Feature request: Disable iCloud sync & alternative sync options

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13 Nov, 2016 10:19 AM

As far as I can see there is no way to disable the automatic sync to iCloud, could we get a toggle for this?
I understand the benefits of iCloud but it would be nice if it's not compulsory.

I would really prefer to have the pro version be able to simply use a folder to store/read all mds so I can commit them to a git repo, sync them via dropbox etc. This way you can use alternative means of reading/writing your notes.

  1. 1 Posted by ssoule on 14 Nov, 2016 04:04 AM

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    +1 I am sometimes in bandwidth-limited situations where I would not want syncing to occur.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Danilo Bonardi on 14 Nov, 2016 09:25 AM

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    Hi George,

    I get the idea of disabling the sync in some cases, I'll see what we can do for the next releases.

    Other sync methods are possible but require a lot of time and right now they are not our top priorities.


  3. 3 Posted by Marc on 14 Mar, 2017 03:18 AM

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    I love Bear. Great place to write.

    Would love more sync options, but at a minimum, I'd like to turn off sync for my work computer, which is logged into iCloud for calendars and reminders and address book.

    I'd like to keep my personal Bear notes turned off on my work computer, and only on for my personal devices. Is there a way to do this?


  4. 4 Posted by Marc on 14 Mar, 2017 03:25 AM

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    Ok, I answered my question -- I can select which apps have access to iCloud drive, and turn them on/off selectively. System Preferences > iCloud > iCloud Drive.

    All good, it worked just as I needed.

    Thanks again for a great program :)

  5. 5 Posted by Alexander on 16 Sep, 2017 07:19 PM

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    I'd be really interested in using Bear. But I would need the ability to disable sync as well. Most work and a lot of private data is not suitable to be synced online, it needs to stay on your local machine. Evernote and Apple Notes offer local notebooks, so I believe there a quite a few users who might need such a function, too.

    Best regards,

  6. 6 Posted by Sam Pierson on 25 Mar, 2018 05:24 PM

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    +1 more more sync options.
    Let's say I already pay for DropBox or Sync.com. I don't want to also have to pay for icloud.com just for Bear.

  7. 7 Posted by Nick Armstrong on 28 Mar, 2018 03:44 PM

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    +1 on disabling sync. I love the ability to sync on my personal devices but my work specifically forbids backing any data up to external sources (unless they own them). Even better would be the ability to disable/enable syncing based on tags. Evernote has similar functionality where I can disable/enable syncing at the folder level.

  8. 8 Posted by Joe Ray Teodoro on 18 May, 2018 01:32 AM

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    Just canceled my subscription as soon as I realized this wasn't a feature. Sometimes I don't want to sync with other devices.

  9. 9 Posted by John Roland on 24 Jun, 2018 02:24 AM

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    I would love to see the ability to switch off sync, as well. I had it before I upgraded to Pro, but want to continue supporting this software and keep the other Bear features. Please consider, and thanks in advance!

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