Is My Device Logging My Information?
TomTom GPS systems are some of the most popular GPS units on the market, mainly because of they are less expensive than the Magellan or Garmin models. TomTom units allow you to get turn-by-turn directions to your location. You also have the option to log your data, including location and directions. But, you may be asking the following: Can I remove the log file off my TomTom GPS device?
Well, the simple answer to this question is yes. You see, your TomTom does not come preinstalled with a data logger. You have to download this information from third-party sites. So, if you never want your information logged, then just don’t download the logger program. Many people don’t since others could track their movements if they hack or steal the device.
But, if you do want to log your information, you actually have several options. You should, however, be prepared to pay for these programs; most are not free.
Data Loggers for TomTom
The simplest data logger tool is the NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) Logger tool. This will record all of the nmea data collected from your receiver, and it places this information into a log file, which you can save either to your Flash memory or a memory card. The program will create new logs any time you turn on the device.
Another similar log creation program is the TTTracklog. This also records nmea data, and it will also log GPX (GPS exchange format) track files. You do not need to do anything once you install this program. It will continue to record data as long as it is installed. It will work as a background program; you just need to download the files to your computer to view them.
If you want more detailed memory, however, you may want to go for the Tripmaster. This program logs your exact GPS position, and it can save this information to GPX or KML (keyhole markup language) files. You can set this program up to record your exact (Real) location or the corrected GPS information from TomTom. If you want to know exactly where you were, you should probably go with the Real location setting.
Another advanced GPS logger is the Event Logger. It creates GPX files, and it logs your location at 10 second intervals. This will provide you with most street map locations, but you could miss some smaller streets and/or data.
How to Remove the Data Logger?
These are only some of the programs available for logging your data on your TomTom device. As mentioned earlier, there is no built-in logger for TomTom. You have to download a program to use this function.
If you do decide that you no longer want to use these programs, you can simply remove or uninstall the add-on from your device.