How To Update Your Subaru Navigation Maps

How To Update Your Subaru Navigation Maps

How To Update Your Subaru Navigation Maps

Keeping your Subaru Navigation maps up to date is important so you can receive the best and most accurate directions and driving information when you're on the road. Whatever Subaru model you drive, there are a few straightforward steps you can take to quickly bring your maps up to the latest version. Here's what you need to do.


On Subaru of America’s website for owners, you can access a useful tool that will tell you whether map updates are available for your Subaru Navigation system. All you need to do is enter the year, model, and trim of your Subaru into the search box, and you’ll be provided with information on any updates.

Before you can start the update, you’ll need to log on to a PC or MAC. You’ll also need your Subaru VIN, an email address, and a USB 2.0 or 3.0 drive. Make sure your USB drive has a capacity of at least 16 gigabytes to cope with the size of the download.

If you’re unsure what your VIN is, it is your Subaru’s vehicle identification number. You’ll find it on the center pillar when you open the driver’s door.

Once you’re ready to start, go to subaru-maps.com. Create a personal account, which will involve you verifying your email address. Once that’s done, click on the appropriate link to download the map downloader for either PC or MAC, depending on the type of computer you’re using.

After you’ve entered your account details into the app, click on the plus sign in the bottom right corner to add your vehicle. Then, go to the updates tab to see if any new versions of maps are available for your vehicle.

Press START to begin downloading your update file, which may take some time as it is large. Once the download is complete, connect your USB drive to your computer.

Click START INSTALLATION to transfer the map file to your drive. Remember that any existing data on the drive will be deleted during this process, so make sure to store anything important beforehand on your computer or another USB drive.

Now you can take the USB device to your vehicle, and turn the engine on. Wait about 30 seconds until the audio unit is fully activated and the engine has warmed slightly before connecting your USB device to one of your Subaru’s front USB ports.

Once your vehicle recognizes the USB device, you’ll see on-screen instructions that will guide you through the installation process. If they don’t appear, try using another USB port. If the problem persists, you may need to try a different model of USB drive.

With many newer Subaru models, you can use the vehicle’s microSD card to complete the update. Just remove the card from the navigation unit. If you’re not sure where to find it, check your Subaru owner’s manual for instructions.

Place the SD card into your computer’s SD card slot, then visit the Subaru updates page for further instructions. You’ll be able to select your country, preferred language, and vehicle model type. When you’re ready, download the update to your SD card, then return to your vehicle and replace the card in the navigation unit to complete the process.

If you run a Subaru model from 2011 or before, the procedure for updating your maps is different. The updates are disc-based, so you’ll need to purchase the correct disc to load the information onto your vehicle’s navigation system. As your local Subaru dealership, we can provide you with advice on this at Romain Subaru.

Making sure your vehicle has the latest version of maps available comes with several benefits. One estimate suggests that you can spend up to 18 percent less time on the road if your maps are up to date than you would if you were using outdated navigation information. This not only means you’ll get to your destination quicker. You’ll also save on fuel costs and cut back on your CO2 emissions.

Driving less may also help reduce your vehicle’s wear and tear. This can allow you to keep your Subaru on the road for a longer period of time before having to pay for repairs to parts that have worn out.

The maps in Subaru Navigation are used to provide you with instructions as you drive. Therefore, keeping them up to date will mean that you’ll receive the most accurate directions and driving instructions when you’re driving. These can include advice on avoiding construction sites and other temporary obstacles that you may not know about if your system is operating with outdated maps.

Before you start updating your maps, make sure your Subaru is parked in an outdoor location where the engine can safely idle during the update process. You shouldn’t idle your engine in a garage, even if the door is kept open.

You should also ensure your vehicle is in Park or Neutral, and that the parking brake is engaged fully. Disconnect any devices from your Subaru’s USB ports or other electronic connections.


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