Syncing over iCloud

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Clint Watkins

24 Oct, 2022 09:49 PM

I am trying to switch from syncing with dropbox to iCloud. I no longer use dropbox. In Moneydance on my Mac laptop, I have chosen iCloud Drive as the sync method but when I click Show Passphrase, it shows me an absurdly long passphrase that says: "Below is the password used to encrypt your data when syncing over dropbox." I have tried multiple times to enter that absurdly long passphrase into my iPhone app but I always get an error message. What am I doing wrong? I don't believe it is intended for anyone to type the long passphrase into an iPhone. Please help.

  1. 1 Posted by TonyRI on 25 Oct, 2022 12:22 AM

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    Hi Clint,

    Just wondering if you have MD 2022 installed on your laptop.

    "iCloud Drive - also available for the iOS mobile app (requires Moneydance 2022) This sync method is Mac specific and it can only be used with one iCloud account at the time."


    Tony (Fellow user, NOT from IK Support)

  2. 2 Posted by Clint Watkins on 25 Oct, 2022 12:59 AM

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    Thanks Tony, I do have MD 2022 installed and got the sync to finally work but still have an issue.

    I don’t know how this happened, but my Encryption password is the approximately 40 digit encryption password generated by Dropbox. When I click on Show Password, it shows this incredibly long password and instructs me to enter it in Dropbox. The Sync link in MD 2022 is definitely set to iCloud so I decided to see if the Moneydance app would accept it as the password.. I finally managed to enter the correct password in my iPhone app (after figuring out one of the digits was a number (0), not a letter (O). The initial sync was perfect. All of the accounts matched. I just entered a couple of credit card receipts on my MacBook, went to my IOS app and it synced correctly.

    The bottom line, the sync is working but I would like to figure out how to change the sync password to something reasonable.

    Tony, thanks again for your email.


  3. 3 Posted by TonyRI on 25 Oct, 2022 01:13 AM

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    Doesn't look like that's necessary. but I found this:

  4. 4 Posted by TonyRI on 25 Oct, 2022 01:24 AM

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    Another. Even though it is referring to dropbox, I would imagine that the mechanism is the same:

  5. 5 Posted by Clint Watkins on 25 Oct, 2022 01:27 AM

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    That post is spot on.

    The response is not accurate.

    > You can't... This sets the encryption for the dropbox sync.. It's completely separate from the one used on your dataset... You only need to use it once... Just copy the passphrase and paste it into the other computer when you set up sync.

    I entered the “dropbox” password in my iPhone. The fourth attempt worked. (0 instead of O) and it has stayed synced.

    I have it saved securely now and can copy and paste it when I need it so I’m just going to leave it like it is for now.

    Thanks again.

  6. 6 Posted by TonyRI on 25 Oct, 2022 01:53 AM

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    You're welcome Clint.

    I'm glad that you've gotten things working to your liking. I'm pretty sure that you'd only need to use the passphrase again should you decide to add more "nodes" to your system (i.e. additional devices that you'd like to sync to the main computer). I only have my PC and one mobile device. I haven't had to enter the passphrase since my original setup. I believe that's what the other posts were referring to. I could be wrong (it has happened on occasion, lol ;))

    Take care,

    Tony :)

  7. 7 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 25 Oct, 2022 04:18 AM

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    (FYI - the response in that post was correct. Once a sync password is set, it cannot be changed with that sync relationship. The only way would be to reset all sync settings and set up a new sync relationship with a new password. Note: the old sync files using the old password will still be there, behind the scenes left behind, until manually deleted).

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