Using the App on Multiple Devices


If you have more than one iOS device, we highly recommend that you install the App on both devices. Not only will you be able to have your cards more available, but also you will have an excellent backup for your card data. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Apple allows the App to be installed on several devices if the devices are all registered with the same Apple ID. So you will not have to purchase the App again to install it on more than one of your devices. When you go to the App Store with your second device, you should be able to download the App for free, provided you are using the same Apple ID as you used when you made the original purchase. All of this is controlled within the Apple system, and Apple generally provides good customer support at their stores and over the phone, so if you have any problems or questions about this, you should contact Apple directly.

In order to manage your data effectively, you should choose one device as the primary device. This is the device which you will use to add new cards and notes, and to do readings which you want to save. The other device(s) would be secondary. You will keep the secondary device up to date (in sync) by restoring the backup data from your primary device to the secondary device from time to time. Note that if you add cards or notes or readings on both devices, they will become out of sync, and you will have to choose one or the other if you want to get back into sync. You cannot merge the additional data from both.

Here are examples of how some people work with multiple devices.

  1. If you have an iPhone and an iPad, you might choose the iPad as the primary device, since the large format makes it easier to use and the cards appear larger. You would do all of your serious 4-card readings and add new cards on this device. You would then keep a copy of everything on your iPhone, so that you would be able to carry your cards with you and consult them and show them to others while you are away from home. You can perform functions such as View Cards and Draw One Card without any fear of getting out of sync with the primary device. You can also do 4-Card Readings and add notes, but if you want to save them, see item 3 below.
  2. You can, of course, do it the other way around, using the iPhone as the primary device and the iPad as the secondary device.
  3. You can also go back and forth, but if you do you should keep track of which device has the latest data. Whenever you do a sync from the primary device to the secondary device, both devices are then in sync, and either one can be considered to be the primary device. But as soon as you change anything on one of the devices, you should remember that this is now the primary device and you should not make changes on the other device until you get them back into sync.

How to Sync the Devices: There are two options for performing the sync. The first is to use the iCloud, following the instructions below. The second option is to perform a Backup on one device and then Restore on the second device, per the instructions at App Backup and Restore.

Save data to iCloud and Get data from iCloud: This function is especially useful when syncing data between multiple devices, such as your iPhone and iPad, when both are connected to the same Apple ID account. In order to avoid corruption of the data when multiple devices are connected to your iCloud, the syncing of your data to and from the iCloud is not automatic. If you make changes to the data on your iPhone (for example, adding new cards, notes, or readings) and wish to sync this to your iPad, you would first tap “Save data to iCloud” on the iPhone. Depending upon the number of cards in your database it could take a minute or so for the process to complete. Wait until the process is complete, then go to the iPad and tap “Get data from iCloud”. The data on the iPad will then be replaced by the phone data which is stored in the iCloud.

This can be done in the other direction as well. However, note that if you make updates to your data on the iPhone and then also make updates on the iPad without first syncing, you will not be able to “merge” these. If you then wish to sync the devices, you will have to choose which device has the data you wish to keep, and then sync that data over to the other device. Alternatively, you can allow the two devices to grow their databases independently and abandon the idea of syncing them.

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