Just diving into Obsidian for the first time. Works fine on my Desktop with iCould folder of ~4k .md files. But the iOS app is laggy and freezes often to the point of being unusable. I realize this is pretty vague but it’s so widespread that I’m at a bit of a loss to know how to report it as a bug. The problem must be unique to me or no one would be using this app.
What steps should I take to troubleshoot, or what info can I supply that would be helpful?
I have a 2019 iPhone Pro Max and a 2020 12.9 iPad Pro. Obsidian is quite snappy on both and I have a decent sized vault and I do use a bluetooth keyboard on the iPad. And by most accounts, the mobile app is quite responsive for most people unless you have lots of html files with mistaken .md extensions. It’s difficult to know what might be the issue in these specific cases with so few details.
Does the performance issue only show up when using an external keyboard? Is your device low on storage? How old is the device? Have you tried with a fresh vault? Different device? Fresh install? Etc…
sure. That was for @jackbrannen too as he was asking for assistance and didn’t know what else to provide. I’ve had some issues with iPad accessories and weird lagginess that wasn’t related to obsidian. Switching accessories fixed things . Might be something to try if you only ever see it with your keyboard attached. FWIW, I use an external keyboard and mouse and do not see the same. What I’m suggesting is your experience might not be an obsidian issue.
Also FWIW I’m not an obsidian dev, just relaying some of the common issues I’ve seen in the discord channel.
I have this problem on a 2018 11" iPad Pro using iCloud syncing. Sometimes the app will work fine, other times it’ll finish loading the workspace (which itself is lengthy) be responsive for 20-30 seconds and the stop accepting any user input. This happens regardless of keyboard being used.
The slow workspace loading is also a problem on my iPhone 12 Pro. The iCloud folder has fully synced but it still takes a while to load the workspace and will occasionally freeze or crash.
My vault is around 2GB and contains a lot of non-md files as I’m trying to use Obsidian as my general reference system
iPhone is using iOS 14.7.1
iPad is using iPadOS 15 public beta
Is it a beta problem, or can you reproduce it on iPad OS 14.7?
Don’t get me wrong, it is always good to find bugs during beta (and solve them during beta). But you are running a beta OS. There is so much work going on on the kernel and the OS itself, thus you got to expect problems.
I had both problems on iOS 14.7 and have it in the latest iOS 15 beta.
a) freeze on launch – which I can mitigate by using “Files” app and forcing iCloud sync before launching Obsidian, this feels related to vault search indexing
b) freeze in use – which I can mitigate by detaching the Apple brand external keyboard
c) problem not mentioned above: some keystrokes will not go from external keyboard to Obsidian regardless whether it’s being responsive, until I detach keyboard, force quit Obsidian, attach keyboard, and relaunch Obsidian
Combination of Obsidian, vault in iCloud, and Apple’s external trackpad keyboard for 2020 iPad Pro. I have to detach the keyboard to get Obsidian to interact with me again, or wait seconds to minutes.
I have a decade of markdown notes in subfolder hierarchy.
vault1: 3606 items, 370MB
vault2: 3810 items, 2GB
I carved vault2 out as it had PDF and image attachments
Per a question higher up in the thread, some of the .md files have incidental inline HTML, but are not .html files called .md.
Exactly! Especially with latest Beta (5?), the problem is with iPad Air. App is un-usable. Similar issues with other apps are no longer detected in those apps. I have been continually reporting issue with Apple Feedback app. Any selection of external keyboard (Logitech OR Apple Magic) Space Bar or direction/arrow keys causes the app to act erratically or freeze. Shut down and reopen is required to use app again.
Ryan - it makes sense when more than one user makes very similar observations with essentially/potentially somewhat different circumstances and the same result. The Common Denominators seem to be the Obsidian mobile app in iPadOS15(Beta) ONLY with an external keyboard.
Chiming in - I tried 1.0.3 and 1.0.4 beta on my iPhoneXS 512GB, iOS 14.7.1 with a vault of around ~1700 files (all .md and .png). I had the freezing too, it was so bad I had to force quit the app – total lockup and unresponsive UI.
Not sure what process was happening in the background (some kind of index being built etc) but eventually it seemed to settle down. It was really frustrating at first. I submitted some feedback through TestFlight but not sure what else I can do to help debug this. Is there a logfile somewhere?