How to transfer FTL: Advaced Edition save files between PC and iPad

FTL: Advanced Edition is now available on PC and iPad, giving the galactic roguelike new life. Unfortunately, save files can't be accessed both platforms, but according to a bold user, it does appear that there's a way to transfer save files from one platform to the other.

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FTL: Advanced Edition is now available on PC and iPad, giving the galactic roguelike new life. Unfortunately, save files can't be accessed both platforms, but according to a bold user, it does appear that there's a way to transfer save files from one platform to the other.

The walkthrough comes from Stack Exchange (via Touch Arcade), which first instructs users to locate their save files and then locate a tool to upload files to the inside of an application sandbox on an iPad.

"Open the FTL app in your iOS file explorer," reads the walkthrough. "Browse to the FTL app and you will see a file structure that includes a Library/Application Support directory with a prof.sav file. This is the default save file, but if you have enabled Game Center, there will be a separate prof.sav file under each player ID inside the players folder here. Make a backup copy of the files here, if you wish to be on the safe side. It would also be a good idea to kill the FTL app on your iPad if it is currently open, to prevent the game from overwriting your changes when you save and quit. (double-press your home key and swipe it away on iOS 7, or press the X on iOS 6)"

Upon finding the prof.sav file on your PC, there will be a separate ae_prof.sav file alongside it. The last step is to copy that ae_prof.sav file to the iPad, under the same folder where the prof.sav was located. Delete the prof.sav on the iPad and rename ae_prof.sav to prof.sav.

Unfortunately, there is currently no way to merge save files between the PC and iOS versions of FTL at this time.

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    April 28, 2014 4:30 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, How to transfer FTL: Advaced Edition save files between PC and iPad.

    FTL: Advanced Edition is now available on PC and iPad, giving the galactic roguelike new life. Unfortunately, save files can't be accessed both platforms, but according to a bold user, it does appear that there's a way to transfer save files from one platform to the other.

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      April 28, 2014 8:40 PM

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        April 28, 2014 9:09 PM

        I'm 15 wins out of 104 games on iOS baby! I never played on PC though. My favorite are the first jump losses, like jumping with the 1 man engineering ship, getting a recon quest, and having your pilot go missing. GG!

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        April 29, 2014 5:22 AM

        Amen to that, I am the worst at that game. I keep playing though.

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      April 28, 2014 8:41 PM

      I wish there was a unified save on the cloud or something. My two laptops and PC all have their own saves and different levels of progress.

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        April 28, 2014 10:00 PM

        I had one running with Dropbox I believe, but this was quite a while ago. Depends how far you want to go... I ended up abusing it and backing up my saves like a pussy and it ruined the game for me.

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          April 29, 2014 12:08 AM

          Are the jumps random each time or are the sectors all preloaded with events at game start?

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        April 29, 2014 12:38 AM

        Steam ?

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          April 29, 2014 12:40 AM

          All my installs are on steam and they don't use cloud saves.

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            April 29, 2014 7:32 AM

            I think you have to enable it on this game but it does have it. I used a shared save between my laptop and desktop.

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      April 29, 2014 1:41 AM

      Advaced spelling.

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      April 29, 2014 6:10 AM

      Tell me how to transfer the game onto my android devices and I'll really be happy.

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      April 29, 2014 8:19 AM

      Oh sweet. Not that I have anything useful on my PC save. Such as, ya know, a win.

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