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How to use on-board maps with AlpineQuest ?

1. Place your maps on the device

The easiest way to put maps on your device is using your USB cable and connecting your device to your computer as a mass storage device. On your computer, browse your device like any USB key using the file explorer.

Even if you can put your maps anywhere you want on your device, it is recommended to place them on the default maps folder of AlpineQuest for an easier selection within the application. This default maps folder is usually located on the external memory of the device (on the SD memory card if any), inside the AlpineQuest folder, with the path “alpinequest/maps/”.

If you can't locate the maps folder, open the AlpineQuest's Maps Explorer and have a look at the path on the address bar . This folder is usually “alpinequest/maps/”, but can be “external_sd/alpinequest/maps/” on some other devices, or anything else.

The default maps folder is automatically created by AlpineQuest at the first start, you don't have to create it.

2. Select your maps from AlpineQuest

Once you have correctly un-linked your device, start AlpineQuest.

  • Click on the “Maps” menu item to display the maps sub-menu;
  • Select the “Explore maps” item to open the Maps Explorer;
  • Click a first time on the “Onboard maps” provider to browse the default map folder.

If you have placed your maps inside a different folder, you can click another time on the “Onboard maps” provider to display the root folder selection context menu . The default maps folder is listed first, the external memory is listed at the end.

If you don't exactly know where your maps are located on your external memory, you can check the “Recursive scan” option and then select the “SD Card” folder to perform a complete scan of your maps. At the end of the scan, AlpineQuest will list all compatible maps found on your external memory (the process can be long depending on the number of files you have on it).


Changing the external storage path

AlpineQuest tries to detect the external storage of the device when it starts. When available, this external storage is usually located on the SD memory card, otherwise it's on the device memory.

However, if you prefer to use another folder, you can change it in the AlpineQuest settings:

  • Click on the main menu and select the “Settings” item ;
  • Locate the “SD memory card path” setting and click on it to manually specify a folder path.

For example, if you want to use a map folder with the path “/storage/extSdCard/alpinequest/maps/”, define the “SD memory card path” to be “/storage/extSdCard/” (other sub-folders are automatically added by AlpineQuest).

Be sure to restart the application after modifying this setting.


If you have troubles with your maps, be careful of the following things:

  • Maps must be in the AQM format (.aqm file extension) or in the QCT format (.qct file extension);
  • When you copy the maps from your PC, be sure that all the files have been entirely copied before removing the USB cable. Do not remove the cable before ejecting the device from your OS. You should check the file sizes when the transfer is complete.

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