Changing My GPS Position Format?

The Position Format that the Humminbird is set to is especially important when manually importing Navigation data such as waypoints. If the Position Format the Humminbird is set to does not match the format of the coordinates being entered, then the waypoint can be several miles away from the intended position.

The Position Format on your Humminbird unit changes the way your GPS coordinates are displayed using one of three different formats.

APEX, SOLIX and ONIX units display these formats as seen below:

  1. ddd°mm'ss.s" - Degrees Minutes Seconds 
  2. ddd°mm.mmm' - Decimal Minutes 
  3. ddd.ddddd° - Decimal Degrees 

 HELIX and Legacy models will have the above formats displayed with a slight difference seen below:

  1. dd°mm'ss"
  2. dd°mm.mmm'
  3. dd.ddddd°
  • Special Note using Degrees Minutes Seconds: If the coordinate is N 031°50'39.6", then HELIX and Legacy models would have it entered as N 31°50'40".
    • The last digit is used to round up or down to fit the number of digits allowed. 

The categories below will outline how to change your Position Format based on the Humminbird model in use:

APEX, SOLIX and ONIX

  • Power the unit on > press the HOME key > choose Settings > select General > select Lat/Long Format > choose desired Position Format (example below)
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HELIX G4/G4N

  • Power the unit on > press MENU twice to open the main menu > use LEFT or RIGHT cursor keys to select Setup > select User Mode and use RIGHT cursor key to choose Custom
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  • Press EXIT and use the RIGHT cursor key to choose Data Sources > select GPS Settings and press the RIGHT cursor key > use LEFT or RIGHT cursor keys to choose the desired Position Format
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HELIX G3/G3N and earlier, plus Legacy

  • Power the unit on > press MENU twice to open the main menu > use LEFT or RIGHT cursor keys to select Setup > select User Mode and use RIGHT cursor key to choose Custom
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  • Use the DOWN cursor key to select Position Format > use the RIGHT and LEFT cursor keys to choose the desired format
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