To setup Dropbox syncing you must first use the 1Password for
Mac or Windows desktop application. The reason for this is that the
iPhone and iPad are unable to create the initial file. Once the
data file exists you can then sync your iPhone and iPad to
You will first want to setup Dropbox syncing on your Mac. Start
by setting up Dropbox syncing, just follow the directions we have
in our Configuring Dropbox Syncing guide. This will get your Mac
setup and syncing 1Password with Dropbox.
Quick tip: When asked to choose a master password, use the same
password you have on any existing devices. If you have a master
password on your iPhone or iPad, use the same one on your Mac. It
will keep things simple.
You'll want to backup your iPhone or iPad data first. Just in
To create a backup of your iPhone data please follow the
instructions in How To: Back up your 1Password Data on the iOS.
You'll want to follow the instructions for Backing up only.
Once you have 1Password for Mac or Windows syncing with Dropbox
you can sync your iPhone or iPad. To sync your iPhone with Dropbox
you'll want to follow the directions we have in our Use Dropbox to
get automatic syncing with your iOS devices guide. This will get
your iPhone syncing with your Mac 1Password data on Dropbox.
Quick tip: When you sync your iPhone or iPad with Dropbox it
will merge the existing data onto Dropbox. If your Mac data file is
empty, 1Password for iPhone and iPad will populate that file with
your existing iPhone and iPad 1Password data. This will make it
available on all of the other devices that are syncing to
Once you have everything working you won't need to use the Mac
app, but we think it's well worth using. In fact, I use the Mac
version a lot more than the iOS version. Give it a try and see what
Let us know if you have any questions, we'll be happy to
Hi Kyle, I will admit being a bit useless and have been unable
to get dropbox working at all on my PC so from your explanation
above my feeling is that I just shouldn't try syncing the devices
(iphone and ipad) at all and must just save my passwords etc on the
devices separately? Is that what you would suggest in my
How can I back up my passwords in 1Password on just one device
please. My last phone I lost, the app was still there in iTunes,
but none of my passwords?
Let me start at the beginning: You should definitely sync, and
Dropbox is the best way to do that. You should also back up your
data, for all the reasons it's a good idea to back up any data. :)
What Kyle was pointing out was that if you are backing them up and
try to restore a backup to the other device, it won't go well.
To go forward, I would suggest spending a little bit of time
making sure your PC has Dropbox set up and syncing, and that your
PC is backing up your data. This way if you're syncing, all your
devices are using one data file and if that data file is backed up
then you don't need to worry about the rest.
What can I do to help you get your Dropbox setup running?
Hi Kyle, Just to clarify, now that I have purchased the
1Password App for my iPhone, if I want to sync 1Password with my PC
I will need to purchase another 1Password program for my PC at
work? If I want to also be able to utilize 1Password on my Mac at
home I will need to purchase another program for my Mac? I guess I
thought there would be an online access to 1Password. Please