Pin Me

Where to Find Free TomTom Map Updates?

written by: •edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 11/8/2009

You love your TomTom. It provides turn-by-turn directions in a pleasant spoken voice. However, if those directions are wrong due to a mistake or change in the maps used, your TomTom loses some of its value. Fortunately, there is a way to get free map updates for your TomTom.

  • slide 1 of 2

    Download TomTom Map Share

    TomTom Map Share technology is a free way to update your TomTom maps with corrections and input from a community of TomTom users. Not only can you download free updates provided by other TomTom users, you can also make map corrections as you drive. This means that if you encounter a detour, newly closed road or mistake in a TomTom map, you can note the change on your TomTom to avoid it in the future and also share your information with other TomTom users. When you connect your TomTom to your computer, you can upload any changes you have made to maps and then download any available map updates you choose.

    The first thing you need to do, if you have not already, is to download the TomTom Home application. Along with allowing you to receive map updates from the TomTom Map Share community, TomTom Home has many other benefits as well. For example, it will notify you if there is a new quarterly map, service update, or other software available for your TomTom device. You can even download special free content such as voices or color schemes.

    TomTom Home Once you have downloaded and installed TomTom Home, the next step is to download the TomTom Map Share application for the TomTom model you are using. Select the correct model from the drop-down menu, or the scrolling list with images.

    TomTom Models 

    To check for free updates using TomTom Map Share, connect your TomTom to the computer. You will be given the option of whether to download available map updates. There are several options available, such as Corrections I Made Myself, Corrections Verified by TomTom, and Corrections Reported by Many. You can select as many or as few sources for free updates for your TomTom maps as you wish. After selecting the free map updates you want to download to your TomTom, click Done and wait for the map updates to be installed.

    Just in case you are wondering, TomTom reports a very low amount of fraudulent map updates provided by TomTom users. To avoid such updates, opt for updates verified by TomTom and those reported by many users.

  • slide 2 of 2

    More Resources

    To find other new maps and free downloads for your TomTom GPS device, check out the Bright Hub articles Where to Download Free USA Maps for TomTom and Free TomTom Voice Downloads