Sync between 2 Mac desktops

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30 Jan, 2022 09:33 PM

I just updated my Moneydance to their 2022 version and I see it has iCloud. I have a Mac at home and I will be buying another Mac for an apartment in another state. Will Moneydance automatically sync between the 2 Macs? I don't want to use Dropbox (never used it) and I'm not all that tech savvy. It would be so lovely if I could work with Moneydance in one location and when I get to the other location see everything I've done!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Ethan on 30 Jan, 2022 09:39 PM

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    We have detailed instructions for setting up syncing between multiple computers at:

    Note that at the moment, iCloud is only available for syncing between desktop systems. We hope to roll it out for the mobile app at some point, but I'm not sure when that will be. If you want to sync between mobile devices or operating systems other than Macs, Dropbox would be the option to choose.

    Please let me know if I can be of further assistance,

    Infinite Kind Support

  2. Ethan closed this discussion on 30 Jan, 2022 09:39 PM.

  3. Liz Fineo re-opened this discussion on 17 Feb, 2022 09:28 PM

  4. 2 Posted by Liz Fineo on 17 Feb, 2022 09:28 PM

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    Hi Ethan,

    So, I ended up buying a MacBook Air instead of a Mac desktop. I used my external drive to set up my laptop and everything went smoothly including Moneydance. I can work in both computers but obviously they’re not syncing. I looked at the website you provided but I have to say it’s daunting for someone like me who is not very tech savvy. My accounts go all the way back to 2011(!) and I’m petrified of screwing everything up! Is there a number I can call with someone who could walk me through this? A help line of some kind?


  5. Support Staff 3 Posted by Ethan on 19 Feb, 2022 11:25 PM

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    Hi Liz,

    Unfortunately we are a small company, and cannot offer live phone support. I'd be happy to offer you support via this method.

    Note that just turning on syncing should affect your main data file, if that's helpful. As in, if something goes wrong in the syncing setup process that's described in that link, the worst that should happen is that your second computer just won't be set up to sync. Your data will remain the same on the first computer, and we can always try the process again.

    Infinite Kind Support

  6. 4 Posted by liz Fineo on 20 Feb, 2022 03:22 AM

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    I’m thinking you meant “shouldn’t” affect!!
    Do I really need to encrypt everything. I can’t just sync without doing that?

    Sent from my iPhone

  7. 5 Posted by dtd on 20 Feb, 2022 03:57 AM

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    just a user

    You are right,he meant shouldn't.

    Don't worry about encryption, you don't need to do anything - many here are worried about privacy when sending things through dropbox or icloud - the data is encrypted automatically. You need to do nothing.

    Here's how it works - you have a primary computer with your moneydance database. It has all your data. You set up syncing - and your data (encrypted) is sent up to dropbox/icloud. You go to your (secondary) computer and say - hey go grab the data - and boom - your secondary computer has the same information. And both computers can put in new data and each computer can see it. (My spouse and I do this - I just happen to be the primary computer).

    Now - yes - you probably still need to read the instructions - but I hope this helps explain how it all works.

  8. 6 Posted by dtd on 20 Feb, 2022 04:00 AM

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    just as an aside - it seems like you put your MD file on both computers. That's not how it works as far as syncing goes. You set up one computer (primary) with your file, set up syncing, then get the other (secondary) computer to grab the information from the primary. From that point forward, it's a syncing relationship.

  9. 7 Posted by Liz Fineo on 20 Feb, 2022 07:58 PM

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    Thanks so much! I don’t mean to be a pain but when I click on iCloud Drive the next window asks for an “Encryption Password”. How do I get around that?

  10. 8 Posted by dwg on 20 Feb, 2022 08:25 PM

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    I'm a fellow user.

    The encryption password is used as a key to encrypt the data at one end and decrypt it at the other, it is something that only you should know like any password you may have e.g. for internet banking.

    You make up a password yourself and use it.

  11. 9 Posted by Liz Fineo on 20 Feb, 2022 09:28 PM

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    OMG! I took a very deep breath and did it and it worked! Thank you SO very much. I feel like I just conquered Everest!

  12. Support Staff 10 Posted by Ethan on 20 Feb, 2022 09:42 PM

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    That's great to hear!

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  13. Ethan closed this discussion on 20 Feb, 2022 09:42 PM.

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