A .GPI file format stores the point of interest (POI) locations used by the Garmin personal navigation devices for the GPS navigation. The GPI file stores the name and location of the user defined navigation points. Further, the GPI file information can be used as an intermediatory path or a destination point while navigating using the GPS.
Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open GPI files divided into 2 categories according to system platform supported. Files with GPI suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
Problems with accessing GPI may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Garmin Point Of Interest Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports GPI files installed on the system. To address this issue, go to the POI Loader developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading POI Loader installed is by going to developer’s website (Garmin Ltd.) and downloading the software using provided links.
If you already have POI Loader installed on your systems and GPI files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why GPI files are not compatible with POI Loader. The most recent version of POI Loader is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate GPI files with latest version of POI Loader you have installed on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.
Change the default application in Windows
Change the default application in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the GPI file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the GPI file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the scanner detected that the GPI file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.
If you obtained the problematic GPI file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with GPI extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Garmin Point Of Interest Format file.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support GPI files. Close all running programs and try opening the GPI file.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Garmin Point Of Interest Format files. It may be the case that the GPI files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.
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