Frequently Asked Questions

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What's the difference between MyContainers and MyContainers Lite?

The specific differences between MyContainers and MyContainers Lite are detailed on their respective About pages.

What are the steps to copy my database from the Lite version over to the Standard version?

IMPORTANT: Before you start, make sure that both the Lite version and the Standard version have been updated to the latest version available from the Apple App Store.

NOTE: If you have just installed the Standard version and will be starting it for the first time, follow these steps:

  • Start the Standard version of My Containers
  • When prompted to "Choose Initial Database" tap "Import Lite Database"
  • The Standard version will automatically launch the Lite version.
  • The copy process will go back and forth between the Standard version and the Lite version until the entire database is copied.

NOTE: If you have already run the Standard version in the past, follow these steps instead:

  • Start My Containers and then tap the Settings button on the toolbar
  • Under Program Settings section tap the Manage Database Storage button
  • Now tap the Import Database from 'Lite' version button
  • If the Standard database is not currently empty, you will be warned and must tap Continue to Import the 'Lite' database
  • The Standard version will automatically launch the Lite version.
  • The copy process will go back and forth between the Standard version and the Lite version until the entire database is copied.
  • When the process is complete, tap Settings and then tap Done and your Standard database will be an exact copy of the database from the Lite version.
What are the steps to copy (or backup) a MyContainers database from one device to another device or to an external file?
  1. Export the MyContainers database from the first device
    • Start My Containers and then tap the Settings button on the toolbar
    • Under Program Settings section tap the Manage Database Storage button
    • Now tap the Export Database to XML button (this sends all of your database information to the iTunes File Sharing area on your device in a specially formatted XML file)
  2. Copy the database files in the first device's iTunes File Sharing Area to your computer
    • Open your iTunes Library and connect the first device to your computer with your USB charging cable
    • After iTunes recognizes the device, select the device's name on the left side of the iTunes window
    • Now, select the Apps tab, which is to the right of the Summary tab
    • Scroll down to the File Sharing section and select the MyContainers app
    • Next, select (highlight) all of the files that are shown, and then click the Save to... button
    • Save them in a folder somewhere in your computer's file system (be sure to remember where they are)
    • You may now disconnect the device from your computer by clicking the Eject button to the right of the device's name
  3. Copy the database files from your computer to the second device's iTunes File Sharing Area
    • Connect the second device to your computer with your USB charging cable
    • After iTunes recognizes the device, select the device's name on the left side of the iTunes window
    • Now, select the Apps tab, which is to the right of the Summary tab
    • Scroll down to the File Sharing section and select the MyContainers app and click the Add... button
    • Select (highlight) all of the files that you just saved in the previous step, and then click the Open button
    • You may now disconnect your device from your computer by clicking the Eject button to the right of the device's name
  4. Import the My Containers database into the second device
    • If the database on this device is not empty, see the answer to the following question before proceeding.
    • Now, start My Containers on the second device and then tap the Settings button on the toolbar.
    • Under the Program Settings section tap the Manage Database Storage button
    • Finally, tap the Import Database from XML button
  5. At this point, the databases of both devices contain an identical copy of all of the containers, items, attributes and configuration information and your iTunes Library contains a backup of our current database
How can I remove all of the (sample) data from my database?
  • NOTE: Only use this procedure if you want to delete everything in your current database and start over from scratch.
  • Start the Standard version of My Containers and then tap the Settings button on the toolbar
  • Under the Program Settings section tap the Manage Database Storage button
  • Under the Delete Database section, tap the Delete All Database Items button and confirm the deletion when asked
  • NOTE: Sometimes it may be useful to stop at this point and delete only the database items, thus leaving the database configuration (i.e. custom Attribute and Category names).
  • If desired, under the Delete Database section, tap the Delete Database Configuration button and also confirm the deletion when asked
  • Your Standard version My Containers database is now completely empty and you may now create your own configuration from scratch, import your database from the Lite version, or reload a fresh copy of the sample data
Does MyContainers support iCloud Storage?

Not at this time. Apple has announced that iCloud may be used to store documents and to store databases. Apple has published developer guidelines for apps to use iCloud for document storage, but it has not yet published guidelines for apps to use iCloud for database storage. When Apple does publish guidelines to use iCloud storage for databases, MyContainers will try to support iCloud storage as soon as possible.