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Transfer route; Tablet to GPS

The big attraction of MyRoute was the hope that I would be able to plan a route on a tablet and transfer that route to my TomTom Rider. Well I have succeeded! It required two leads (one is a converter) and is a bit fiddly. The TomTom and possibly some Garmins have the ability to swap routes by Bluetooth any chance of being able to use this?

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I have successfully tested a way to transfer routes from MyRouteApp to a Garmin GPS with an iPhone or iPad, a microSD card and a very small microSD reader (no laptop with USB needed).


I have written below how to do that. It looks longish but in fact it's relatively easy and fast.


Here is what you need to do first (and only once):

  • if you don't already have a Dropbox account, create one, it's free
  • buy a Lexar microSD lightning card reader (€25 - €45) (
  • if you don't already have one, buy a microSD card for your Garmin GPS
  • install the free application Lexar Mobile Manager (made by PhotoFast Global) on the iPhone/iPad from the App Store
  • start Mobile Manager, select Dropbox, give your Dropbox email and password to connect and associate with your Dropbox account. When associated, you are able to see and manage all your Dropbox files from Mobile Manager
  • insert the microSD card in the Lexar reader and connect the reader to the iPhone/iPad, a popup will ask the authorization to communicate with the application Mobile Manager
  • from the application Mobile Manager, select the External Storage and create the following folder in the top of the microSD card: Garmin
  • Inside the Garmin folder create 3 folders: gpx, jpeg, poi
  • signup to create a free account at Email It In This account will give the possibility to send GPX files by mail directly from MyRouteApp to the folder "\Applications\Email It In" in your Dropbox account. You will get an email address like in order to use this service.


Then each time you need to transfer a route from MyRouteApp to Garmin GPS with an iPhone or iPad and the microSD card and reader:

  • connect to MyRouteApp on the iPhone/iPad, either from the web interface or from the MyRouteApp application
  • create or choose an existing route in MyRouteApp
  • email the route in GPX format to your Dropbox account using your Email It In email address
  • insert the microSD card in the Lexar reader and connect the reader to the iPhone/iPad
  • authorize Mobile Manager to access the microSD reader (a popup will automatically ask for authorization)
  • select Dropbox in Mobile Manager, select folder Applications, select folder "Email It In"
  • click Select on top right of the screen and select the GPX file you want to copy (or move) to the microSD card
  • select Copy (or Move)  at the bottom of the screen
  • select External Storage, then folder Garmin, then folder gpx, click on Copy here (or Move here)
  • disconnect the microSD reader from the iPhone/iPad and extract the microSD card
  • insert the microSD card in the Garmin GPS
  • start the Garmin GPS
  • select Apps on the main screen, then Trip Planner, click on the menu (3 bars top left), select Import, select the route you have just copied on the microSD card and click Import (name of the route starts always with Route- )
  • have a nice and safe ride with the route you have imported on your GPS !

If the Garmin will connect to the USB hub then it will also connect to the Verbatim Media Share. This would be a  more direct way to transfer files.

Thanks for the details of the MAXAH OTG USB, for non iOS users this will solve lots of transfer problems in one go.  - ordering one now :)

Hi Gwalter.

I have investigated a little bit more with Garmin and due to the fact that Navigator V (but generally all their Navi…) doesn’t support data transfer via Bluetooth, and the USB socket cannot be used for attach a memory stick or similar, I realized that the media share that you indicated cannot solve my problem  (although it as a very interesting tool anyway…).

I have tried another solution that, although not fast, can solve the problem to move a Route from MyRoute App on my iPad to my Navigator when I’m travelling, and therefore without pc.

Once I have completed variation to my route on my iPad, I press the button “save as”, choosing a destination in the iPad (personally I use FileApp application).

After that, I open FileApp, select the GPX file and send it as an attachment via email to myself.

I open the email in my  phone (Samsung S6) and  save the attached GPX file.

Then, I attach to my phone a “low cost gadget” (MAXAH OTG USB hub bought on Amazon for 9 euros, copy the GPX on the SD card of my Navigator (\\Garmin\GPX), and insert it again in the Navi.

In the Navi , go to planning route à Import à then choose the import GPX file.  


I know that this is not a fast procedure, but it is a reasonable workaround.


Of course it could be a little easier if Michael will introduce a new feature in MyRoute app that allow to share a Route (*.GPX but also the other format)  as a file attachment in a mail :-).


Michael, do you think that it could be realized in the next future? 

Thx, AA


Thx Gwallter, I'm tryng to understand with Garmin if Navgator V cann connect to an external media, and in the meantime if it support connection via its own USB port.
I'll keep you informed... :-) 


Thanks for the tip Gwalter.

And no thanks Andrea!

Me too Michel!
Thank for your usual "speed", appreciate it.



The is a possible solution; The 'Verbatim Media Share' this is a portable WiFi hub with a USB and  SD slot.

This has Android and iOS apps and allows transfers between the connected phone/tablet and the media plugged into it. If the Garmin will connect to it as a USB memory stick all should work.

I use it to backup SD cards to a portable HD when on longer trips.

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For this moment I can not help you with this issue.

Hope Garmijn support soon export with bluetooth.

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Thx Michel, but the problem is that Apple iPad dooes not support any USB device that allow moving data from iPad to other appliance (like garmin for example). I hav also tried to save the file in .gpx format for transfer it via Bluetooth to my Garmin/Navigator but it was not possibile.
So it seems that having an iPad is the problem... :-(


For export you need USB, like the Windows Surface tablet.

There is a workaround.

Buy a USB converter and install the 'on the go app'.

I have the same question of Gwallter. On of the benefit I saw subscribing MyRoute App was the possibility to define my route on travelling, using my iPad, and after that move them drectly to my Garmin/Navigator V, without usign PC.
It seems to me that currently this option is not available, or at least I was not able to find it. Any suggestions (if aleardy exist) or any ideas to have this capabality in the next future?


Is this a old model or the new model:

Old model:

Just connect the rider to the mac, select the route and export.  

Another window will open to allow you to download the connector.  

Choose the OS X version and install.  

After installation you can skip the download part and go to the button on the bottom right that says "load route"

Another window will pop open

Where you can select your gps and the export.  

New model (2015):

Save the gpx file on your PC and copy/paste the file to your TomTom

Please remember I am a Rider not a computer expert.

Thanks for the advise so far as I seem to be making progress but still have not completed the journey.

I am using a TomTom Rider Model 4Gd00.001.00

following the instructions I did the following steps:

Created a route

Opened the "Profile" and find the route listed

Saved the route as a GPX file

Selected "Export" and then installed the OS X connector

Selected "Open Route", and got a pop up stating that no application set was found to open the URL My Route ap.

I am using the latest version of the MAC software

Thanks Again

I don't know it for sure, but I think so :)