Unique settings folders wouldn't sync, current mobile settings lost

Steps to reproduce

  1. Have desktop and mobile device.
  2. Use sync service.
  3. Desktop settings points to .obsidian_desktop.
  4. Mobile settings points to .obsidian_mobile.
  5. Synced mobile settings on desktop seems old (wasn’t synced from mobile).
  6. Changed desktop to point to .obsidian_mobile.

Expected result

Desktop pulls current mobile settings from sync server and looks like current mobile.

Actual result

Desktop overwrote current sync settings on server. Mobile now looks like old .desktop_mobile settings folder and current mobile settings vanished.


  • Operating system: Windows 10 and iOS
  • Debug info:
    Obsidian version: v1.0.3
    Installer version: v0.15.8
    Operating system: Windows 10 Pro 10.0.19044
    Login status: logged in
    Catalyst license: insider
    Insider build toggle: off
    Live preview: on
    Legacy editor: off
    Base theme: dark
    Community theme: Blue Topaz
    Snippets enabled: 0
    Restricted mode: off
    Plugins installed: 29
    Plugins enabled: 27
    1: Templater v1.16.0
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    3: Calendar v1.5.10
    4: Tag Wrangler v0.5.5
    5: Paste URL into selection v1.7.0
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I am sorry but I don’t consider this a bug. Old and new are concept that you decide. How would sync know that the desktop folder .obsidian-mobile, that it was previously ignoring, was the old one?

When you do these advanced things, you need to have backups and understand what you are doing.

It wasn’t ignoring it. Even now, like it was before, my mobile device is pointing to .obsidian_mobile. The settings version history is updated when I make changes. Both of these folders have been active for a year. Even now when I make changes on my phone to .obsidian_mobile, the desktop folder is stale.

It was ignoring it, Obsidian Sync only syncs the settings directory you set and ignores any other.

The following are happening at the same time.



I don’t how to put it to make you understand.

If you use a profile directory on one device, that directory is NOT synced to the devices that use a different profile at all.

You had up two .obsidian directories on one device because you manually did it. It wasn’t obsidian sync.

I understand now. It’s intended behavior to not sync multiple unique config folders over sync. That is unfortunate, as those managing config folders over dropbox or icloud will run into the same issues if they convert to obsidian sync. It’s definitely not intuitive considering dropbox and icloud would sync the whole directory. I don’t even think the overhead for syncing all the config folders would be that much. Either way it doesn’t explain where the .obsidian_mobile cloud version went. There is definitely more then one config folder stored on the cloud. Maybe the mobile device didn’t sync. I put in an email to support maybe they’ll be able to find something.

It sounds like Obsidian thought the desktop version of .obsidian_mobile was more recent than the server version, which could have been caused by a number of things.

I recommend making backups of config folders when making changes to them — especially when using Obsidian Sync, because you’re syncing the config for syncing. Managing these profiles definitely isn’t a straightforward process right now, though, so hopefully we’ll see improvements in the future.