My Database Isn’t Syncing
Strongbox allows you to control where your database is stored. We offer native integrations with popular cloud storage providers (iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive). You can also use any cloud drive that integrates with the file system on macOS and the Files app on iPhone/iPad.
Strongbox Doesn’t Recognise My Pro License
Sometimes Strongbox can have difficulties establishing your Pro status, usually due to an issue communicating with Apple's App Store. Here are some things to try to fix this:
1. Restore Purchases
Sometimes this can be as simple as tapping or clicking 'Restore Purchases' or 'Already Purchased' b...
Family Sharing Doesn't Work
Strongbox supports Apple's Family Sharing for all versions of its Apps and for all License types (Monthly, Yearly, Lifetime In-App Purchase and Lifetime Outright Pro). No Exceptions. Some times though it can be tricky to get this working correctly, so here are some tips and tricks...
I Can’t Unlock My Database
If you are suddenly unable to open your database, please try the steps below to resolve the issue:
Make sure you're entering the correct master password! (I've forgotten my password.)
Restart your device.
Remove the database from Strongbox and re-add it (making sure to create a backup before you...
I've Forgotten My Password
We are not able to reset your password.
This is by design. Strongbox is a a zero knowledge password manager, which means that we are not able to access your database or the personal information stored inside it under any circumstances.
If you have been using Face/Touch ID or a PIN code to open ...
I Can't Disable iCloud Keychain Without Disabling Strongbox (AutoFill)
Unfortunately at the moment Apple have not made it possible to disable Keychain without also disabling Strongbox's ability to use AutoFill in Safari.
One of our users has created a thread on Apple's support page about this issue. You can track and reply to it here: https://discussions.apple.com/...
Reset All Strongbox Settings to Factory Defaults on macOS
Sometimes Strongbox doesn't completely uninstall when deleted from the MacOS Applications folder (due to an issue with macOS). If you'd like to completely clear all Strongbox preferences/settings then:
Open Preferences and select Advanced > Factory Reset (at the bottom of the window)
Face ID or Touch ID (Convenience Unlock) Doesn't Work
This is usually because either iOS Face/Touch ID has been disabled or because Strongbox convenience unlock has been disabled.
There are 2 locations (1 global and 1 specific to the database) for this setting in Strongbox. You’ll need to check both are toggled on. The 2 locations are:
I Can’t Create a New iCloud Database or I Deleted My iCloud Strongbox Folder
If you are seeing an error when creating a new iCloud database this is usually caused by deleting the built-in Strongbox folder on your iCloud Drive. This is a folder called 'Strongbox' with the Strongbox blue icon at the root of your iCloud Drive. You may have done this by accident, or simply do...
I Can't Select Entry From the Dropdown When Using Autofill in Safari on Mac
This appears to be a bug affecting the latest version of Safari. We don’t control the QuickType UI and can only provide suggestions to it. We're hoping Apple will release a fix soon!
The only thing we can recommend at this time is to keep installing any available updates for Safari and macOS.
Unlock With Apple Watch Doesn't Work
If you use the Unlock with Apple Watch feature on your database, the Apple Watch can sometimes fail to authenticate, meaning you have to enter your Master Password.
This occurs sometimes when the watch goes into one of the Focus modes, such as the Sleep Focus. This is a known issue with the Appl...
Touch ID Prompt Keeps Appearing Before the AutoFill Convenience Unlock Timeout Has Expired
Unfortunately, this is the AutoFill subsystem requesting the Touch ID and not Strongbox. It seems that even though Strongbox tells MacOS it can provide a login credential for a website/app without any UI interaction, the system decides to request a Touch ID authentication anyway. Sadly, we cannot...
Cannot Merge Without Credentials or in Background Sync Mode
Sometimes, when trying to sync your database with a cloud drive, you might receive the following error: "Cannot Merge Without Credentials or in Background Sync Mode".
This can be caused by having the database set to always open offline, or by manually trying to open the database offline.
Error: HmacBlocStream - Could not read enough from inner stream to decrypt block
If Strongbox is terminated or stops during a sync, it can leave the database partially transferred, with 0 bytes or less than its full size, making it corrupt and unusable, resulting in an "HmacBlocStream" error. To avoid this, ensure the sync completes; don't quit the app mid-sync.
While some s...
AutoFill Sometimes Crashes or Disappears on Me. Is My Argon2 Memory Is Too High?
If you are seeing these issues, it is likely because your database size is too large or your cryptography settings are too high to be used in the AutoFill mode (the exact limit will vary depending on what device you are using). We discuss both issues below with suggested fixes.
Argon2 Memory Usa...
AutoFill Suggestion Doesn’t Show Up or Work on Keyboard for a Certain Site or App
This can happen and it will depend on the App you're using or website you are visiting. If that App or website doesn't pass a good hint to Strongbox or the iOS AutoFill subsystem it just won't work.
You can find out what "Hint" that App or Safari is passing to Strongbox by
Open Strongbox in Aut...
Crash When Unlocking My Password Safe Database (Saved Using Android passwdSafe Port)
We have received reports that some Password Safe databases cause Strongbox to crash on unlock. This has been narrowed down to the use of the Jeff Harris passwdSafe port on Android. The easiest solution is to edit and save your database using the official Password Safe app on Windows which doesn't...
Face ID / Touch ID doesn't work for me
The first thing to note is that Face ID/Touch ID is a Pro feature. You get to try out Pro features for 3 months, so you should check that you’re on the Pro version. You’ll see an Upgrade bar at the bottom of your screen if you’re not a Pro user.
If you’re a Pro user you can turn Face ID/Touch ID...
"SKErrorDomain 0" Error When Upgrading to Strongbox Pro
This error is usually shown in Strongbox due to a temporary problem with the App Store or a network or firewall issue.
There are a few things that you can try:
Restart your device
Logout and then back in to the App Store app
Also, we would recommend changing your network from Wi-Fi to cellular ...
Google Drive Not Syncing / Not Authenticating
If you're having issues syncing your database with Google Drive, you can access your database from within Google Drive using the Files method. See the instructions below.
Install the Google Drive app on your iPhone/iPad
In the Files app, enable Google Drive
Tap the plus icon (+)...
Troubleshooting WebDAV on Synology NAS
If you are experiencing WebDAV issues with database sync and you are using Synology NAS, there are a few steps that you can try and fix the problem:
In Synology, go to System Settings > Security > Extended and check the "Intermediate Compatibility" option.
In the pop-up window, in the WebD...
I Cannot Determine My WebDAV URL When Installing Nextcloud as a Snap
Some users have had issues determining their WebDAV URL when they install Nextcloud as a Snap, on services like DigitalOcean.
The correct URL format looks something like so, where “mark” is your username/home:
The following GitHub issue goes into m...
AutoFill Error: "Something went wrong while displaying documents"
Despite the fact that you may not use iCloud or iCloud Drive, this error appears to be related to your iCloud Drive settings. This error message seem to happen when you have your “iCloud Drive” disabled for your Apple ID on your device. To check this go to:
iPhone or iPad Main Settings > “You...
“Error Selecting Storage Location” (or “Invalid_access_token” With Dropbox) When Unlocking Database
Sometimes your security token or session expires on a third party storage provider like Dropbox or Google Drive. Usually this is seamlessly renewed but it can happen sometimes that this goes wrong.
To fix this you need to clear your (Dropbox/Google Drive/OneDrive) session. You can do that by:
Troubleshooting SFTP and Nextcloud
Unfortunately Nextcloud does not always play well with SFTP, you can read more about that here:
The recommended setup for Nextcloud is to use WebDAV which is built into iOS Strongbox and works very well according to most repor...
Troubleshooting OneDrive Issues (“Can’t Connect” or “Bad Request”)
This is probably because Strongbox’s session has become stale. You can clear this by going to
Preferences > Cloud > Sessions > Clear OneDrive session
Now you should be asked to login with OneDrive when you try to unlock your database. This will refresh the session and you should have no...
I Use a Local Device Database but the Sync Log Indicates “Syncing” and Uses the Word “Remote”, What’s Going On?
This is an artefact of Strongbox synchronisation code. Synchronisation code does not mean or have anything to do with a remote or network copy. Rather it is the reconciliation process that occurs between Strongbox's temporary working copy of your database and the destination or final copy of the ...
Markdown Notes Are Not Displaying Correctly on iPhone/iPad
If you have enabled ‘Easy-Read Font on All Fields', this will cause your Markdown syntax to be ignored when displaying your notes.
To disable this setting on iPhone and iPad:
Unlock your database
Tap the Database Settings icon (the icon with three sliders in the top left of the screen)
Database Doesn’t Synchronise Properly With My Synology NAS or DS File App
This is a known issue with the DS File app. It does not properly integrate into the iOS Files subsystem. This has been reported to Synology but a fix does not seem imminent. Typically the database becomes stale/old and Strongbox is unable to update it. Unfortunately this appears to be a poor inte...
iCloud Database Has Numbers After It, or Multiple Copies Appear After Saving
This can happen if your iCloud database is quite large or you save to it in rapid succession. What happens when you save (using any client) is that the Apple iCloud sync system has to upload it to iCloud in the background and this can take some time. It may take a few minutes. When you save anoth...
iCloud Database Stuck on ‘Reading’ Mode and Won’t Open
Sometimes when trying to open a database that is stored in iCloud, the database will not open and the status message "Reading" will be continuously displayed.
If your iCloud database is stuck "Reading", then try restarting your device and trying again. If it still does not open, try signing out/...
Saving With KeePass or KeePassXC Causes Database To Be Unusable on iPhone/iPad
Sometimes there can be some issues with iOS Files based databases and KeePassXC / KeePass and cloud drives. This can sometimes present itself as errors like:
- "The database is located in Recently Deleted"
- "The database was 'Removed from iCloud' on another device"
The solution to thi...
Key File Not Auto Detected in AutoFill
Assuming the key file is stored in the Strongbox documents folder, Apple does not allow App Extensions (which is what AutoFill is) to access the parent App’s documents directory directly. This leads to the situation where Strongbox can see the key file (and use it automatically) but the App Exten...
macOS Database Says I Don’t Have Permission to Open It
Strongbox uses a 'Bookmark' to keep track of your database. This is the recommended Apple way of keeping a reference to a file on macOS. Most of the time this works very well but sometimes the bookmark can fail and you get an error telling you, you don't have permissions to view your database. Th...
WebDAV Database Failing With 401, 403, 424, 404 (DAVKit Error) or Similar
When you use WebDAV, the error codes returned are actually the standard HTTP status codes. This means we can look them up via web search, or simply at https://httpstatuses/com.
For example, if your server is returning 403 we can look here:
This indicates that your ...
Error: “Convenience Unlock Is Unavailable” When Using Touch ID or Apple Watch Unlock on Mac
If you receive the Convenience Unlock is unavailable error, please check and confirm that you can unlock your Mac with Touch ID or Apple Watch first.
Then, if that works, you can use it to unlock a Strongbox database. It is a prerequisite that you can login in to your Mac using these methods bef...
Problems Authenticating With Chrome/Firefox When Adding a OneDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox Database on macOS
To allow Strongbox to access your OneDrive, Dropbox or Google Drive database, you will need to authenticate via Strongbox. To do this Strongbox needs to launch your browser. Strongbox uses whichever is your default browser on your Mac. Once your default browser is launched you should see the fami...
Due to the new update with Sync.com, you may experience some issues with syncing your Strongbox database, if you use this service.
It appears that there are some problems with Sync's offline caching of past files.
The workaround is to go to the Sync app on the device and clear BOTH the offline ...
Why Doesn’t Copy and Paste Work Between My Mac and iPhone?
This is configurable (it’s called “Handoff”) and by default this is switched off for security reasons, but you can change it if you like.
Go to Preferences > Advanced > Allow Clipboard Handoff.
Third Party or SwiftKey Keyboard Doesn’t Work on iOS
Strongbox disallows third party keyboards by default for security reasons. You can enable third party keyboards like so:
Preferences > Advanced Preferences > Miscellaneous > Allow Third Party Keyboards > Switch ON
Yandex YanDisk Over WebDAV Does Not Appear To Work or Update
It looks like perhaps Yandex are limiting or breaking WebDAV compatibility here:
We would suggest you take it up with Yandex, as Strongb...