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C-Map Genesis direct download on Lowrance/ Simrad cancelled.


It has been almost a year since this feature was turned off from C-Map, but as it seems we keep getting questions on it - here are the details.

You have always been able to download mapping from C-Map Genesis (previously Insight Genesis) to a memorycard through a PC, and then use that mapping in your compatible Lowrance or Simrad chartplotter. This functionality still works as before, no issues there.

C-Map genesis on Lowrance HDS Live.

With the introduction of the WIFI-1 module in 2012/2013, allowing your HDS Gen 2 Touch or Simrad Evo2 unit to go online, Navico (owner of Lowrance and Simrad) introduced their GoFree webshop, which included the option of downloading a varitey of mapping direct to a memorycard in your unit. That also included the free mapping from Genesis Social Map. (In the beginning that was a subscription-based service, but in 2015 mapping from Genesis Social Map became free of charge.)

That functionality was removed from the GoFree Store in 2020, and we have asked C-Map why that was done. Their answer was no surprise. 

This feature has been cancelled due to technical issues. Those technical issues are again related to the need to redo the functionality, since a lot has changed since it was introduced almost ten years ago. We hope to have this feature available again, but have no estimate on when it will be re-launched.

As we all know, there where issues with the functionality. The whole user-interface was troublesome, the menus worked slow and finding the map you wanted to download in the (close to) never-ending list of maps available was frustrating. The functionality did not support multiple maps on one memorycard either, and it was rather obvious that this cloud-based service was in need of some new programming to bring it up to speed. What was fantastic and futuristic when Team Colibri tested it back in 2014, was becoming outdated and frustrating in 2020. Therefore, while we eagerly wait for the new and improved direct download, we download our Genesis Mapping using a PC.

While on the subject of downloading on a PC, let us take a quick look at another repeated question.

Why can`t I see my Genesis map on my chartplotter?

The by far most common reasons for that are:
  • Your memorycard must be maximum 32GB and formatted to FAT32. You can use a memorycard with less memory (like 8 or 16GB), but not a 64GB etc.
  • The downloaded map is coded for a specific unit (thus the need to enter serialnumber and Content-ID), so borrowing a memorycard from a friend with his downloaded mapping will not work.
  • You need to be extra careful when entering the serialnumber and Content-ID on the chartplotter-profile on your Genesis-account. Use ONLY what is in the unit`s About-menu. Nothing from the box it came in, your receipt etc.
    About-menu on Lowrance HDS Gen 3.

Which Lowrance units can use C-Map Genesis?

HDS Gen 2, HDS Gen 2 Touch, HDS Gen 3, HDS Carbon, HDS Live, Mark HDI, Elite HDI, Elite CHIRP, Hook, Hook2, Hook Reveal, Elite Ti, Elite Ti2 and Elite FS. 

Older units, like HDS Gen 1 and Elite, does not have the Content-ID in their About-menu, and cannot be used. If you don`t know which generation HDS you have, you might find THIS article helpful.

C-Map Genesis on Lowrance Hook Reveal while icefishing.


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