Now there’s always been a free mapping option, but it hasn’t been until semi-recently that the process of getting these maps has been made really easy.
I outlined this within the Edge 810 review, but I wanted to call it out and make it more accessible – especially to all those owners of Edge 520/705/800/810/1000 units (also useful if you want to add maps for a region other than you’ve already bought).
Tiles are ways that the entire world can be broken down into consumable map chunks.
Tiles don’t usually map directly to states, but rather to large swaths of land – ideally designed to keep tile sizes somewhat consistent.
The challenge though with the higher end mapping units (Garmin Edge 705/Edge 800/Edge 810/Edge 1000) is that as expensive as they are, they don’t actually include any maps. They technically do include what’s known as a ‘basemap’.
However said basemap believes there are (for example) only three streets in New York City, and two in Paris.
Additionally, I’ve simplified those instructions some. So here’s step-by-step instructions for how to get the free Openstreet maps onto your Garmin Edge device.
Despite how long all these screenshotted steps may look, the whole process is actually really quick and super easy.There’s a tiny bit of work to get the maps requested, which then puts you into a queue where your map request is processed and ultimately a link e-mailed to you a few hours later. Then there’s a few more minutes to copy the maps to your expansion card. I’ve tested all three Edge units using a variety of cards from 4GB to a highest capacity 32GB cards.Of course, there’s no reason you need to sit there and watch paint dry. I had no issues there with the latest firmware on any of them.Obviously with such completely useless maps, you’re not going to be able to navigate very far – or very accurately.So instead you need to purchase more detailed maps, typically at a cost of -0 per region/area.The definition of a region varies – both in size as well as the type of map.