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Want to use QB on two computers. How do I synchronize the two computers?

Is there a way to backup my quickbooks to my google drive so that I can access it from multiple computers? Also wondering if I can install my program on our business laptop for when my husband is out of town and on our desktop for when we are at home and they will communicate

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Re: Want to use QB on two computers. How do I synchronize the two computers?

You should never try to RUN QB from Dropbox, Google driver, etc., but saving a backup to it, downloading when needed, restoring, working, then backing up again is fine.

https://betterbottomline.com/dont-try-to-run-quickbooks-pro-premier-or-enterprise-via-dropbox-google...

Your license allows you to install a single user license on up to two computers (the intention is that it is to be used by one person), but you cannot configure the two computers for multi-users.  You will have to back up from one, restore to the second, then back up from the second, restore to the first (never using the backed up computer in the meantime), etc., which can open the door for problems if you inadvertently work in the backed up computer while the other is in use.  You might want to consider a remote access program like LogMeIn,SplashTop, JoinMe or  TeamViewer, designating the desktop as the host and the laptop as the remote computer (you don't even need QB on the remote computer as you work in the host QB) or have your file hosted (Intuit now offers that service) so that you can access it online from any internet connection.

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Re: Want to use QB on two computers. How do I synchronize the two computers?

You should never try to RUN QB from Dropbox, Google driver, etc., but saving a backup to it, downloading when needed, restoring, working, then backing up again is fine.

https://betterbottomline.com/dont-try-to-run-quickbooks-pro-premier-or-enterprise-via-dropbox-google...

Your license allows you to install a single user license on up to two computers (the intention is that it is to be used by one person), but you cannot configure the two computers for multi-users.  You will have to back up from one, restore to the second, then back up from the second, restore to the first (never using the backed up computer in the meantime), etc., which can open the door for problems if you inadvertently work in the backed up computer while the other is in use.  You might want to consider a remote access program like LogMeIn,SplashTop, JoinMe or  TeamViewer, designating the desktop as the host and the laptop as the remote computer (you don't even need QB on the remote computer as you work in the host QB) or have your file hosted (Intuit now offers that service) so that you can access it online from any internet connection.

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Re: Want to use QB on two computers. How do I synchronize the two computers?

Thanks for the advice.  I am wondering how this squares with the support for iCloud in Quickbooks Desktop for Mac 2019.  It suggest that it is OK to have a company file on iCloud "or other sharing services such as Dropbox, One Drive" etc.

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Re: Want to use QB on two computers. How do I synchronize the two computers?

Hi pngrini,

 

In addition to Lexiesmemerea's post. QuickBooks for Mac 2019 has a new product enhancement called iCloud document sharing.

 

To understand how and how not to use iCloud Document Sharing, you'll want to check out this article: ICloud Document Sharing and QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 2019.

 

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