How to update to map 950 -- and backup

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Oct 1, 2007
Toronto Canada
TomTom Model(s)
Go 50; Go 520
Tomtom has released the new summer maps, version 950 for SOME models. It was released on May 19 for PNDs NOT including what are referred to as Nav4 devices with EUROPE maps (NOT Western_Europe). These include: GO and START 40, 50, 60 series / GO 400, 500, 600 / 5000, 6000/ 5100, 6100. Because of space issues with the 950 maps, release of the map for these models is being held back to June. As well, the NZ map 951 is also delayed till June. and the Android/iOS map should be released shortly thereafter. We created a new thread HERE about the 950 map install.

The process for downloading maps depends on which category of Tomtom device you have:
- Factory installed devices: installed by the manufacturer when purchasing a car
- iOS devices: iPhone, iTouch,iPad
- Android devices: with Tomtom app for Android
- Tomtom HOME devices: have an application version 9.x and earlier
- MyDrive devices: have an application version 10.x and later

In general, MyDrive devices were launched in Summer 2010 or later, and include the following models:
GO models with digits that start with a 1, 2, or 8
GO 40/ 50 /60 /400 / 500 / 600 / 5000 / 6000 (new range)
VIA models (all of them)
START models with digits that start with a 2 or a 6
Sony XNV

All other PND models are Tomtom HOME devices.

If you have a Factory Installed Tomtom device: There are usually unique processes for updating these maps, that vary by make and model year. We recommend contacting your car dealer for instructions, although they may redirect you to the Tomtom customer support phone number.

If you have an iOS device: The Tomtom app for iPhone/iTouch/iPad does not allow separate map updates. Usually about a 1-2 months after the map is released, Tomtom will release a new app version, that includes new features and a new map. If Tomtom follows historical practices, the new version 950 map will be released in Jun 2015 (or earlier). Keep checking for updates in the App Store.

If you have an Android device: Tomtom usually releases maps for Android about a month after maps are released for PNDs (or earlier). Map 950 may be released in Jun 2015. When available, you will be informed of the update when you start the app. If it does not offer the map, make sure you are connected on wifi, and go to menu -> Settings -> About. Then tap the "Check for updates" button. The map update download process is the same as the initial map download, and will overwrite your existing map. Reserve time for the download and perform it on wifi, as it will be a large file depending on your geography.

--- The remaining steps in this guide apply only to Tomtom PND units and aftermarket in-dash units. ---

Before you update your maps: We recommend the following steps to prepare yourself, prior to a map upgrade:

1) If your device uses the TomTom Home app for its interface (and not MyDrive), make a backup. With any change this big on a Tomtom, it's always a good thing to back up first. We recommend performing a backup as instructed here.
2) If one is offered, upgrade to the latest app first. Earlier apps had issues with map installs, so you should update your app to the latest version before attempting a map upgrade. To perform an app update, follow the steps here. When prompted to update, you may be given the choice of an application update and a map update at the same time. Do not choose the map if offered (uncheck the map checkbox), instead choose and install the Application and/or Navigator downloads only. Repeat these steps until no Application and/or Navigator downloads are offered for download. Then you can proceed to install your map.

How to download your map:
- Maps must be downloaded via Tomtom HOME or MyDrive, depending on your device. You can install Tomtom HOME from this link, and MyDrive from this link.
- If you already have the applications above, make sure you've updated them to the latest version. To update Tomtom HOME, select Help -> "Check for HOME update" in the Tomtom HOME menu. To update MyDrive, make sure the "Tell me when updates are available" checkbox is enabled in settings -> general, and it should alert you to updates.
- If you have issues with the HOME update, these steps can usually fix them. DO NOT attempt the steps without making a backup of your Tomtom first.
- If your device has been used for less than 30 days and you haven't downloaded a map before: You should get a free map under the "Latest map guarantee". To use this guarantee for Tomtom HOME devices, open Tomtom HOME, and go to Tools -> Latest Map Guarantee. Latest Map Guarantee should automatically be offered on MyDrive devices if eligible.
- If you have a new Lifetime Map device, or a device with an included map subscription: The first time you upgrade maps on a Lifetime Maps model, you need to activate your lifetime/subscription code. For Tomtom HOME devices, go to "Use my Activation Code" in Tomtom HOME, and enter the maps activation code included in the slip in your box. For MyDrive devices, click "MyDrive" on the taskbar icon, then click the green MyDrive button on upper right of the screen that opens up, and choose "Use my Activation Code". This only needs to be done once, Tomtom assigns the maps subscription to your email address, so in future quarters you can follow the steps below. Please note: Tomtom had been having problems accepting activation codes from some models. If you follow the steps above and your code is not accepted (or if you have purchased a lifetime model and didn't get a code in the box), you will need to call Tomtom phone support. They can manually activate your lifetime/subscription maps if you provide proof of purchase. The number is 866-486-6866.
- If you have an active or lifetime map subscription:
- For Tomtom HOME devices: open HOME, log in with your email/password if not auto-logged in, and go to "Update my device". The new map should be offered automatically for download.
- For MyDrive devices, MyDrive Connect should alert you to the availability of new downloads when you connect your device to the computer AND click on the 'Manage Content' link in the screen's MyDrive button. Accept the update on the MyTomtom icon and subsequent webpages, and it should download the map.
- Otherwise: If you want a new map you have to purchase one. Go to From that website, you can buy a single map, or you can buy the "map update service", which bundles current and future maps for a discounted price. Note that purchases are processed through Netherlands servers, so you often pay more than the quoted price due to foreign credit card fees. Also, you may need to call the card company first and tell them you plan to make a purchase from a Netherlands website, so that the charge won't deny.

Issues to consider when updating maps:
- You may need to disable your antivirus. Tomtom has increased anti-map-piracy efforts, and newer models run all transactions over a secure link. Some antivirus software (notably Kapersky) attempts to intercept the secure link to scan it for viruses. When Tomtom recognizes it's link has been compromised, it aborts the update.
- Reserve enough time for the map update. Maps are up to 4GB in size or more, (6 GB for the new Go 50,60, 400, 500, 600) and can take a long time to install. You'll need time to download up to 6GB from Tomtom's servers, and then you'll need an additional 20-60 minutes to copy the map from your computer to your Tomtom.
- If you try to download when everyone else is trying (on the day of release or on the following weekend) the download could take up to 4 hours due to server congestion. Also, it may abort due to the overload. If it aborts, go to "update my device" and the download should resume from where it left off
- If you're device has app 7.x or 8.x, you'll lose favorites and settings after the map update. To restore them from your backup (as recommended above), follow these steps, and then follow these steps.
- Sometimes with app 9.x, looking up a POI or address will keep crashing/rebooting your Tomtom immediately after updating your map. To fix this, open Tomtom HOME, run Operate my Device, and look up the same POI/address on the Operate my Device emulator within Tomtom HOME. This will permanently fix the problem (at least until your next map update).
- Inevitably, something breaks for certain models in the map update process. If you have an issue, check out THIS thread, to see if others are reporting a similar issue, and if anyone has found a workaround/fix.

How to install maps to an SD card:
If your Tomtom has an SD slot, you can use your own SD card to install maps.
The following models support a max of 2GB SD cards:
- GO Classic, 300, 500, 510, or 710
- ONE LE, ONE 2ND edition, ONE New Edition, ONE XL
The following models support a max of 32GB SDHC cards:
- GO 520, 540, 550, 720, 920, 530, 630, 730, 930
The following models support a max of 32GB microSDHC cards:
- GO 740, 940, 750, 950, 1005 WORLD, 1015, 1535, TOP GEAR, CAMPER/CARAVAN
- VIA 120, 125, 1530, 1535, 1605
- START 20, 25, 60
-GO 50, 60, 500, 600, 5000, 6000

IMPORTANT: If your model is listed above, you SHOULD get a 8gb or 16 gb SDHC card and let the device format it in its proprietory method PRIOR TO accepting a 950 map to download. Otherwise, MyDrive might try to force a zoned map (see below) onto the device where, in fact, you would have enough space on the card to handle a full map.

In all cases, make sure you upgrade your application to the latest version available (see above) prior to attempting to use the SD slot.
- For models using Tomtom HOME: 1) Turn off the Tomtom, 2) insert the SD card, 3) turn on the device (it's OK if it gives an error), 4) connect the Tomtom to your computer, and 5) open Tomtom HOME if it doesn't open automatically. Make sure you perform the steps in this order.
- Depending on the Tomtom model, HOME may or may not prompt you to choose "internal" or "external" when if opens. If it prompts you, choose "external" to install onto the SD card.
- Also, on older models, HOME may prompt you to install an application. If so, accept the installation before installing your map.
- When the above steps are done, install your map via the "How to download your map" steps above.
- For models using MyDrive: 1) Turn off the Tomtom, 2) insert the SD card, 3) turn on the device, and accept the device's request to format the SD card. (Due to patent restrictions, Tomtom was forced to use it's own custom filesystem for devices that connect to MyTomtom, so it must reformat your SD card into its proprietary filesystem before use. This means you cannot keep non-Tomtom files on the same SD card.)
- If the Tomtom reports an error in formatting the card, take it out of the Tomtom and format it in Windows. When formatting in windows, change the allocation size to the smallest possible size. Then reinsert the card in the Tomtom and re-attempt a format.
- After the card is formatted, connect the Tomtom to your computer, and follow the steps above under "How to download your map". With MyDrive devices, you cannot control where MyDrive installs the map. It will always install to the device's internal memory first if there is space, and only attempt to install to the SD card if internal is full. To see where MyDrive installed your map, click on the green "MyTomtom" button on the MyDrive website, and choose "Manage Content".

Also, be aware that the following North American devices now use Zoned maps for USA and Canada:
GO Classic | GO 300/500/700 | GO 510/710
ONE | ONE v2 | ONE v3
ONE (30 Series)/125/130
ONE XL | XL (30 Series)/330
XXL 540
XL Black Edition
Eclipse (AVN 2210p / 2227p)|Toyota (TNS400)

Please note:
For GO 800 / 1000 / 2000 / Live 2405/ 2435/ 2505/ Via / Start 20 and 60 Series Map Zones will be available for:
- USA Canada and Mexico
since the device does not have a slot for a sdhc card.

5 map zones will continue to be available:
  • United States
  • Eastern USA and Canada
  • Northern USA and Canada
  • Western USA and Canada
  • Southern USA and Mexico
For GO 40 / 50 / 60 / 400 / 500 / 600 / 5000 / 6000 (new range) There will be 4 new maps available:
  • Central Eastern Europe
  • Central Europe
  • Southern Africa
  • USA & Canada.

And this announcement from TT regarding the availability of the Caravan and Camper map for Europe: can now purchase the Camper and Caravan map for Europe. The Camper and Caravan map is available for devices with an SD slot that connect to MyTomTom - although devices with 8GB memory but no SD slot will also be able to download the map.
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