Trying to understand sync and backup options

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I'm not a technical person, so I'm a bit confused about what are the syncing options. I'd also suggest having such an explanation in your website, if you want the general public to understand their options.

My questions:

  1. What is the difference between "third-party sync disks" and "third-party cloud storage services", mentioned in github?:

    Although it does not support third-party sync disks, it supports third-party cloud storage services, which can be configured in Settings - Cloud - Cloud Storage Provider

  2. What does this quote mean, from the website?:

    Support Android. Not just a APP, it can also be used as a mobile server, as long as the computer and mobile phone are in a local area network, you can directly use SiYuan on the mobile phone through the computer browser.

What I want:

  • For my data to never reach the internet. All my data should stay in/between my devices.
  • If possible, I'd also like to be able to use SiYuan on my Android phone, and have it sync with my laptop via local network only (ie. directly, without going through the internet). If I leave the house with my phone, I want all my data to be there - then if I change/add/remove anything while I'm out, as soon as I'm back home I'd like those changes to be reflected in my laptop. I'd probably keep most of my Notebooks exclusively in my laptop, then have one Notebook synced between laptop and mobile.
  • I don't want to need to pay for any storage service.

Probably my questions are very basic for you guys, but for someone who isn't technical this is quite hard to understand! Thank you in advance for your help.

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    forestknows updated this article at 2023-07-08 06:10:01
    forestknows updated this article at 2023-07-08 06:01:10

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    • angroid

      The automatic translation of the chinese community isn't very good but it's a start. SiYuan really needs proper english documentation. This application is fantastic and would completely explode in the western PKM world if it was more accessible for non chinese speaking audiences.

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    • forestknows

      Thank you.

      The sync options sound very technical to me. I'll try to read more about it... Also, from what I understand, any of those sync options would require payment.

      Perhaps the best solution for my case would be to have two separate installations:

      1. On my laptop, with content that I want to keep at my home.
      2. On my phone, with content I want to be able to take with me when I leave my home.

      Then at home I can use the server function to access my laptop from my mobile, and my phone from my laptop, if needed.

      Does that make sense?

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    • ciwoyipang

      If your final requirement is to not rely on any network, it may only be possible to accomplish the task through operations such as local data export and import.

      However, Siyuan has a network serving feature that allows you to turn your terminal into a server, enabling other devices on the local network to access the note content of that terminal without installing Siyuan.


      For instance, if you have Siyuan installed on your smartphone and have enabled the network serving feature, as long as your devices are on the same network, other devices can simply open a browser and enter the IP address and port displayed under the network serving feature to access the content on your smartphone.

      All your notes and records are stored only on your smartphone. Other devices act as display terminals, allowing you to access and view the content from your smartphone.

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    • ciwoyipang

      This video demonstrates using a computer as a server, where you can access Siyuan by entering the IP address in a web browser. Similarly, you can use Siyuan by entering the same IP address in the web browser on your mobile phone.

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