Your Garmin or TomTom sat nav will get you on your way with an efficient, business-like tone in the language of your choice. However, you needn’t settle for the ordinary. Why not have a bit of fun and spruce up your sat nav with a more interesting voice? Perhaps, instead of the very proper voices that come standard with your device, you’d prefer a silly squirrel, or maybe you’d like Han Solo or Darth Vader navigating you about.
It’s easy to download a new personality for your Garmin or TomTom on their respective web sites. Imagine a Yeti giving directions, or perhaps the eerie Dr. Nightmare consorting his book of magic for the best route! Garmin offers several free voices such as these. For a nominal fee, you can also download Spongebob or Dora the Explorer. (Quite a surprise for the children!)
Before you begin, you may download the Garmin Communicator plugin. This is a free program which lets your computer communicate with your Garmin GPS. If you don’t want to use this program, you can download the voice to your computer, then open and extract it. Find the voice in your Garmin drive. Either way, your Garmin GPS device must be connected to your computer via a USB port.
Once your download is complete, and you have disconnected your gps sat nav from your computer, you can change the voice on your unit. Simply go to tools, then to voice setting. With the list of voices on your Garmin screen, scroll down to find the one you’d like, then you click ok. It’s that easy!
If you’d like to put a bit of your own personality into it, you can also download the Garmin Voice Studio. This is a free program that guides you through recording your own voice for truly customizable sat nav directions. You could even have a friend or loved one record for you!
If you have a TomTom GPS, you’ll need to visit the official TomTom site and install TomTom Home software to your computer. With your TomTom sat nav connected via USB, you can begin downloading directly onto your gps sat nav.
At this site, TomTom had quite a few voices to choose from, including many celebrity voices. (However, there is a small charge for select ones.) Your drive shall never be boring with Billy Connolly, John Cleese, or Snoop Dogg directing you about!