How to restore Garmin favourites

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It was here yesterday but now my Garmin favorites file is not where it should be…

The Garmin favorites file can disappear after a hard reset as well as after a system update. It can also become damaged due to firmware issues or accidentally deleted using the Garmin interface. Unfortunately, once the file disappears, you don’t have many options other than to restore the file from a backup (if you have one), recreate your favorites manually, or attempt to recover the file using data recovery software.

Assuming that you have backed up your Garmin to your PC, you can copy your backup version of the Garmin favorites file and paste it to your device. Since the backup copy is older than your missing file, you will likely lose some of your favorites but at least some of them can be restored. To do this, connect the device to your computer using the USB cable. Once connected, right-click Start and select Open Windows Explorer.

Instructions for a PC:

Backup:

In order to backup your favorites from your GARMIN device to your PC, you will need to follow the steps below:

  1. Connect your GARMIN device to your computer.
  2. Double-click on My Computer.
  3. Right-click on the GARMIN device drive and select Open.
  4. Double-click on the Garmin folder (Note: Not all GARMIN devices require this step).
  5. Double-click on the GPX folder.
  6. Right-click and copy the Current.gpx file.
  7. Locate your computer’s Desktop and right click.
  8. Left click and paste the Current.gpx file.

Restore:

In order to restore your favorites from your PC to your GARMIN device, you will need to follow the steps below:

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  1. Find the Current.gpx file on your computer and right click. If you backuped your favorites as described above, the file you are looking for is located on your computer’s Desktop.
  2. Left click on Rename.
  3. Name the file Current1.gpx.
  4. Press Enter.
  5. Right click on the Current1.gpx file.
  6. Left click Copy.
  7. Connect your device to your computer.
  8. Double-click on My Computer.
  9. Right-click the GARMIN device drive and select Open.
  10. Double-click on the Garmin folder (Note: Not all GARMIN devices require this step).
  11. Double-click the GPX folder.
  12. Right click then left click on Paste.
  13. Disconnect your device from your computer and allow it to boot up (if it does not start up automatically, turn it on). Your favorites will now be restored on your device.

Instructions for a Mac:

Backup:

In order to backup your favorites from your GARMIN device to your MAC, you will need to follow the steps below:

  1. Connect the GARMIN device to the Mac.
  2. When you see the GARMIN device mounted to the desktop, double-click on it.
  3. Left-click on the Garmin folder (Note: Not all GARMIN devices require this step).
  4. Left-click the GPX folder.
  5. Right-click and copy “Current.gpx” file.
  6. Right-click and Paste Item on Desktop.

Restore:

In order to restore your favorites from your MAC to your GARMIN device, you will need to follow the steps below:

  1. Locate and Right-click on Current.gpx file. If you backuped up your favorites as described above, the file you are looking for is located on your computer’s Desktop.
  2. Left-click “Get Info”.
  3. Under Name & Extension rename the file Current1.gpx and press Enter.
  4. With GARMIN device connected to Mac Double-click on GARMIN Drive.
  5. Left-click on the Garmin folder (Note: Not all GARMIN devices require this step).
  6. Left-click on GPX Folder.
  7. Locate Current1.gpx file from your Desktop.
  8. Right-click and copy the Current1.gpx file.
  9. Right-click and paste the Current1.gpx file into the GPX folder on your GARMIN device.
  10. Disconnect your device from your computer and allow it to boot up (if it does not start up automatically, turn it on). Your favorites will now be restored on your device.

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