fit the port, but my computer wouldn’t read it. I also purchased a brand new cord that is compatible with this model, but my computer still won’t read it. I don’t know what to do!!! My operating system is Windows XP. Can anybody tell me how I can fix this? Thank you in advance for your help.

    Christine - March 14th, 2009
    • We have an article for troubleshooting why a GPS goes into USB Mode. The most common reason is not using a Garmin USB cable. While there are other brands of USB to mini USB cables, they are not all identically designed.

      Tim - March 14th, 2009
  18. Why is the Nuvi 260W discontinued? Is there something wrong with it? I just bought it yesterday and just registered my product and found that it’s discontinued.

    Konnie - March 16th, 2009
    • All models get “discontinued” after about a year or so as new models are introduced that take their place. Garmin has many dozen Nuvi models so they can’t produce 60 models at a time. 🙂

      Tim - March 16th, 2009
  19. I just dropped my nuvi 260w as I was mounting it on my dash. The screen shattered and now some of the controls wont work. Are repairs an option, or d I need to just buy a new one? This is depressing. It really didn’t fall hard.

    Don - March 16th, 2009
    • Wow. Cancel my request for help. Garmin has decided to send me a new (referbished) unit free of charge.

      Amazing customer support. Thank your Garmin.

      Don - March 16th, 2009

    andrew - March 16th, 2009
    • Andrew, those questions should probably be asked of Garmin.

      Tim - March 16th, 2009
  21. will garmin buy back my garmin 260-200 series ??? i have no proof of purchase or serial no to go by andrew

    andrew - March 16th, 2009
    • Buy it back in the condition you describe… my guess would be, No.

      But, from your previous posts I’m having a hard time understanding if the gps works at all. When you plug it into the car, AND LEAVE IT PLUGGED IN when you turn it on, does it work? It might be that the battery is just worn out and won’t hold a charge. If that’s the case, I’d suggest just using it while plugged into the car’s power port.

      Dave - March 16th, 2009
  22. Can you charge the nuvi 260 with the usb cable using my pc??

    Don - March 18th, 2009
    • Yep… but not as fast as using your vehicle or and A/C charger.

      Dave - March 18th, 2009
  23. How do you download pictures and is there more than one way to do it ??

    Don - March 18th, 2009
  24. I just bought my Nüvi 260 a few days ago and was curious what version software is the latest/most up to date? In other words, I have 4.10 and was hoping for the free map upgrade.

    Danny - March 24th, 2009
  25. can this unit be updated with the new truck mapping

    Ben - March 30th, 2009
  26. Hi, am looking into the 260 but I would like to know if it is bluetooth. I thought I read somewhere that it was but can’t seem to find it now.

    CAROL - April 2nd, 2009
  27. Hi! I am writing from India, we bought Garmin NUV 260 a year back from US. now we are india, so can we change the Maps for india , if yes how can we go out about this?

    Rufina - April 4th, 2009
  28. Hi

    I just bought a 260W from [deleted] yesterday. Can anyone please let me know if there are any difference in feature compare to 255 (3.5) model. I cant find the speed limit which is available on the 255 and not on the 260W. Another feature that is available on the 255 (3.5) model is that each time you key in a new location, on the bottom right screen where it show you the arrival time, it will also show you the total distance to your location but this feature in not available on the 260W.
    Can you please explain.

    Choo Leong Loo - May 2nd, 2009
  29. how can I know if I buy the 260 new or refurbished that I can get the updated maps with out paying forthem. I have read some reviews where the unit did not have the latest maps installed and it cost 70$ to gett ye update which did not come with the unit.

    Ed - May 18th, 2009
  30. Don’t worry about buying a refurbished unit. I bought one a month ago and Garmin covers EVERYTHING! I had a problem with the unit’s registered owner, but when I sent them the info., everything was Fine, Including the FREE update. It’s nice to know they are worried about THEFT as I am. Great company to do work with!

    Jim - May 23rd, 2009
  31. Tim, this is probabaly a dumb question but I am lost. We just purchased our nuvi 260. We got it charged, turned it on, the word Garmin comes up in English but everything else looks like it is in Russian. Why is this? Do I have to register it first? Thanks for you help.


    Jan - May 30th, 2009
    • That is okay, Tim. I finally got it figured out. I had acquired the satelites before the 20 minutes was up, let it set another 30, it was still in Cairo. I uploaded the software update for it and registered it. Then, hit thge rest button. I assume the reset button did it.
      Thanks for all you do. A great site.

      Jan - May 30th, 2009
  32. I purchased a Garmin Nuvi 260 in April 2008 and it was not able to read a lot of the newer highways near us. By newer I mean roads about 3 years old. I called Garmin right after getting it to make sure it had the latest maps and was told yes. When you turn it on it says Garmin 2006 on the bottom of the screen. Unfortunately I think I need to buy the updates and now realize I must get a mini USB cable to download from my computer. Is this true and does it have to be a Garmin one? Where can I find this cheaply? I also have a MAC and hope it will download the updates with no problem. Is it worth buying a mini USB cable and the updates or just look for a new GPS?

    Deborah - June 6th, 2009
    • You can use any USB cable with a mini connector. I use one from my camera. To check the level of map you have installed go to the Settings, Map, Map Info page on the unit. It will tell you the year release of the map you have installed. Note that the latest release has a date the is 1 year in the future. (even though we are currently in 2009, the latest map available has a 2010 date on it… not too confusing, huh. 🙂

      Also, it can take 3 or more years to get the road changes in the map releases. It was 3 years before MAJOR highway changes in my area showed up in a release. No guarantees.

      Dave - June 6th, 2009
    • Many non Garmin USB to mini-USB cables will work, however there are a few that might not. YEs, it is required to get the cable to perform the updates. It will work fine with a Mac.

      Tim - June 8th, 2009
  33. I have tried off and on to get the latest download of maps since I registered my Garmin. Today the 6th of June is my last date. I can I extend this? It doesn’t seem to work with my laptop and I need extra time so I can try another computer. I seem to get the down load but none of the next commands for installing happen. Have saved it twice and then that is it and it takes a couple of hours to load. And I have the same problem Dave had, my address doens’t even register and neither do most of the streets in my communiity and it keeps wanting me to turn onto highway ramps that no longer exist. It also takes me long ways to get places. Help, please.

    carol - June 6th, 2009
  34. I finally got around to opening up and installing my Nuvi 260 (a christmas present) and I like it fine, except…….
    I keep it plugged in at all times in the car, and I drive a Toyota – which, as you may know, does NOT support the charging ports unless the engine is on.
    My problem is that every time I start the car, the Unit turns on, even if it was off when the car was stopped and parked.
    Is that a feature that can be disabled? It’s annoying to have to shut it off every time I start the car – or does it have something to do with the messge that there are newer maps available?
    Thanks – I read all these posts and no one else mentioned this problem…………

    Barbara - June 13th, 2009
    • Barbara, no– as far as I know you can’t disable the auto-on function.

      Tim - June 15th, 2009
  35. Thanks to everyone who helped me figure out the mini USB cable solution. I have finally found a cord from my daughters camera that will work, but now I have some questions about the new updates.

    The Garmin website has the 2010.10 City Navigator for $99.99 (Download, DVD or Micro chip installation) and I found another website that has it for $59.99 (DVD only) plus shipping. Is there a good reason to pay the higher price from Garmin? And what is this lifetime maps download I have read about. We haven’t done anything with updates since buying our Garmin Nuvi 260 in April 2008 which is why I am looking at an update now. Thanks

    Deborah - June 15th, 2009
    • Deborah, provided the other website is also selling the same map version (2010) there isn’t any difference between the one on Garmin’s website and the ones at a third party website. (Provided the other site is an authorized dealer.) As to the lifetime map update product, see our GPS Map Update Costs page to see if you think it might be worth it for you.

      Tim - June 15th, 2009
  36. I am make a long trip from Houston to St. Petersburg, Fl and then to jacksonville, Fl and finally to Iowa. I would like to get a GPS for my car. I am so totally confused by all of the above comments and reviews that I have read.
    I would like the system to have Voice instructions that give street names along with traffic re-routes.
    Can anyone give me some ideas, please.
    I really appreciate your help!

    Richard Smith - July 2nd, 2009
    • richard – if i were you i would go with a garmin nuvi 260.

      u can go to amazon.com and order it for a good price.

      but make sure u order the one that says something like “sold and shipped by amazon.com”

      i trust amazon and only amazon. and they have an absolutely fabulous return policy. yes it’ll give you street names and will re-route you if you stray from the prescribed route.

      just remember, none of the gps units are perfect but i have found the 260 to be the best of the lot.

      i have the 260.

      ted cohen - July 16th, 2009
  37. Just purchased my Garmin 260. I want to be able to drive to unfamiliar cities in US and Canada and request info on “near by golf courses” When I tried out my new unit close to home, I noticed that only one of three courses was identified??? Why is that?

    Lore - July 20th, 2009
    • Most GPS devices only include a portion of all known POIs. The Garmin devices have about 6 million POIs whereas there are about 25 million POIs in the coverage area. So you can expect many locations will be “missing”.

      Tim - July 20th, 2009
  38. Does ANYBODY but me get wrong directions on their Garmin Nuvi 260?? I’ve lived in this area all my life and therefore know my way around. I’ve tried numerous times to program a route to familiar places, but my Garmin goes NUTS, giving me wrong directions time after time. I at this point would NEVER go on a trip if I didn’t already know directions, depending on my gps to get me there. I’m awfully disappointed, and am wondering what options I have. I bought my reconditioned Garmin on e-bay.

    Mary - July 20th, 2009
    • Mary, IMO the worst time to use a gps is when you know the area like the back of your hand… because you always already know the best route to a destination. I can’t really tell from your post if the “wrong directions” are taking you on a path that is not the optimal route, or the directions are actually having you end up at the wrong place. If you are ending up at the wrong spot, it might be a problem with the actual gps. Or maybe new maps would help.

      But, if you just don’t like the path it picks, there isn’t much you can do (other than setting way points to force some route).

      I use my gps when I don’t know the area I’m driving in to get me to a destination. It may not have taken me on the “best” route to get there, but I’m happy I got there.

      Dave - July 20th, 2009
  39. I also am having problems with strange directions! It directs me to take a left onto a ramp to an autoroute that was removed and made into a right round-about in 2007. My 260 was purchased in March and I have 2009 maps but did try to do an update and that didn’t work. Also, when travelling from my area in Quebec to Ontario, the GPS always tries to go through the US even when I have added other way points to avoid it will them take me to the next crossing. How can I tell it to stay in Canada?

    carol - July 21st, 2009
    • Carol, did you ever get an awswer on your question re your GPS always taking you through the US when you want to take your route through Canada? I am having the same problem. Thanks!

      Christine - July 28th, 2010
  40. hi,
    has anyone used of thought of using this or any other automobile gps system on a motorcycle?
    i don’t need all of the features i’ve seen on the other models like waterproof and don’t want to spend the extra money on the motorcycle system.
    i’m looking for a gps that will provide me with gas stations, places to eat, and other simple features.
    any input would be appreciated.

    Jose - July 23rd, 2009
  41. I love my garmin 260 – gives me the confidence to explore a little further from home!! Anyway my garmin gps 260 was showing “low battery” but wouldn’t charge (not by car or computer, or wall outlet either)…now I can’t even turn it on..What should I do? HELPI just bought it in March!!

    tammy - August 13th, 2009
    • Tammy, that sounds like you have a warranty claim. I would call Garmin Support.

      Dave - August 13th, 2009
  42. How do I go about getting answers to my questions? I have posted previously and get no response. How do I get my GPS to stay in Canada when I am driving in Canada? Always wants me to head south of the border and when I check the route with Google maps it is not necessarily faster just seems to use more highways therefore more traffic!

    carol - August 14th, 2009
    • Carol, I don’t think there is a good, or any, answer to your question. I’ve never seen an option to select a particular country, state, or province avoidance on a gps. You could try to select the Highways avoidance option; but, I don’t know how well that will work out for you.

      This is probably an interesting question to ask of the map making companies and Garmin… Can they provide a “Border Crossing” avoidance?

      Dave - August 16th, 2009
    I Have a nuvi260, early morning my gps is still working and when im going home turn my gps on, 1st thing happen is it suddenly calibrate screen appear, so I calibrate it then after that I turn it off, after few minutes I turn it on, this screen pop up saying that, \No detailed maps found that support routing, The nuvi cannot be used without them\.


    ALAN - August 16th, 2009
    • I had the same thing happen with my 260. Let me know if you come up with a solution.

      Tony - October 4th, 2009
  44. Hello, Can anyone help me here the sound on my nuvi 260 went dead,is there anyone having this same problem PLEASE HELP!

    Selvin - October 1st, 2009
    • Mine went dead too. One day I turned it on – the screen was clearly backlit but black. No images displayed and no sounds. Then a few days later it would not even turn on. Garmin is not helpful with this matter unfortunately.

      Diana - July 26th, 2010
      • My Garmin Nuvi 260W also died unexpectedly. I am so glad I didn’t waste the extra $100 to download new maps. A word to the wise: These things last for a year, maybe two, before the batteries wear out and die.

        Tom - November 11th, 2010
    • My Nuvi 260 went dead in the middle of downloading maps.

      Joseph - May 27th, 2011
  45. Hi,

    Can anyone tell me why my Garmin Nuvi doesnt work when i plug it in to the car charger but as soon as I unplugg it I am able to access the touch screen and maps??


    Dean - November 18th, 2009
    • What is happening that it “doesn’t work”? Is it going into computer/USB mode? Something else? If it is thinking it is attached to your computer check out our article on troubleshooting USB mode.

      Tim - November 18th, 2009
      • No what it does when i plug it into a wall outlet or into the car it charges the unit bt does not let me use it while on charge? as soon as I unplug it I am able to access the maps?

        Dean - November 18th, 2009
  46. Can routes with via points be saved in my Garmin 260?
    I try to use this method to stay away from downtown traffic which the device selects. The device memory tells me about the added routes but not with the via points I have added.

    Peter - November 20th, 2009
    • No, the 260 doesn’t support saving routes.

      Tim - November 20th, 2009
  47. I purchased a Garmin Nuvi 260 and absolutely love it. Recently, My auto charger got damaged. When I bought another charger and when I plug it in, I see a picture of a GPS connected to a monitor by a USB cable.

    What could that possibly mean?

    Cindy - November 21st, 2009
  48. Tim,

    Which of the Garmin family would you recommend?

    richard - November 30th, 2009
  49. i’m driving a commercial van and i wonder if the nuvi 260 be able to show the truck route! if no…which one would be best for me?

    james - December 14th, 2009
    • No, the only model in the Nuvi series that can do truck routes is the Garmin Nuvi 465T.

      Tim - December 14th, 2009
  50. I see some people (not necessarily here) have reported VERY long times (10 minutes plus) to acquire satellites. I’m in the US, used the unit here for many months. Bought the Europe SD card, used the unit in France for a month and upon return to the US it now takes 10 minutes nearly every time to find satellites upon startup.

    I did a webupdate of the firmware, the next time I used it, all was well. But, each time since then (3 or 4 times) it’s back to 10 minutes again.

    Any ideas?

    kevin - December 31st, 2009
    • Kevin, see our Acquiring Satellites Tips.

      Tim - December 31st, 2009
      • No change after following the tips above.

        Also, why did this only occur after a trip abroad?

        What’s really maddening is that I purchased the SD card with Euro maps and now will not be able to use this if the unit has issues. It is my understanding that garmin is not very understanding about these issues, once the card has been used in unit A, it can’t be used in another unit. And, it’s been too long for a chargeback.

        kevin - January 6th, 2010
  51. Hi, I was recently driving down the main boulevard of a small town near Montreal looking for an address and even though my GPS seemed to know where we were it could not find the town I was in and the closest street that I was searching for was in a town 300 km away. How and why does this happen?
    It is the same with my home address, it can get me there because that is where we started but if I text in the address it can’t find it…..

    Carol - January 1st, 2010
    • Carol, are you sure you are entering an “proper” town name? This sounds like it might be similar to the discussion string starting at post #156.

      Dave - January 1st, 2010

    EUGENE HABERSKI - January 7th, 2010
    • Yes, but you will need to purchase Europe maps to get much of any detail.

      Tim - January 15th, 2010
  53. Hello- Recently installed Vancouver CityXplorer Maps on the nuvi 260W on a US based Garmin for a trip to Western Canada. Since arriving in Canada, the unit does not find satellite and can not acquire satellite maps. This problem has followed for the first 3 days of our time in Vancouver. Any thoughts on helping the unit, which still thinks it is in the Northeast USA, to find its way to BC?

    Richard - January 15th, 2010
    • It doesn’t have anything to do with the additional maps, but rather simply the GPS moved. The GPS uses the last known position as a means to know “where” to listen for the satellites. Keep the GPS stationary with an unobstructed sky view for 30 minutes. See our Acquiring Satellites page FMI. Also… your 260w already comes with Canada maps, so the additional CityXplorer maps might have been an unnecessary purchase, sorry to say.

      Tim - January 15th, 2010
      • Thanks Tim, will do…
        We will be walking Vancouver, so the extra city specific maps might be helpful.
        I’ll leave it still for awhile and see what happens…
        Thanks again-

        Richard - January 15th, 2010
        • Unfortunately, the CityXplorer maps don’t provide any additional detail than what you already had. What they do provide is an inexpensive way for people to purchase maps of a particular city that didn’t already come with their device, and on the 1000 series devices they provide public transit routing. However for the Nuvi models < 1000 series, if you already have the map, they don't provide any advantage. 🙁 See: this image for the chart of features.

          Tim - January 15th, 2010
  54. I have a 260W that I enjoy using. I also tow a travel trailer. Is there any way to program the Nuvi to show roads accessible for towing a trailer?

    Jim - May 3rd, 2010
    • No.

      Tim - May 3rd, 2010
  55. I have another Nuvi question. Is there a way to program the Nuvi 260w to locate diesel fuel stops?

    Jim - May 3rd, 2010
    • Not unless you can find a custom POI database for those locations.

      Tim - May 3rd, 2010
  56. Hi,
    I bought this unit just four months back. To day all of a sudden it stopped working, any suggestion as to what to do to get it up and running?

    Ranga Rajan - May 8th, 2010
  57. My Nuvi screen keeps popping up with these two comments:

    “Updating GPS Firmware 1%” and then,
    “GPS Firmware Up To Date”

    It then goes back to the mapping system but then these comments come up again – constantly – as long as the Nuvi is on. We have tried everything from pressing the reset button, then turning the Nuvi back on but nothing stops this. We’re not sure what to do. Has anyone been experiencing this problem and if so, what can we do to stop it? Thanks

    Rose Marie - May 15th, 2010
  58. I rec’d a Garmin 260 W for a Christmas present (09) and just recently started to use it and really like it. When storing in under my car seat I gouged a deep one inch hold into the face of it and it doesn’t work any more.
    Can this be repaired or is it finished???
    I have lost the warranty info and instructions.
    Should I just toss it out and buy a new one????
    Any help will be appreciated.

    Jimbo (guess I show add ‘the dummy’)

    jimbo - May 21st, 2010
  59. I have a Garmin nuvi 260W & it was purchased in Canada. I brought it with me to Hawaii & Los Angeles & it didn’t work. When I came back to Canada it worked again. Does this only work within Canada??? I thought North America meant all of Canada & the United States!!!

    Lien - May 22nd, 2010
    • GPS works worldwide. When you move a GPS a long distance from the last place it acquired your location it will take a much, much longer time to get a signal. Also if the GPS is moving while trying to fix your location it will take considerably longer– if it all. So the most likely explanation is that you just didn’t leave it stationary with an unobstructed sky view for long enough to get a signal in the new location. See Acquiring Satellites FMI.

      Tim - May 22nd, 2010
  60. Help! I have a Garmin 260 and it went dead on me yesterday. Been using a Radioshack replagement car cable to it. Got a Garmin cable today and it’s still dead. After reading earlier posts here, I think USB mode is the problem. However, I tried doing the reset button thing, and also turning on and holding/pressing left hand corner of the screen for 15 seconds per earlier posts, still nothing. I am totally helpless navigating around without my Garmin!!

    Sheryl - May 28th, 2010
    • Sheryl,

      Have you tried sliding the power switch on and holding it in the on position until something happens? Sometimes takes as long as 15 seconds. I have a Garmin unit that occasionally does not power on without this kind of power-on procedure. I normally leave mine in a vehicle and let the 12v cable power it on and off, but sometimes it doesn’t, for whatever reason. After that, though, it usually behaves fine (for a long time, at least).

      And I don’t think the RS cable vs. the Garmin OEM cable will make any difference, really.

      Hope this helps.

      Tony - May 28th, 2010
  61. My 260 is about 2.5 years old, It does not hold a charge for more than 1 min..My charger shows red in the little window. Is this the proper color for charging? iF NOT WHAT DO i NEED TO DO..mY DC SOCKET DOES WORK ON ANY OTHER DEVICE (LIKE CELL PHONE CHARGER)nEED HELP ..PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT HOLD A CHARGE..



    Tim - June 14th, 2010
  62. Hi all

    I have a Garmin Nuvi 260w, purchased in the US. I’ve moved to Singapore and would like to purchase maps for here & Malaysia. When I went to the website it says this model is discontinued so I cant purchase any new maps. Is this true that I can no longer purchase maps? If not, please can you point me in the right direction of where I can get such maps or which other model’s maps are compatible?

    S 🙂

    Sarah - June 19th, 2010
  63. I have a nuvi 260W. I have downloaded the latest North American maps with my Lifetime map update subscription. Under map info in the settings on my unit the update is not showing up. The two maps in place are CN North American NT New Brinswick, PEI, Nova Scotia/Labrador and CN North America NT 2011.10 Lower 49 states. Why is my unit not showing all of canada?

    Wally - July 6th, 2010
  64. well i need help deleting pictures from ny garmin 260w. it saqys to touch the left hand upper corner at start up but nothing happens.i love my garmin had it about three years but the pics are old i need help asap..thanks

    michael - July 20th, 2010
  65. How do I delete addresses from the “Recently Found” icon? What are the steps? Thanks, in advance.

    ron - July 24th, 2010
  66. I purchased a Garmin 255 over a year ago. It is the Canadian equivalent of the 260. I was told that, if I registered the product on-line within 60 days, I would receive the next map update for free. I registered it immediately. My userid is RETIREDGARMIN.

    When I used the 255 I would often find roads had changed from the info on my 255. Businesses that were built years ago are not recognized. I tied to access the map updates. The Garmin site said there were none available. When I complained they said I wasn’t a registered user!

    Now when I use it it tells me there are updates available I can purchase!

    Has anyone else been treated this way?


    John McCormack - July 27th, 2010
  67. Hi, when I connect the GPS to the computer, the screen starts to blink and I guess it’s not charging… Might someone help me?

    Gabriel Casagrande - August 13th, 2010
  68. I have nuvi260 and now getting around to downloading new map. I know how to purchase it but how does it get loaded to my GPS. I have nno other inputs to the unit other than power and SD memory card.

    Martin - August 13th, 2010
    • Martin,

      You need a USB to mini-USB cable. If you don’t have one, you can purchase one from your local electronics store or online from Garmin. The mini-USB connector plugs in to the GPS — the power connector is a mini-USB type plug without the data connections.

      Once you have the connector plugged in to your GPS and to your PC, the updater will run. Be aware that it may take some time.

      Tony - August 14th, 2010
  69. I have a 3 year old Garmin 260. It was working fine without any power cables attached but as soon as I try to recharge it in the car or in the house, a symbol of a computer with a cord attached comes up. I bought a USB cord and downloaded an upgrade but it is still happening. It needs to be recharged so will only turn on for a couple of seconds and then shuts itself down. Help?

    Paul - September 8th, 2010
  70. I just bought a used 260 and would like to know how to find out how old the maps are in the unit? Also,if you upgrade with aftermarket maps is there anyway to save the old map incase there is a compatability problem?

    Greg - September 10th, 2010
  71. I purchased a garmin nuvi a couple yrs ago and wish to update it with the latest maps. I kept all the info out the box, i have the reciept and serial number but there was no registration card or I would have that to.It’s required to update what should I do to get a registration number???????????? Please e’mail me with a reply it would be much appreciated thank-you.

    laura woodbury - September 23rd, 2010
  72. Do I have to use a Garmin factory ‘special’ USB cable to power the Nuvi 260 whilst driving?

    MJ Sparks - October 11th, 2010
  73. My Nuvi 260w is doing something weird. Any time I plug in a USB cord a picture of a GPS plugged into a computer shows up and won’t go away unless I unplug the USB cord. I have to charge it before I go any where and pray it will stay charged enough to get me where I need to go because it only works if nothing is plugged into the mini port. I can’t run any updates because it won’t leave this screen. HELP!!!!!

    Lisa - October 23rd, 2010
    • Lisa, see our article “Help! My GPS is in USB Mode!“.

      Tim - October 25th, 2010
      • Thank you SO MUCH Tim. I am off tomorrow so I’ll troubleshoot with the suggestions from the article. I was thinking too after reading the article, If I take the power cord and plug it into another car’s power outlet and it doesn’t show the USB screen that should tell me it’s something with the elec. system in my car. Great article, thanks so much!!!!!

        Lisa - October 25th, 2010
        • Ha!!, I don’t know if this is the entire problem but I did run out to my car and looked at my cig. power cord. It belongs to my daughters Tom Tom. She had my Garmin cord. I’ll play with the GPS tomorrow like I said and see if that takes care of that.
          Thanks again, again, 🙂 Lisa

          Lisa - October 25th, 2010
  74. I feel gamin is a bunch of Bull Crap… My device stopped working and I took it to geek squad because I bought my garmin at Best Buy and they told me they the guy that looked at my garmin had the same one and it did the same thing as mine did and stopped working and garmin could not fix it and so I had them junk it and I call garmin to tell them I need my liftime update transfered to my other garmin and they said they could fix it and I am pretty much Shit out of luck they will not help me… So, I have to email my deployed husband to tell him they are not willing to do anything for us…

    Garmin YOU SUCK…

    Kari - December 7th, 2010
  75. I used the Garmin Nuvo 260 in the Philippines after I inserted a micro SD card with a Philippine map.
    They work great. From Luzon to Mindanao. Even on board the plane.

    Inside the commercial plane you just have to sit by the window and hold the GPS close to the glass so it can get signals from the satellite.

    In a private plane, you have no problem. What is shown are the roads and names of places below the plane.

    Rodolfo - January 2nd, 2011
  76. nuvi 260w kept freezing while driving on North on I-95 from Virginia to New York. Anyone else have a “freezing” problem.

    Bill - April 3rd, 2011
  77. I’m trying to download the latest map update (lower 49 US)for my Nuvi 260 but get an error message that my device doesn’t have enough room and asking permission to delete music & photos. I have no music or photos on the device, so it won’t let me download the map.

    Any suggestions how to get around this?

    Phil - May 25th, 2011
  78. I also am having the same problem with my 260w as above. It is telling I don’t have enough memory to download an updated map. It says to delete my music and photos, but I have none to delete. I see that it does have a slot for an sd memory card, but I am not sure if it needs a certain type or size. I tried an extra 2gb card I had laying around from a camera but it did not recognize it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    Debbie - June 19th, 2011
  79. my garmin 260w nuvi keeps shutting off after it tries loading the maps, i have tried everything, please help…………..yes the battery is charged

    mark - July 11th, 2011
    • Mark, I’d try to ask your question in our Garmin Nuvi Forum. Lots of active people there often willing to give a hand.

      Tim - July 14th, 2011

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