GPS Devices: How To Download, Install & Update Maps On GPS Devices Guide

Author Chinavasion Marketing 12.6.2009. | 18:35

gps devices portabelRemember those days when you were trying to get somewhere but your view was blocked by a huge paper map? What about having to park and take out your map, spread it on the hood of your car, and then figure out where you were? How did you feel? Frustrated! Those days are now behind us thanks to the wonders of GPS Navigation. In fact I wouldn’t know where to begin if I didn’t have my trustworthy portable GPS navigator with me these days.

And while there's lots of GPS handheld devices on the market and several reliable GPS software providers sometimes the software provider doesn't have the device you want and the device maker doesn't carry the software you want. Some less than honest merchants have even tried passing off trial or cracked software as the real thing on their GPS units.

Before we start, Chinavasion has come to the party with a wide range of GPS handheld devices ready for any GPS software that you might want to throw on it, at really low prices. Just like our phones we provide GPS devices without software, ready for you to load on whichever suits you. There is a lot of choices, to checkout our range of portable GPS devices, if you haven't got one yourself yet.

Get The Best Portable GPS Navigation

What? A Portable GPS without software?!

It's simple! Your new Chinavasion GPS device only comes loaded with trial software just to let you make sure that it works, however we let you choose which software you finally use by giving you an 'unlocked' GPS which is basically empty and save you money by not forcing you to pay for maps you don't need.

Let's look at Garmin. If you buy a Garmin you have to use their software (maps). In fact, if you buy any GPS from the high street it will come loaded with its manufacturer's software (maps). This not only takes the freedom to choose, often better, software away from you, but also increases the price a lot as you're paying extra for the software.


Take Control By Downloading Maps For Free

OK, I've bought my GPS and I'm trying to choose the right software, what should I choose?There are a number of providers who do a better job in different parts of the world (View the results on GPS provider poll to see what other Chinavasion customers prefer). Also speak to friends, colleagues and check discussions on the internet (such as a facebook group for TomTom for instance) for guidance and ideas about which software is good in your region.

Here are some of the better-known GPS software providers:

  • TomTom

  • Route 66

  • Magellan


Download GPS Maps For Free

You could spend big money on a manufacturer's software…or you could download it for free from the internet. You decide!

Check out Chinavasion's GPS Explained article for further information on how and where to find FREE GPS software!


Easy Step by Step Installation Guide

Follow this step-by step guide on how to install the GPS software on our 5 Inch touchscreen GPS Unit [CVGY-CS19] But it doesn't really matter which of our models you buy, the system should be the same or very similar.

The first thing to do is to put the SD card the software is on into the SD card slot:

As soon as you power up this model you see a screen with various media options including: Music, GPS, Video, Photo, Settings, and Flash.


Select setting then tap the setting image as shown above to get into the setting menu.


Once you are in the settings menu you will need to find the navigational path option, this could be on the first page of options but if it isn't press the arrow button to see if it is in the second menu.


Now you are in the file selection menu and your job is to find an .exe file to initiate the GPS software. To do this in this model you hit the arrow button beside a file entry point. This is a little like the search button on Google.


Hopefully a folder will appear on the screen, much like it does in your computer. Double click on it to see the contents and look for the file marked exe.


Ah, there it is.


Once you've found it doubleclick on it and you will be taken back to the screen one step back.


The main difference between this screen and the last time you saw it should be that now there is a file listed on the screen. All you need to do is save that file:


And exit to the settings menu.


And that's it you just need to exit back to the main menu and select the GPS option and you will never be without a map again.

Author Chinavasion Marketing 12.6.2009. | 18:35
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  1. Barry July 17, 10:53

    I have one of your 7″ GPS machines. I wish to instal my route 66 software. This guide doesn’t help because there is no Route66 exe file to point to on the SD disk. It is an installation disk with an autoexec.exe file and all the software in a .CAB file. The installation instructions from route66 say to just insert the SD card and the software will automatically instal. That doesn’t happen. What are the steps to manually install the software?

  2. Jacob Francis July 31, 17:25

    Mr. Gareth / any other person who can advise me

    I brought Model CVIO-CS21 gps pnd from chinavision. When i click Gps singal in settings, I am getting error “Can’t open GPS port!”. I have igo8 installed on this and when i try the settings GPS for “autodetect”, it scan all communication ports and giving me error “! GPS could not found”. Can you please help me on this ?. Do you think there is some techinical problem that the gps hardware damaged or is it any software or settings problem ?.

    Can anyone advise me on this. My email address is “



  3. Adrian August 2, 11:41

    Dear Jacob,

    Thanks for contacting Chinavasion. Sorry to hear about this issue.

    Please send this information to and they will offer you assistance within 24hrs.

    Please let us know if there’s anything else that we can help with.

    We hope this helps and you’re issue is solved quickly!

  4. arjan August 2, 19:39

    Hi, which tomtom version/ program do we have to use.. we tried tt7 for pda, but the road king does not recognize the cab files.. guess we do need an exe..


  5. Adrian August 4, 15:26

    Hi Arjan,

    Please send your question to: and they will help you within 24hrs.

    Thanks for the contact.

    Chinavasion Marketing

  6. Adrian August 4, 15:44

    Hi Xavier,

    Unfortunately we cannot offer support to people who bought Chinavasion products from a reseller.

    You can find and download GPS software from the internet.

    Thanks for the contact.

  7. Adrian September 21, 15:37

    Hi Tom,
    Please forward this and any enquiry to: support [@] chinavasion [.com]
    They will offer you the technical support that you require.

  8. Hamed September 24, 13:22

    Hi guys,

    I have just bought a smart gps mobile phone from chinavasion. I think this is the name of the product CVFD-M134.
    I live in Australia and unfortunately they dont have Australian map in this website. I am quite confused as how to find an Australian map for my mobile. Appreciate it if someone could help me.


  9. Adrian September 25, 10:01

    Hi Hamed,
    Have you checked:
    You can find more maps here.
    If not, please contact: support [@] chinavasion [.com]

  10. shay September 25, 19:12

    i buy this unit……it works good unthil i conect it to my pc……….
    since than it have a massage update done…..and it refuse to work……what shel i do ???

  11. Adrian September 27, 09:04

    Hi Shay,
    Sorry to hear about your difficulty.
    Customer Support will be able to offer you guidance.
    Please contact them at: support [@] chinavasion [.com]

  12. mauricio September 30, 11:07

    HI I just got my Road Nav GPS from you guys, but i’m having trouble set in up the route 66 gpd software I did all the process but is not working….also I thinkg the Bluetooh is not working on the device because I try to connect and icant’,…..can you help—

  13. Adrian October 6, 09:13

    Hi Mauricio,
    Please contact: support [@] chinavasion [.com] and they will help you with this issue asap.

  14. Kirsten January 21, 04:43

    I bought a GPS unit that was supposed to have software loaded. But it seems that the SD card was corrupt and I reformatted it FAT and now i can see the SD card under the Navi Path button. There were no files on my SD card, i checked with my PC prior to reformatting.

    Now, I am just testing software that i got of my other garmin GPS unit. If I was to buy software – what kind of file will get the unit working? Does it have to be a *.exe file? THe Manual for my unit said i should have “Navione.exe” to get it started.


  15. Kirsten January 21, 05:16

    I have been looking for Garmin software and Tomtom software online for my unlocked GPS. Their websites dont seem to have anything for sale except their devices AND maps to go with the devices. How do i get the navigation software? I am soooo lost.

  16. Valentin Chialda November 17, 17:50

    I bought GPS device CVGY-CS12 from ChinaVasion. I needed to replace the SD card.
    I installed new GPS softwares on 2GB SD card, but when I click on GPS icon, nothing happens.
    I saw that on other devices it asks for the executable path. Not in this case. Do you know what can be done ?
    Or there is an option to edit the path for the GPS icon ?


  17. xlxmarketing November 18, 13:36

    Hi Valentin,
    Could you please email our customer staff at with your order number? Your inquiry will be served in 24 hours! Thanks!

  18. Dave May 17, 07:19

    I hop somebody cane help me out there. i bought a GPS watch with a SOS botton. the modle number is CVNI-G170_2GEN i would like to how to set up the numbers in it . can anybody help me

  19. Ramadan Elkott June 18, 19:33

    dear Poul, I bought a gps H84-a13 from china, and bougt also an IGO EU map on ssd. I am not able to see this map in GPD. under setup I can see SSD obly but not able to see any applications. I can also reset the gps. I can’t see the new path as you mentioned in your discription. furthermore I can see all contents of ssd in my Windows laptop. Thanks

  20. gagan June 29, 10:39

    can gps be installed in bikes also….

  21. Jim June 23, 04:34


    I bought a rage 4.3 GPS (4gb) which arrived a couple of days ago. I have been trying to install the iGo8 European satnav maps to it but have not been able to. I’ve tried installing the micro SD card into the unit and use of the USB cable to upload the file to the device with no success. The navi path states “ResidentFlash\iGO8\iGO8.exe

    Can you help please?



  22. James Mash June 23, 09:29

    Hi Jim,
    Please contact our Customer service team who will be happy to help with this. You can submit an email to them from this page
    They will get back to you ASAP.

  23. VINOD October 27, 16:31

    HI Friends
    I have on Road master car DVD+GPS inbuilt system with out software ,could some one advice me which gps map will be able to work with my system
    OS —- WINCE5
    your kind reply will be highly appreciated

  24. James Mash October 29, 09:18

    Hi Vinod

    There are a number of GPS systems that work for WIN CE5 such as TomTom, iGO, Route66 to name but a few. It would be hard to make a suggestions as this depends on whether you would like free or paid for software and also what maps you would like to use etc. I would recommend taking a look at the forum and also as these are good resources listing software options and download links with a lot of helpful info and suggestions for navigation software.

    If you’ve got any more questions about the GPS reader you might want to send an email to our support staff at

  25. VINOD December 21, 15:56

    Dear James Mash
    Thanks for your kind response
    1,I will pay for the software
    2,I need map for India
    Thanks and rgds

  26. Ali January 28, 17:01

    Can i install it on my gps? I have gocruise and it uses windows embeded ce6.0

  27. April 14, 23:44

    Good evening i am located in cameroon and please i will need more infos about GPS i need to know if you guys can develop me a GPS system and the server witch i can register cars in my server and set the GPS in the car so as to monitor the cars where ever it goes i want to develop this system and build my company so that people can also register their cars in my company so that if the car is stolen we can check in our server to see the destination and the location where its located or where it stop please get back to me with more details

  28. oneill August 20, 16:37

    i can’t download the exe file or any map for the gps.,
    can you provide me download link

  29. Recce September 20, 11:57

    Hi there, i have this model ( )

    but i can’t find the GPS Application .exe anywhere, can you please provide a LINK so i can download it ?

    – from Canada

    Thank you !

  30. Mike September 21, 11:20

    And you never will find gps maps just like the rest of us that bought garbage from this shitty fucking website!

  31. James Mash September 21, 15:45

    Hi Recce,

    I’m not sure on this GPS as it doesn’t look like one sold from Chinavasion, However after checking their site it appears to fun the WIN CE system for the GPS software.

    as i mentioned to Vinod before, there are a number of GPS systems that work for WIN CE

    I would recommend taking a look at the forum and also as these are good resources listing software options and download links with a lot of helpful info and suggestions for navigation software.

    If you’ve got any more questions about the GPS systems that we provide then you might want to send an email to our support staff at

    Hope that helps you.


  32. Olusegun A Onabanjo December 2, 17:41

    pls kindly send nigeria

  33. khalidhameed January 20, 16:42

    can you help me about BELTEK gps device. i have FAW Serius with BELTEK GPS

  34. lucy February 19, 15:05

    Hi I bought this media tek gps it did come with sd can you tell me how to download a philippines map on my gps . Your help will be appreciated

  35. Mario Frayre May 18, 01:40

    Hello. I bought a Stereo Car with IGO Gps system but without micro sd. I need the software to install it in a new micro sd. could tell me where can I look for it?
    Thank you for your help.

  36. Kimani Muhia June 15, 18:10

    Thank you for this great insight. The handheld GPS is quite useful and I will certainly need to get one for my car. Please let me know what software I would need to use and how to connect to my car stereo. Would also be good to learn how to download maps which I can use offline for convenient driving.

  37. AlX December 17, 09:25

    people should take the following with pe Igo8, you need the primo version when using windows CE, the .exe file should be in the root directory. c:\Igo8.exe Secondly the Primo version is to be used of Igo8. I had a Igo8 2009 version and have updated it already 2x by getting the newest version of Igo8 and just copied the conten\map to the 2009 versions, and all the speedcams, voices to the older card. You just go to the conten\maps\ folder and there you will need the Igo with the .fbl extension or the like . Mine works fine. You need to reset the device it will ask it and then you need to find the gps chose the automatic wat into the tools option. It’s not hard but needs some fidling

  38. Ibrahim February 20, 15:26

    How could i update my igo8 navigation maps
    I have it on an sd card in my car audio system

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