How does my second mac see or find the folder to synch to?

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davidtuma
davidtuma
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I have two macs and two iOS devices. I purchased 1 password through agilebits. I don't mind purchasing another through the app store as I haven't done much so far. If I don't have to purchase another, I don't want to. I can synch one Mac with the iPhone with WiFi synch - similarly for the second Mac and 2nd iPhone. What I don't understand is how one macs knows where the folder on the other is so it can synch and how it talks to the other mac to do the synch


1Password Version: 5.3.2
Extension Version: Not Provided
OS Version: OSX 10.10.3
Sync Type: Folder? and WiFi

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  • Drew_AG
    Drew_AG
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    Hi @davidtuma,

    It looks like you already have a license for 1Password 5 for Mac, and the iOS version of 1Password 5 is a free app with free basic features, so it doesn't sound like you need to make any additional purchases (unless you want to sync multiple vaults from your Macs to your iPhones, which would require Pro Features in the iOS app).

    Wi-Fi sync is meant to work between a single Mac and one or more iOS devices, so unfortunately it will not work directly between two Macs. To sync your 1Password data between both Macs and iPhones, you'll need to use a different sync option. Since you're using the AgileBits Store version of 1Password 5 for Mac, your best option would probably be Dropbox sync.

    If you don't want to use Dropbox sync, another option would be to continue to use Wi-Fi sync between your iPhones and Macs, and keep the Macs in sync with each other using the Folder sync option with another sync service. There are a few suggestions in that knowledgebase article which might be helpful.

    Hopefully that answers your questions, but please let us know if you need anything else. :)

  • davidtuma
    davidtuma
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    I had read the Folder Synch option. I think that would be best but I don't understand how my wife's mac finds the folder on my mac in order to synch to what's in it. I guess i just don't understand how folder synch works.

  • littlebobbytables
    littlebobbytables
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    Hi @davidtuma,

    With any form of synchronisation there are two main steps. There is creating the sync data on the first machine and then there is pointing another copy of 1Password to that same data.

    We would strongly recommend using a pen/flash drive as the medium. Basically 1Password works best using a removable drive. You would plug the flash drive into your Mac and set up Folder Sync, pointing it to the flash drive or a folder on the flash drive. You may notice that the button for completing this will say Create New which tells you it's creating a new .agilekeychain. You then give 1Password a moment to finish creating all the relevant files.

    Unplugging the flash drive from your Mac you would then plug it into your wife's Mac. You would go through the same steps but when it comes time to point 1Password to the location, instead of saying here's the flash drive or here's the folder you would point it directly to the .agilekeychain you created above. Now, instead of a Create New button it would say Merge with Existing.

    Once done you have two copies of 1Password that will sync to the flash drive when they see it. If it isn't present it doesn't do anything and more importantly it doesn't complain that it can't sync - that's part of why we recommend using a removable drive like a flash drive. Every so often you would pass the flash drive backwards and forwards and 1Password would do the rest.

    I don't know if that helps or if I was answering at the level you were asking for so if not please do let us know and somebody will respond :smile:

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