Having difficulty getting my Macbook, Mac, iPhone and iPad to sync

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palves
palves
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I can access through dropbox, but would like to have the native apps sync. Looking to log in with the same master password and allow my wife to access on her devices as well.


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  • Vee_AG
    Vee_AG
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    Hi @palves,

    I understand you're trying to set up Dropbox sync in 1Password on your and your wife's Mac and iOS devices. We can certainly help you with that!

    First, make sure you have the 1Password and Dropbox apps installed on each device. You can share your 1Password for Mac license with your wife.

    Each vault has its own sync settings. Many couples choose to have their own separate Primary vaults and then share a synced secondary vault. Do you each have your own Dropbox accounts, or do you share one? I ask because this will mean the difference between simple Dropbox sync and vault sharing.

  • palves
    palves
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    Hi Vee,

    My wife has her own Dropbox account, so I think you suggestion for each of us to have a primary with a shared vault will make the most sense. Another question. We share our iMac, each using our own profile. Will we use the same vault give the 1password software is downloaded to the machine, or will she need a separate instance for her profile? So just to bring you up to speed with the total of devices we would like to share. We have our shared mac at home, I have a MacBook Pro that I use for work, we each have iPads and iPhones. Right now I have things up and running on. Y instance of my home mac, but can't link anywhere else.

    Thanks so much for your help

    Paul

  • Drew_AG
    Drew_AG
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    Hi @palves,

    The 1Password app is shared with all Mac user accounts on the same Mac, but not the 1Password data. So, each Mac user account will have its own 1Password database. The first time your wife opens 1Password from her own Mac user account on the iMac, it will be like the the first time you opened it from your own Mac user account on the iMac, or on your MacBook Pro. She'll be given options to set it up as a new user (if she hasn't previously created a 1Password vault from another device) or to sync an existing vault (for example, from Dropbox). After she sets up (or syncs) her Primary/personal vault, she can add your shared vault as a secondary vault (if you've already created one and shared it via Dropbox).

    Does that make sense? If it's still a bit confusing, please let us know and we'll be happy to go into further detail. :)

  • palves
    palves
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    Thanks Drew, that is helpful. So I'll have my wife set up her vault and sync with my vault on Dropbox. Will she need her own Dropbox account? What is the Dropbox syncing process? Another question, how do I, and my wife log in and sync data from my Macbook, iPhone and iPad?

  • Megan
    Megan
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    Hi @palves,

    I'm glad to hear that we're making progress here!

    So I'll have my wife set up her vault and sync with my vault on Dropbox. Will she need her own Dropbox account?

    If you and your wife currently share a Dropbox account, you can continue to do so for syncing your 1Password data. Now, when you sync to Dropbox, your primary vault will be titled 1Password.agilekeychain. If you and your wife both have your separate primary vaults stored in Dropbox, we want to be sure that you can keep those two 1Password.agilekeychain files separate. I would recommend creating subfolders in Dropbox to house your 1Password data. By default, your 1Password data will be stored in ~/Dropbox/Apps/1Password. You might want to create a "husband" and "wife" folder within that 1Password folder for your individual keychains.

    What is the Dropbox syncing process?

    We've got user guide articles that can help you get set up with syncing:

    Another question, how do I, and my wife log in and sync data from my Macbook, iPhone and iPad?

    Once your data from the Mac is synced to Dropbox, setting up 1Password on your iOS devices is simple! Our iOS User Guide can walk you through the process of adding your existing vaults to 1Password 5 for iOS.

    Of course, if you hit any snags in the process, please do let us know, we're always happy to help. :)

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