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Disable Demo mode on GPS Garmin Nuvi 50 (Poor UI and nice support)

Recently I have got a present – GPS Unit Garmin Nuvi 50. The issue was that I could not get it working . It said GPS is OFF. Googling on the message or on DEMO MODE did not helped.
I have not found the option how to disable Demo mode on UI as well.
In Ukraine there is no Garmin support 😦
So I called to US support and after 15 min of waiting on the line and 5 min talking to support I finally got it working.

So here are the steps:
1. At home screen, go to the Settings->
2. Set GPS simulator option Off
3. If the value is still ON, you will have to do the following
4. Go back to home screen
5. View Map
6. Click on Speed area (lower right hand corner)
7. On the new screen, you will see speedometer
8. Hold your finger on speedometer for 10 sec and you should see diagnostic menu… EASY HA??
9. Find demo mode option and disable DEMO MODE
10. Now you will be able to find satellites

The question to Garmin is: wouldn’t it be better to put diagnostic menu just in Settings or allow to disable Demo mode from Home screen ?
Why do you spend money on support guys ?

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  1. Eric Stalsworth
    April 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I so freaking agree wtf garmin?

  2. Densa
    July 11, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Thanks for the info. Managed to get the stupid working. Would never have found it without this.

  3. Paula P
    July 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you sooo much! I too had same problem, now sorted!

  4. pofak
    July 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you very much for this tip, i was going mad by trying and getting nowhere.
    Shame on Garmin for making this so hard,in 21 century and supposedly improved technology,which is failing simple info to start with

  5. Klamka
    November 4, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Yeah there should be a clear settings option allowing to switch off demo mode… The following helped me to switch it off: From the main page, select Volume; press and hold the upper right corner of the Master Volume page (I know there is nothing there, just press it) until the Diagnostics Page is displayed; scroll down to the Demo Mode menu item and press it; press Disable Demo Mode; go back to main page.

      August 17, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      The easiest way to do it. I would have never thought of this. Thank you Klamaka.

  6. peterst1954
    January 27, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    I wanted to set my sat nav to various routes for the next day and find the stupid thing is in demo mode. Since I don’t want to drive around tonight I will have to wait until tomorrow, set off early, pull into a lay by once the thing has decided to allow me to programme it and the programme it. If it keeps doing this, and I can’t fix it, its going in the bin. A sat nav I can’t programme before I set off is pretty bl**dy uselss.

  7. June 4, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Garmin writes shitty UI software. Just how it is. Same problem we ran into with Motorola, and same problem we ran into at Nokia. What’s the problem: No senior individual with expertise in design owns the usability of the product UI’s.

  8. April 14, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Same problem with the most up to date Garmin drivesmart 61. Thanks a lot for your helpful information!

  9. November 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Thank You so much It has been driving me mad, works a treat on the Garmin 50 drive sat nav.

  10. Chuck
    July 2, 2018 at 3:16 am

    User friendly not
    The option should be to turn it on not off

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