.POI File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .POI file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

POI File Recovery

What is a .POI file?

Point of Interest (POI) file used by Magellan Maestro personal navigation systems; contains one or more points of interest, including their names and locations; can be a navigation destination or a point used to generate navigational routes.

What Are Common Causes of ".POI" Files Lost or Failure?

There can be several common causes for ".POI" (Point of Interest) files to be lost or fail:

  1. File corruption: The ".POI" file may become corrupted due to various reasons such as improper file transfer, system crashes, or software errors. This can lead to the file being unreadable or unusable.
  2. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete the ".POI" file from their device or storage media, resulting in its loss. This can happen while organizing files, cleaning up storage space, or mistakenly selecting the wrong file for deletion.
  3. Hardware or software failure: Hardware or software issues can cause the loss or failure of ".POI" files. For example, a malfunctioning storage device, such as a hard drive or memory card, can result in data loss. Similarly, software bugs, conflicts, or crashes can cause the ".POI" file to become inaccessible.
  4. Formatting or reinstallation: If a device or storage media is formatted or a system is reinstalled without proper backup, the ".POI" files stored on it will be lost. This can happen during software upgrades, system resets, or when preparing a device for sale or disposal.
  5. Virus or malware attacks: Malicious software can infect and damage files, including ".POI" files. Viruses or malware can corrupt or delete files, making them unrecoverable.
  6. User error: Human error, such as accidental modification or improper handling of files, can lead to the loss or failure of ".POI" files. This can include mistakenly renaming, moving, or overwriting the files.
  7. Incompatibility: Sometimes, ".POI" files may fail to work due to compatibility issues with the software or device being used. This can happen if the file format is not supported or if there are compatibility conflicts between different versions or platforms.

To prevent the loss or failure of ".POI" files, it is advisable to regularly backup important files, use reliable storage media, keep antivirus software up to date, and exercise caution when handling or modifying files.

How to recover lost ".POI" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".POI" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".POI" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".POI" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".POI" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

Partition Recovery™ 4.9
The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".POI" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".POI" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo magellan Maestro Point of Interest File image file file?

Programs that open ".POI" files

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Additional Information

  • File type: Magellan Maestro Point of Interest File

  • File extension: .POI

  • Developer: Magellan

  • Category: Data Files

  • Format: Binary


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

Oleg Afonin

Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • What does the file extension .POI stand for, and what is its purpose?

    The file extension .POI typically stands for "Points Of Interest." It is used to identify files that contain specific geographic coordinates or locations, such as landmarks, tourist attractions, restaurants, gas stations, or any other points of interest. These files are commonly used in navigation systems, GPS devices, mapping software, and mobile applications to provide users with information about nearby places or to assist in route planning.

  • How can I open a .POI file on my computer or mobile device?

    To open a .POI (Point of Interest) file on your computer or mobile device, you can follow these steps:


    • Install a GPS navigation software or application on your computer, such as Garmin BaseCamp, Google Earth, or GPSBabel.
    • Open the GPS navigation software and navigate to the file menu or import option.
    • Locate and select the .POI file you want to open.
    • The software should then import and display the points of interest on the map.

    Mobile Device:

    • Install a GPS navigation app from your device's app store, such as Google Maps, Waze, or Sygic.
    • Open the GPS navigation app on your mobile device.
    • Look for an import or add POI option within the app's settings or menu.
    • Browse for the .POI file you want to open and select it.
    • The app should then import the points of interest and display them on the map.

    Note: The specific steps may vary depending on the software or app you are using, so it's recommended to consult the documentation or help section of the particular software or app for more accurate instructions.

  • Are there any specific software applications or tools required to access the contents of a .POI file?

    Yes, there are specific software applications or tools required to access the contents of a .POI (Point of Interest) file. Some of the commonly used tools are:

    1. GPS Devices: Many GPS devices, such as Garmin, TomTom, and Magellan, can read and display .POI files directly. You can transfer the .POI file to your GPS device using manufacturer-provided software or tools.
    2. Mapping Software: Applications like Google Earth, Google Maps, and Bing Maps can import and display .POI files. You can simply open the file within the software, and the points of interest will be displayed on the map.
    3. Navigation Apps: Various navigation apps like Waze, Sygic, and HERE WeGo can import .POI files. You can usually import the file through the app's settings or import feature, and the points of interest will be available for navigation.
    4. POI Management Software: There are dedicated software tools like POIEdit, POI Loader, and POI Organizer that allow you to manage, edit, and convert .POI files. These tools often provide additional features like categorization, filtering, and customizing the points of interest.

    Note that the availability of specific tools may depend on the platform (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android) you are using and the type of .POI file you have (e.g., GPX, CSV, KML).

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