August 2

How to Update Your Kia Navigation System

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If you own a Kia then you probably already know how wonderful the Kia navigation system is. It makes it easy for you to get around and reach your destinations as quickly as possible by providing you with the fastest route and helping you avoid potential hazards. Occasionally, Kia releases updates which you can install on your Kia navigation system by downloading the files onto a USB or SD card and connecting them to your Kia. If you currently own a Kia with a navigation system, or are considering purchasing a Kia, here’s what you need to know about using it and keeping it updated.

How to Update Your Kia Navigation System

If your vehicle includes Kia navigation systems, it’s important to keep it updated when new releases occur. This ensures your navigation system remains up to date with any new functions and mapping capabilities. Although similar, the exact process for updating a Kia navigational system varies based on the type of system in your vehicle, so find your option below and follow the simple update process: 

  • Standard-class (Gen4, Gen5) Navigation: Select “All Menus” on the home screen to open your menu options then click on the “Setup” icon. Choose the “System Info” option. Select “SW Info” from the system information screen to pull up a screen with serial information for your vehicle and its systems. Click the “Update” button at the bottom of the screen to update your KIA navigation system.
  • Standard-class Gen5W Navigation: Choose “Setup” from the main menu screen on your touchscreen display. Choose the “General” icon to load the General Settings Menu. Select “SW Info/Update” from the left hand menu to retrieve your vehicle’s serial information and press the “Update” button.
  • Premium (Gen5 or Gen2) Navigation: Choose “Setup” on the home screen then press “System Info” to load the System Information Menu. Choose “Software Information” on a Gen5 or “Update” on a Gen2, using the left hand menu. Click on the “Update” button to update your navigational system.

How to Use Your Kia Navigation System

Once you have updated your Kia’s navigation system, it couldn’t be easier to use it to start navigating when you take your Kia for a drive around McKinney. Just follow these steps when you get in and are ready to leave, and your Kia will be ready to direct you along the quickest route, or along a route meeting other specifications you can enter such as avoiding tolls or the shortest distance. To navigate to a location in your Kia navigation app, simply click on the search bar in the upper right corner of the screen. Enter the address when prompted and confirm the location to engage your Kia navigation system. Just follow the turns as your system suggests them and you’ll be at your destination before you know it.

Benefits of Using Your Kia Navigation System Instead of Your Phone

When deciding on navigational options for your car, most drivers now forego paper maps or printouts in favor of digital navigation. Similarly, standalone GPS units are less common, with most drivers choosing either their phone or their vehicle’s built in navigation systems. Here are some of the best reasons to choose your Kia navigation system instead of your cell phone’s map application:

  • Safer Use: Using your car’s built-in navigation system is the simplest and safest way to take advantage of navigational technology. The integration with your vehicles touch screen display is designed to place navigation information in as convenient a location as possible. It also allows you to hear verbal instructions through your car speakers, and make adjustments to your navigation using voice activated commands so you don’t need to take your eyes off the road. When safety is a priority, the built-in Kia navigation system is an excellent option.
  • No Battery Concerns: There are few experiences in a car more frustrating and potentially concerning then when you are driving in an unfamiliar location with the help of navigation on your phone, only for its battery to die. This leaves you stuck with no navigation and unsure of where you are or where you need to go to make it to your destination. With Kia’s built-in navigation system, there are no concerns about your battery dying in the middle of use, so you know you can rely on your navigation to get you where you need to be.
  • Save Your Data: The Kia navigation system allows you to save favorites for easy access in the future. Whether it’s going home or heading to work, or planning a trip to a favorite restaurant, when you use your Kia navigation those favorites remain even when the time comes for you to trade in your phone for your latest upgrade. This ensures that future navigation remains as easy as possible and your favorite destinations remain just a couple taps away.
  • Legal Operations: Although it is common for drivers who use their phones to mount them on a dashboard or windshield device in order to see them better when using them for navigation, not all cell phone mounts are legal in all states. This means that you may be exposing yourself to being pulled over for a moving violation if you use your phone in a mount for your navigation. With convenient placement on your Kia’s touchscreen you don’t have to worry every time you boot up your navigation.
  • Points of Interest: The Kia navigation system makes it easy for you to make adjustments to your route, or to find important locations when you’re in an area that you are not familiar with. Quick access to points of interest such as fast-food restaurants or gas stations allows you to scan the map around you, choose the location that appeals to you, and get started on your drive quickly and efficiently. 

The Kia navigation system is a great feature on Kia cars and SUVs. If you have questions about your Kia navigation system, the experts at Huffines Kia McKinney can help you out. Reach out to us online or by phone, or bring your Kia by the lot to discuss it with our professionals in person. They’ll help you get the most from your Kia navigation system.

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