I am running a brand new out of the box Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 with Android 6 and trying to get QGIS QField to operate correctly. So far I have created a QGIS project in QGIS desktop, packaged it with QfieldSync and uploaded it to the tablet, but I'm struggling to do anything with it.

It opens and I can see the individual layers in 'Digitise' but only the layer that I copied is visible in the data frame, the layers that I wish to edit and that are in 'offline editing' configuration are completely invisible. Is this normal (I am used to ArcGIS collector - where you can edit data and see it at the same time) ? I'd like to be able to see the existing data in these layers while I edit it. Is this possible and have a made an error or is there some other way to do this?


Having tested vector layers packaged in QFieldSync as both 'copy' and 'offline editing' I have now determined that for pre-existing features to be visible in QField a layer needs to be set to 'copy'. If layers are set to 'offline editing' the existing features cannot be seen, presumably to aid syncrhonisation. If you need to undertake offline editing and see a the existing features in a layer it is advisable to put two versions in the QFieldSync package, one set to 'copy' and one to 'offline editing'.

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