VIA 52 - Connecting to Bluetooth

Jul 22, 2019
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VIA 52
Hi - I'm looking at buying a VIA 52 5" satnav. It says "Free maps for life" - how are the updates done? Is it via my Android phone (and will it work wih my Sony Experia E5)?
Or could I connect it by cable to my Windows 10 desktop, as I used to with an older TomTom that has finally bitten the dust? Or a Bluetooth Dongle plugged into my router?
Also it says that it does live traffic updates - so do you have to have it linked by Bluetooth to my phone in the car whilst I'm driving?
Will it use my data allowance on my phone, and if so, how much for, say, a trip to London from Manchester?
Another question is, if I DONT have my phone connected to it by Blutooth, will the Satnav just work like normal, but without Live Traffic ?

Thanks for all and any help.

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Hello Geoff, welcome to TomTomForums.

If you have not done so already, download the PDF manual at

You should make a new user name for this device, unless you call support as dhn post above, and have them make the change. Maps are usually keyed to the device.

If you used HOME to connect your device in the past you now need "MyDrive Connect for Windows" to connect via USB cable.

You only need the Data of your cell phone to get Live Traffic. Usage cannot be predicted as it will not do much searching for alternative route around traffic when zooming along the M1 around Nottingham as opposed to sitting on the M25 for an hour, where it will gobble up data.
Thanks for your help guys - I did try ringing but, despite being told that I would only have to wait 3 minutes, I was still hanging on after 10 mins, so gave up. I've downloaded the manual though - thanks again.

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