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Where does the application store its data?

The application folder is the unique folder used by the application to store all its data on the user device, including:

  • Stored maps for off-line use;
  • User landmarks, when using the default landmarks folder;
  • Imported and exported landmarks, details or map images;
  • Pictures used in waypoints;
  • Various technical data.

This folder is automatically chosen during the first application start, and is usually located on the external SD card (if available) for devices running Android lower than 4.4, or on the device memory for Android 4.4 and after (SD card storage behavior has considerably changed since then).

How to locate the application folder?

To display the application folder:

  • Click on the main menu icon ;
  • Click on the “Settings menu item;
  • Select the “Storage device preference;
  • Locate the application path line on the selected storage device.

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How to change the application folder?

To modify the storage location:

  • Click on the main menu icon ;
  • Click on the “Settings menu item;
  • Select the “Storage device preference;
  • Choose either “Auto-detect to let the application decide, or any other available device ;
  • Click on the “Ok button to validate the change;
  • Restart the application.

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Storage on the external SD card for Android 4.4 and more

As of Android 4.4, the memory management has been modified:

  • The device internal memory is called “Primary external memory”. This is the main storage memory, used by default by the application. This memory is usually quite large (up to hundred of GB);
  • The SD card external memory (available on some devices only) is called “Secondary external memory”. This space is not freely editable by applications anymore, only a specific folder per application can be used, as explained below.

Set up storage on the SD card for Android 4.4 and more

As explained above, only a particular folder is editable by the application. This folder is:

  • /Android/data/psyberia.alpinequest.full/files/ for the Full (paid) version;
  • /Android/data/psyberia.alpinequest.free/files/ for the Lite (free) version.

Note that when un-installing the application, this folder will be automatically deleted by Android, so all stored data will be lost.

To set up the storage on this folder:

  • Click on the main menu icon ;
  • Click on the “Settings menu item;
  • Select the “Storage device setting;
  • Choose the device that matches both your SD card and the folder listed above ;
  • Click on the “Ok button to validate the change;
  • Restart the application.

This folder is created by the application, you mustn't create it manually.

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Re-using data stored before Android 4.4 upgrade

If you stored data with the application on the external SD card before upgrading to Android 4.4, this data is now read-only and cannot be used any-more.

Here is the solution to retrieve it:

  • Configure the storage to use the new location on the external SD card as explained above;
  • Quit the application, and connect your device to your computer using your USB cable;
  • Using your computer's file explorer, move all content of the legacy folder (e.g. “/sdcard/alpinequest/”) into the new storage folder (e.g. “/Android/data/psyberia.alpinequest.full/files/” for the full version). Overwrite all items already there if necessary;
  • Disconnect your device, wait for the SD card to be checked (if needed), and restart the application. You should then be able to use your previously stored maps, and store new ones.

Do not use your Android file manager to move the data, it will leave it read-only in the new location.

A similar method can be used to use data stored using the Lite version with the Full one, the data must be moved from “/Android/data/psyberia.alpinequest.free/files/” to “/Android/data/psyberia.alpinequest.full/files/” using your computer's file explorer.

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