Syncing your Vault

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What is vault syncing?

Vault syncing is purely downloading the latest content from your Bitwarden vault onto your device for access.

In some cases, this happens automatically. On iOS and Android apps, Bitwarden leverages push notifications to kick-off a personal vault synchronization.

Organization Vaults synchronize to devices every 30 minutes, or upon manual sync.

When does my vault sync?

Mobile APPS

The Bitwarden mobile apps sync personal vaults automatically. Organization vaults are synchronized once every 30 minutes, or on-demand by navigating to: Settings > Sync > Sync Vault now

Note

Self-hosted users can enable Push notifications powered by the Bitwarden cloud.

Browser extensions

The Bitwarden browser extensions sync personal vaults automatically. Organization vaults are synchronized once every 30 minutes, or on-demand by navigating to: Settings > Sync > Sync Vault now

Desktop applications

The Bitwarden desktop apps sync personal vaults automatically. Organization vaults are synchronized once every 30 minutes, or on-demand by navigating to: File > Sync Vault

Command-line interface

The Bitwarden CLI client syncs personal vaults automatically. Organization vaults are synchronized once every 30 minutes, or on-demand by running the command: bw sync

Common issues

  • Pulling to refresh on mobile applications does not sync your vault. You must do so within the application settings.
  • Sync failure can occur if your device‚Äôs time is not correct. Syncing (and all of Bitwarden services) require TLS/SSL, which will fail to connect to a host with invalid timestamps.

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