Sync with iCloud with Wife's Laptop

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21 Nov, 2022 01:42 AM


I was hoping to sync my data file on iCloud so my wife can view it on her laptop via a shared iCloud directory. I am able to use the iCloud sync feature on the latest version between my Apple devices using my iCloud account, but could not specify where on iCloud I wanted to sync to file to thus I can't share with her. The question is, how can I share it with my wife on her laptop using a different Apple ID? Why can I write it to a directory I shared with her like I assumed you can do? Thanks!


  1. 1 Posted by dtd on 21 Nov, 2022 01:53 AM

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    just a user - to the best of my knowledge, you must be using the same Apple id to use icloud to share.

    Someone may jump in with more info, but that's my understanding.

  2. 2 Posted by dwg on 21 Nov, 2022 02:19 AM

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    The same Apple ID is a requirement for Moneydance syncing.

    Some users have attempted to get syncing working using sharing on iCloud but it has not been successful.

  3. 3 Posted by jmboone on 21 Nov, 2022 03:32 AM

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    Well that is a bummer. What I am hearing is that MoneyDance doesn't have the same sharing capabilities with iCloud as it Dropbox does.

    Anyone have any idea where the data file is stored on iCloud? I can't see it in Finder but maybe it is set as a hidden file?

  4. 4 Posted by dtd on 21 Nov, 2022 03:37 AM

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    Yes, Dropbox works better than iCloud with MD. I think the "same apple id" is an Apple restriction (sandbox, etc), not an MD one.

    I've used the Dropbox link via a free account (two actually, as Dropbox doesn't have the icloud restriction) for over two years now. And we both do use Macbook Pros, but see no reason to change.

  5. 5 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 21 Nov, 2022 06:08 AM

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    On a machine with MD and iCloud sync running, load and run toolbox extension. Top right. Open MD folder. Open sync folder. Then you will see the hidden iCloud sync location.

  6. 6 Posted by jmboone on 21 Nov, 2022 06:52 PM

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    Cool, I installed the extension and did what you said. Here is what is says. I

    iCloud Drive > Monedance Sync

    That still doesn't help me unless I tried to share this folder with my wife? Anyone think that would work? I suspect there is an RDBMS under the hood and the concern is transactional data synchronization?

  7. 7 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 21 Nov, 2022 07:25 PM

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    I've done it and shared the folder with another account, and then used Shared Folder on the other desktop to connect to it. It seemed to work, BUT, others have not had success. Use at your own peril!!

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