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GPSMAP 62 series

owner’s manual

For use with the GPSMAP 62,

62s and, 62st
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Table of Contents Restoring Default Page
Getting Started..................... 1 Map...........................................11
Manual Conventions................... 1 Compass.................................. 13
Device Overview........................ 2 Using the Compass.................. 14
Battery Information..................... 2 Using Sight ‘N Go..................... 14
Installing the Batteries................ 3 Elevation Plot........................... 15
Turning the Device On or Off...... 3 Opening the Main Menu........... 16
Acquiring Satellite Signals.......... 3 Trip Computer........................... 17
Buttons....................................... 4 Main Menu Features and
Navigating with Waypoints Settings.............................. 18
and Routes........................... 5 Geocaches............................... 18
Waypoints................................... 5 Share Wirelessly...................... 18
Routes........................................ 6 Proximity Alarms....................... 19
Additional Maps.......................... 8 Profile Change.......................... 19
Area Calculation....................... 19
Tracks................................... 9
Satellite..................................... 20
About Tracks.............................. 9
Additional Main Menu Tools...... 20
Navigating a Saved Track........ 10
Using the Main Pages........11 Customizing Your
Customizing the Data Fields.....11 Device................................. 22
Customizing Data Fields.......... 22
Data Field Options.................... 22 Viewing Important Device
System Settings....................... 26 Information............................. 34
Display Settings........................ 27 Contacting Garmin Product
Setting Up Tones...................... 27 Support.................................. 34
Marine Settings........................ 27 Using the Backlight................... 35
Setting up Marine Alarms......... 28 Specifications........................... 35
Resetting Data.......................... 29 Maximizing Battery Life............ 36
Changing the Page About the Batteries................... 37
Sequence............................... 29 Buying Optional Accessories.... 38
Customizing the Unit Using Optional Fitness
Settings.................................. 30 Accessories............................ 38
Time Settings............................ 30 Data Management.................... 39
Position Format Settings.......... 30 Attaching the Wrist Strap.......... 42
Altimeter Settings..................... 31 Attaching the Carabiner Clip.... 43
Geocache Settings................... 32 Caring for the Device................ 43
Routing Settings....................... 32 Troubleshooting........................ 44
Fitness...................................... 33 Index................................... 46
Profiles..................................... 33
Appendix............................ 34
Registering Your Device........... 34
Updating the Software.............. 34
Getting Started

Getting Started Manual Conventions

When you are instructed to press
‹ warning something, use the buttons on the unit.
See the Important Safety and Product Use the Rocker to select something in
Information guide in the product a list, and then press ENTER (page 4).
box for product warnings and other
The small arrows (>) used in the text
important information
indicate that you should select a series
When using your device the first time, of items in order, for example, “Select
you should complete the following Delete > Yes.”
tasks to set up the device and get to
know the basic features.
1. Install the batteries (page 3).
2. Turn on the device (page 3).
3. Acquire satellites (page 3).
4. Mark a waypoint (page 5).
5. Navigate a route (page 7).
6. Record a track (page 9).
7. Calibrate the compass (page 13).

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Getting Started

Device Overview 1 Internal antenna

2 Display
1 3 Buttons (page 4)

5 mini-USB port
5 6 (under weather cap)
6 MCX connector for GPS
4 antenna (under weather cap).
7 Available only on the GPSMAP
62s and the GPSMAP 62st.
8 7 microSD™ card slot (under
batteries). Available only on the
GPSMAP 62s and the GPSMAP
8 Battery compartment

Battery Information
The device operates on two AA
batteries. Use alkaline, NiMH, or
lithium batteries. Use precharged
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Getting Started
NiMH or lithium batteries for best Turning the Device On or
results (page 37). Off
Press and hold .
Installing the Batteries
1. Remove the battery cover by Setting Your Language
turning the D-ring 1/4 turn counter- 1. Turn on the unit.
clockwise and pulling up. 2. Use the Rocker to select a
2. Insert the batteries, observing language.
Acquiring Satellite
It may take 30 to 60 seconds to acquire
1. Go outdoors to an open area.
2. If necessary, turn on the device.
3. Wait while the device searches for
3. Replace the battery cover.
A question mark flashes while the
For best results, after you install new
device determines your location.
batteries, update the battery type in the
system settings (page 37). 4. Quickly press to open the
backlight status page.
The GPS bars indicate satellite
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Getting Started
strength. When the bars are green, the MENU Press MENU to open
device has acquired satellite signals. the options menu for the
page that is currently
Buttons Press MENU twice to
open the main menu
(from any page).
PAGE Press PAGE to scroll
through the main pages
(page 11).
Rocker Press up, down, right,
and left to select menu
options and to move the
FIND Press FIND to open the
map cursor.
search menu.
IN Press IN to zoom in on
MARK Press MARK to save
the map.
your current location as a
waypoint. OUT Press OUT to zoom out
QUIT Press QUIT to cancel on the map.
or return to the previous
menu or page.
ENTER Press ENTER to select
options and acknowledge

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Navigating with Waypoints and Routes

Navigating with Editing a Waypoint

Before you can edit a waypoint, you
Waypoints and Routes must create a waypoint.

Waypoints 1. From the main menu, select

Waypoint Manager.
Waypoints are locations you record and
store in the device. 2. Select a waypoint.
3. Select an attribute (such as the
Creating Waypoints name or location).
1. From any page, press MARK.
4. Enter the new information.
2. Select Done.
5. Select Done.
Navigating to a Waypoint Using
Deleting a Waypoint
the Search Menu
1. From the main menu, select
You can use the search menu to quickly
Waypoint Manager.
find waypoints, tracks, routes, and
coordinates that you have saved. 2. Select a waypoint.
3. Press Menu.
1. From any page, press FIND.
4. Select Delete.
2. Select Waypoints.
3. Select a waypoint.
4. Select Go.

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Navigating with Waypoints and Routes

Routes Editing the Name of a Route

A route is a sequence of waypoints 1. From the main menu, select Route
that leads you to your final destination. Planner.
Your device can store up to 50 routes 2. Select a route.
with up to 250 points each. 3. Select Change Name.
Creating a Route 4. Enter the new name.
1. From the main menu, select Route 5. Select Done.
Planner > Create Route > Select
Editing a Route
First Point.
1. From the main menu, select Route
2. Select a category. Planner.
3. Select the first point in the route. 2. Select a route.
4. Select Use. 3. Select Edit Route.
5. Select Select Next Point. 4. Select a point.
6. Repeat steps 2–5 until the route is 5. Select an option:
• Review—shows the point on
A route must contain at least two the map.
• Move Down (or Up)—changes
7. Press quit to save the route. the order of the point on the

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Navigating with Waypoints and Routes
• Insert—adds an additional 3. Select a route.
point on the route. 4. Select Go.
The additional point is inserted
Viewing the Active Route
before the point you are editing.
1. From the main menu, select Active
• Remove—removes the point Route.
from the route.
2. Select a point in the route to view
Viewing a Route on the Map additional details.
1. From the main menu, select Route
Stopping Navigation of a Route
1. From any page, press FIND.
2. Select a route.
2. Select Stop Navigation.
3. Select View Map.
Navigating a Reverse Route
Deleting a Route 1. From the main menu, select Route
1. From the main menu, select Route Planner.
2. Select a route.
2. Select a route.
3. Select Reverse Route.
3. Select Delete Route.
4. Select the route again.
Navigating a Route 5. Select View Map > Go.
1. Press FIND.
2. Select Routes.

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Navigating with Waypoints and Routes

Additional Maps 6. Enter the house number.

To purchase preloaded detailed map 7. Enter the street.
data cards, go to 8. Select Go.
or contact your Garmin dealer.

Finding an Address with City

You can use optional City Navigator
maps to search for addresses, cities,
and other locations. The detailed maps
contain millions of points of interest,
such as restaurants, hotels, and auto
1. Press FIND.
2. Select Addresses.
3. Enter the country.
4. Enter the city or postal code.
NOTE: Not all map data provides
postal code searching.
5. Select the city.

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Tracks 4. Select an option:

• Distance—records tracks at a
About Tracks specified distance.
Your Garmin device records a track log • Time–records tracks at a
while you are moving. You can save specified time.
these tracks and navigate to them later. • Auto—records tracks at a
variable rate to create an
You can view archived or loaded tracks
optimum representation of your
by selecting Track Manager from the
main menu.
5. Select Recording Interval.
Managing Track Log Recording 6. Select an option to record tracks
1. From the main menu, select Setup more or less often.
> Tracks > Track Log.
NOTE: Using the Most Often
2. Select Record, Do Not Show or interval provides the most track
Record, Show On Map. detail and fills up the device
If you select Record, Show On memory quicker.
Map, a line on the map indicates
your track.
3. Select Record Method.

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Viewing the Current Track Clearing the Current Track
The track being recorded is called the From the main menu, select Setup
current track. > Reset > Clear Current Track >
1. From the main menu, select Track
Manager > Current Track. Deleting a Track
2. Select an option: 1. From the main menu, select Track
• View Map—shows the current
track on the map. 2. Select a track.
• Elevation Plot—shows the 3. Select Delete > Yes.
elevation plot (page 15) for the
current track. Navigating a Saved Track
You must record and save a track
Saving the Current Track before you can navigate using it.
1. From the main menu, select Track
Manager > Current Track. 1. Press FIND.
2. Select what you want to save: 2. Select Tracks.
• Save Track—saves the entire 3. Select a saved track.
active track. 4. Select Go.
• Save Portion—allows you to
select a portion of the current
track to save.

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Using the Main Pages

Using the Main Pages Map

The position icon represents your
The information needed to operate this
location on the map. As you travel,
device is found on the following pages:
the position icon moves and leaves a
map, compass, main menu, and trip
track log (trail). Waypoint names and
symbols also appear on the map.
Customizing the Data Changing the Map Orientation
Fields 1. From the map, press MENU.
You can customize the data fields that 2. Select Setup Map > Orientation.
appear on the main pages. For data 3. Select an orientation:
field descriptions, see page 22.
• Select North Up to show north
1. From a main page, press meNu. at the top of the page.
2. Select Change Data Fields. • Select Track Up to show your
3. Select a data field. current direction of travel at the
top of the page.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
• Select Automotive Mode to
Restoring Default Page show a perspective view.
1. From a main page, press meNu.
2. Select Restore Defaults.
3. Press enter.
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Using the Main Pages
Measuring Distance • Guidance Text—allows you to
You can move the cursor around the select when to show guidance text
map to measure distance from the on the map.
current location. • Advanced Map Setup
1. From the map, press MENU. ◦ Auto Zoom—automatically
2. Select Measure Distance. selects the appropriate zoom
level for optimal use on your
The device automatically begins map. When Off is selected, you
measuring from your current must zoom in or out manually.
◦ Zoom Levels—map items
3. Move the cursor to a point you draw or appear at or below the
want to measure to. selected zoom level.
The distance appears at the bottom ◦ Text Size—allows you to select
of the page. the text size for map items.
4. Press quit to stop measuring. ◦ Detail—allows you to select the
Map Setup Options amount of map data displayed
From the map, press menu, and on the device.
select Setup Map. note: Higher detail settings
• Map Orientation—allows you to may cause the map to redraw
select how the map is displayed slowly.
(page 11). • Shaded Relief—shows detail relief
on the map (if available) or turns
off shading.
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Using the Main Pages
• Map Information—allows you to Calibrating the Compass
enable or disable the maps currently
loaded on the device. To purchase notice
additional maps, see page 38. Calibrate the electronic compass
outdoors. Do not stand near objects that
Compass influence magnetic fields, such as cars,
buildings, or overhead power lines.
When navigating to a destination,
the bearing pointer points to your note: The three-axis compass is
destination, regardless of the direction available only with the GPSMAP 62s
you are moving. When the bearing and GPSMAP 62st.
pointer points toward the top of the
You should calibrate the compass after
electronic compass, you are traveling
moving long distances, experiencing
directly toward your destination. If
temperature changes, or changing the
it points any other direction, turn
toward that direction until the arrow is
pointing toward the top of the compass. 1. From the compass, press MENU.
2. Select Calibrate Compass > Start.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

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Using the Main Pages

Using the Compass 4. Use the compass to navigate to the

You can use the compass to navigate an object.
active route. Compass Setup Options
1. Press page. From the compass, press menu, and
select Setup Heading.
2. Hold the device level.
3. Follow the bearing pointer to • Display—shows the type of
your destination. directional heading on the compass:
◦ Directional Letters—sets the
Using Sight ‘N Go compass reading to directional
NOTE: Sight ‘N Go is available only letters (N, S, E, W).
with the GPSMAP 62s and GPSMAP ◦ Numeric Degrees—sets the
62st. compass reading to degrees
You can point the device at an object in
the distance, such as a lighthouse, lock ◦ Mils—sets the compass reading
in the direction, and then navigate to to mils (0 mils–6399 mils).
the object. • North Reference—sets the north
reference of the compass:
1. From the main menu, select Sight
‘N Go. ◦ True—sets true north as the
heading reference.
2. Point the device at an object.
◦ Magnetic—automatically sets
3. Select Lock Direction > Set
the magnetic declination for
your location.
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Using the Main Pages
◦ Grid—sets grid north as the Elevation Plot
heading reference (0°). note: The elevation plot page is
◦ User—sets the magnetic available only with the GPSMAP 62s
variation value. and GPSMAP 62st.
• Go To Line/Pointer—allows
you to select how the course is Calibrating the Barometric
displayed. Altimeter
You can manually calibrate the
◦ Bearing (Small/Large) indicates barometric altimeter if you know
the direction to your destination. the correct elevation or the correct
◦ Course indicates your pressure.
relationship to a course line
leading to a destination. 1. From the elevation plot, press
• Compass—allows you to switch
from an electronic compass to 2. Select Calibrate Altimeter.
a GPS compass when you are 3. Follow the on-screen instructions.
traveling at a higher rate of speed
for a set period of time, or turns the
compass off.
• Calibrate Compass—starts the
compass calibration (page 13).

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Using the Main Pages
Elevation Plot Setup Options • Reset—resets the elevation plot
From the elevation plot, press menu. data:
• Change Plot Type—sets the type ◦ Reset Trip Data—resets all
of data shown on the elevation plot: trip data.
◦ Elevation/Time—records ◦ Delete All Waypoints—deletes
elevation changes over a period all saved waypoints.
of time. ◦ Clear Current Track—deletes
◦ Elevation/Distance—records the track log.
elevation changes over a ◦ Restore Defaults—restores the
distance. device to factory settings.
◦ Barometric Pressure—records Calibrate Altimeter—see page 15.
barometric pressure over a
period of time. Opening the Main Menu
◦ Ambient Pressure—records The main menu gives you access to
ambient pressure changes over a setup screens including waypoints,
period of time. tracks, and routes. See page 18 for
• Adjust Zoom Ranges—adjusts main menu settings pages.
the zoom ranges shown on the From any page, press MENU
elevation plot page. twice.

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Trip Computer • Change Dashboard—changes the

The trip computer displays your current theme and information displayed on
speed, average speed, maximum the dashboard.
speed, trip odometer, and other helpful note: Your customized settings
statistics. are remembered by the dashboard,
and will not be lost when you
Trip Computer Setup Options change profiles (page 19).
From the trip computer, press menu.
• Reset—resets all the trip
computer values to zero. For
accurate information, reset the trip
information before beginning a trip.
• Big Numbers—changes the size
of the numbers shown on the trip
computer page.

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Main Menu Features and Settings

Main Menu Features Navigating to a Geocache

1. From the main menu, select
and Settings Geocaches.
2. Select Find a Geocache.
3. Select a geocache.
Geocaching is a type of treasure
hunting, in which geocachers seek 4. Select Go.
hidden treasures using GPS coordinates
posted on the Internet by those hiding Share Wirelessly
the geocache. note: The share wirelessly feature is
available only with the GPSMAP 62s
Downloading Geocaches and GPSMAP 62st.
1. Register your device (page 34).
Your device can send or receive data
2. Connect your device to your when connected to another compatible
computer (page 39). device. You must be within 10 feet
3. Go to (3 m) of the compatible Garmin device.
4. Download the Garmin Sending and Receiving Data
Communicator plug-in. 1. From the main menu, select Share
5. Go to
2. Select Send or Receive.
6. Follow the on-screen instructions
to download geocaches to your 3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

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Main Menu Features and Settings

Proximity Alarms Setting a Profile

Proximity alarms alert you when you 1. From the main menu, select Profile
are approaching a predetermined area. Change.
Your current profile is indicated on
Setting a Proximity Alarm the page.
1. From the main menu, select 2. Select a profile.
Proximity Alarms.
2. Select Create New. Area Calculation
3. Select a category. Calculating the Size of an Area
4. Select a point. 1. From the main menu, select Area
5. Select Use. Calculation > Start.
6. Enter a radius. 2. Walk around the perimeter of the
area you want to calculate.
7. Select Done.
3. Select Calculate when finished.
Profile Change After you calculate the area, you can
When you are using a profile and you save the track to your device and
change settings such as data fields, change the unit of measure.
units of measurement, or position
settings, they are saved automatically
as part of the profile you are using.
For more information about
customizing your profile, see page 33.
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Main Menu Features and Settings

Satellite • Set Location On Map—allows

The satellite page shows your current you to mark your current location
location, GPS accuracy, satellite on the map. This option is available
locations, and signal strength. only when you turn off GPS. You
can use this location to create routes
Satellite Settings or search for saved locations.
From the satellite page, press menu. • AutoLocate® Position—calculates
• Use With GPS On—allows you to your GPS position using the
turn the GPS on and off. Garmin AutoLocate feature.
• Track Up—indicates whether Additional Main Menu
satellites are shown with rings
oriented with North toward the top
of the screen or oriented with your • Calendar—displays a calendar.
current track toward the top of the • Calculator—displays a calculator.
screen. • Sun and Moon—displays sunrise
• Single Color—allows you to and sunset times along with the
select whether the satellite page is moon phase.
displayed in multicolor or single

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Main Menu Features and Settings
• Alarm Clock—sets an audible
alarm. If you are not currently using
the device, you can set the device to
turn on at a specific time.
• Hunt and Fish—displays the
predicted best dates and times for
hunting and fishing at your current
• Stopwatch—allows you to use a
timer, mark a lap, and time laps.
• Waypoint Averaging—allows you
to refine a waypoint location with
multiple samples to achieve the
most-accurate location possible.

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Customizing Your Device

Customizing Your Data Field Description

Device **Ambient
The uncalibrated
Customizing Data Fields **Ascent - The average vertical
Average distance of ascent.
You can customize the data fields
displayed on each main page. **Ascent - The maximum ascent
Maximum rate in feet/meters per
1. From a main page, press meNu. minute.
**Ascent - Total The total elevation
2. Select Change Data Fields. distance ascended.
3. Select a data field. **Barometer The calibrated current
4. Follow the on-screen instructions. pressure.
Battery Level The remaining battery
Data Field Options power.
** Available only with the Bearing The direction from your
GPSMAP 62s and GPSMAP 62st. current location to a
**Cadence Revolutions of the
Data Field Description (cadence crank arm or strides
Accuracy of GPS The margin of error for accessory per minute.
your exact location. required)
For example, your Course The direction from your
GPS location is starting location to a
accurate to within destination.
+/- 12 feet.

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Data Field Description Data Field Description
Depth The depth of the water. ETA at Destination The estimated time of
Requires a connection day you will reach your
to a NMEA 0183 final destination.
depth-capable device ETA at Next The estimated time of
to acquire data day you will reach the
(page 27). next waypoint on the
**Descent The average vertical route.
- Average distance of descent. Glide Ratio The ratio of horizontal
**Descent The maximum descent distance traveled to
- Maximum rate in feet/meter per the change in vertical
minute. distance.
**Descent - Total The total elevation Glide Ratio To The glide ratio required
distance descended. Dest. to descend from
Distance to Dest. The distance to your your current position
final destination. and elevation to the
destination elevation.
Distance to Next The remaining
distance to the next GPS Signal The strength of the
waypoint on the route. Strength GPS signal.
Elevation The altitude of your Heading The direction you are
current location above moving.
or below sea level. **Heart Rate Your heart rate in beats
**Elevation The highest elevation (heart rate monitor per minute (bpm).
- Maximum reached. required)
**Elevation The lowest elevation
- Minimum reached.

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Data Field Description Data Field Description
Location (lat/lon) Displays the current Speed - Maximum The maximum speed
position in the default reached since last
position format reset.
regardless of the Speed - Moving The average speed
selected settings. Avg. of the device while
Location Displays the current moving since last
(selected) position in the selected reset.
position format. Speed - Overall Your average speed
Odometer A running tally of Avg. since last reset.
distance traveled for Sunrise The time of sunrise
all trips. based on your GPS
Off Course The distance to the left position.
or the right by which Sunset The time of sunset
you have strayed from based on your GPS
the original path of position.
Temperature The temperature of
Pointer The data field arrow - Water the water. Requires a
points in the direction connection to a NMEA
of the next waypoint 0183 temperature-
or turn. capable device to
Speed The current rate of acquire data (page 27).
speed at which you Time of Day The current time of
are moving since last day based on your
reset. time settings (format,
time zone, and daylight
saving time).

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Data Field Description Data Field Description
Time to The estimated time Turn The angle of difference
Destination needed to reach your (in degrees) between
final destination. the bearing to your
Time to Next The estimated time destination and your
needed until you reach current course. L
the next waypoint on means turn left. R
the route. means turn right.
To Course The direction in which Velocity Made The speed at which
you must move to Good you are closing on a
return to the route. destination along a
Trip Odometer A running tally of the
distance traveled since Vert. Speed to The measurement of
the last reset. Dest. your rate of ascent
or descent to a
Trip Time - Moving A running tally of time predetermined altitude.
since the last reset.
Vertical Speed Your rate of altitude
Trip Time The time spent not gain or loss over time.
- Stopped moving since the last
reset. Waypoint at Dest. The last point on
a route to your
Trip Time - Total A running tally of destination.
distance traveled since
the last reset. Waypoint at Next The next point on your

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Customizing Your Device

System Settings • Interface—sets the format of the

From the main menu, select Setup > serial interface:
System. ◦ Garmin Serial—Garmin
proprietary format used to
• GPS—sets the GPS to Normal, exchange waypoint, route, and
WAAS/EGNOS (Wide Area track data with a computer.
Augmentation System/European
Geostationary Navigation Overlay ◦ NMEA In/Out—provides
Service), or Demo Mode (GPS off). standard NMEA 0183 output
For information about WAAS, go to and input. ◦ Text Out—provides simple
.html. ASCII text output of location
• Language—sets the text language and velocity information.
on the device. ◦ RTCM Radio Technical
note: Changing the text language Commission for Maritime
does not change the language of Services—allows the device
user-entered data or map data, such to accept DGPS Differential
as street names. Global Positioning System
information from a device
• Battery Type—allows you to select supplying RTCM data in an
the type of battery you are using. SC-104 format.

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Customizing Your Device

Display Settings Marine Settings

From the main menu, select Setup > From the main menu, select Setup >
Display. Marine.
• Backlight Timeout—see page 37. • Marine Chart Mode—allows you
• Battery Save—see page 36. to select a nautical chart or a fishing
• Colors—sets the colors used on the
device screens. ◦ Nautical (requires marine
maps)—displays various map
• Main, Setup, Find Style—allows features in different colors so
you to select how the main menu, that the marine POIs are more
setup menu, and search menu readable. The nautical chart
appear. reflects the drawing scheme of
• Screen Capture—allows you to paper charts.
take screen captures on the device. ◦ Fishing (requires marine
maps)—displays a detailed
Setting Up Tones view of bottom contours and
Your Garmin device allows you to depth soundings. Simplifies map
customize the key tones and message presentation for optimal use
beeps, or to turn off tones. while fishing.
From the main menu, select Setup
> Tones.

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Customizing Your Device
• Spot Soundings—allows you to Setting up Marine Alarms
turn spot soundings on and set
dangerous depths. Setting the Anchor Drag Alarm
You can set an alarm to sound when
• Light Sectors—displays the sector you exceed a specified drift distance
in which a navigational light is while anchored.
visible. You can select On to show
light sectors at all times, or you can 1. From the main menu, select Setup
select Auto to allow the device to > Marine Settings.
automatically filter out light sectors 2. Select Anchor Drag Alarm > On.
depending on the zoom level. 3. Enter a distance.
• Symbol Set—allows you to show 4. Select Done.
NOAA or IALA symbols on the
map. Setting the Off Course Alarm
• Marine Alarm Setup—sets the You can set an alarm to sound when
anchor drag alarm, off course you are off course by a specified
alarm, deep water alarm, and distance.
shallow water alarm. 1. From the main menu, select Setup
> Marine Settings.
2. Select Off Course Alarm > On.
3. Enter a distance.
4. Select Done.

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Customizing Your Device
Setting the Deep Water or 1. From the main menu, select Setup
Shallow Water Alarm > Reset.
1. From the main menu, select Setup 2. Select an item to reset.
> Marine Settings.
2. Select Shallow Water > On to set Changing the Page
an alarm to sound when the depth is Sequence
less than the specified value.
3. Enter the depth that triggers the
shallow water alarm.
4. Select Done.
5. Select Deep Water > On to set an
alarm to sound when the depth is
greater than the specified value.
6. Enter the depth that triggers the
deep water alarm.
1. From the main menu, select Setup
7. Select Done.
> Page Sequence.
Resetting Data 2. Select a page.
You can reset trip data, delete all 3. Select Move.
waypoints, clear the current track, or 4. Move the page up or down the list.
restore default values. 5. Press Enter.

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Customizing Your Device
Adding a Page 4. Repeat steps 2–3 for each setting
1. From the main menu, select Setup you want to customize.
> Page Sequence.
2. Select Add Page. Time Settings
3. Select a page to add. From the main menu, select Setup >
Removing a Page
1. From the main menu, select Setup • Time Format—allows you to
> Page Sequence. select a 12-hour or a 24-hour
display time.
2. Select a page.
• Time Zone—allows you to select
3. Select Remove. the time zone for the device. You
4. Press Enter. can select Automatic to set the
time zone automatically based on
Customizing the Unit your GPS position.
You can customize units of measure for Position Format Settings
distance and speed, elevation, depth, Note: Do not change the position
temperature, and pressure. format or the map datum coordinate
system unless you are using a map or
1. From the main menu, select Setup chart that specifies a different position
> Units. format.
2. Select a setting.
From the main menu, select Setup >
3. Select a unit for the setting. Position Format.
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Customizing Your Device
• Position Format—sets the position ◦ Fixed Elevation—the
format in which a given location barometer functions while you
reading appears. are stationary.
• Map Datum—sets the coordinate • Pressure Trending
system on which the map is ◦ Save When Power On—
structured. records pressure data only when
• Map Spheroid—shows the the device is turned on. This
coordinate system the device is can be useful when you are
using. The default coordinate watching for pressure fronts.
system is WGS 84. ◦ Save Always—records pressure
data every 15 minutes, even
Altimeter Settings when the device is turned off.
From the main menu, select Setup > • Plot Type
◦ Elevation/Time—records
• Auto Calibration—the altimeter elevation changes over a period
self-calibrates each time you turn of time.
the device on. ◦ Elevation/Distance—records
• Barometer Mode elevation changes over a
◦ Variable Elevation—the distance.
barometer functions while you ◦ Barometric Pressure—records
are moving. barometric pressure over a
period of time.

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Customizing Your Device
◦ Ambient Pressure—records ◦ On Road For Time (requires
ambient pressure changes over a routable maps)—calculates on-
period of time. road routes that require minimal
time to drive.
Geocache Settings ◦ On Road For Distance
From the main menu, select Setup > (requires routable maps)—
Geocaches. calculates on-road routes that
are shorter in distance.
• Geocache List—allows you to
show the geocache list by names • Calculates Routes for—allows you
or codes. to select a transportation method in
order to optimize your route.
• Found Geocaches—allows you
to enter the number of geocaches • Lock On Road—locks the current
found. location marker on the nearest road,
compensating for variances in map
Routing Settings position accuracy (requires routable
From the main menu, select Setup > maps).
Routing. • Off Road Transitions
• Guidance Method—allows you ◦ Auto—automatically routes you
to select a guidance method for to the next point.
calculating your route. ◦ Manual—allows you to select
◦ Off Road—calculates point-to- the next point on the route by
point routes. using the point on the active
route page.
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Customizing Your Device
◦ Distance—routes you to the Saving a Custom Profile
next point on the route when You can customize your settings for
you are within a specified a particular activity or trip. After you
distance of your current point. have made all the changes, you must
• Avoidance Setup (requires routable save them as a custom profile.
maps)—allows you to select the 1. From the main menu, select Setup
road type you want to avoid. > Profiles.
Fitness 2. Select Create New Profile > OK.
For more information on optional Editing a Profile Name
fitness accessories, see page 38. 1. From the main menu, select Setup
> Profiles.
Profiles 2. Select a profile.
Profiles are a collection of settings that 3. Select Edit Name.
allow you to optimize your device from 4. Enter the new name.
one type of use to another, such as
moving from marine use to recreational 5. Select Done.
use. Deleting a Profile
You can select Recreational, or save a 1. From the main menu, select Setup
custom profile for your device. > Profiles.
2. Select a profile.
To change profiles, see page 19.
3. Select Delete.

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Appendix Viewing Important Device

Registering Your Device You can view the unit ID, software
Help us better support you by version, and license agreement.
completing our online registration From the main menu, select Setup
today. > About.
• Go to
• Keep the original sales receipt, or a
Contacting Garmin
photocopy, in a safe place. Product Support
You can contact Garmin Product
Updating the Software Support if you have any questions
You must connect the device to your about this product.
computer to update the software • In the USA, go to www.garmin
(page 39). .com/support, or contact Garmin
1. Go to USA by phone at (913) 397.8200 or
/webupdater. (800) 800.1020.
2. Follow the on-screen instructions. • In the UK, contact Garmin (Europe)
Ltd. by phone at 0808 2380000.
note: This does not erase any of your
data or settings.

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• In Europe, go to Display 2.6 in. (66 mm)
/support and click Contact (diagonal)
Support for in-country support Resolution 160 × 240 pixels,
information, or contact Garmin (W × H) backlit 65K color TFT
(Europe) Ltd. by phone at +44 (0) display
870.8501241. Water Fully gasketed, high
resistance impact plastic alloy,
Using the Backlight waterproof to IEC
The backlight is activated any time you
press a button. Alerts and messages Data storage • 1.7GB
(approximatley) for
also activate the backlight. the GPSMAP 62
NOTE: To change the backlight and GPSMAP 62s
• The GPSMAP 62s
settings, see page 37. and GPSMAP 62st
have a microSD
Quickly press to turn on the card slot for
backlight. additional data
Specifications • 500MB
(approximately) for
Physical size 2.6 × 6.0 × 1.2 in. the GPSMAP 62st:
(W × H × D) (6.6 × 15.2 × 3.0 cm) • No memory battery
is required.
Weight 7.8 oz. (222.3 g) with
Computer USB

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Battery type Two AA batteries DGPS From 10 to 16 ft. (from

(alkaline, NiMH, or 3 to 5 m) 95% typical
lithium) (WAAS accuracy in
See page 37. North America)
Battery life Up to 20 hours, typical Altimeter The barometric
usage altimeter is available
only with the GPSMAP
Operating From 5°F to 158°F 62s and GPSMAP 62st.
temperature (from -15 to 70°C)
range See page 37. Compass The three-axis
compass is available
Radio 2.4 GHz/ANT+ wireless only with the GPSMAP
frequency/ communications 62s and GPSMAP 62st.
protocol protocol
GPS accuracy • < 33 ft. (10 m) 95% Maximizing Battery Life
typical use
• GPS is subject Using the Battery Save Option
to accuracy Use the battery save option to save
degradation to 100 battery power and prolong battery life.
m 2DRMS under
the U.S. DoD From the main menu, select Setup
imposed Selective > Display > Battery Save > On.
Availability (SA)
Program when

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Decreasing the Backlight The temperature rating for the device
Extensive use of screen backlighting may exceed the usable range of some
can significantly reduce battery life. batteries. Alkaline batteries can rupture
You can adjust the backlight brightness at high temperatures. Alkaline batteries
and decrease the backlight timeout to lose a significant amount of their
maximize battery power. capacity as temperature decreases. Use
lithium batteries when operating the
1. Quickly press to open the device in below-freezing conditions.
backlight status page.
2. Use the Rocker to adjust the Selecting the Battery Type
brightness. 1. From the main menu, select Setup
> System > Battery Type.
Adjusting the Backlight
Timeout 2. Select Alkaline, Lithium, or
From the main menu, select Setup Rechargeable NiMH.
> Display > Backlight Timeout. Long-Term Storage
When you do not plan to use the
About the Batteries device for several months, remove the
batteries. Stored data is not lost when
‹ warning
batteries are removed.
See the Important Safety and Product
Information guide in the product
box for product warnings and other
important information.

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Buying Optional These accessories use ANT+™ wireless

Accessories technology to send data to the device.
Go to, 1. Bring the device within range (3 m)
or contact your Garmin dealer of the ANT+ accessory.
for information about optional 2. From the main menu, select Setup
accessories, preloaded map data > Fitness.
cards, fitness accessories, and
replacement parts. 3. Select an option:
• Select Heart Rate Monitor >
Using Optional Fitness On.
Accessories • Select Bike Cadence Sensor
NOTE: The fitness option is available > On.
only with the GPSMAP 62s and You can view heart rate and cadence
GPSMAP 62st. data by customizing your data fields
(page 22).
Before you can use the fitness
accessory with your device, you must
install the accessory according to the
instructions that are included with the
You can use optional fitness accessories
including a heart rate monitor or a
cadence sensor with your device.

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Tips for Pairing ANT+ accessory, and you can go near
Accessories with Your Garmin other accessories.
• Verify that the ANT+ accessory Data Management
is compatible with your Garmin note: The device is not compatible
device. with Windows® 95, 98, Me, or NT. It is
• Before you pair the ANT+ also not compatible with Mac® OS 10.3
accessory with your Garmin device, and earlier.
move 10 m away from other ANT+
accessories. File Types
The device supports the following file
• Bring the Garmin device within types:
range (3 m) of the ANT+ accessory.
• After you pair the first time, your • Files from BaseCamp™ or
Garmin device automatically HomePort™. Go to www.garmin
recognizes the ANT+ accessory .com.
each time it is activated. This • GPI custom POI files from the
process occurs automatically when Garmin POI Loader.
you turn on the Garmin device and
Installing a microSD Card
only takes a few seconds when
NOTE: The microSD card option is
the accessories are activated and
available only with the GPSMAP 62s
functioning correctly.
and GPSMAP 62st.
• When paired, your Garmin device
only receives data from your You can purchase microSD memory
cards from an electronics supplier, or
GPSMAP 62 Series Owner’s Manual 39
purchase preloaded detailed map data
cards from your Garmin dealer. In
addition to map and data storage, the
memory cards can be used to store files
such as images, cartridges, geocaches, microSD card
routes, waypoints, and custom POIs. slot
1. Remove the battery cover by
turning the D-ring 1/4 turn counter-
clockwise and pulling up.
2. Slide up and pull out the metal
3. Align the metal contacts, and place 4. Push in and slide down the metal
the card in the slot. cover.
5. Replace the batteries and the
battery cover.
Removing a microSD Card
1. Slide up and pull out the metal
2. Remove the card from the slot.
3. Push in and slide down the metal

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4. Replace the batteries and the Transferring Files to Your
battery cover. Computer
After you have connected the device
Connecting the USB Cable
to your computer, you can copy and
notice paste files from your computer into the
To prevent corrosion, thoroughly device drives/volumes.
dry the mini-USB port, the weather
1. Browse your computer for the file.
cap, and the surrounding area before
charging or connecting to a computer. 2. Select the file.
3. Select Edit > Copy.
1. Connect the USB cable to a USB
port on your computer. 4. Open the “Garmin” or memory card
2. Pull up the weather cap from the
mini-USB port. 5. Select Edit > Paste.
3. Plug the small end of the USB
cable into the mini-USB port.
Your device and micro SD card
(optional) appear as removable
drives in My Computer on
Windows computers and as
mounted volumes on Mac

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Deleting Files Disconnecting the USB Cable
1. Complete an action:
Your device memory contains • For Windows computers, click
important system files and folders that the eject icon in your
should not be deleted. system tray.
• For Mac computers, drag the
Before you can delete files, you must volume icon to the Trash .
connect the device to your computer
(page 39). 2. Disconnect the device from your
1. Open the “Garmin” drive or
volume. Attaching the Wrist Strap
2. If necessary, open a folder or 1. Place the loop of the wrist strap
volume. through the slot opening at the
3. Select the files. bottom of the device.
4. Press the Delete key on your

2. Route the strap through the loop,

and pull it tight.

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Attaching the Carabiner Caring for the Device

Avoid chemical cleaners and solvents
that can damage plastic components.

Cleaning the Device

1. Use a cloth dampened with a mild
detergent solution.
1. Position the carabiner clip in the 2. Wipe it dry.
slots on the mounting spine.
Cleaning the Screen
2. Slide the clip up until it locks in 1. Use a soft, clean, lint-free cloth.
2. If necessary, use water, isopropyl
Removing the Carabiner Clip alcohol, or eyeglass lens cleaner.
Lift the bottom of the clip and 3. Apply the liquid to the cloth, and
gently push down on the carabiner gently wipe the screen with the
clip until it releases. cloth.

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Problem Solution
The screen or buttons do 1. Remove the batteries.
not respond. How do I 2. Reinstall the batteries.
reset the device? Note: This does not erase any of your data or settings.
I want to reset all the From the main menu, select Setup > Reset > Reset All
customized settings Settings.
back to the factory
My device does not 1. Take your device out of parking garages and away from tall
acquire satellite signals. buildings and trees.
2. Turn on the device.
3. Remain stationary for several minutes.
The batteries do not last Decrease the backlight settings (page 37).
How do I know my On the device, a screen appears showing the Garmin logo and
device is in USB mass the USB symbol. On your computer, you should see a new
storage mode? removable disk drive in My Computer on Windows computers
and a mounted volume on Mac computers.
My device is connected You may have loaded a corrupted file.
to the computer, but it 1. Disconnect the device from your computer.
will not go into mass 2. Turn off the device.
storage mode. 3. Press and hold the Rocker while you connect the device to
your computer.
Continue pressing the Rocker for 10 seconds or until the
device goes into mass storage mode.

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Problem Solution
I cannot see any new If you have several network drives mapped on your computer,
removable drives in my Windows may have trouble assigning drive letters to your
list of drives. Garmin drives. See the Help file for your operating system to
learn how to assign drive letters.
I need replacement parts Go to, or contact your Garmin dealer.
or accessories.
I want to buy an external Go to, or contact your Garmin dealer.
GPS antenna.

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Index about  37
information  2
wireless accessories  38
wirelessly  18
installing  3 creating
maximizing life  36 routes  6
accessories  38, 45
selecting the type  37 waypoints  5
fitness  38
storage  37 customizing
microSD card  38
warnings  37 data fields  11
acquiring satellite
beeps  27 device settings  26–33
signals  44
buttons  4 profiles  33
active route  7
alarms C D
marine  28 calculator  20 dashboard
proximity  19 calendar  20 change  17
time  21 calibrating data fields  11
altimeter altimeter  15 options  22
calibrating  15 compass  15 data storage  35
plot type  31 carabiner clip  43 deleting
settings  31 caring for the device  43 files  42
ANT+ accessories  38 long-term storage  37 profiles  33
area calculation  19 compass routes  7
AutoLocate  20 calibrating  13 tracks  10
navigating  13 waypoints  5
setup options  14 display
backlight  35, 37
connecting backlight  35
BaseCamp  39
USB cable  41 backlight timeout  27
batteries  22, 26, 36

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screen capture  27 settings  31 map datum coordinate
settings  27 GPS signals  3, 20, 22, 23, system  30
downloading 36, 44 marine settings  27–28
software  34 system settings  26 MARK button  4
turning off GPS  20 measuring
area  19
editing H
distance  12
profiles  33 HomePort  39
MENU button  4, 11, 16, 22
routes  6 hunting and fishing
microSD card  38–40
waypoints  5 times  21
moonphase  20
elevation plot  10, 15
barometric altimeter  15 N
language  3, 26
reset  16 navigating
setup  15 M compass  13
ENTER button  4 main menu routes  7
settings  18 to geocaches  18
map  11 to waypoints  5
FIND button  4, 5, 7, 8, 10
changing orientation  11 tracks  10
fitness options  38
datum  31
G detail  12
PAGE button  4
Garmin Product information  13
Support  34 measuring distance  12
adding a page  30
geocaches  18, 32 setup options  12
removing  30
downloading  18 showing tracks  10
sequence  29
navigating  18 viewing routes  7
position format  30
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power button  3, 4, 35, 37 creating  6 T
profiles  19 deleting  7 time
change  19 editing  6 alarms  21
creating  33 guidance method  32 data fields  24
setting  19 navigating  7 settings  30
proximity alarms  19 settings  32 stopwatch  21
sunrise and sunset  20,
QUIT button  4 satellite signals  3, 20, 22,
zone  30
23, 36, 44
R times
AutoLocate  20
recording hunting and fishing  21
system settings  26
tracks  9 tones  27
turning off GPS  20
registering your device  34 tracks
reset about  9
tracks  10
current track  29 clearing current  10
search menu  4, 5
data  29 deleting  10
Sight ‘N Go  14
defaults  29 navigating  10
trip data  29 recording  9
updating  34
waypoints  29 saving  10
version  34
restoring default viewing  9
specifications  35
settings  11 transferring files  41
stopwatch  21
Rocker  4 using USB  41
sun and moon times  20
routes wirelessly  18
system settings  26
active route  7 trip computer  17
avoidance  33 troubleshooting  44

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unit ID  34
software  34
USB cable  44
connecting  41
disconnecting  42
averaging  21
creating  5
deleting  5
editing  5
navigating to  5
wrist strap  42
zooming  4, 12
zoom ranges  16

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