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How to Use Tom Tom GPS

How to set your current location as 'Home'

You may have already set your 'Home' location when you first switched on your TomTom ONE. If you want to change the location you set, or if you have not set the 'Home' location, you can set it to your current location by following these steps:
  1. Tap the middle of the touchscreen, to bring up the main menu.
  2. Tap 'Change preferences'.
  3. Tap 'Change Home location'.
  4. Tap 'GPS position'.
Note: If you are not at home, tap Address and enter your home address.

Your current location is now set as 'Home'. You can navigate back here at any time with three taps. See: How to get home
Note: Your Home location need not be your home, it could be your office or any other location you visit regularly.

How to get home

If you have set your 'Home' location, then no matter where you are, your TomTom ONE will always know how to get you home. For information about setting your home location see: How to set your current location as 'Home'
Follow the steps below:
  1. Tap the middle of the touchscreen, to bring up the main menu.
  2. Tap 'Navigate to...'.
  3. Tap 'Home'.

Your TomTom ONE plans the route from your current position to your home.
Note: Your TomTom ONE will start to give you spoken instructions to navigate you Home, even before it has finished planning the route.
  1. Tap 'Done' to return to the Driving view.
Your TomTom ONE will now start to navigate you home.

How to navigate to a Point of Interest (POI)

When you want to travel to a shopping center, a tourist attraction, a car park, or any other Point of Interest (POI), but you do not know the address, use TomTom ONE to find the POI.
To navigate to a POI when you do not know the address, follow these steps:
  1. Tap the middle of the touchscreen, to bring up the main menu.
  2. Tap 'Navigate to...'.
  3. Tap 'Point of interest'.
  4. The list shows categories of POIs which you have used recently as destinations. Either tap one of these categories or tap Arrow-head to pick from the full list of categories.

  1. Tap the Point of Interest you'd like to navigate to. Your TomTom ONE will calculate the route to the POI for you.
  2. Tap 'Done' to return to the Driving view.
Your TomTom ONE will now guide you to the Point Of Interest you selected.

How to avoid a traffic jam ahead

There will be times when you spot a hold up ahead, perhaps due to an accident or roadwork. To find an alternative route around the traffic jam, do the following:
  1. If you find yourself in or approaching a traffic jam, tap the middle of the touchscreen, to bring up the main menu.
  2. Tap 'Find alternative...'.
  3. Tap 'Avoid roadblock'.
  4. Estimate how far along your route the traffic jam extends and tap the appropriate option, for example '500m'. Your TomTom ONE will recalculate your route to avoid the traffic jam.

  1. Tap 'Done' to return to the Driving view.
Your TomTom ONE will start to give you instructions to take you around the jam. You may be advised to turn off at the next junction or to turn around completely, so be prepared to maneuver.

How to change a route to make a stop on the way

Imagine you are on your way somewhere when you get a phone call asking you to drop something off, or pick something up, at a different location on the way. To change your route so that it goes via a particular location, do the following:
  1. Tap the middle of the touchscreen, to bring up the main menu.
  2. Tap 'Navigate to...'.
  3. Tap 'Find alternative...'.
  4. Tap 'Travel via...'.

  1. Select the Address, Favorite or other location where you would like to stop. Your TomTom ONE calculates the new route.
  2. Tap 'Done' to return to the Driving view.
Your TomTom ONE starts to give you directions to the destination you are traveling via. After arriving at this location, your TomTom ONE will start to navigate you to your original destination.

How to find a place to park in a city that you do not know

When you know the address of your destination, you can tell your TomTom ONE exactly where you are going. But you may also sometimes visit places you do not know. Your first priority when going somewhere new is to find a place to park. To find a parking space, do the following:
  1. Tap the middle of the touchscreen to bring up the main menu.
  2. Tap 'Navigate to...'.
  3. Tap 'POI in city'.
  4. Use the touchscreen keyboard to start typing in the name of the town. When the one you want is shown, tap it.
  5. Tap 'Open Parking' or 'Parking Garage', if they are shown. If not, tap Arrow-head to pick one of these parking options from the full list.
  1. Matches are listed in order of proximity to the center of the town. Tap the one you would like to navigate to. Your TomTom ONE calculates the route to the POI you selected.
  2. Tap 'Done' to return to the Driving view.
Your TomTom ONE starts giving you directions to the car park.
Note: The same technique is useful for navigating to any POI in an unfamiliar town or city.

How to change the suggested route

If you have some local knowledge of an area, you may decide that you do not like the route suggested by your TomTom ONE. For example, it may go too close to a busy town center. To find an alternative route to the route which has been planned by your TomTom ONE, do the following:
  1. Tap the middle of the touchscreen to bring up the main menu.
  2. Tap 'Find alternative...'.
  3. Tap 'Avoid part of route'.
  4. Tap on the road section that you want to avoid. Your TomTom ONE will calculate an alternative route which avoids the section you specified.
  1. Tap 'Done' to return to the Driving view.
Your TomTom ONE will now guide you to your destination, using a different route that avoids the selected road section. To return to the original route, follow steps one and two above, and then tap 'Recalculate original'.

How to navigate to a destination when you are not sure of the address

There will be times when you know exactly where you want to go but you do not know the address or post code. In this case, you can set your destination using the map on your TomTom ONE. To set your destination in this way, do the following:
  1. Tap the middle of the touchscreen to bring up the main menu.
  2. Tap 'Navigate to...'.
  3. Tap 'Point on map'. A bird's eye view of the map is shown.
  4. Use your finger tip to drag the map up, down, left or right until you see your destination. If you want to zoom in or out on the map, use your finger tip to drag the handle on the zoom bar down or up. The zoom bar is on the right of the screen.
  5. Tap the location or area that you would like to navigate to. If you tap the wrong place, simply keep tapping until you find the right destination.

  1. Tap 'Done'. Your TomTom ONE calculates your route to this destination.
  2. Tap 'Done' to return to the Driving view.
Your TomTom ONE starts to navigate you to the chosen location on the map.
Note: You can browse your TomTom ONE's maps at any time by tapping Arrow-head on the main menu, then 'Browse map'. For more information about maps and the map browser, see this chapter: Maps

How to use your TomTom ONE at night

The default colors of the Driving view on your TomTom ONE are very bright to make them easy to see, even on very sunny days. But at night, you do not want the screen to be very bright. To switch to night colors, do the following:
  1. Tap the middle of the touchscreen, to bring up the main menu.
  2. Tap 'Change preferences'.
  3. Tap 'Use night colors'.

The TomTom ONE display now switches to the default night colors, as shown above. To switch back to the original day colors, tap 'Change preferences' and then tap 'Use day colors'.
For information about changing the default day and night colors, see this chapter: Preferences

How to find out what the weather is like at your destination

Using your TomTom ONE, you can find out about the weather situation at your destination. TomTom Weather is offered by TomTom PLUS. Weather information from stations around the country is organized to give you some idea of the current weather at any given location. To check the weather at your destination, do the following:
  1. When stationary, tap the middle of the touchscreen, to bring up the main menu.
  2. Tap Arrow-head twice, to bring up the third page of the main menu.
  3. Tap 'TomTom Weather'.
  4. Tap 'Recent destination'.
  5. Select the destination.
  6. After viewing the weather summary, tap 'Done' to return to the Driving view.

You can also view a weather summary for anywhere in the area covered by your map. Follow steps 1 to 3 above, and then select the location by another method, for example by entering the address.

Navigation

Navigate to...

This is the simplest and most useful starting point in most situations. Given your current GPS position, you can use this to navigate to any given address, crossing, favorite location, Point of Interest, and so on. Select 'Navigate to...' to bring up its first options page.
'Recent destination' is a useful time-saver, displaying a list of addresses, Points of Interest and other destinations that you've used before.
'Address' displays the same city/street grids that you used in 'Making your first journey', of course, so just choose your destination in the usual way. If you're not sure of the exact street name to type in, note that simply entering the city's name again (or using the 'City center' option, described below) will get you to the geographical center of the city.
Choosing 'Home' here is quick and obvious, though if you chose not to set a home location when setting up your TomTom system then this may still be grayed out. For more on setting up a home location, see 'Home preferences'.
Although you're going to be navigating to many places you don't know well, there will also be a number of locations that you visit frequently and that you want to be able to travel from (and to) without having to enter their address details each time. These are your 'Favorites'. See 'Favorite locations' for more on setting these up. Use 'Favorite' to navigate to such a location.
Note: 'Favorite' will be grayed out and unavailable if you haven't set any favorites yet.
'Point of Interest' is your way into the huge database of railway stations, restaurants, gas stations, and so on. Choosing this will display icons for the five categories that you use most often. If the one you want now isn't shown here then use Arrow-head to bring up a list of all categories that are available.

Use Arrow-head up and Arrow-head down to scroll through the list or enter a few letters of the required category's name. When you see the category you want, select it, to bring up a list of all Points of Interest in that category, neatly sorted according to their distance from your current position. Use Arrow-head up and Arrow-head down to scroll through the list or, if you know the name of the Point Of Interest you want, choose the keyboard icon and then enter a few starting letters.

There are several icons used beside Points of Interest in the list. A straight green arrow means that the POI is on your route; a bent green arrow means that a small detour from your route is needed to reach it; a bent yellow arrow means that this POI needs a bigger detour from your route; finally, with no icon shown, the POI is not on your route at all.
Finally, select any Point of Interest to make it your destination.
Tip: Some of the more specialist Point of Interest categories (for example 'Place of worship', 'Theatre') may contain information only for major cities.
By selecting Arrow-head in the 'Navigate to...' menu, you can view even more navigation options. Choose 'Post code' if you know this information for your destination and would prefer to enter this than use the town or city name. Once you've selected a post code in the list, you'll be asked to choose a street name (if needed) and house number in the usual way.
Tip: You can change your mind and start entering the town name after all. Or indeed start entering a post code in the main Address list. It really is up to you. Note that full postcode support is only available for the UK and the Netherlands.
If you're good with maps and you'd prefer to pick a destination by eye, or if you're simply not sure of a valid street name or post code to enter, choose 'Point on map' . You can then scroll around the map, zooming in or out as needed. Finally, select a point on the map as your destination and use 'Done'. For more information on using the TomTom map browser, see the chapter on 'Maps'.

You can 'drag' the map to scroll it in any direction or drag the zoom control up or down to zoom out or in.
When traveling into an unfamiliar city, you might not know a destination road name, of course. Choose 'City center' to automatically navigate to the geographical center of any city name entered in the usual way.
In a similar way, choose 'POI in city' to navigate to a Point of Interest in an unfamiliar city (for example a Hotel or Parking Garage). Choose a city name in the usual way and then a Point of Interest category. The possible POIs are automatically sorted by proximity to the center of the chosen city.

Once planned, a summary of the calculated route is shown on a suitably scaled map. Select 'Route' to explore the route in various ways. See 'Advanced route planning' for more details.

Favorite locations

Add favorite

'Favorites' are locations that you visit frequently and that you want to be able to travel from (and to) without having to enter their address details each time. Select 'Add favorite' to bring up its first options page.

You'll notice that the 'Add favorite' choices are very similar to those for 'Navigate to', in the last chapter. Whichever option you use, once the location has been chosen, you'll get the chance to enter a name for the favorite (for example "Steve's house", "Office", "Uncle Fred")
Tip: When naming a favorite, the letters you enter automatically replace the highlighted suggestion. If you just wish to add a letter or two to the supplied suggestion, first tap on the highlighted words.
Choose 'Home' to add your 'home' location to your favorites list, for extra convenience. If this option is grayed out, it means that you haven't chosen a 'home' location yet. See 'Home preferences' for more details.
Choose 'Address' to add a specific address as a favorite.
Choose 'Recent destination' to add a favorite from a list of addresses, Points of Interest and other destinations that you've used before.
Choose 'Point of interest' to select a POI from the built-in databases as a favorite. As with navigating to a POI, you'll first see the five categories that you use most often, if the one you want isn't shown then use Arrow-head to bring up the full list. Within each category, you'll see a list of all POIs, neatly sorted according to their distance from your current position. Simply pick the one you want to make a favorite.
By selecting Arrow-head, you can view more options for picking a location as a favorite. Choose from 'Post code' , 'Point on map' , 'City center' or 'POI in city' , in exactly the same way as you would for setting each as a destination in the previous chapter.
Choosing 'GPS position' is very useful when you want to store your current location quickly. For example, you are passing something interesting and want to return there later. Since you don't need to bother finding the location by address, it is also one of the fastest ways of adding a favorite, so consider using this whenever you visit somewhere that you know you'll want to return to at a later date.
Tip: You don't have to travel, physically, to a location in order to set it as a favorite! Instead, see the 'Cursor functions' in 'Browse map'.
Once a favorite has been chosen and named, it will show up whenever you pick from your list of favorites, for example in 'Navigate to...' 'Favorite' .

Advanced route planning

Find alternative...

Perhaps a route has been planned that you're not happy with? Perhaps you have been routed via a busy junction? Perhaps you spot road works up ahead? Or perhaps you really wanted to go 'via' one particular location? This is where the 'Find alternative...' option comes in.
Choose 'Travel via...' if you want to make sure the planned route goes past one particular location, perhaps to collect (or drop off) a letter or person. The new location is picked in exactly the same way as you would pick a departure point or destination, with the usual options of 'Home', 'Favorite', 'Address', 'Point of Interest', and so on. Once selected, a new fastest route is calculated, making sure to include your 'via' location.
Tip: If you want to include more than a single 'via' location in your journey, use the comprehensive Itinerary feature instead, described later in this chapter.
If you spot signs of trouble (such as backed-up traffic or 'Delays ahead' warning signs), choose 'Avoid roadblock' . To save you time (when you're on the road), there are four presets. Estimate whether the blockage extends '100m', '500m', '2000m' or '5000m' ahead from your current position and then select the appropriate icon.

Once you've chosen a roadblock option, a new route is quickly calculated that avoids all roads for the chosen distance along the planned route, routing you right round the troubled area.
Tip: After choosing a roadblock option, look out for a turn direction on the display almost immediately. If you continue into the 'blocked' area, you may want to use 'Find alternative...' and then 'Avoid roadblock' again, to recalculate your best route taking into account your new position.
If you want to avoid a particular road junction, perhaps because it's a known traffic black spot, choose 'Avoid part of route' . Use Arrow-head up and Arrow-head down to scroll through the current route instructions, choosing which junction you want to steer clear of. A new route will then be calculated.
Note: Any junctions that have already been passed are grayed out and can't be selected.
Finally, if you want an alternative route because you simply don't like the original, choose 'Calculate alternative' . As far as possible, a totally different set of roads is used. Once planned, an overview is shown, as usual, and you can choose 'Route' for detailed instructions or 'Done' to switch back to the main navigation view. You can keep asking for (increasingly inefficient) alternative routes using this method until the message 'No route found' appears. Choose 'Recalculate original' to return to the original best route.

Advanced planning

Although navigating from your current position is the function that you'll use most often, there may be times when you want to plan ahead. Choose 'Advanced planning' to look at the best route and journey time between any two given locations or perhaps to get directions that will help someone else get to your current position.
Tip: 'Advanced planning' may be found on another page in the main menu. You may need to use Arrow-head in order to see it.

A familiar options page, but this time asking where you want to depart from (a question which obviously wasn't needed when using 'Navigate to...')
Select your departure location in the usual way. You'll then be asked to 'Pick a destination', again with the usual choices. Finally, there's an extra question to answer, since you may be creating this route for someone else. Choose between 'Fastest route', 'Shortest route' (for motor vehicles), 'Avoid motorways', 'Walking route' (i.e. the shortest route, ignoring all traffic rules and excluding motorways), 'Bicycle route' (i.e. the shortest route obeying traffic rules but still excluding motorways) or 'Limited speed' (the quickest route for a vehicle of limited top speed, i.e. many road types are equally preferred, apart from motorways).

If you'd like this choice every time you navigate, or if you'd like to change the default setting, see 'Planning preferences'.
Once planned to your preference, the best route is shown on a suitably scaled map. As with 'Navigate to...', you can now select the 'Route' button to explore the detailed route instructions, as detailed in 'View route' below. Finally, select 'Done' to return to the main navigation view.

View route

If you already have a route planned, you can explore it in various ways by choosing 'View route' .
Choose 'Browse as text' for a simple list of the junctions involved and the distances (or times, use the 'Options' button to change the numbers shown) between them. Selecting an individual junction from this display or using 'Browse as images' instead presents each junction in 3D, with your turn instruction clearly marked. Use and to move backwards and forwards through your planned route.

'Browse as images' is a quick and powerful way to get a feel for the route you're about to travel.
Along similar lines, but animated, is 'Show route demo' , which simulates your journey at anything up to 500% of 'real time' (chosen using a simple slider). This works well for journeys within a town or city, but you'll prefer to use 'Browse as images' , mentioned above, for any journey of significant length. To stop the animation, choose 'View route' and then 'Stop route demo' .
Tip: When browsing a route as images, tap on the center of the touchscreen to switch between 2D and 3D views of each junction.
Finally, you can view your planned route on a traditional map, viewed from above. Choose 'Browse map of route' to overlay the route onto a map that you can zoom and scroll around. See the chapter 'Maps' for more details of using this display to your advantage. Or choose 'Show route summary' to display again the graphical overview of your route that was shown when it was first calculated.

Clear route

Choose 'Clear route' if you'd like to remove the currently planned route from all views. From this moment on, your position will still be tracked on the map, but no instructions or guidance will be provided.
Tip: You do not need to clear a route before planning a new one: this happens automatically.

Itinerary planning

Although 'Navigate to...' is fine for casual travel, it may be that you're planning a journey that's more ambitious. You may even want to save the details of this journey for future use or to pass them on to other users. Choose 'Itinerary planning' to create a new itinerary or amend an existing one.
An itinerary is essentially just a list of 'waypoints' and 'destinations'. Your best route is calculated, visiting each in turn (in the exact order you specify). In general, you'd add a 'destination' when you wanted countdown information to arrival on the main navigation view, otherwise you'd add a location as a 'waypoint' that simply has to be traveled through (i.e. it's the 'way you want to go').

A typical itinerary, showing both waypoints to be traveled through and destinations you want to arrive at.
When first started, the itinerary planner will be empty, of course. Use 'Add' to select locations in the normal way, choosing from 'Home', 'Favorite', 'Address', 'Recent destination', and so on. Each location will be added as a waypoint if the previous one was also a waypoint, otherwise it will be added as a destination.

Note that the exact menu options shown here will change depending on whether the current itinerary entry is a waypoint or destination, and on whether it has been visited already.
You can manage an individual entry in an itinerary by selecting it, after which you'll see the waypoint menu (above). Use 'Mark as waypoint' to change the entry from a destination to a waypoint, or 'Mark as destination' to change it from a waypoint to a destination.
Use 'Mark as 'visited'' to mark this itinerary entry and all preceding ones as completed, so that navigation will continue from the next (unvisited) entry. You can even go back and travel part of an itinerary again by selecting somewhere you've already been and using 'Mark as 'to visit'' , in which case this and all following itinerary entries will be included in navigation again.
'Delete item', 'Move item up' and 'Move item down' are self-explanatory.
If you want to save your itinerary for re-use in the future, or if you want to load a previous itinerary, choose 'Options', using 'Save itinerary' or 'Load itinerary' respectively. When saving, you can enter a name for the itinerary using the standard touchscreen keyboard (by default it takes its name from your last destination).

By saving your itineraries, you can re-use them at a later date without having to re-enter any of the locations. Use this page to save, load or delete an itinerary, or to start a new one.
Select 'Start navigation' on the 'Options' menu to start navigating.
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