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Can I transfer custom maps between devices? (FAQ)

Last Updated: Aug 07, 2019 03:18PM EDT

It is possible to move an imported map from one device with Avenza Maps to another device using AirDrop - a technology for directly transferring files from one Apple device to another.  This feature is only available for iOS devices.  We are looking into ways to allow transferring between Android devices, as well as between platforms (i.e. iOS to Android or vice versa).  

The only types of maps that can be transferred through AirDrop are imported maps, that is, ones that were added from iTunes Connect, Dropbox, Storage Locations (ie Google Drive, OneDrive, Box etc.), a QR Code or from the web. It will not work with maps purchased from the Avenza Map Store. To transfer an imported map using AirDrop, do the following:

  1. Turn on WiFi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop on both iOS devices. WiFi and Bluetooth can be found under iOS Settings. To turn on AirDrop, open device Settings > General > AirDrop, and set it to 'Everyone'.
  2. Open the map you would like to transfer.
  3. Tap Map Features.

  4. Tap Export


  5. Tap AirDrop.


  6. Under Data select All Features and Map or Custom and select the map.


  7. Tap Export. An AirDrop window will appear with a list of available devices to share with. Tap on the name of the other device to share.


  8. On the other device, a window will appear notifying you that a device would like to share a file through AirDrop. Tap Accept to start the download.

**Please note that in order to successfully transfer maps and/or data between iOS devices using AirDrop, both devices must be using the same version of Avenza Maps**

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