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Setup Your Sync Key

In order to use Codebook's Sync feature, you will need a Sync Key. This unique encryption key is generated by Codebook and used to encrypt all of your data when syncing via cloud services or over WiFi. It is different from your Master Password. You only need one Sync Key, which is copied to and used by your other copies of Codebook.

When no Sync Key is present on your device, Codebook will prompt you to setup your sync key. Specifically, it asks, Have you already created your Sync Key in another copy of Codebook? If you have not, select No, and Codebook will create one and store it in your encrypted database. You're all set![1]

If you have already created a Sync Key in another copy of Codebook, select Yes. Codebook will prompt you to scan your Sync Key, along with permission to access your computer's camera in order to do so.

Scan the Sync Key that you previously created. You can display it on the device where it was created as an encrypted QR code (See Displaying Your Sync Key below) or scan a printed Backup Code.

After scanning the encrypted QR code, Codebook will prompt you for the Master Password that was used when the sync key was created, decrypt the Sync Key, and store it in your encrypted database. Now you're ready to use the Sync feature!

Displaying Your Sync Key

To scan your existing Sync Key from another copy of Codebook, you'll need to display it first.

On macOS

  1. Click on the Sync menu > Add a New Device
  2. Aim the new device's camera at the QR code that is displayed.

    NOTE: After scanning this Sync Key you will be prompted to enter the Master Password. This is the current master password of the device displaying the sync key.

On Windows

  1. Click on the Sync menu > Add a New Device
  2. Aim the new device's camera at the QR code that is displayed.

    NOTE: After scanning this Sync Key you will be prompted to enter the Master Password. This is the current master password of the device displaying the sync key.

On iOS

  1. Tap More > Sync > Add a New Device
  2. Point the QR code that is displayed at the new device's camera.

    NOTE: After scanning this Sync Key you will be prompted to enter the Master Password. This is the current master password of the device displaying the sync key.

On Android

  1. Tap on Home > Sync
  2. Tap Add a New Device
  3. Point the QR code that is displayed at the new device's camera.

    NOTE: After scanning this Sync Key you will be prompted to enter the Master Password. This is the current master password of the device displaying the sync key.

1. Be sure to backup your Sync Key!