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User Guide:Syncing Snippets with Dropbox

 

Sync Snippets

Sync TextExpander snippets between multiple devices using Dropbox or iCloud Drive. www.dropbox.com

If you are syncing with TextExpander for Mac (4.x and earlier) or TextExpander touch (3.2.4 and earlier) you can only use the older style Dropbox sync for compatibility. This option is listed at the bottom of the sync menu.

Note: All the snippets on the first device setup to sync will overwrite snippets on all other devices. To avoid losing snippets, gather all snippets on one device, details in Share Groups with Other Devices.

Setup Sync with Dropbox or iCloud Drive:

  1. Tap Settings. On iPhone/iPod touch access Settings from Groups. Under Synchronization tap Sync Snippets.
  2. Tap Save Snippets As… underneath Dropbox or iCloud Drive to sync your snippets with that cloud service. You may need to sign into your Dropbox account and allow TextExpander access if you choose Dropbox.
  3. Select a location to store your snippets file.
  4. On your second device, open TextExpander touch to Settings > Synchronization, choose Link to Snippets… under Dropbox or iCloud Drive, whichever you previously chose, and locate your snippet file.

Setup Sync to older TextExpander versions (Compatibility sync):

This is necessary if you are syncing with TextExpander for Mac (4.x and earlier) or TextExpander touch (3.2.4 and earlier). This type of Dropbox sync does not allow you to select a Dropbox folder.

  1. Tap Settings. On iPhone/iPod touch access Settings from Groups. Under Synchronization tap Sync Snippets.
  2. At the bottom of the sync menu tap Compatibility sync… to use the older style Dropbox sync. You may need to sign into your Dropbox account and allow TextExpander access.
  3. You will be given an option to Replace Dropbox Data or Link to Dropbox.
    • Link is recommended, typically. Used when your snippets are stored on some other device which is already linked to Dropbox and you need to transfer snippets to the current device. (Warning: All snippets on the current device will be erased).
    • Replace is if this is the very first device you are setting up. All your snippets are stored on this device and you want to transfer them into Dropbox. (Warning: All snippets in Dropbox, and on your other devices linked to Dropbox, will be erased).
  4. On all subsequent devices repeat steps 1 and 2. For step 3, on each new device select Link to Dropbox.

 

Once sync is on, the type of sync used is listed at the top of the sync menu, and in the main settings menu inline with the Sync Snippets heading.

 

Turn off Sync

To stop syncing snippets tap Dont't Sync near the top of the sync menu.


 

 

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