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Last updated September 16th 2020

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Export and share app content with another device offline

One of the Forest Watcher mobile app’s most innovative features is the ability to export and share content with another device while in a low Internet connectivity setting. Areas, reports, routes, basemaps and contextual layers can all be exported while offline then shared with another device. Below you will find steps on how to export all app content to your device, how to export individual files to your device, how to share app content with another device and how to import files shared with you.

While Forest Watcher is designed for use in low-connectivity environments and can be used completely offline, it does require at least one user to have Internet access to update and refresh the relevant forest monitoring alerts and basemaps. Internet connection and/or cellular service is also required to share and receive files between users. Offline users can still view areas, create and edit reports, use the route tracking feature and export app content, which can be updated when Internet or cell phone service is available again or when one user refreshes their app content and shares it with another user.

Export all app content

Forest Watcher users can share all content – areas, reports, routes, basemaps and contextual layers – stored on their app with other users. This option is available for both offline and online use. Please note that you will need Internet or cellular connection to load deforestation and fires alerts.

  1. To start, navigate to the homepage then tap “Settings.” From here, tap “Share All App Data” to generate a file with all of the content stored on the app.
Tap “Settings” from the homepage.
Tap “Share All App Data.”
  1. You will then be directed to save the files on your device. Rename your file and select the desired location, then tap “Save.” The file will then be accessible from your selected location. Learn how to share this with another device in the “Share app content with another device” section below.
Select where to save the app content file then tap “Save.”

Export individual areas, reports, routes, basemaps and contextual layers

If there is specific app content you would like to share, Forest Watcher also has the capability to share individual data files with other users. This option is available for both offline and online use. Please note that you will need Internet or cellular connection to load deforestation and fires alerts.

  1. To start, tap the content you want to share. For areas, reports and routes, you can access their applicable pages from the homepage. Basemaps and contextual layers can be accessed from the settings page.
Navigate to the content you want to share. Areas, reports and routes are accessible from the homepage.
Basemaps and contextual Layers are accessible from the settings page.
  1. The workflow for each content type is the same. Navigate to the applicable page and tap the “Share” icon at the bottom of the page. For basemaps, only custom basemaps that you have uploaded can be exported and shared. Learn more about how to upload basemaps here.
The bottom of each feature’s screen has a “Share” icon that you will tap to start the file-sharing process.
  1. You will be prompted to select the files you would like to export and share. The “Share” icon will become green once the selected files are ready to export.
Once you have selected your desired files, the “Share” icon will turn green which means your files are now ready to share.
  1. When you have finished selecting the files you would like to share, tap the “Share” icon again. You will then be directed to save the files on your device. Rename your file and select the desired location, then click “Save.” The file will then be accessible from your selected location.
You will need to select a location to save the files on your device.
The files will automatically save in your selected destination.

Share app content with another device

With the app content files now saved on your device, you can share this information with other users. While you do not need Internet to export and share files, it is important to note that you will need Internet or cellular service for the files to transfer to other devices. The benefit of this feature is that if one user has Internet connection, they can share updated information with offline users.

  1. First, navigate to the file location on your device. Tap and hold the file until you are prompted with a menu of options. In this example, a designated “Forest Watcher” folder was created on an iOS device to save files.
After locating the file on your device, tap and hold the file to reveal your device’s options menu.
From here, click “Share” to send the files to another user.
  1. From here, tap “Share” and select the method for sharing. You can share the files via text message, email, WhatsApp, Bluetooth or any other options available on your device.
  2. Once the files have been sent, the recipient should choose to open the file in Forest Watcher. On iOS devices, select “Copy to Forest Watcher.”
  3. The recipient will be prompted to import the app bundle and can choose to import all data or select specific items to import. They will then be prompted to confirm the import by tapping “Import Data Bundle” on the bottom of the page.
Import all data or specific items from the bundle.
Tap “Import Data Bundle” to confirm the import.
  1. Once selected, the app content will automatically import and the recipient will be returned to the homepage. A green confirmation message will appear informing them once the data has been successfully imported. They will now have access to all the app content that was shared regardless of Internet connectivity.
All imported data will now be available.

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Last updated September 16th 2020

Global Forest Watch Help Center

https://www.globalforestwatch.org/help

Export and share app content with another device offline

One of the Forest Watcher mobile app’s most innovative features is the ability to export and share content with another device while in a low Internet connectivity setting. Areas, reports, routes, basemaps and contextual layers can all be exported while offline then shared with another device. Below you will find steps on how to export all app content to your device, how to export individual files to your device, how to share app content with another device and how to import files shared with you.

While Forest Watcher is designed for use in low-connectivity environments and can be used completely offline, it does require at least one user to have Internet access to update and refresh the relevant forest monitoring alerts and basemaps. Internet connection and/or cellular service is also required to share and receive files between users. Offline users can still view areas, create and edit reports, use the route tracking feature and export app content, which can be updated when Internet or cell phone service is available again or when one user refreshes their app content and shares it with another user.

Export all app content

Forest Watcher users can share all content – areas, reports, routes, basemaps and contextual layers – stored on their app with other users. This option is available for both offline and online use. Please note that you will need Internet or cellular connection to load deforestation and fires alerts.

  1. To start, navigate to the homepage then tap “Settings.” From here, tap “Share All App Data” to generate a file with all of the content stored on the app.
Tap “Settings” from the homepage.
Tap “Share All App Data.”
  1. You will then be directed to save the files on your device. Rename your file and select the desired location, then tap “Save.” The file will then be accessible from your selected location. Learn how to share this with another device in the “Share app content with another device” section below.
Select where to save the app content file then tap “Save.”

Export individual areas, reports, routes, basemaps and contextual layers

If there is specific app content you would like to share, Forest Watcher also has the capability to share individual data files with other users. This option is available for both offline and online use. Please note that you will need Internet or cellular connection to load deforestation and fires alerts.

  1. To start, tap the content you want to share. For areas, reports and routes, you can access their applicable pages from the homepage. Basemaps and contextual layers can be accessed from the settings page.
Navigate to the content you want to share. Areas, reports and routes are accessible from the homepage.
Basemaps and contextual Layers are accessible from the settings page.
  1. The workflow for each content type is the same. Navigate to the applicable page and tap the “Share” icon at the bottom of the page. For basemaps, only custom basemaps that you have uploaded can be exported and shared. Learn more about how to upload basemaps here.
The bottom of each feature’s screen has a “Share” icon that you will tap to start the file-sharing process.
  1. You will be prompted to select the files you would like to export and share. The “Share” icon will become green once the selected files are ready to export.
Once you have selected your desired files, the “Share” icon will turn green which means your files are now ready to share.
  1. When you have finished selecting the files you would like to share, tap the “Share” icon again. You will then be directed to save the files on your device. Rename your file and select the desired location, then click “Save.” The file will then be accessible from your selected location.
You will need to select a location to save the files on your device.
The files will automatically save in your selected destination.

Share app content with another device

With the app content files now saved on your device, you can share this information with other users. While you do not need Internet to export and share files, it is important to note that you will need Internet or cellular service for the files to transfer to other devices. The benefit of this feature is that if one user has Internet connection, they can share updated information with offline users.

  1. First, navigate to the file location on your device. Tap and hold the file until you are prompted with a menu of options. In this example, a designated “Forest Watcher” folder was created on an iOS device to save files.
After locating the file on your device, tap and hold the file to reveal your device’s options menu.
From here, click “Share” to send the files to another user.
  1. From here, tap “Share” and select the method for sharing. You can share the files via text message, email, WhatsApp, Bluetooth or any other options available on your device.
  2. Once the files have been sent, the recipient should choose to open the file in Forest Watcher. On iOS devices, select “Copy to Forest Watcher.”
  3. The recipient will be prompted to import the app bundle and can choose to import all data or select specific items to import. They will then be prompted to confirm the import by tapping “Import Data Bundle” on the bottom of the page.
Import all data or specific items from the bundle.
Tap “Import Data Bundle” to confirm the import.
  1. Once selected, the app content will automatically import and the recipient will be returned to the homepage. A green confirmation message will appear informing them once the data has been successfully imported. They will now have access to all the app content that was shared regardless of Internet connectivity.
All imported data will now be available.

Hand graphic by Rawpixel.

Print this article

Export and share app content with another device offline

One of the Forest Watcher mobile app’s most innovative features is the ability to export and share content with another device while in a low Internet connectivity setting. Areas, reports, routes, basemaps and contextual layers can all be exported while offline then shared with another device. Below you will find steps on how to export all app content to your device, how to export individual files to your device, how to share app content with another device and how to import files shared with you.

While Forest Watcher is designed for use in low-connectivity environments and can be used completely offline, it does require at least one user to have Internet access to update and refresh the relevant forest monitoring alerts and basemaps. Internet connection and/or cellular service is also required to share and receive files between users. Offline users can still view areas, create and edit reports, use the route tracking feature and export app content, which can be updated when Internet or cell phone service is available again or when one user refreshes their app content and shares it with another user.

Export all app content

Forest Watcher users can share all content – areas, reports, routes, basemaps and contextual layers – stored on their app with other users. This option is available for both offline and online use. Please note that you will need Internet or cellular connection to load deforestation and fires alerts.

  1. To start, navigate to the homepage then tap “Settings.” From here, tap “Share All App Data” to generate a file with all of the content stored on the app.
Tap “Settings” from the homepage.
Tap “Share All App Data.”
  1. You will then be directed to save the files on your device. Rename your file and select the desired location, then tap “Save.” The file will then be accessible from your selected location. Learn how to share this with another device in the “Share app content with another device” section below.
Select where to save the app content file then tap “Save.”

Export individual areas, reports, routes, basemaps and contextual layers

If there is specific app content you would like to share, Forest Watcher also has the capability to share individual data files with other users. This option is available for both offline and online use. Please note that you will need Internet or cellular connection to load deforestation and fires alerts.

  1. To start, tap the content you want to share. For areas, reports and routes, you can access their applicable pages from the homepage. Basemaps and contextual layers can be accessed from the settings page.
Navigate to the content you want to share. Areas, reports and routes are accessible from the homepage.
Basemaps and contextual Layers are accessible from the settings page.
  1. The workflow for each content type is the same. Navigate to the applicable page and tap the “Share” icon at the bottom of the page. For basemaps, only custom basemaps that you have uploaded can be exported and shared. Learn more about how to upload basemaps here.
The bottom of each feature’s screen has a “Share” icon that you will tap to start the file-sharing process.
  1. You will be prompted to select the files you would like to export and share. The “Share” icon will become green once the selected files are ready to export.
Once you have selected your desired files, the “Share” icon will turn green which means your files are now ready to share.
  1. When you have finished selecting the files you would like to share, tap the “Share” icon again. You will then be directed to save the files on your device. Rename your file and select the desired location, then click “Save.” The file will then be accessible from your selected location.
You will need to select a location to save the files on your device.
The files will automatically save in your selected destination.

Share app content with another device

With the app content files now saved on your device, you can share this information with other users. While you do not need Internet to export and share files, it is important to note that you will need Internet or cellular service for the files to transfer to other devices. The benefit of this feature is that if one user has Internet connection, they can share updated information with offline users.

  1. First, navigate to the file location on your device. Tap and hold the file until you are prompted with a menu of options. In this example, a designated “Forest Watcher” folder was created on an iOS device to save files.
After locating the file on your device, tap and hold the file to reveal your device’s options menu.
From here, click “Share” to send the files to another user.
  1. From here, tap “Share” and select the method for sharing. You can share the files via text message, email, WhatsApp, Bluetooth or any other options available on your device.
  2. Once the files have been sent, the recipient should choose to open the file in Forest Watcher. On iOS devices, select “Copy to Forest Watcher.”
  3. The recipient will be prompted to import the app bundle and can choose to import all data or select specific items to import. They will then be prompted to confirm the import by tapping “Import Data Bundle” on the bottom of the page.
Import all data or specific items from the bundle.
Tap “Import Data Bundle” to confirm the import.
  1. Once selected, the app content will automatically import and the recipient will be returned to the homepage. A green confirmation message will appear informing them once the data has been successfully imported. They will now have access to all the app content that was shared regardless of Internet connectivity.
All imported data will now be available.

Hand graphic by Rawpixel.

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