Garmin Pilot for Android -- Tech Support, Tips, Tricks

Discussion in 'Technical Corner' started by Jay Honeck, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Dave Morris

    Dave Morris Filing Flight Plan

    Jun 18, 2015
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    I'm one of those people with a 16GB Nexus 7 running Garmin Pilot. I've been able for several years to keep all the charts I need for flying mostly the southern half of the country, but I'm down to 1/2 GB of space left. Does anyone know how space is recycled when charts are updated? i.e. are expired charts deleted, and if not, where are they stored so I can delete them manually?

    Dave Morris
    Mooney M20A N1960 at KTRL
  2. RotorDude

    RotorDude Pattern Altitude

    Aug 31, 2014
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    I have and use two Nexus 7 (2013) tablets, both running latest version Android and Garmin Pilot. One is 32GB and the other 16GB. On the 16GB, which I actually use as my primary since it's a bit newer (the other is a live backup mounted on the other yoke), I try to be more frugal installing stuff (aviation only), to conserve space. At the moment, it is showing (per the GP "Downloads" screen) 2.00GB available. I think once the new cycle date arrives, it will automatically delete the old revision, which should create around 1GB free (speaking from memory), so I expect to have around 3GB available. Looking at the coverage map, I have around half the country covered.
    BTW, for reference, my 32GB tablet is currently showing 11.72GB available (same coverage, but more junk installed).
    In direct answer to your question, the map storage maintenance between update cycles is automatic -- all you need to do is decide on coverage (and change it as needed).
  3. lziegenhals

    lziegenhals Pre-Flight

    Sep 27, 2013
    Boerne, Texas
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    I agree with RotorDude, although I believe the previous cycle's files are kept until they expire. So if you load a new cycle before the old cycle expires, you'll have the files for both cycles on the system for a period of time.

    Having said that, I have occasionally noticed some old files that are not automatically deleted and can't be manually deleted. For example, I still have some A/FD files from editions 1603 and 1606. Pressing the "Delete" button for one of those files in GP gives me the "Are you sure you want to do that?" prompt, but does not delete the file after clicking "OK". So it looks like the cleanup process does not always work. I have seen this only on the A/FD files, though I'm not sure I would ever know if there were any old files in the Procedures and Charts directories since the interface in GP has no way of showing them (it only shows the maps and status for the current and next cycles). It obviously works 99% of the time or my device would have filled up with old files ages ago! I've thought about removing GP and reinstalling it to see how much space I get back on the device, but haven't actually tried that yet.