How to upgrade to AnkiDroid 2.0
With the release of AnkiDroid 2.0, you need to upgrade your decks to the new (significantly improved) Anki 2 format. Besides upgrading your decks, you also need to upgrade to version 2.0 or later of Anki on your desktop if you use it. Anki2 brings a number of fundamental changes to the learning style which also affect AnkiDroid. Please take some time to read about them here.
This guide is for Windows users; please allow 15-60 min to do this depending on your level of familiarity with Anki/AnkiDroid/PC.
If you are still having trouble after following this guide, post in the forum for personal assistance.
Please ensure that you have the latest version of AnkiDroid installed!
Part A: Backup old AnkiDroid files to your PC
- Connect your device to the PC with USB cable
- Open windows explorer and click on your Android device
- You should see a folder called "AnkiDroid" listed in your device
- Copy this "AnkiDroid" folder to your Desktop
- You should see all of your decks as DECKNAME.anki files. If not, go to the backup folder and copy and paste them into the AnkiDroid folder.
Part B: Upgrade old decks with Anki desktop software
- Install the latest Anki desktop software from http://ankisrs.net
- Open the Anki desktop software that you just installed
- In this Anki desktop software go to file->import
- Now navigate to to Desktop/AnkiDroid -> Change ("Files of type" > "Anki 1.2 Deck") -> Choose the first .anki deck
- Do the same thing for each .anki deck in the AnkiDroid folder
- Check that all of your decks are now listed in the main Anki software
Part C: Copy the upgraded decks back to your device
- In Anki Desktop software go File->Export and click "Export" button
- You should see a message saying a file called "collection.apgk" has been saved on your desktop
- Go to your desktop and copy the "collection.apgk" file
- Now open your mobile device again with windows explorer
- Navigate to the AnkiDroid folder
- Right click and paste the "collection.apgk" file
- Now open AnkiDroid, open the menu and choose "Import cards" then click OK
Now you should see all your decks there ready to start reviewing.
Part D: Move any media on your device to the "collection.media" folder
This is not necessary if you don't use media
- In windows explorer open the AnkiDroid folder on your Android device again
- Confirm that there is a folder called "collection.media" and some other folders that look like "deckname.media"
- Open the first "deckname.media" folder
- Select all files (press Ctrl+A on the keyboard)
- Right click and Copy
- Now go back and open the "collection.media" folder
- Right click and paste
- Wait for all the media files to finished moving
- Repeat steps 4 to 8 for each of the other "deckname.media" folders
- Confirm that all your media files are now in the "collection.media" folder
- Optional: you can now delete the "deckname.media" folders if you like since these are not used in AnkiDroid2
Note: This method can't handle different files with identical names.
If you are still having problems with upgrading, please visit the main Help page.