Back-up lost / working across 2 devices on Scrivener


Hoping someone can help. I have been using Scrivener for a while but I have recently installed it on a second device.

I have just had an incident that took me an hour to try and figure out how to recover work I thought I had lost! But phew managed to find it by following some online instructions.

However, I am really confused by the process of using scrivener on a second device. I currently have the software running on:

  1. Desktop - back-ups sent to folder on onedrive
  2. Laptop - back-ups sent to a separate folder on onedrive.

If I am working on the laptop, close and save and then go to work on the desktop at a later date, it tells me it can’t access the most recent chapters/element of the work that I completed on the laptop and vice versa.

Does anyone have a step by step guide or process whereby they can safely and easily work across 2 devices for one piece of work?

Thank you :slight_smile:

Back-ups are for safe-keeping. You don’t use them unless something goes wrong and you need to go back to a previous version.

To work on two devices you Save the project in a cloud service, like Dropbox, and then just Open the project on the other machine.

BUT!!! You need to make sure that any changes you make on one device is given time to upload to the cloud server before you turn it off, and that those have had time to be downloaded from the cloud server to the other device before you open the project on that device.

In my experience OneDrive dorsn’t always fix this in a good way. Dropbox does.

You tells us where your project backups are stored, but where is the project itself?

Also, you will need to make sure that your project is closed on one device before opening it on another.


P.s. I think it is advisable to enable the zip option on Scrivs automatic backups, especially if you are storing those backups in the cloud. You help ensure in that way the integrity of your backups and also clearly distinguish them from active project files.