Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 5269

Version 5269 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 DAB+ Support (from 5xxx)
  • NEW DAB Support (from 4xxx)
  • NEW Radio Text (from 4xxx)
  • NEW Faster navigation and user interface
  • NEW Automatic illumination control
  • NEW Enhanced destination input
  • 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 (from 2720 onwards)
  • 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.

Download Firmware Upgrade

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! 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.

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 . 7 2 4 . 3 0 1

#Project: VWRNS
#Author: MiJa
#Steckbrief: C_EU_33.269_t1 C10/C12

This is a SWL CD for VW delivery.

#Integrationphase: Delivery cw45/12 C10/C12-samples
#AppsBuild:C_EU_33.269_t1 C10/C12

100 thoughts on “Volkswagen RNS 510 Firmware Upgrade to version 5269”

        1. Correct, I’ll look at adding the firmware for North American cars in the future but as I cannot test it makes it a little harder.

  1. hi, I have the rns510 v1t0035680D, firmware 3810 and located in AU. Can my unit still be upgraded to 5269, is there anything tricky I may need to be aware of.

  2. Hi,
    Can anyone tell what will happen if I will try to install this upgrade on 1T0 035 680 A (1T0035680A) firmware 1000?

  3. Hey,

    Can this firmware also be installed on 3T0 035 686 C Skoda columbus unit? It has DAB and minimum SW required is 5238. And also, is there a modified version for this unit with VIM activate, hidden menu and battery drain removal issue? thanks.

  4. I want to check that i can safely apply this firmware upgrade to my head unit ?

    You state above “Units that can be upgraded include (still being compiled may not be 100%) All D and later versions” , but your RNS510 article – Adding DAB/DAB+ support to the Volkswagen Golf Mark V & VI, Jetta, Passat and others” states
    “the difference between the C version has Western European maps installed and the D version has Eastern European maps”

    My VW Scirocco (UK Market) was built in June 2013 (MY14) , and i *think* my RNS510 DAB is the right one – it has a sticker on the rear of the unit which says 1T0 035 686 C and it states 30.05.13 on the sticker ( which is presume is the build date of the head unit ) . It has a Hardware Level of HW:09 and came with software level 5238.
    It already has DAB , so – is it simply a case of upgrading the firmware to 5269 in order to activate DAB+ ?

    I’ve got the 5269 ISO – dare i try it ?

    I’m confused & I would really appreciate confirmation on this

    many thanks – Lee (England)

    1. The first part is talking about hardware levels (revision D and above) which your headunit is.

      The second part is the part number of the head unit and in this case the C and the D just denote what maps come preloaded.

      You should not have any problems loading up 5269 and I would be interested in hearing back if the this enables DAB+ as you should already have it. I’ve tested 5238 in Australia but we only have DAB+ so I can’t test how it operates if you have DAB and DAB+ available.

      I’m about to upgrade my 5238 headunit to fix the random GPS zoom issue with 5269.

      1. Agree with Maverick
        UK Lee I was in the same situation like you till yesterday…not any longer. Exactly same configuration like you Just the made was in DE and model is Passat TDI.
        No issues witnessed since yesterday.

        Next step revamp the map DB.

        Thanks all to contribute in this forum it helped in making the right choice.


  5. Thanks Maverick – i’m probably being a bit thick , but i’m still confused about the ‘C’ & ‘D’ thing ? ignoring the part number , how do i know what hardware level my headunit is ? – does HW:09 relate to a hardware revision ‘letter’ ?

    i cant find anyone who’s actually loaded 5269 from the older 5238 – and to be honest I’m worried about being the guinea pig and bricking my unit !

  6. Hi
    I have gone from 5218 to 5269 and 2 things changed
    1. GPS lost itself for awhile (car on one street on map 100meters off)
    2. When on full start up before couls change preset radio stations on steering wheel, now it changes from preset 1 to a non preset station (this only happens until the system is fully loaded)

  7. I hereby confirm that this update worked with my 2013 Skoda Superb Columbus unit, HW version H10, firmware 5238.

  8. Hello,
    This firmware is the official one ?
    Or a modified one ?
    I want to know if it is good for RNS 1T0035680F, which has now installed official FW 5238 ?
    It requires recoding unit with VCDS, after installing this firmware ?
    Waiting for response from you .
    Thank you .
    Rudy .

  9. Will I be able to install this on my 1T0 035 680 B unit? Is the secret menu activated in this firmware image? I currently have firmware 4020 installed will the above give me radio text?

  10. I’ve just received a DAB RNS510 version C from eBay. The languages for the satnav section do not work so I’m wondering if a new firmware install will help this? Would you advise on a map install first? Again i’m a bit cautious of trying to upgrade and knackering my unit.

  11. Hello to everybody. I have one question. Can i upgrade my rns510 from 2760 to 5269?
    My rns510 is C revision with HW h04 (this is what display to info).
    Thank you.

  12. Hello, I just updated my Columbus with this fw. Works really good, however I cannot change the language to Dutch (Nederlands). Each time I select the language it asks for the navigation dvd which is already in the unit. Ejecting and reinserting does not solve the problem…
    Can someone help?

  13. I have a 2013 passat tdi rns510 unit. I just checked and the firmware says 3696. Is it safe to download this file and upgrade it myself? Will I notice any difference?

  14. Hi There I’m all very new to this only just got my car a few days ago, I wanted to update to the most stable release for my unit, and was wondering if somebody may be able to advise which firmware release I should go for?
    My Unit details are:
    Part No: 1T0035680C
    HW-Version: H61
    SW-Version: 2840
    HW Radio: 0006

    Im In the UK, Any help would be greatly received.

    1. Hello
      Did you update your rns ? I have same version and I want to update maps but need new sw version of soft it seems.

      Best Rrgards

  15. Can I update my current 3970 (factory) with this version without recoding the RNS?. I guess I don’t have to do it as it has .301 extension in VERSION.txt, but I would like to have a confirmation. Thanks!!

  16. @UK Lee, i did notice that in your image you uploaded your hardware revision actually says HW:H09 which to me says it is hardware revision H. However i am new to this system as well, and so i do not know if it saying H09 actually means this is hardware revision H09.

    I am also interested in upgrading my system to this version and need some help finding out my current version and if this upgrade will work. I can see a lot of people asking similar questions but no one seems to be offering any answers.


  17. This is so out of date technology, so last century. The RNS 510 will soon be forgotten if it can’t get up to date. People need navi systems which support different audio-, video- and image formats. And systems that you can connect to internet.

  18. Hi, first sorry my english is poor…
    I made update to my FW – first to 3810 and after to 5269. My questions is:

    1. I had Delivery part number 1T0035680D under 3810 FW and now under 5269 its 1T0035680L, this is normal?
    2. Its booting like in 1 min, its ok?
    3. Its ok if I don’t have nothing on PHONE option?
    4. How I can know how many GB my hard have?
    5. With FW its the best for me?

  19. I forget this information
    Version info:
    under 3810 was: 1T0035680D
    HW-Version – H11

    under 5269: 1T0035680L
    HW-Version – H11
    HW Vehicle – 0xC201
    SW Vehicle – 0x44550009
    Bootloader Vehicle – 0x44340001

    Thanks friends…

  20. hi
    does it suits to my unit
    my unit details are:
    Part no: 3T0035680B
    HW-Version: H42
    SW-Version: 4024

    Im in Australia

  21. do i need to install the MAPS and POI again after updating my RNS ?

    and is it possible to update my unit with this FW ?

    i have :

    PN : 1T0 035 680 F
    HWv : H06
    SWv : 3970
    SV SWv: C_EU_10.344_t190
    HWvehicle : 0xC801

    1. Hi John, I had the same version installed on my RNS 510. No need to reinstall maps and POI’s – they were all there afterwards. Upgrade went perfectly as long as I kept the door open and keys out of the ignition!

  22. I have VW CC2013, RNS-510 3C0035684J, H65, currently on 4xxx firmware , tried the last 2 5xxx firmware upgrades and both of them give me SWL error when installing, anyone have a clue, or am I wrong with the version of my nav system.

  23. Hi, Im a real novice at all this but the idea of improving functionality etc on my head unit really appeals. I do however have some questions which I was hoping that some of the more experienced users in this forum could help with. The information i get when I press and hold “setup” is:

    Delivery Part No. 3T0035680E
    HW Ver: H64
    SW Ver: 4024

    How do I know if I have a C or D or Z version head unit ?
    Can I use the software from this page to upgrade my unit?
    Will I have to re-code anything to get my bluetooth hands free, parking sensors etc working again?

    Any help will be appreciated, thank you.

  24. hi, i have a C version, can i updated from 5238 to 5269. serious problem. it started without any volume..after that not working at all? any one can help me how to sort it out. I have PASSAT 2006

  25. Hi,
    Ican’t veryfie my RNS 510 firmware version… is a touareg 2008 v6 tdi,can you tell me wich version need to download to update it??

    many thanks

  26. Well I finally updated to this firmware, all is good except I’ve lost my highline display for navigation and the radio, the phone still works ok through the display.
    If anyone else has had this problem and fixed it is be most grateful for the info

    1. After leaving the radio for 30 mins turned off the display is working again ???? I can confirm this is now working 100% ????

    2. You need to connect your car via vag cable to VCDS software. Here you enyble the navigation and audio in the menu. Michal

  27. Hi all,

    Just reading the comments and all very interesting – I too am worried about being a guiney pig!

    I have got a 2008 VW Eos running the RNS510 1TO 035 680 AX
    HW – H05
    SW – 1120

    Which firmware update do you guys think I could upgrade to?

    Many thanks in advance.


  28. Morning all, will this work on my unit?

    Address 37: Navigation (J0506) Labels: 1T0-035-680.clb
    Part No SW: 1T0 035 680 C HW: 1T0 035 680 C
    Component: RNS-MID H41 2720
    Revision: AB001001 Serial number: VWZ6Z7K3156023
    Coding: 040004020400008000
    Shop #: WSC 00028 028 00001
    VCID: 2E591D8579BA216E39B-807B

  29. I have just bought and fitted an RNS510 to my golf which has mk6 steering wheel and uprated canbus module
    It is an RNS 510 ‘S’ 1T0035680S with SSD drive HW-version H21 SW-Version 6276
    I had to change ‘BAP’ do get the red MFD to show Navigation & Audio but now sterring buttons do not work

    If I change the ‘BAP’ setting to work with white display, I lose Naavigation and Audio in MFD but steering buttons work fine.

    Interestingly the buttons work fine with, red display but only for the first 20 seconds when switched on.

    It appears this firmware is not an official firmware which I believe is the cause of the steering button problem.
    I have emailed the reseller about the firmware and he said it is the only firmware which is compatible with SSD hard drive.

    Would this firmware work on my radio and is this an official version?

    Thank you in advance

  30. Hello everyone,
    I would like to ask for advice before I install this update. Right now Im having version:
    Skoda Superb Columbus
    HW-Version HO5
    Sw-Version 4120
    I did update my factory firmware with this 4120 and since then I getting less option in settings on dash board between clocks. Sat nav display option between clocks on dashboard completely disappear and few other options too.
    Can anybody tell,who is using Columbus with latest update that has no problems or anybody can advice how to get back that functions to my options in settings in dashboard not on sat nav display setting.
    Many thanks

  31. I have a HW: C14 model with SW: 6270. I believ this has a different GPS chip and SSD.
    I am assuming this firmware is NOT for me?
    If not, is there an update for my model? It’s is quite buggy and I have been waiting in hope for an improvement….

  32. Hello, I have a MY10 CC – Canadian vehicle:

    PN : 3C0 035 684 C
    HWv : H06
    SWv : 1140
    SV SWv: C_NAR_9.442_t950
    HWvehicle : 0xC801

    Can I upgrade to Software version 5269?
    Thank you

  33. Hi, I’ve done the 5269 firmware upgrade and all is good apart from the Splash/Logo screen! Months before updating the firmware, I changed the logo to ‘R32’ I have now noticed the logo no longer displays!!! I’ve tied reloading the logo and the Rns510 says that its loaded but doesn’t display it! Is there a reason for this?
    Regards Stuart

  34. Hello, I would like to install this firmware.
    My rns 510 is currently in:
    HW: H42
    SW: 3810
    Is this possible?

  35. Hi.. I have a VW Passat 2012 2.5 SEL Premium with the RNS510. I would like to know if this update would work for me. I really don’t know what DAB and DAB+ are… however, under version info of the unit – this is what shows up..

    Delivery part number : 1T0035680D
    HW-Version : H61
    SW-Version : 3970
    Active map coverage : Arabian gulf
    Active map supplier : Navteq

    Please advise!

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