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manual:faq:move_to_new_phone

Moving Locus to another phone or tablet


You have purchased a new mobile or tablet. Follow the instructions on how to move Locus Map, its settings and all its data (maps, tracks, points) safely into the new device:

Android 10 and older devices

1. the old phone

Make a backup of Locus main directory

  • open a file manager (Total Commander, Solid Explorer, Xplore etc.) and find /Locus/ directory
  • zip it as e.g. “locus_backup.zip” file (optionally)
  • send it to some cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Drive etc.)

Don't forget to backup your custom subdirectories if you have any - SRTM, backup and MapVector files.

Back up your external maps

  • open Locus map manager > offline tab
  • backup all maps that are stored out of the main app directory (especially the raster maps purchased from commercial publishers) to Dropbox or Google Drive.

You don't have to back up LoMaps. These can be re-downloaded from Locus Store for free.

2. the new phone

  • install the latest version of Locus Map to the new device
  • download the /Locus/ directory (or its zipped file) from Dropbox or Google Drive and copy its content (unzip it) to the /Locus/ directory in the new phone - overwrite the data that was newly created during the installation
  • do the same with the maps
  • log in to Locus Store, re-download LoMaps and restore your Premium package (if you have any)
  • restart Locus Map so that all the backups are properly re-initialized

Android 11+ devices

1. the old phone

  • go to Locus settings > miscellaneous > default directories > unload app data
  • select e.g. “download” directory and create a new folder in it - e.g. “locus_data”. Confirm.
  • all the app's data are copied into the newly created folder
  • copy the “locus_data” folder via PC, Dropbox, Google Drive, or whatever else to your new phone's “Download” directory

Don't forget to backup your custom subdirectories if you have any - SRTM, geocaching, backup, MapVector, etc. files. These aren't backed up by the “unload” feature.

2. the new phone

  • install Locus Map
  • go to Locus settings > miscellaneous > default directories > load app data
  • select the“download/locus_data” directory and confirm
  • load also the custom sub dir data if applicable
  • restart Locus Map (it'll probably restart itself)
manual/faq/move_to_new_phone.txt · Last modified: 2022/09/02 11:39 by mstupka