Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 2720 / 2722 / 2724 / 2726 / 2728

Version 2720 / 2722/ 2724 / 2726 / 2728 Firmware for the Volkswagen RNS 510 and the Skoda Columbus has been released. The following are the features from 2660 and there is no word of new features in 2720.

  • Voice Control (requires microphone – see Volkswagen RNS 510 Microphone Connection for voice control)
  • Speed Limit Display
  • Stability Improvements
  • Faster Startup (this has been improved on 2720)
  • Display OPS and RVC at the same time
  • SDHC 32 GB Support (HW04 and above)
  • Display Off on extras tab
  • Climatronic control if approriate climatronic fitted
  • Clock display if RNS 510 swtiched off (buggy)
  • Excluded roads (under route options)
  • GPS coordinates entry
  • Additional adjustments for video
  • Larger RVC screen with transparent menus at the side

Units that can be upgraded include (still being compiled may not be 100%)

  • 1T0 035 680 C (1T0035680 C) from software version 1000, 800,  900, 1100 and 2660 to version 2700.
  • 7L6 035 680 C (7L6035680C) from software version 1002,  1022, 1102 and 2664 to version 2700.
  • 3T0 035 680 A (3T0035680A) to version 2704.
  • 7F0 035 680 (7F0035680) to version 2700.
  • 7E0 035 680 (7E0035680) to version 2700.
  • Further to follow as the firmware is loaded.
  • USA Firmware has yet to be released
  • Revision A units can be upgraded with the modified firmware (see link below) – thanks to Josi (also for the unofficial SWL recovery CD)

Download the files and extract them using winrar and you will have a NRG format ISO file to burn. Using Nero burn a DVD+RW or DVD-R (CDR works as well) at a slow speed (4 x is ok for DVD and 16 x for CD). Make sure you use quality media and keep the burn speed down as low as you can to ensure there are no problems during the installation process. Also note that you may need to edit a file before you burn it (see below) if you want to access the setup menu without Vagcom/VCDS.

Warning! This upgrade WILL delete your music and/or maps if you have a firmware version PRIOR to version 1100/1102. Units with a firmware version of 1100/1102 will not have music and maps deleted.

Warning! There is a remote chance of you ‘bricking’ the unit, this is a fraction of a percent but it could happen! The process takes around 60 minutes.’

Warning! There are a small number of users where the RNS 510 does not know where it is after it’s been powered on, details of the previous location are kept in the unit but at this stage there is no pattern to this problem.

Warning! Users with cars MY07 and earlier may experience power drain issues after the upgrade. See the post “Upgrading 2nd generation radios (RCD 300, RCD 500) to 3rd generation (RCD 210, RCD 310, RNS 310, RCD 510) power drain issue” for more details.

Warning! Users with the Skoda UHV bluetooth 1Z0 035 729 B (1Z0035729B) may want to delay upgrading the firmware, there is an issue with the RNS 510 no longer displaying the phone book and/or the call details but signal strength etc are visible for some phones. My HTC Diamond for example worked fine before the update but only partially afterwards however my Iphone 3G worked fine before and after. This is not a problem with the 1Z0 035 729 D (1Z0035729D) Skoda UHV bluetooth kit. The MFD functions as per normal with phone book and last calls listed correctly. Android 2.1 phones work fine with the update.

Note! Test/Setup Mode. The firmware can allow access to enter test/setup mode without Vagcom/VCDS access see Accessing the Setup Menu on the RNS 510 head units with firmware later than 1100. The procedure for entering the test/setup mode for those with Vagcom/VCDS is slightly different as well. To enter the test/setup mode when the RNS 510 is operating press and hold the setup button, keep holding it when the radio menu appears and shortly after the test menu appears . I had to reboot my unit after coding it but it may be possible a power cycle is enough.

Note! Failure (Gateway Error 202) You can downgrade back to 1100 by inserting the 1100 firmware and rebooting the RNS 510 (Setup + eject + info).

Download Firmware Upgrade

Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Download Repository

Version Information from VERSION.TXT

Software Loading CD for CP2 based units

CdTreeBuilder version 3.06 is used.

#CD:P 0 0 4 . 8 5 8 . 3 0 2

#Project: VWRNS
#Author: RoNe
#Steckbrief: C_EU_9.242_t500 C6

This is a SWL CD for VW delivery.


#Integrationphase: Delivery cw45/09 C6-samples
#AppsBuild:C_EU_9.242_t500 C6


171 comments to Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 2720 / 2722 / 2724 / 2726 / 2728

  • Ralph

    Just updated the system with the SW from Josie “the 2724 version”.
    Everything works great. Only one small bug: System starts up with: insert navi cd/dvd. So it deleted my home made bmw maps with poi’s!

    I tried to install it again, but it does not recognise the DVD.
    Now i’am trying to instal the original V6.1 version.

    Post again when process is done!!

  • Jens

    Hello everyone,

    I tried to update mij rns510 (1T0035680 B SW:1120) to the 27xx software. but it doesn’t work. I tried to first install the 26xx but that also doesn’t work. then i repairde the ns with the fix on this website and now he is back to normal.
    can someone help me? I really like to have 27xx


  • Manuel

    2760 is out !!!!!!!

  • Ralph

    Trying to instal the original V6.1 version, but does not work!!
    The system does not copy the DVD to the harddrive. I have enable the option of downgrading of SW (in hidden setup menu) and tried to install the 2660 FW, NO RESULTS!

    I realy hope someone can help me out! Josi?

  • Ralph

    Does anybody know how to force copy to HDD. My navi still askes for a navi cd/dvd. When I put de disc in it does not copy it to HDD. The disc is fine because the system use it to navigate….

    Please help me!

    • Alx

      Ralph, did you tried this:

      – set the unit to Test Mode: while the “Welcome to Volkswagen” screen is showing up press and hold the SETUP button.
      – while in Test Mode, go to System
      – while in System go to Reset Error Messages
      – reset all error messages
      – exit Test Mode

      Load the DVD and press continue.

      This is a method to load a different version of the nav data onto the hdd, but maybe it also works for your problem

    • Bry

      Ralph did you find out the problem with you having to always put your navi map cd in to use the navi and it won’t stay on the hdd? Its ok i have the same problem with mine.

  • Ralph

    Yes Alx, I tried this! But this does not work. I also tried reset factory settings without succes. Other suggestions?!?!?!?

  • Ralph

    Josi, can you help me with my problem?!

  • bbvwdeutschland

    I tried to upgrade my firmware, the software load failed and since i tried it to many times it is now locked. It says to press a combination of mic+eject+setup to start a new SWL. I am unsure which button the mic button is, if anyone can help me with this or if there is any other suggestions of how to solve error 010303. Please help.

  • Christian


    I have an RNS-510 – 1T0057680B, but can’t seem to find a firmware upgrade on this site, any ideas??


  • Chris

    I have a late 2006 R32 and have been looking to buy a version B RNS-510 off ebay but have noticed that out of the 4 I am looking at, 3 of them are HW:03 and the other one is HW:11. Can anyone confirm why there would be such a big jump in hardware numbers for the same version of units? Does the HW:11 come from another country (I’m in the UK). Will I have problems if I try to update the firmware?
    I have scoured the net looking for this info, I just can’t find it so any help will be much appreciated. Many thanks Chris

  • fernando

    hello to when they get the voice control RNS510 FOR SPANISH


    hello to when they get the voice control RNS510 FOR SPANISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AL

    Just updated and the language changed to german and asks for the DVD for the maps can anyone help? THanks

  • Wil

    Hello I own a skoda superb with the rns 510 and I started to date with version 2720.

    Everything works except that I Corect more information from the GPS on my trip computer (compass, GPS menu, and indication of direction have disappeared).

    Also when my car j’intéroge VAG.COM the navigation computers and radio gives me a default which is not coded yet the computer coding is the same as before the update.

    If anyone knows the problem and can help me or tell me what to do with the VAG.COM to return my GPS display on the maxidot thank you.

  • Mark

    Hi Ralph, I got the same problem once upgraded to the 2720 firmware. Have also tried the the new 2760 but has the same problem. Maps seem to be gone off the unit and no matter what map dvd I try it just spits it out and say either error with DVD or insert map dvd. I have not found any way around this, have you had any luck???

  • benjamin

    cant open the files? deleted?

  • aladar

    I have Tig and 1T0035680 C version. I upgraded to 2680, and stearing wheel buttoms are not working. I did try vatcom, VW dealer couldn’t help. Any ideas?
    Who has coding for vatcom?
    Thanks in advance!

  • freewheeling rs

    Thanks to Josi,

    Fw.2724 all works great, even on a rev. A Skoda Columbus.
    Don’t forget to rename SKTABLE and PQTABLE for a pre Facelift Octavia.

    Go on Josi!

  • fernando

    when they get the voice control RNS510 FOR SPANISH

  • fernando

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………when they get the voice control RNS510 FOR SPANISH

  • julian

    hi! i want to Upgrade to new version my rns510 but it work with out password and i dont know it if i Upgrade it will it lock that?

  • F33L

    Hi! I have a RNS510 with firmware 1040, i had dowload te archive 2720_fix.nrg so i tried to intall but appear a message CD/DVD error, what is wrong? thanks for help!

    Happy merry christmas!

  • Alex

    What is the latest official firmware for the RNS510?

  • Amir

    can anyone please walk me through this, i have downloaded and burned many different upgrades and can’t get any to work. I have a 2009 CC. How do I do this, any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much in advance.

  • looping69

    You have to burn your firmewar in 4X speed, enter your car, don’t insert the Key, only turn on your RNS 510 wait few second to start and insert the CD and have fun.

    bst rgds

  • Schiru

    I got a white screen one week after updating the navi software. And now I’m not able to do a SWL reset – screen is white and always on – until the end of the battery – shit!
    RNS 510 – 1T0 035 680 C – Version A or B – latest used software was 2720 more then 5 month with no problems.
    What can I do?

  • aadil patel

    which software can i use for skoda columbus, i want to install 27xx

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