How to Update Toyota Navigation Maps

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It’s the 21st century and we are reliant on our GPS and navigation systems for getting us from point A to point B. We use navigation to get to appointments, vacation destinations, friends, and many more important locations...just about anywhere we need or want to go. Accuracy of the navigation maps on our cars is critical. The navigation maps need to be current and up-to-date. 


But, these systems can become incomplete over time as roads and points of interest are changed. Updating the map database for your built-in Toyota navigation system requires either a self-install DVD or a visit to a certified Toyota service center, depending on your model.


How can you be sure that the Toyota navigation system in your car has the latest update? Let our experienced and knowledgeable team at Reliable Imports help you. We know how important this system is for you. With the same attention we provide in servicing your Toyota, we can make sure you have the most up-to-date maps in the navigation system. In this article, we give you information to walk you through updating your Toyota navigation maps.


Update using a Computer with a Windows Operating System

Download and Install the Map Update Toolbox

  1. Select Download Map Update Toolbox for Windows and save the MapUpdateToolbox-inst.exe to your desktop.

  2. Once it is downloaded, open the file and follow the instructions. Run the installer program as you would normally for any other software.

Create a Backup

  1. Click the icon on your desktop to open the Map Update Toolbox.

  2. Insert the SD card from your vehicle into your computer to connect it to Map Update Toolbox.

  3. You are prompted to create a backup of the SD card contents. It’s important to have a backup in the event that your card becomes corrupted during the map update process.


Log In/Create a User Profile

  1. When the backup is complete, log into Map Update Toolbox by selecting Not Logged In from the top menu.

  2. If you have already registered, sign in with your Username and Password. If you have not yet registered, select Create a User Profile to do so now.

Install Map Updates

  1. After logging into the Map Update Toolbox, a button appears on the left side menu. If an update is not currently available, the button is labeled Device. If an update is available, the button is labeled Updates.

  2. Select Updates if available. Important Note: Read the entire “Please Note” section before beginning the process.

  3. Select Install to start the process.

Finish the Map Update Process and Create Another Backup

  1. Once the update is complete, it is advisable to create a new backup of the SD card contents.

  2. Select Backups from the left side menu.

  3. Select Create Backup.

  4. Once the backup is finished, remove the SD card and insert it back into your vehicle.

Update using a Mac Operating System (OSX)

Download and Install the Map Update Toolbox

  1. Select Download and Install Map Update Toolbox for OSX.

  2. Once downloaded, locate the Downloads folder.

  3. Open Toyota-Toolbox.pkg and follow instructions. Run the installer program as you would for any other software. The toolbox will install to your Applications folder.

Install Map Updates

  1. Insert the SD card from your vehicle into your computer.

  2. Open the Map Update Toolbox from your Applications folder

  3. If an update is available, a button prompting to Download Latest Content will display.

  4. Select Download Latest Content to begin the process.

  5. Once completed, the toolbox will display that the SD card is up-to-date. Select Exit Toolbox.

  6. Eject the SD card from your computer and insert it back into your vehicle.

Update by Installing a DVD

You can update the map database for your built-in Toyota navigation system with a self-install DVD, depending on your model.


  1. Confirm the model, year and options package of your Toyota vehicle.

  2. Confirm the model and version numbers of your GPS navigation system and installed map. Your owner’s manual may contain this information. On some Toyota GPS map systems, you can find this information by pressing “Menu” and then the “DVD” button on the touchscreen. Other Toyota GPS systems display this information when you press the “NAVI” button followed by “Map Data” on the touchscreen.


Updates for built-in navigation systems in the U.S. are only available from dealers, service providers, and Toyota. Updated map DVDs can often be mailed to owners for self-installation.


  1. Most built-in Toyota navigation systems are based on a map DVD that is installed in a dedicated player/reader in the vehicle, which may be installed under a seat, behind the radio or in the trunk, depending on your vehicle model.

  2. After installing the new DVD, retain the old DVD in case the new disc has a problem.


Take your vehicle to the dealer or service provider if your Toyota built-in GPS system uses a hard drive. These systems can only be updated at a service provider.


Schedule an Appointment with Reliable Imports

Yes, you can do the update yourself for the Toyota navigation maps, but why not let the knowledgeable technicians at Reliable Imports help you? Take that task off of your plate and get the experienced team to breeze through it. Schedule an appointment by calling 919-324-3019.


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