Syncing files between machines

I use Quicken Deluxe on my I-Mac when I am at home and on my MacBook Pro when I am on the road. Can I sync the two so that they update each other automatically?


  • jacobs
    jacobs SuperUser, Mac Beta Beta
    No. Quicken isn't built to do that. (There was some obscure reference to being able to do this in the release notes about two years ago, but I don't believe it was accurate.) The Quicken Cloud is built to sync between a estop base Quicken Mac or Quicken Windows data file and the mobile app/web interface, but not between two desktop data files. If you try it and it appears to work, I'd be afraid that somewhere down the road you will face corruption issues.

    The approved/recommended way to use two Mac is to move the data file between the two computers. And don't move the actual data file; move either a compressed .zip copy of the data file (click the data file in the Finder and select File > Compress) or a backup (.quickenbackup) file between the two machines. Moving the live data file without one of these wrappers will lead to oil corruption/access restriction issues at some time down the road. To move the file back and forth, you can use a flash drive, email it to yourself, use Mac File Sharing, use AirDrop, use Dropbox -- and way you'd move any file between the two computers. 
    Quicken Mac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • smayer97
    smayer97 SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes, a few of earlier versions of QMac (starting with QM2017 v4.6.8 back in Jan 2018, even into versions of QM2018) did introduce an early attempt to sync some parts of desktop files (e.g. asset & checking accounts only at the time) via the Quicken Cloud BUT it was half-baked, very poorly documented and only partially implemented with limitations and issues. Since then there has been no further information nor obvious development in this capability.

    It appears that the ongoing focus has been to only make it work between desktop and its mobile and web data complements. It is unclear if Quicken pulled that code or not and if it has any intention to resume development on this feature.

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  • RickO
    RickO SuperUser ✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2021
    One safe, fairly simple and semi-automatic way to handle this is to set your automatic backup location to a cloud service (e.g. Dropbox, iCloud Drive, etc.). Do this on both computers. Each time you close Quicken, the latest file will be backed up to the cloud. When you want to work on Quicken on either computer, DO NOT open the local Quicken file. Instead, double click the cloud-stored backup and restore it. You will then be working on the most recent data no matter which computer it was updated on. If you do this, it is important that you make sure you quit Quicken and let the backup proceed each and every time you use it, and never have Quicken open on both computers at the same time.
    Quicken Mac Subscription; Quicken Mac user since the early 90s
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