Sygic GPS Navigation Android – put maps on external sd card

29 05 2011

Hello,

I managed to find a solution to put Sygic GPS Navigation v.11.0.1 and v.11.0.2 maps for Android on external sd card.

Here are the steps:

1. Install Sygic GPS Navigation on your Android phone.

2. Start the Sygic Download application and download your favorites maps.

3. After download is completed close the Sygic Download application and connect your phone in USB storage mode to a PC.

4. On the PC side, move all content except database.xml and base-is-ok.txt from Aura folder on the internal phone memory to a folder called Aura on the external_sd card.

So after this process on the internal phone memory should be a folder called Aura with 2 files in it: database.xml and base-is-ok.txt and on the external_sd card in the Aura folder should be all the files needed by Sygic.

5. Make a back-up copy of database.xml then open it with Notepad editor. You will see that the file is pretty consistent. While in Notepad press CRTL+H and the find and replace option appears.

In the Find what field write:Aura/

In the Replace with write:external_sd/Aura/

Now press Replace All then Save the file (CTRL+S).

6. Disconnect storage from PC and start Sygic GPS Navigation. The program should start with no problem.

Make sure to not start Sygic Download application after this process as it will erase everything from the external_sd and will re-download the maps to internal phone memory. If you want new maps you have to start the process all over again or move the maps to a temporary folder, start Sygic Download, download new maps, and repeat the whole process from step 3.

If something goes wrong and your Sygic GPS Navigation application is not working or you just want to go to default program folders you can always delete the Aura folder from internal phone memory and external sd card but be aware you’ll lose all the downloaded maps.

Or without loosing the downloaded maps, you can move the content of Aura folder from the external sd card back to Aura folder on the internal phone memory, delete database.xml file, restore the back-up file and everything should be fine.

I will not be held responsible for any damage done to YOUR PHONE. Do this at your own risk.

This method was tested by me on Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy S II with Android 2.3.3 stock rom.

Feel free to leave a comment if you like this tutorial.

Good luck!

< Edit >

I have received lately some constructive comments that, I think, will help you more in the process described by me above.

Amaron (00:51:21) : edit

HI, since this is one of the first sites that Google returns for Sygic map move query, let me add my pennyworth to this post.

Now if Sygic does not work after this operation, try these modifications to the procedure:

Step 4. Do not move all files from the source Aura/ directory. In external_sd create directory Aura and in it Maps so you have ‘external_sd/Aura/Maps’. Next MOVE all subdirectories of Aura/Maps to the newly created ‘external_sd/Aura/Maps’. You can also COPY the remaining files just in case.

Step 5. Instead of replacing all Aura/ with external_sd/Aura replace Aura/Maps with external_sd/Aura/Maps. Next go to file Android/settings.ini and replace ‘MapPath=/../Maps’ with ‘MapPath=/../../external_sd/Aura/Maps’ and voilà, you have maps on external card.

PS. Maps take up significant space. However if you want to free up more in internal phone memory you can probably do the same steps for Aura/Res which seems to contain some couple hundred megabytes of voice files (haven’t tried this myself).

 

Thank you very much Amaron! I am glad you commented on my blog ;)

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21 responses

31 05 2011
30 07 2011
Tariq

You are a nuclear bomb ! You are great ! Thanks.

It works on LG Optimus 3D Android 2.2

You own me 800 MB :-)

Tariq from Saudi , I will translate your article after your permission.

30 07 2011
Daniel Sîrbu

Hello Tariq,

I’m glad I could help you.

And yes, you can translate the article with one condition. You have to mention the source of your translation: my name and this blog.

Thank you,
Daniel

10 01 2012
test_sygic_user

Anyone has try this out with the newest version Sygic 11.2.2 ?

How to move app and map to external micro_SD Card ???

Can you help pls?????????

18 01 2012
Jay

Thanks for this.

I unfortunately have a problem where my device only has 256MB of space and the download app wants to use 500MB. I have a nice shiney new 32GB card waiting to be used :(

22 05 2012
Amaron

HI, since this is one of the first sites that Google returns for Sygic map move query, let me add my pennyworth to this post.

Now if Sygic does not work after this operation, try these modifications to the procedure:

Step 4. Do not move all files from the source Aura/ directory. In external_sd create directory Aura and in it Maps so you have ‘external_sd/Aura/Maps’. Next MOVE all subdirectories of Aura/Maps to the newly created ‘external_sd/Aura/Maps’. You can also COPY the remaining files just in case.

Step 5. Instead of replacing all Aura/ with external_sd/Aura replace Aura/Maps with external_sd/Aura/Maps. Next go to file Android/settings.ini and replace ‘MapPath=/../Maps’ with ‘MapPath=/../../external_sd/Aura/Maps’ and voilà, you have maps on external card.

PS. Maps take up significant space. However if you want to free up more in internal phone memory you can probably do the same steps for Aura/Res which seems to contain some couple hundred megabytes of voice files (haven’t tried this myself).

6 06 2012
PeeTn

Haha, A 1000 thnx Amaron & offcourse writer of tut.. but without the step of Amaron it wasn’t working. Tried like 10 times before reading some comments. :P even the Res folder works that way. Finally some space! wish i could do the same with ndrive or navigon. can’t choose.. love all 3 of them. :P

6 06 2012
Amaron

Hi, glad I could help :-)

As for the other systems try looking for the paths that you would like to move inside the files of the program and if you are lucky you will find them in some configs. Took me some time before I got all of them and pondered the right new paths :-) Just remember to back up everything you change. Believe me it’s useful ;-)

13 07 2012
Harky

Another 1000 thnx to Amaron & offcourse writer of tut..
I did the job as Amaron described and it was working.
I did the same with the Res folder. Everything is working fine.
And, I deleted all the language files in the RES and USERGUIDES folder, that I don’t need. Thanks

22 08 2012
martinonl28

It is just plain stupid of sygic that they do not support maps on external SD themselves, but anyway thanks

22 08 2012
martinonl28

By the way amaron, Even better, If you change the settings before you download the map, the maps will automatically be installed on your SD card instead of you internal memory!!

So Jay, that is your lucky ticket!

8 09 2012
kayamemet

First of all thanks a lot for the guide but I also have one correction in addition to amaron:

for the step 5 (amaron), you should also change the ContentPath along with the MapPath. so It should look like this :


MapPath=/../../external_sd/Aura/Maps

ContentPath=/../../external_sd/Aura/Maps

btw, I have the sygic 11.2.6 on a SGS2 with ICS 4.0.3

12 09 2012
Madalin

I have version 11.2.5 on a tablet , I tried both of options from the post and from amaron, but Doesn’t work, when I open the application either the screen is black then without error exists the application, either it goes in the application but with the screen No maps.
What should I do ? there is another file where I should change the path to the maps ? my external sd has in EX file exporer the name “extsd” so i made the path to /../extsd/Aura/Maps also i tried /extsd/Aura/Maps but same issues :(

13 09 2012
Amaron

Hi, I did all my modifications on 11.2.3. I did also the Res folder and it works too. Try looking througl config files like *.ini or *.cfg or *.xml.

7 11 2012
Zarb

The Amaron method didn’t work for me. I think it’s because my SD card is mounted as sdcard2, not external_sd (of course I changed the paths accordingly) and I read elsewhere that Sygic only allows for the path external_sd.

8 12 2012
Germany

Hi there, I tried to do it but the trial sygic version I installed has no folder named Aura and no files called database.xml and base-is-ok.txt and I searched the root of my internal memory where sygic is installed, so I was wondering how the hell you guys say it worked for you. Did I miss the party or something?

9 12 2012
Daniel Sîrbu

Hi,

This tutorial does not apply anymore for the newer versions of Sygic, sorry :(
I will try to find a solution for the newer versions as well and post it here.

Regards,
Daniel

10 12 2012
Germany

Thanks Daniel, mystery solved. I will keep an eye on this site :)
Best regards
Hash (Germany)

10 04 2013
Miky Rivers

Nice !! Working in a Samsung ACE Duos

Thanks for your post

19 02 2014
Laghy

It doesn’t work with me… I’ve tried everything… my sd card is also referred as extSdCard. I have Samsung Galaxy III mini. Any further developments???

19 02 2014
Daniel Sîrbu

I am sorry Laghy but I can’t help you. The updates for Sygic are coming to often and are continuously changing the script file.

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