Methods of Importing/Exporting Routes & Tracks to and from the Active 20

Daryn Milne posted this on 2 Oct 2019

There are currently three methods of importing or exporting routes, tracks and OOI's as files to and from the Active 20.

For Importing/Exporting files via SatSYNC, please look here:

The easiest and most common way to import files to the Active 20 is to connect the device to a PC or Mac via the supplied USB cable.  Please make sure that the device is powered on and has finished booting up and loading its internal memory and the memory on the map card. Whilst the devices loads its memory, there will be a red rotating square in the top right corner of the device, in the Status Bar. Once connected, the screen on the device should change to reflect that it is now in 'USB Mode'.

Please note: If the device is connected to a PC or Mac before it has completely booted up, it will 'freeze' when disconnected and in some cases, important files on the device can become corrupted. Holding the power button for 5 second should force the device to shut down.

On a Windows PC the device should be visible as a Mass Storage Device called 'ACT20 (E:)' or similar whilst on a Mac, the device will be titled 'Unknown'. If you look at these devices, you should see the internal storage and if a map card is inside the device, you will see a separate removable disk with the contents of the map card.

Please note: Please contact before deleting any files or folder on the device or map card that you are not sure of.

You can then simply, move or copy GPX files to and from either the internal storage or the map card. We would recommend putting them in relevant folders such as 'ROUTES', 'TRACKS' or 'POIS'. If the folder does not exist, you can create your own folder and this will be recognised by the device once the folder contains any GPX files.

Unfortunately a tablet would not recognise the device as being connected. Although we have yet to test it with the 'on the go' cables available.


Another way to import files to the device is to put the GPX files of routes straight onto the microSD card, via inserting the microSD card into the PC, Mac, Tablet, Smartphone or an SD card reader. Then simply copy the routes over to the card and insert it into the device.


Thirdly, we have been working on a way to wirelessly access routes on the Active 20 via using our route planner Xpedition2. To use this feature, you will need to make sure you have the latest software on your device. Then, create an account on Xpedition2. Then in the settings on the device, under username you can enter your Xpedition2 username (email address) and password. If there is no option to enter a password, please go to the main menu > settings > Wi-Fi settings and make sure Xpedition2 connectivity is set to 'Live Site'. Then connect your device to your home Wi-Fi. Once connected, in the 'Folders' section in the 'Main Menu' on the device you should see a Xpedition2 option. This will allow you to download and access routes that are saved in Xpedition2 on your device.


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