Recover old deck from Anki 2.0.x

Several years ago (2017/2018) I created a deck consisting of several cards with both text and media (images). To mention that, it took me really long to create them. After a long break I now want to start again learning these cards.

I did log into my account on the web, but after such a long time the deck is no longer available (of course).

The way I created and used the deck was as follows. I had Anki on my Linux Laptop and created the cards there. Then I did sync it, then synched on my Android smartphone and learned the cards. Before adding new cards I did sync back to the laptop and updated the deck.

I was very reliefed to see, that the deck is still on my laptop. But as it happens, that is a very old version of Anki, it is Anki 2.0.32.So I can’t sync with the web.

Can you suggest me, what is the best way to get this deck back into my profile. I have the running (but not syncing) deck and of course I do have the backup.apkg. I guess I could also do an export.

I do not care about how much I learned, but I do care about the cards with the media, actually the cards use a card type I created for my case.

Thank you very much for your help!


Sorry if this is too obvious, but did you try to update your Anki version?

You have a manual backup, so you’re safe.


thank you for answering. Indeed I did not try that, although I of course did consider it. But I read something about complications updating, so originally I did not try that.
Since you proposed that, I tried it that way. That caused some problems outside of Anki (I was on Ubuntu 16.04 not compstible with the latest Anki, and the Ubuntu update caused some problems). But now I have a running system and I was able to do the update. The deck was there automatically, and I was able to synchronize it with my smartphone app.

Thanks for your help

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