Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

DataVault Password Manager for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch

Where can I get DataVault Password Manager for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch?
DataVault for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch is available exclusively through iTunes App Store.

How can I display copy icons next to fields like in previous versions?
Tap on the Settings icon, select Display Settings and turn on Show Copy Icons. Alternatively, you can long press any field to display a tooltip including a Copy button.

How do I generate a password for an item field?
From the home screen, select an item and tap Edit. Tap on any field to dispaly the cursor. Tap on Generate Password above the keyboard. Selecting a password will copy it into the field. If you don't want to keep the change, tap the back arrow in the navigation bar instead of Done.

How do I enable DataVault on Apple Watch?
You can enable DataVault version 7 on Apple Watch in Tools & Settings > Security Settings.

I installed DataVault on a new device. Why am I prompted to create a password?
To enhance security, DataVault login is managed on your device, not over the Internet like some password managers. Your private data is stored securely on your device, not in the Cloud. For this reason, you must create your DataVault password on each device. Your passwords should be the same on every device you wish to synchrnoize.

I can't paste information I copied from DataVault. What should I do?
Tap on the Tools & Settings icon, select Security Settings and change Clear Clipboard on Exit to Off.

I turned on Touch ID / Face ID in DataVault. Why am I still being prompted to enter my password?
To avoid forgetting your password, you can configure DataVault to require login periodically. If you don't want to ever be prompted for your password, go to Security Settings and set Require Password to Never.

Security Alert is not working. What could be the problem?

  1. Verify that you selected Gmail, iCloud or Hotmail as your email provider.
  2. Remove the @ symbol and email provider from your username.
  3. Verifying that you have entered your email password correctly.
  4. Try tapping Test to sent yourself a sample Alert.
  5. If you are still not receiving alerts, set up a app password for DataVault for Gmail or iCloud.

How do I restore DataVault Premium in version 6?
All of the features included in DataVault Premium for previous version are included in version 6 and do not require an in-app purchase to activate.

What are the requirements for DataVault on iOS?
The requirements for the most recent update of DataVault are displayed in the Information Section of the DataVault home page on the iTunes App Store.

Do I have to buy separate copies of DataVault for my iPhone, iPad and iPod touch?
A copy of DataVault purchased through iTunes can be run on up to five iOS devices authorized to an Apple ID.

Does the DataVault license for iOS cover other platform?
DataVault for Mac, Windows and Android are sold separately.

How do I install DataVault for other iOS devices without having to repay?
There are two ways of installing DataVault on additional devices.
1) Connect your iOS device to iTunes desktop. Start iTunes on your desktop and click on the icon representing your device. Click on the Apps tab along the top of the iTunes screen, then check the box next to DataVault and sync.
2) Start iTunes on an additional iOS device and verify that you are logged in with the same Apple ID you used to purchase DataVault. Search for "Ascendo DataVault" and tap on the button to download DataVault. On some older devices, you may be prompted to buy the app again, but tapping on the Buy button will confirm; "You have already purchased this application. Would you like to download it again for free"?

How can I get a discount for volume purchases?
Educational institutions and businesses can receive discounts for volume purchases as described in the Volume Purchase Program for Education and the Volume Purchase Program for Business.

I got a new iOS device and restored it from an iTunes backup. When I try to login to DataVault I see a Wrong Password alert. What should I do?
Enter the incorrect password 10 times to reset the password. Setup the same master password as before. Then restore from your most recent backup at Tools & Settings > Backup and Restore.

I enabled Touch ID in DataVault but I am still being asked to enter my master password. What could be the issue?
For security purposes, DataVault will continue to prompt you for your master password periodically. You can set the frequency by tapping on the Tools & Setting icon, then selecting Security Settings > Require password.

How can I switch from Keeper to DataVault?
Download Keeper desktop, tap on Backup and select Export to Text File. Then follow the instructions in Ascendo User Guides to import data into DataVault for Mac, iOS or Windows.

How can I switch from 1Password to DataVault?
Download 1Password desktop, select a vault, choose File > Export > All Items to text file. Then follow the instructions in Ascendo User Guides to import data into DataVault for Mac, iOS or Windows.

What is the best way to be alerted when new updates are released?
Answer: You can see when new versions are available by checking the Updates tab in iTunes. Alternatively, you may want to follow Ascendo on Twitter to receive alerts when updates are released.

I can't remember my master password. What are my options?
Tap on Unmask in the navigation bar to show your master password in clear text. If you set up a hint question during a previous session, tap on Hint in the navigation bar and answer the question to retrieve your password. If neither suggestion works, you can reset the database by entering the wrong password repeatedly until you have exceeded the maximum login attempts. This will erase the database. When you restart DataVault you will be prompted to select a new master password. See user guide section Lost Password for more information.

How can I backup and restore information stored in DataVault for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch?
You can make dated several backups of information stored in DataVault and restore them by tapping on the tools icon and selecting Backup & Restore. See detailed instructions in our user guide.
Alternatively, iTunes provides backup and restore capabilities for your entire device, see steps below.

  • Start iTunes on your desktop.
  • Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your desktop. Your handset should appear under "Devices" on the left-hand side of the screen.
  • Control-Click or Right-Click on your handset in the Devices list and choose "Back Up" or "Restore from Backup..." from the context menu.

More information can be found in Apple support knowledge base articles on iPhone & iPod touch: About backups and Backing Up, updating, and restoring your iPhone and iPod touch software.

Will the use of a VPN interfere with DataVault synchronization?
Yes, if you are running a VPN, disconnect it temporarily when synchronizing.

How do I synchronization using iCloud?
Once iCloud synchronization has been configured correctly on all iOS and Mac devices, it runs automatically. Each time an item is edited on one device, the changes will appear on other devices after a delay varying from a few seconds to a few minutes. See user guide for more information.

I setup iCloud sync but my edits are not appearing on other devices. What should I do?
See below for a list of troubleshooting tips for iCloud synchronization.

  • Verify that all devices are running iOS version 6 or above. When possible, upgrade to the latest version of iOS.
  • Verify that you are using the same DataVault master password on all devices.
  • Verify that you have configured iCloud sync correctly by following the instructions in the user guide section on iCloud Synchronization.
  • Login to iCloud on all iOS devices by tapping on Settings > iCloud > Account and verify that you are using the same iCloud account on all devices.
  • Mobile Me may interfere with iCloud in certain circumstance. Remove Mobile Me accounts from iOS Mail, Contacts and Calendar in Settings.
  • If edits do not appear on other devices after a minute, try quitting and restarting DataVault on all devices. If that doesn't work, power off and on all devices, restart DataVault and try again.

If you are unable to resolve iCloud sync issues using these support resources, we recommend using Dropbox synchronization while waiting for iOS updates that may resolve iCloud sync issues.

I have problems getting iCloud sync to work over 3G. What should I do?
If you have problems with iCloud sync on a 3G network, open iOS Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data and switch Use Cellular to ON, then edit an item and wait a minute to see if the update appears on other devices. If you are still having problems, try restarting your devices.

Can I sync with DataVault desktop through iTunes?
Apple does not provide support for 3rd party developers to synchronize application data through iTunes. Synchronizing over Wi-Fi is the best method we have found at the current time. If Apple provides an application programming interface (API) for synchronization in future versions of the software developer kit (SDK) we plan to implement it immediately. If your desktop has a wireless adapter then you can set up an ad-hoc network to synchronize with your handheld even if you don't have access to an Wi-Fi router. See below for information on setting up an ad-hoc network.

I am having trouble syncing with DataVault desktop over a Wi-Fi connection. What could be the problem?
See below for a list of issues and possible solutions.
1) Synchronization requires recent versions of the products. If necessary, backup your data and install the latest versions of DataVault for iOS, DataVault for Mac and DataVault for Windows.
2) Synchronization requires that the master password used with DataVault for iOS and DataVault desktop be the same. To verify your master password, unmask it while logging in. To change it, select Change Password from DataVault for iOS Security Settings or from the DataVault desktop file menu.
3) Verify that you are following the correct sequence as described below.

  • Start DataVault on your desktop and select Synchronize from the main menu. Do not close the synchronization window until synchronization has completed. In DataVault for Mac, select File > Synchronize over Wi-Fi. In DataVault for Windows, select File > OTA Sync (iPhone).
  • Start DataVault on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, tap on the options icon in the navigation bar and select Synchronization. A list of devices detected on your Wi-Fi network should appear. If not, see below for trouble-shooting options.
  • Tap on the desktop which is running DataVault then tap on the Synchronize button.

4) DataVault uses Apple's Bonjour discovery protocol to synchronize over Wi-Fi. Bonjour is installed automatically with iTunes or optionally with DataVault by checking off the Bonjour box during the installation process. You can install the latest version from the Bonjour support page or by re-installing the latest version of DataVault desktop. On Windows, you can verify if Bonjour is running by starting msconfig clicking on the Services tab.
5) Make sure both your handheld device and desktop computer have Wi-Fi turned on and that they are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, see instructions below.

  • iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch: Tap on Settings > Wi-Fi > Choose a Network.
  • Mac OS desktops: Click on AirPort icon in menu bar, select a network from list. A checkmark should appear to the left of the network name.
  • Windows 7 & Vista: Click on Start > Network > Network and Sharing Center > View wireless networks.
  • Windows XP: Right-click on the wireless network icon in the task bar then select View Available Wireless Networks.

6) Try setting the IP address for your desktop manually. To do this, start DataVault on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, tap on the option icon in the navigation bar, select Synchronize, then tap on the field labeled DataVault Desktop ip address. To find your desktop IP address, see the instructions below.

  • Mac OS: Start System Preferences and click on Network icon. Your IP address is in the Status section.
  • Windows & Vista: Click on Start and type Run in the search field. Click on Run in the search results list to start the Windows command line, then type ipconfig and click on the return key to display your IP address.

7) If you are running a firewall on Windows, give DataVault permission to exchange information through the Firewall. In Vista, select Control Panel > Security (Allow a program through Windows Firewall) > Exceptions, then check off Ascendo DataVault from the list of applications.
8) If you are using virtualization software such as VM Ware or Parallels, set the Network Adapter to Bridged Mode; then restart your computer. To do this with VMWare, select Virtual Machine > Settings > Network > Connect directly to the physical network (Bridged).
9) Check to see if other apps such as anti-virus software or VPNs are blocking Wi-Fi access & reconfigure if necessary.
10) Disable 3G on your iPhone by selecting Settings > General > Network then set Enable 3G to Off and sync again.
11) Reboot your handheld and desktop and try to synchronize again.

If you are still having problems, please contact technical support at

When I select Options > Synchronize > Wi-Fi on my iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, I don't see my desktop in the list. What could be the problem?
There are several possible reasons for this. See below for things to try.

  1. On the handheld, go to iOS Settings > Wi-Fi. Make sure Wi-Fi is turned on and the correct network is selected.
  2. Verify that your desktop is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iOS device.
  3. Verify that the same subnets have been selected. On your handheld, go to iOS Settings > Wi-Fi and tap on the arrow to the right of the Wi-Fi network name to verify the subnet.
  4. Restart your router and verify that the latest firmware had been installed. Some users have reported that changing router settings can resolve the problem.
  5. Check settings for security software such as VPNs or anti-virus software that may prevent DataVault from communicating through Bonjour.
  6. Create an ad-hoc network to isolate the issue. If syncing works over an ad-hoc network then something on your network is probably blocking attempts to sync over Wi-Fi. If you are unable to sync through an ad-hoc network then a firewall or computer configuration issue is probably the cause.

I don't have access to a Wi-Fi router. Can I use an ad-hoc network to synchronize with DataVault desktop?
Yes, you can setup an ad-hoc network to establish a direct connection between DataVault on your handheld and DataVault desktop without going over a Wi-Fi router, see steps below.

  • Setting up an ad-hoc network on a Mac, click here.
  • Setting up an ad-hoc network on Windows, click here.

When I set up the Security Alert, I see the error message Alert Error -3. How do I fix this?
To eliminate the error message, verify that your email address is entered without the domain name (remove,
If you enabled 2-factor authentication for iCloud, log in to your Apple ID, click Generate Password in the Security tab, enter DataVault and click on Create. Enter the app-specific password instead of the iCloud account password in the Security Alert screen of DataVault.

Has Ascendo obtained CCAS approval for products containing encryption from the Bureau of Industry and Security?
Yes. The US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry & Security requires that all products containing advanced encryption methods apply for CCAS approval. If you are considering an encryption product that has not obtained approval from the Bureau of Industry & Security it means that the product implements a weaker form of encryption or that it could be removed from the iTunes App Store if CCAS approval is not obtained.

What type of encryption has been implemented in DataVault?
DataVault encrypts data using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), a symmetric-key encryption standard adopted by several governments including that of the United States, as well as numerous industry leaders in security sensitive fields. The standard comprises 256-bit block size ciphers published under the name of the Rijndael algorithm. DataVault Employs 256-bit encryption, PBKDF2 and salting to insure the highest security of any password manager for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

How can I get a refund?
If you are not satisfied with DataVault, please email so we can try to help. If you prefer a refund, contact Apple directly at Report a Problem. Apple does not give developers access to their billing system so we cannot request a refund for you.

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