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What is Backup & Sync?

19th December 2014

Hi everyone,

Welcome to this week’s installment of SwiftKey Keyboard Tips & Tricks! Today, we’re taking a look at another feature that is available in both Android and iOS.

Have you ever found yourself working on an essay or saving photos only to have your device crash – and you lose everything? While we can’t help you get those lost pictures back, with Backup & Sync on SwiftKey, you never have to worry about losing your learned language model. We launched SwiftKey Account for this very reason.

You might be asking yourself – why would this be useful to me? We’ve got a few reasons for you:

  1. If you flash/hack your phone a lot
  2. If you tend to switch (or lose!) devices often
  3. If you have more than one device – whether it’s an Android or iOS, we sync across platforms
  4. You’re worried about limited storage on your device (even though language modules are small)

Even if your particular use case is not listed above, having your language model backed up can come in handy – especially in today’s day and age when new devices are being released all the time.You can set your SwiftKey Keyboard to Backup & Sync weekly or daily, and if you are conscious about using cellular data, you can have SwiftKey set to only sync when connected to wifi (we know how precious data can be!).

The main takeaway here is that SwiftKey remembers all of your language specifics (nicknames, slang, special phrases, etc.) even if you change or lose your device.

Have you already enabled Backup & Sync on your device(s)? Let us know on Twitter!

Have suggestions for other Tips & Tricks you’d like to see? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments; we’d love to hear them. If you missed last week’s installment, check it out here: What is ‘Personalization?’

You can download SwiftKey Keyboard for free on Google Play and the Apple App Store now:

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Cheers,
Ryan & the Community Team

2 responses to “What is Backup & Sync?”

  1. Kent Norton says:

    So a geek uploaded to #fluency an app, then remodeled shakesphere’s sonnets

  2. Sean Brown says:

    I’m glad that there’s a service that allows users to save their language patterns and dictionaries even when they accidentally erase, delete or lose their device. One thing that I don’t understand though is, why is it that when I use SwiftKey on my phone it needs me to sign in to my accounts all over again? on my phone SwiftKey insisted that I had not signed into my accounts even though I had already done so on my tablet? Granted it only did this once, but I thought it was strange that this would happen even if it was only once.

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