Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 2840 / 2844 / 2846 / 2848

Version 2840 / 2844 / 2846 / 2848 Firmware for the Volkswagen RNS 510 and the Skoda Columbus has been released. This is the final 2xxx release.

  • 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 2760)
  • 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.

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! 7L6 Touareg RNS 510’s are no longer supported since version 2760 due to the Touareg being fitted with the RNS 850. Version 1200 was the last version factory loaded on the 7L6 units with a hardware revision B.

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. 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 . 0 5 2 . 9 0 1

#Project: VWRNS
#Author: KPK
#Steckbrief: C_EU_9.242_t505 C10/C6

This is a SWL CD for VW delivery.


#Integrationphase: Delivery C10/C6-samples
#VwSwPartNumber:1T0035680C /3T0035680A /7F0035680 /7E0035680
#AppsBuild:C_EU_9.242_t505 C10/C6


31 thoughts on “Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 2840 / 2844 / 2846 / 2848”

    1. Hi Frankie

      I will update my RNS510:
      1T0 035 680 A
      HW H04
      SW 1000

      Can you explain to me why there are so many different versions of the firmware? Which one should I use for my RNS510?


  1. hi ,

    how to check my unit sorfware ?

    how to check my unit is LED version , diffecent is what ?

    can change chinese version ?

    can help

    i want to upgade my unit


    Ray Tam

  2. Hi all,

    I have a VW Golf GTI 2010, with RNS510, The part number is 3C0035684C and it runs with SW 1000.

    I tried almost 10 differents iso file. Each time it recognizes the update CD, reboots and try to load the update. I have the message “Good SWL found”, but then I always have the error screen : “Software Loading Error (010306)” “SWL Error An Error occured during the initialisation of the SWL Process”

    Any help would be highly appreciated.

  3. have you anybody this CD or download link?thx I have problem with sound on my COLUMBUS unit 3T0035680A,suddenly is silence,but confirmation tone and output test from VAG is OK…i don´t understand it

  4. I am after the 2840 firmware, I have it on my unit, but believe it may have become a little corrupted. I can’t load any higher version, as I don’t have the maps to load back on. Here in the UAE, the dealer loads it, and there are no maps to be bought

    I would really appreciate any help. I have searched high and low, but all links appear dead

  5. I trie to upgrade my rns 510 and wen arrive to gateway upgrade he stoped and sitll black sreen. he dosen´t work animore. can anione help me to reboot the rns?

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