Default location of Locus app and maps under Android 4.3

Arpad Orfi shared this question 2 years ago
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What is the default location of Locus app and the downloaded maps under Android 4.3?

If there is an external SD card present while installing Locus, will the default place be the external SD card under Android 4.3?

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If the current location is in internal memory (device memory) and I want to place any maps already downloaded and maps to download later to be saved on the external SD card, then is it only a matter of copying the whole Locus folder from the internal memory into the root of the external SD card?

Could one use an App2SD app for this purpose – does an app like that do the same as if I were to move the folder myself using a file explorer app?

Thanks,

Arpad

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Just for information ... every start of Locus, Locus search for all possible directories where it's main data may be stored. So if you just

1. disable Locus

2. move whole Locus directory to different place (to SD card)

3. start Locus

You should receive information that Locus was moved and if you are aware of it. After confirmation, all should run correctly from SD card.

Just keep in mind, limitations of Android 4.4, where write access to root of SD card is no more possible.

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HI Arpad,

1) On Android 4.3 Locus app root is placed in the internal memory and working directory on the SD card (if any is present).

2) you can change locations of Locus directories in Locus settings, see http://docs.locusmap.eu/doku.php?id=manual:user_guide:settings:misc. We don't recommend to handle Locus directories otherwise than via the app itself.

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Hi Michal,

Thanks for your reply.

I have the following two, related questions:

1)

There was no external SD card present when I’ve installed Locus Pro, so all components (all folders) was installed in internal memory.

Is it a good idea to uninstall Locus Pro and install it again to assure that the working directory and all the maps (downloaded later) are placed to the external SD card?

Or it is better to simply change the location of some of the folders, and do this change within Locus itself?

2)

Is it OK to move/place all the folders (even the app root) of Locus Pro onto the external SD card?

Or there is some risk if the app root of Locus Pro is not in the internal memory?

Thanks,

Arpad

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1) It depends if you made any settings or adjustments in the app. If not, it'll be simpler to uninstall and re-install with the SD card in. If yes and you would like to keep these settings, change the location of directories within the app.

2) you won't save much place if you move all app to SD card but you definitely save your nerves from possible troubles with stability, speed and your data security if you do standard installation (internal memory for root and SD as storage space)

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Just for information ... every start of Locus, Locus search for all possible directories where it's main data may be stored. So if you just

1. disable Locus

2. move whole Locus directory to different place (to SD card)

3. start Locus

You should receive information that Locus was moved and if you are aware of it. After confirmation, all should run correctly from SD card.

Just keep in mind, limitations of Android 4.4, where write access to root of SD card is no more possible.

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Thanks for the detailed reply.

Just one final question: Do you possibly see any noticeable difference in speed / swiftness of drawing maps, redrawing screen when you pan the map, based on where you store the maps (or the app itself)?

On a normal (not high-end) phone, like Sony Xperia SP, and assuming that one uses a class 10 micro SDHC UHS-I card which claims to have 70 MB/s read speed and 20 MB/s write speed.

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Best to test on your own. From my point of view, SD card will never be as fast as internal memory, so I personally suggest to keep all data that require fast access (to be true, whole Locus directory) in internal memory.

But who do not try, won't believe ;).

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Well Arpad, it will work but it's up to you - either you sacrifice a few MBs of internal space for Locus or suffer a few miliseconds extra (and risk SD card malfunction and possible data loss) :)

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