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Hack your TomTom GPS and install latest maps for free

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This guide will show you how to upgrade your TomTom to the latest version of Navcore and install the latest maps available.

If your device was made anytime from September 2010 onwards, (for eg. the GO 1000 series, GO LIVE 800 series, Start 20 series and all VIA models) it cannot be updated this way, as mentioned here:

Before proceeding with this tutorial, if your device has a card slot and you normally use the card, insert it now. As long as the card is inserted, it won’t affect the internal memory (if your device has internal memory).

Follow these steps precisely and you will have updated software, as good as new!

1) VERY IMPORTANT: Connect your device to your computer via USB. Using Windows Explorer, open your TomTom drive and backup the complete contents of your TomTom.

2) Open your TomTom drive and delete the contents.

3) Install the latest version of TomTom Home from the TomTom website.

4) Run TomTom Home. Depending on your model, if Home asks you whether to use internal memory or the card, select the card.

5) Go to updates and download the latest navcore. Restart TomTom Home and run updates several times until no more updates are available.

6) Unplug your TomTom device. Start your TomTom on its own. This will create a new ttgo.bif file which will be needed for patching later.

7) Check your navcore version. You can do this either on the device menu under Version Info, or you can check the navcore version in TomTom Home.

8) Reconnect your TomTom to your computer.

9) Run TomTom Home on your computer and go to the “Operate” function. This may be called “Operate My TomTom” or “Operate My Go” or similar, depending on your model. You may get an error message when doing so, just ignore it. The purpose of running the Operate function in Home at this stage is to create the dll profile needed for patching later.

10) Shut down TomTom Home.

11) Check which map is compatible with your navcore using the latest compatibility chart here for the v890 maps:

Compatibility Chart For v890 Maps & Navcores by tweety39

or for the v885 maps use this chart:

Compatibility Chart For v885 Maps & Navcores by tweety39

12) Download the compatible  map using the Map Thread Finder, but first make sure the meta is available:

Map Thread Finder – Tomtom v890 Maps

or for the v885 maps look in the TomTom archive section:

Map Thread Finder – Tomtom v885 Maps

13) Extract the map, and copy across the new map folder into the root of the device. Make sure when you open the map folder it only contains the map files, not another folder within a folder.

14) Copy across the Voices folder from your backup into the root of the device. Or you can download free voices from TomTom Home.

15) Download the latest version of FastActivate Premium Edition:


16) Extract the file and copy across FastActivate.exe to the TomTom drive (the root of the device).

17) Run FastActivate.exe from the TomTom drive, clicking on all 4 options in order, waiting for each to complete: Update meta, activate maps/cams, patch navcore & Home.

18) Disconnect your TomTom from the computer and power it on.

Thats its and thats that.

Thankz to Lemonfish on Gpsunderground for this great guide.


Category: GPS
  • Ivan says:

    Ive done ALL this but it say now that I can not use this map with this device for some reason!?

    September 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm
    • Hackman says:

      Hello i also got this error on one of the gps i tried this on, i tried a couple of differnt maps, finally i got it to work when i tried a map that was smaller than the other maps i’ve tried.

      not sure if it was the size of the map or it was another reason. but you can give it a try.

      September 30, 2012 at 9:14 pm
  • Valery says:

    You wrote:
    7) Check your navcore version. You can do this either on the device menu under Version Info, or you can check the navcore version in TomTom Home.

    But when I switch the device on, the following message is displayed: “No maps found”, and I can’t switch to another mode.

    April 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm
  • dépannage serrurerie Vak pas cher says:

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very
    long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not
    writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say excellent blog!

    June 8, 2013 at 1:06 am
  • martin guy says:

    you need to download tomtom clear flash tool copy to root of card then run. You may have to do this a couple of times and hey presto! alls well :-)

    February 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm
  • Andrei says:

    Anyone succeded on unlocking Tomtom Via or Go and use otehr maps ? I found this method but is not working for my device , some reporting to work on Via and Start models :

    March 9, 2014 at 2:23 pm
  • qaiser says:

    i tried but it says No Maps found and this file GB_plus_major_roads_of_WE-65093A51.md5 keeps coming back. i have a go 510 using a 2gb sd cars

    June 27, 2014 at 8:57 pm

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