iCloud Sync

Drafts syncs across devices and backs up data to iCloud. Sync requires the same iCloud account be signed in on all devices and iCloud Drive be active. Information synchronized to iCloud include:

  • Drafts
  • Draft version history
  • Actions and action groups
  • Logs of actions performed
  • Settings and configuration options, including editor options
  • Credentials for services
  • Drafts Pro subscription status

About Drafts Pro Sharing

Drafts Pro subscriptions can be purchased on either iOS or Mac, but the App Stores on these platforms do not share purchases directly...so "Restore Purchases" will not work on a Mac, if you purchased your subscription on iOS or vice versa.

Pro subscriptions will automatically be shared across platforms, however, if you are using the same iCloud account. If you are using the same iCloud account and your Pro subscription is not automatically recognized, please contact support.

If an iCloud account is available when Drafts is installed, sync is enabled automatically. Even if you only have Drafts installed on a single device, it is highly recommended you leave iCloud sync active to protect your data so it could be restored in a new installation.

iCloud options are available in Settings > iCloud Sync on iOS, Preferences > iCloud Sync on Mac. If you ever have trouble with sync, it is recommended you visit this area and enable the sync log, which can be sent directly to support from this screen.

Note about iCloud Drive

Drafts syncs using CloudKit, the same iCloud technology that lie beneath iCloud Drive, Notes and other Apple Services. It does not sync via files. Drafts can export and import to files in iCloud Drive, but content in Drafts is not directly visible in iCloud Drive.

Previous Versions of Drafts

Drafts 5 and greater introduced new storage capabilities (like tagging) that are not compatible with previous versions of Drafts. To sync across the Mac and iOS versions of Drafts, all platforms must be running version 5 or greater of Drafts.