Advanced syncing

If you’re having trouble using the WLAN server

Get help when you are having problems with the WLAN server on your Mac or in 1Password 4 on your Windows PC.

The WLAN server in 1Password is complex and depends on many factors, including your network environment and software configuration. This article is a collection of all known solutions for connection problems.

We’re unable to troubleshoot issues with the WLAN server beyond the scope of this article. If you’ve tried everything in the article and are still unable to connect, switch to a more reliable sync method.

Before you go further

Follow these steps and test the WLAN server after each one:

  1. Make sure you’ve set up the WLAN server correctly on each device.
  2. Turn off Wi-Fi on your computer and mobile device, then turn it back on again.
  3. Restart your computer and mobile device.
  4. Make sure that the date and time is the same on your computer and mobile device.
  5. Restart your wireless router.
  6. Disable the WLAN server in 1Password on your computer and mobile device. Then turn it back on again.
  7. Have your computer and mobile device “forget” the wireless network you are connected to, then reconnect to it.

If you don’t see your Windows PC from your mobile device

The WLAN server should not be used on a public network. For your security, Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 disable network discovery on public networks. If you’re on a secure network at home or work, make your PC discoverable on the network. Windows will switch the network type to private.

Windows 10

  1. Select the Start button > Settings > Network & Internet, then select Wi-Fi on the left.
  2. Select your current Wi-Fi or Ethernet network on the right and enable “Make this PC discoverable”.
  3. Click the Wi-Fi icon in the notification area.
  4. Select Status on the left and click Sharing Options. A Control Panel window will open.
  5. Enable “Turn on network discovery” and check “Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices” in Private (current profile) > Network discovery.

Windows 8.1

  1. Select the Start button > PC Settings > Network.
  2. Select “Connections” on the left, click the Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter on the right (depending on which you’re using), and turn on “Find devices and content”.
  3. Click the Start button > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
  4. Select “Change advanced sharing settings in the sidebar of the Network and Sharing Center.
  5. Enable “Turn on network discovery” and check “Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices” in Private (current profile) > Network discovery.

Windows 7

  1. Select the Start button > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
  2. If the network type is set to “Public”, click the word and change it to “Home” or “Work”, depending on where you are.
  3. Click “Change advanced sharing settings in the sidebar of the Network and Sharing Center.
  4. Enable “Turn on network discovery” in Home or Work (current profile) > Network discovery.

If your computer name has spaces or special characters

Special characters and spaces can prevent 1Password from finding other devices. Change your computer name to something without those characters.

Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Sharing.
  2. Enter a computer name using only letters, numbers, and hyphens (no spaces or special characters).
  3. Close the preferences window and restart your Mac.

Windows

  1. Open Control Panel and go to System and Security > System.
  2. Click Advanced System Options on the left.
  3. In the System Properties window, click the Computer Name tab.
  4. Click Change.
  5. Enter a computer name using only letters, numbers, and hyphens (no spaces or special characters).
  6. Click OK twice to save the setting, and restart Windows.

If you’re using the built-in firewall on your system

System firewalls can prevent 1Password from seeing the other devices on your network. Configure yours to allow connections from the WLAN server.

Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Security & Privacy.
  2. Click Firewall, then click Firewall Options.
  3. Disable “Block all incoming connections” and “Enable stealth mode”.
  4. Enable “Automatically allow signed software to receive incoming connections”.
  5. Click + and select the 1Password app, then click Add.
  6. Click OK.

Windows

  1. Open Control Panel and go to System and Security.
  2. Select Windows Firewall.
  3. Select Advanced Settings.
  4. Select Inbound Rules on the left. You may see several 1Password entries.
  5. Right-click any 1Password entry in the list with “Block” status and select Properties.
  6. Select “Allow the connection” and click OK.
  7. Repeat for all 1Password or Bonjour entries.

If you’re using a firewall, proxy server, antivirus, or other security software

Any software that affects network connections could potentially block the WLAN server. You may need to set an exception for 1Password and Bonjour, or open UDP ports 5353 and 6262 for both outbound and inbound traffic.

If you receive your IP address using DHCP

Renewing your DHCP lease might be helpful in an environment where many computers use the same DHCP server or the network administrator has set up a short DHCP lease time.

Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Network.
  2. Select your service that uses DHCP (such as Ethernet or Wi-Fi) in the network connection services list.
  3. Click Advanced, click TCP/IP, then click Renew DHCP Lease.

Windows

  1. Select the Start button, type “Command Prompt” in the search box, and press Enter. The Command Prompt app will open.
  2. Type ipconfig /release and press Enter.
  3. Type ipconfig /renew and press Enter.

iOS

Open the Settings app and tap Wi-Fi. Then tap your network, scroll down, and tap Renew Lease.

Android

Turn on airplane mode to disable Wi-Fi temporarily and reset it, and then turn airplane mode off again.

If the WLAN server still doesn’t work

If you’re still unable to sync your devices using the WLAN server, the problem may involve your wireless router. Try syncing over a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network.

Create a computer-to-computer network

Click the Wi-Fi icon ( or ) in the menu bar and choose Create Network.

Then enter a name for your network and click Create.

Create Network

Windows 10 and 8.1

Learn how to set up a computer-to-computer network in Windows 10 or 8.1.

Windows 7

  1. Open Control Panel and click Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click “Set up a new connection or network”.
  3. Click “Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network”.
  4. Click Next and follow the onscreen instructions.

Connect to the network and sync

After you’ve created a computer-to-computer network, connect to it on your iOS or Android device and use the WLAN server.

When you’re done using the WLAN server, you can disconnect from the network. To sync using a computer-to-computer network in the future, follow the same steps to create a new network.

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