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  Where should a file be saved on Android devices?  (Read 456 times)
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Offline ImTroyMiller
« Posted 2014-02-15 23:27:25 »

I have a small txt file that I'm using to store saved game information.  Right now I'm saving it to the root of the SD card(no folder).  Should I create a folder(with the name of my game) if one doesn't exist and then save the file in the folder?

Is there a folder that is typically used for these files(kind of like how Windows has the 'Program Files' folder)?
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« Reply #1 - Posted 2014-02-16 01:33:10 »

Use Shared Preferences. Android will save everything for you. You can store almost anything inside and it is easy and fast to save/load.
Check this oficial guide for more information.

String lvl_name = "level 2";
int lvl_id = 2;
SharedPreferences.Editor saveLevel = getSharedPreferences("levels", 0).edit();
saveLevel.putString("level_name", lvl_name);
saveLevel.putInt("level_id", lvl_id);

SharedPreferences loadOptions = getSharedPreferences("levels", 0);
int lvl_id = loadOptions.getInt("level_id", 0);
String lvl_name = loadOptions.getString("level_name", "name");
Offline jrenner
« Reply #2 - Posted 2014-02-16 04:18:33 »

One of the most important reasons to use preferences is that they are per-user.  In Android 4.4 (could be earlier, too) devices like tablets can have multiple users.  If you just write to an external directory they will all share the same save game data.
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Offline ImTroyMiller
« Reply #3 - Posted 2014-02-17 02:31:21 »

Thanks to both of you for answering.

What about Apple IOS?  Is there also a Shared Preferences?
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