What is Day One Sync?
Day One Sync is a free service for syncing and backing up your Day One journal on all of your Mac and iOS devices.
Why did you create Day One Sync?
We have three main reasons:
1. Stability and reliability. Dropbox and iCloud were never 100% successful for all of our users. On Dropbox we had continued challenges with duplicate entries appearing in journals. On iCloud, we had problems with data loss. With both services, when things went wrong, we were at the mercy of systems beyond our control that weren’t tailor-made for Day One data. Understandably, our technical requirements and product roadmap aren’t the same as either iCloud or Dropbox’s so we don’t expect them to change their services to meet our data’s needs. With our own service, we can quickly respond to changing needs and bugs that might arise.
2. Platform expansion and new features. Shared journals, a web version, robust APIs, and more features are dependent upon our having our own backend and sync services. It’s been far more expensive for us to do this, but we felt it is worth the investment for the sake of future features and continuing to expand the Day One platform.
3. Security. We’ve architected Day One Sync to securely store your data. In the future, we’ll be offering end-to-end encryption on top of our current server-side encryption.
Is my data secure and encrypted?
In its currently available form, Day One Sync encrypts the data “at rest” on our servers and securely transfers the data from our servers to the Day One app (the same level of security that Dropbox and iCloud provide). Following our 2.0 release, a future update will provide full end-to-end encryption. Our encryption features will utilize the user’s private key to encrypt all entries before they reach the server. In short, the server will have no access to the user’s unencrypted data. Neither iCloud nor Dropbox currently provide this level of security (see: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202303 and https://www.dropbox.com/help/28, respectively), thus making Day One Sync even more secure than these other sync/backup methods.
What does it cost?
It’s free for syncing your Day One entries—text and photos. In the future, we may have premium services (book printing and other stuff), but those services will be supplemental and not required for using Day One.
Why can’t I use iCloud or Dropbox for sync anymore?
While not representative of all our users’ experiences, we had thousands of cases of data loss and duplication with iCloud and Dropbox. This was not acceptable to us, so we’ve built Day One Sync from the ground up to be tailored to Day One journal data.
It’s taken considerable effort and investment, but we believe it is the right thing to do for the growth and stability of the platform.
If I’m only using Day One on one device, is sync necessary?
No. It’s disabled by default, and you won’t need to enable it. Syncing is only necessary if you have multiple devices using the Day One app. In the future, we’ll have a web version. Sync will be required for the web version of Day One, but we’ll let you know when it’s available.
Does Day One back up to iCloud?
Yes. See this article to learn how: Backing up Day One data to iCloud
Do you own my content?
What happens if the Day One team disappears and I can’t sync anymore?
- Their respective families would be really sad.
- Your data is stored locally on your device and you can export it in a variety of formats.
Are you trying to lock me into your platform?
No. Your data is yours. We don’t like being locked into platforms and we don’t want you to be either. Again, your data is yours. Export it any time you like and use it anywhere you want. As long as the Day One app and our services provide value to you, we are happy to serve you. When we no longer meet your needs, you can export your data at any time.