Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 3810 / 3814 / 3816 / 3818

Version 3810/3814/3816/3818 firmware for the Volkswagen RNS 510 and the Skoda Columbus has been released.

  • Voice Control (requires microphone – see Volkswagen RNS 510 Microphone Connection for voice control)
  • NEW hold down the setup button for 30 seconds and get the following menus: FM, AM and the new VERSION INFO (map version and type, hw and sw versions)
  • NEW Compass
  • NEW POI – see Volkswagen RNS 510 Maps POI – New Features with firmware 3xxx
  • NEW Languages – Arabic,  Russian, Turkish and Polish
  • 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
  • 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%)

  • All D and later versions.
  • 1T0 035 680 C (1T0035680 C) from software version 1000, 800,  900, 1100 , 2660 and 2700 to version 3810.
  • 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.
  • Revision A, B and C units can be upgraded with the modified firmware (see link below)

Revision A, B and C revision units

These units will become SW revision D after the upgrade however when coding the unit using VCDS you will receive the error
“Coding Rejected, Error 31: Request Out of Range”
Before saving the new coding manually add a 10th byte (00) at the end before pressing “Do It” as per the example below

9 byte coding (A/B/C SW revisions):

10 byte coding (D SW revision):

Warning! This upgrade WILL delete your music and/or maps if you have a firmware version  1xxx/2xxx and upgrade to 3800-3910. A third partition is created for POI data and the 20GB music partition now becomes 15GB.

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! There are a small number of users where the RNS 510 display has a dim backlight after upgrading. See the post “Volkswagen RNS 510 Backlight Dim after upgrading Firmware” for more details.

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. A HTC Diamond for example worked fine before the update but only partially afterwards however an 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 5 . 1 5 7 . 3 0 1

#Project: VWRNS
#Author: RoNe
#Steckbrief: C_EU_10.342_t1 C10/C6

This is a SWL CD for VW delivery.


#Integrationphase: Delivery cw22/11 C10/C6-samples
#AppsBuild:C_EU_10.342_t1 C10/C6



 Software Loading CD for CP2 based units
 (c) CONTINENTAL Wetzlar
 CdTreeBuilder version 3.06 is used.
 #CD:P 0 0 5 . 1 5 7 . 3 0 1
 #Project: VWRNS
 #Author: RoNe
 #Steckbrief: C_EU_10.342_t1 C3/C4A/C5C/C6/C10
 This is an unofficial SWL CD by josi. Use it at your own risk.
 No Russian language support
 #Integrationphase: Delivery cw22/11 C10/C6-samples
 #AppsBuild:C_EU_10.342_t1 C3/C4A/C5C/C6/C10

99 thoughts on “Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 3810 / 3814 / 3816 / 3818”

  1. i have rns510 on ver2680, hw ver is H04, will this firmware upgrade be ok, also if this wipes the maps, where can i get latest maps (current map ver 73332), cheers

  2. Hi people, How can i do to install the firmware on a SEAT RNS 510 5P0035680A? what shoud i do…!
    Thx in advance!

  3. Hello I have an original B unit upgraded to FW 2660, do I have to use basic 3810 or should I use 3810a?
    Will it work on a V8 7692 map? or should I upgrade to a newer firmware such as 3980 or 3970?
    Any feedback?

  4. Hello.
    I supposingly have a C-version of the unit (car made in mid ’10). And I want to upgrade to 3810. Is coding via VCDS is necessary afterwards?
    And does change of revision from B/C to D impose any restrictions for use of the unit whatsoever?

  5. Could someone plz give a link to 3810 for RNS-510 C (above there is only links for D and above are available and for A/B/C links are removed)? Thnx

  6. Anyone for a link or Disk for the removed “Megaupload link removed (filename: 3810a_noru.rar containing 3810a_noru.iso of size 687,790,080)” please…. really need it….

  7. Hi,
    I have been trying to update my RNS510 rev B to 2600 + from original firmware 1200. I have lost all functionality from touchscreen and consistently get gateway error 202 what ever firmware is loaded. I have used Josi’s recovery tool which works but still with no touchscreen. I have followed many instructions ref burning the discs at slow speeds.
    The only reason for doing the upgrade was to unlock the larger SD capabilities and RVC with OPS.
    I have tried loading the original 1200 firmware in but this installs great until the gateway section which fails at 50% saying error 202.
    I would appreciate any advice that could help me recover my RNS 510



  8. I installed on a 7l6 touareg C, also wirh swirh pqtable/sktable, but i have still no steering buttun volume! Any idea? Please help me, my wife boring me all day wirh that buttons!!!

  9. hi, i have T5 California Beach, BJ: 12/2010, RNS 510, PartNr. 7F0 035 680, Software 2726, HW-Master H42

    can i update with these 381x-Version without VCDS-Coding? Is my RNS510 A,B or C?

  10. Hi
    I have RNS 510 (1T0 035 680 C) SW:2760. I want to upgrade at 3810.
    There is a cd that restores the RNS if done a fail upgrade?
    I’m afraid to start the process

  11. Please tell me how do i know if my rns 510 is an A,B,C or D unit, thank you. I have pictures of all the setup screens hidden

  12. Hi
    I tried to put this verison on my RNS 510 B SW:1200, but I recive CD/DVD error with both media CD-R and DVD-R. The image was written on minimum speed.
    Any ideea?!

  13. Hi guys.i am using a RNS510 for Touareg part number 7L6035680 without A , B ,C,D. HW h73 and SW 0423. i want to get to 3810. tried FW1100 ,278x and 3810 update and didnt work. I got the Cant check HW vers error. What is the correct order for me or what should i do ? Thanks

  14. I have a RNS510 H10 part number 1k8035685 SW-version 1088. Can I Upgrade the SW to the 6726 version?
    Thanks in advance for your help.

  15. columbus rcd510 nefunguje multifunk?ný volant.kde nájdem aktualizáciu?HW-04,SW-5238,3T0035680G.?akujem.

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