How to use synchronization

Dropbox synchronization feature allows you to sync and unsync any database to Dropbox with just a couple of clicks. In this article we will review this process in detail.

 

Step 1. Configuring synchronization

 

To configure synchronization, long tap on the database icon and select ‘Configure synchronization’ option from the pop-up list.

 


 


The synchronization process can be performed in two following ways:

a) without a Dropbox client installed on a device

In this case the authentication process will be done with the help of any available web-browser.

b) with a Dropbox client installed on a device

This approach is used by default in case the Dropbox client is found installed on a device.


The picture below displays the web-browser selection list in case the authorization is performed without using a Dropbox client app.


 

After selecting a suitable web-browser, a user will be asked to enter Dropbox account credentials to proceed with authentication.

 


 

Tap on the ‘Allow’ button to confirm.


 

The authentication is complete and you are ready to sync the data. Please note, you should switch to MobiDB app after seeing this web page in order to continue sync process.

 


Enter the database name that can be used to identify the backup copy. Then tap “Next”.

 


 

The data will start uploading to the Dropbox MobiDB application folder.

 


If everything was done correctly you will be notified that the backup copy was created successfully. Tap on ‘Exit wizard’ button to finish.


 

To notify whether the database is currently connected to Dropbox or not, the small ‘Cloud sync’ icon is displayed in the bottom left corner of the database icon.

 


 

 

 

In case your device has a Dropbox client app installed, the configuration process will use different authentication method, but the idea is quite similar.

Enter Dropbox account credentials to proceed with authentication.


 

Tap ‘Allow’ to confirm.

 


 

 

Please note: If you look into the MobiDB database backup structure stored in Dropbox folder, you can notice a number of files with .pdmd and .mdbpch extensions. These files store the database structure as well as synced data changes and should not be renamed or modified in any way hence this can corrupt the logical structure of data.

Step 2. Syncing changes

The procedure of syncing the changes done to data is quite simple. After the database is connected to Dropbox, the ‘Synchronize’ button will appear in the list of available options. To sync the database changes, long tap on the database icon and tap ‘Synchronize’ to update the database stored in Dropbox.


 

Step 3. Disconnecting from Dropbox

To disconnect from Dropbox folder, long tap on the database icon and tap ‘Disconnect from Dropbox’ to quit Dropbox connection. The ‘Cloud sync’ icon displayed in the bottom left corner of the specified databse will disappear.


Step 4. Connecting to existing database from another device


To connect to existing Dropbox database, the following steps should be performed.

Tap the 'Main menu' button in the upper right corner and select 'Connect to MobiDB Dropbox database' option.



Complete the authorization procedure as specified in step 1, then select the database you would like to connect to from the databases list.



Then you can either rename the database or leave the database name as is to proceed. After renaming the database, the new database name will be displayed in the databases list on user's device. Additionally, it is possible to set the custom path to save the synced database to.


If everything is done correctly, a notification window is displayed.



The connected database is displayed in the list and the 'Cloud sync' notification icon is displayed over the database icon.




 

 

 

 

 

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I was able to upload a database to Dropbox, but unable to synch it. The android program is stuck on "gathering information" and never gets to uploading changes.
Daniel Gutman (March 28, 2016 at 12:19 AM)

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