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I would like to download the Quicken app to a second computer

Can I use the same app and database on two computers (mine and my wife's)? If so, how do I set it up on her computer with access to the same database (which is synced to the cloud)?

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  • RickORickO SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
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    You can install Quicken Mac on as many computers as you wish. However, it is not recommended to store the data file on a cloud service and access it from multiple computers. This is because the internal file permissions can get corrupted during cloud access, making the file inaccessible. It may work fine for months or even years, and then suddenly fail.

    That said, if you decide to go ahead and store your file in the cloud, I recommend making automatic local backups every time the file is closed. Keep a large number of these backups (as set in Preferences > General). Close the file immediately when not actively using it. And, above all, whatever you do, DO NOT open the file on two computers at the same time.
    Quicken Mac Subscription; Quicken Mac user since the early 90s
  • jacobsjacobs SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
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    Agreeing with RickO, let me just expand on what the workflow would look like…

    The recommended safe procedure is to move only compressed copies of the data file. This could be either doing (a) Save a Backup from with Quicken, which created a .quickenbackup file, or (b) in the Finder, File > Compress on your Quicken data file after you have quit Quicken, which creates a .zip file.

    After each Quicken session, copy the compressed file (either the .quickenbackup or .zip file) to anywhere you want to use for sharing. This could be Dropbox, iCloud, or in a folder on one of your Macs with File Sharing turned on. The next time you want to use Quicken on either machine, copy the latest compressed copy to the Mac, and double-click to open and then launch Quicken. At the end of your work in Quicken, repeat the process of making the backup or compressed file and copying it back to your shared storage location.

    Yes, this takes a few seconds each time to make the backup and copy it to your shared location, and a few seconds to copy it back and open it -- but it's the only truly safe way to do this. And after you do it a few times and have the workflow ingrained in your head, it really does take just a few seconds. ;)
    QMac 2007 & QMac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993

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  • RickORickO SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    Accepted Answer
    You can install Quicken Mac on as many computers as you wish. However, it is not recommended to store the data file on a cloud service and access it from multiple computers. This is because the internal file permissions can get corrupted during cloud access, making the file inaccessible. It may work fine for months or even years, and then suddenly fail.

    That said, if you decide to go ahead and store your file in the cloud, I recommend making automatic local backups every time the file is closed. Keep a large number of these backups (as set in Preferences > General). Close the file immediately when not actively using it. And, above all, whatever you do, DO NOT open the file on two computers at the same time.
    Quicken Mac Subscription; Quicken Mac user since the early 90s
  • jacobsjacobs SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    Accepted Answer
    Agreeing with RickO, let me just expand on what the workflow would look like…

    The recommended safe procedure is to move only compressed copies of the data file. This could be either doing (a) Save a Backup from with Quicken, which created a .quickenbackup file, or (b) in the Finder, File > Compress on your Quicken data file after you have quit Quicken, which creates a .zip file.

    After each Quicken session, copy the compressed file (either the .quickenbackup or .zip file) to anywhere you want to use for sharing. This could be Dropbox, iCloud, or in a folder on one of your Macs with File Sharing turned on. The next time you want to use Quicken on either machine, copy the latest compressed copy to the Mac, and double-click to open and then launch Quicken. At the end of your work in Quicken, repeat the process of making the backup or compressed file and copying it back to your shared storage location.

    Yes, this takes a few seconds each time to make the backup and copy it to your shared location, and a few seconds to copy it back and open it -- but it's the only truly safe way to do this. And after you do it a few times and have the workflow ingrained in your head, it really does take just a few seconds. ;)
    QMac 2007 & QMac Subscription • Quicken user since 1993
  • williaghwilliagh Member
    Thanks, these responses have been very helpful.
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