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  • Add entry
  1. Press “+”-button
  2. Enter data to the form. Do not forget to add a title.
  3. Save via disk icon in the toolbar

Add Entry Step 1 Add Entry Step 2

 

  • Edit entry
  1. Click on the entry you want to edit in password list
  2. Click on edit-icon in the toolbar

Edit Entry Step1 Edit Entry Step2

 

  • Delete entry
  1. Click on the entry you want to delete in password list
  2. Click on trash can-icon in the toolbar

Delete Entry Step1 Delete Entry Step2

 

  • Assign a category
  1. Open an entry in edit mode. See Edit entry
  2. Click on “+”-icon in category-section.

Note: Assigning more than 1 category is only available in pro version.

Assign a Category Step1

 

  • Copy data to clipboard
  1. Click on the entry you want to copy details from
  2. Click on copy-icon beneath the corresponding data you want to copy to clipboard

Copy To Clipboard Step1 Copy To Clipboard Step2

 

  • Backup data

To backup or transfer the data to another device, its advised to backup/transfer the database-file. In contrast to CSV- and XLS-files, which are intented to use for interaction with table calculations on the computer, database files are completely encrypted.

  1. Login to app
  2. Menu -> Export/Import -> Database -> Backup database

The database file is encrypted, so you can also push this file to a cloud-storage, which makes it easy to recover on another device.

  • Restore data
  1. Open app
  2. Click „Restore Database“ on the login screen
  3. Choose the file you previously exported

Note: On devices running Android 4.4 KitKat or later, you may need to activate visibility of device storage in the Android Storage Access Framework (the standard Android file selector). For this you have to go to the file selector, click on the upper right 3 dots -> Settings (if you have a device with hardware buttons you may have to use the menu-button instead). Then you have to activate visibility of device storage.

  • Transfer data to another device
  1. Backup database, see here
  2. Restore database (on another device), see here

To get your data to another device, you have to log in on the device you already have data stored, go to menu -> Export/Import -> Database -> Backup database (this exported database file is encrypted, so you can also push this file to Dropbox etc., which makes it easy to recover on another device).

On the second device you open the app and click „Restore Database“ on the login screen and choose the file you previously exported.
(Note: On devices running Android 4.4 KitKat or later, you may need to activate visibility of device storage in the Android Storage Access Framework (the standard Android file selector, which will be shown after clicking “Restore Database”). For this you have to go to the file selector, click on the upper right 3 dots -> Settings (if you have a device with hardware buttons you may have to use the menu-button instead). Then you have to activate visibility of device storage.)

If you have problems with the above description, here are some videos showing how to do those things:
Backup database: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsAQVxBrY-Q
Restore database from local storage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_9D9pqZeZo
Restore database from other app like Dropbox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOIBsqYydRY

  • Reset database
  1. Open system settings
  2. Apps -> Password Safe
  3. Clear data

 

  • Change password
  1. Login to app
  2. Menu -> Settings -> Security -> Change password

 

  • Setup fingerprint scanner

In order to use the fingerprint scanner to login, you need a device running Android 6.0 or later and compatible hardware. Furthermore you need to setup your fingerprint scanner in system settings and enroll fingerprints.

This feature is only available in pro-version.

  1. Login to app
  2. Menu -> Settings -> Security -> Fingerprint
  3. Click setup
  4. To confirm you need to touch fingerprint scanner with an enrolled fingerprint

Setting up fingerprint must be done again when password of the database has been changed or a backup has been restored.

A fingerprint does NOT replace your master password. You still need to remember you master password in case you restore a database, change master password or when a problem with the fingerprint (scanner) occurs.

Fingerprint Step 1Fingerprint Step 2Fingerprint Step 3Fingerprint Step 4Fingerprint Step 5

 

FAQ

  • I forgot my password! What to do now?

There is no backdoor or similar in the app, so there is unfortunately no possibility to recover a password if its lost, something is corrupt or something else. Therefore the database has to be deleted, see Reset database

  • I cannot login altough I entered correct password. Why?

If the app shows „wrong password“ it actually can have 3 reasons: you entered a wrong password, database file got corrupt or you tried to restore a wrong file (“Restore database” on the login screen is only for database-files, not for CSV or XLS!).
Despite all care errors may occur, that can lead to corrupted database files. There is currently NO known bug in app, that leads to it, but as I am just a human beeing I still can make mistakes. But also external factors, like the use of task-killers, custom kernels etc, bugs in Android system, system updates, memory faults (ram & internal memory) or faulty data transmission may can lead to corruptions.
In such a case you should restore a backup of your database, otherwise it has to be reset.

(If you have not done any backups – which I always advise in changelogs, auto-backup feature… – there are maybe auto backups from app-upgrades under /sdcard/PasswordSafe or under /sdcard/Android/data/com.reneph.passwordasafe/files/database)

  • Which file format shall I use for export/import?

The app support following file formats: *.db (database file), *.csv and *.xls.

For both backing up data and transferring data to another device, *.db-files are recommended to use. Database files are completely encrypted and contain a bit more information, which cannot be represented in *.csv/*.xls (e.g. attached images).

*.csv and*.xls are formats interacting with table calculation programs. In order to do this, those formats are NOT encrypted.

  • I changed my phone, installed the app and no data are there!?

As its also stated in app description on Play Store: this app does not requests internet access, so it is not possible to do an automatic sync or an automatic backup/restore!

So you have to restore a backup of thedatabase you made. If you have not done any – which I always advise in changelogs, auto-backup feature… – there are maybe auto backups from app-upgrades in /sdcard/PasswordSafe/.

  • Is there a version for other platforms?

Unfortunately my app is currently only available on Android. There is no counterpart for Win, OS X, iOS etc.

  • Why does importing XLS-table fail?

The app currently only supports XLS-files. XLSX-files are currently not supported.

  • I bought pro-version, but I did not get it.

The pro version is no standalone app. Its an in-app-purchase that enables additional features that where previously locked.

You can see this when the button “Upgrade to pro version” disappeared and those additional pro-features should be enabled, like XLS-Export/Import, changing of the encryption key length etc.

If the app nonetheless wont identify pro license it may can have several reasons.
The app gets its license state from Google Play services. Google Play services are caching licensing states, but sometimes this leads to problems. In most cases its enough to do a restart, because the cache will be cleared on reboot. After reboot the app should recognize pro state.
If it still does not recognize after reboot, make sure you installed app via the account that made the purchase (select the account in the left navigation drawer in Google Play, then install the app).

IMPORTANT: Before reinstalling with another Google account do a Backup of your database first!

  • Do I have to buy pro-version on another device again?

Purchases are bound to the Google Play accounts that made the them. So its not needed to buy the pro upgrade on another device again where the same Google account is used.

If the app initially does not recognize license state correctly, please take a look here: I bought pro-version, but I did not get it.