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Geocaching Support suggested I might find the answer to my query here
 
Okay, I'll try the forums. But, is this the best answer Geocaching Support can come up with?
 
I'll restate my original question. My premium geocaching phone app works okay. But for rugged caches I would like to transfer my queries to my Garmin. I would like to transfer data from my phone. I could accomplish this through my laptop computer but what a hassle. Should be easy data transfer from phone to Garmin.

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On my Samsung tablet (Android 7) I can, using GDAK, export to GPS (Oregon600) without a problem. Since Android won't allow writing to external storage the exported file is saved on local storage first and then moved to the GPS.

 

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What's your specific phone? 

 

What's your specific Garmin GPS model?

 

Which app are you using - the one Groundspeak provides for free to download or s 3rd party app?

 

Groundspeak doesn't provide technical support for your GPS so I'm not sure why you'd expect them to explain how to get caches on it.

 

In most cases, it will be tedious to do what you are asking. Since you can load a large number of caches on your GPS, why aren't you doing that ahead of time?  Except for some exceptions, you'll need to export caches as a gpx file and log the gpx file into your phone. 

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It's actually more of a hassle to get your phone to transfer the files than your laptop.

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2 minutes ago, Mineral2 said:

It's actually more of a hassle to get your phone to transfer the files than your laptop.

I have my tablet with me on caching trips and holidays but not my laptop <_<

Although I prefer GGZ + POI export from GSAK at home, I can live with GPX exports from my tablet to the Oregon. It just takes a few minutes.

It all depends on the TS' setup of course.

 

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1 hour ago, on4bam said:

I have my tablet with me on caching trips and holidays but not my laptop <_<

Although I prefer GGZ + POI export from GSAK at home, I can live with GPX exports from my tablet to the Oregon. It just takes a few minutes.

It all depends on the TS' setup of course.

I guess I could have specified - it's more of a hassle to set up. Whereas the laptop is ready to go. No extra apps or software needed.

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Thanks for all the posting to my question. My phone is a Samsung galaxy s7 running Android 7. 

I really thought it would be a very simple process to transfer lists and geocache locations to a Garmin Oregon 450.

Again, community, thanks for the help.

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27 minutes ago, Mineral2 said:

I guess I could have specified - it's more of a hassle to set up. Whereas the laptop is ready to go. No extra apps or software needed.

 

Yes, you can transfer PQs or GPX files without extra software but the same goes for a phone/tablet (at least with Android). Download/unzip PQ and transfer to GPS using explorer (Windows) or filemanager (Android). Laptop uses simple USB cable, for Android an OTG connection is needed. So it all depends on how the OP is set up but it can be evenly easy for different systems.

As a GSAK user I export with a macro from my PC to GPS and prepare the tablet with GDAK by copying (via macro and my own local cloud software) databases/images. In the field or on holiday I can update local caches via API and export from tablet (as GPX).

I feel that setup is very efficient for my workflow but as always YMMV <_<

 

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Bob - Are you using the official Geocaching.com app on your Galaxy phone or a 3rd party app for caching?

What you'd need to do, and ON4BAM (nice call :) ) does this, is produce a file on your phone which can be transferred to the GPS. I don't think the official app does this so you'll need other software, and of course, the caches available to that software, and then once you have the GPX, use a cable that allows your Garmin to connect to your Galaxy phone and look like a drive in the Galaxy's file manager. 

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5 minutes ago, Team DEMP said:

 use a cable that allows your Garmin to connect to your Galaxy phone and look like a drive in the Galaxy's file manager. 

Total Commander will move/copy to any "drive" connected to the Samsung. I connect my Or600 via an OTG adapter that I also use to transfer from my camera SD card. GDAK will import PQ's, GPX via API and also import radius around coordinates etc... There are offline maps available and you can log offline (with templates) and upload logs via API when you have data/wifi.

 

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Someone should write a tutorial with step by step instructions.

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