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Using the Scrivener App

If you have ever had a light bulb moment when your laptop was nowhere in site, you might be a writer. That is where the Scrivener App for iPhone comes in handy. Since I had a little trouble setting it up and getting everything working correctly, I created this post to save you the same pain.

Dropbox is Required

You must have Dropbox to sync between your phone and computer. This requires a Dropbox account, and it is fairly easy to set up. You can get one for free as long as you stay under 2TB of data and do not need more than three devices to sync. Go to Dropbox and set up an account if you do not have one. It will be easier to set everything up if you do this first. Be sure when you transfer your Scrivener documents, you choose “add folder” and upload the entire Scrivener folder for your project(s). Also take the time to download Dropbox onto your computer, so it will be visible when you go to save later.

Purchase Scrivener in the App Store

Once you have Dropbox set up, download the Scrivener app. It will walk you through connecting to Dropbox. Tap the “sync” button in the top left and then click “Link Dropbox.” It will pull in all the Scrivener files you have uploaded to Dropbox.

Set up Scrivener to Save to Dropbox

Be sure to set your Windows version of Scrivener to begin saving in Dropbox instead of wherever you are currently saving it. Now, any time you make an update, you will be prompted to sync.

Try it out and let me know if it works for you. I’m very excited to finally have Scrivener on my phone!