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Things to know about beta testing OS X Yosemite [Updated]

As we’ve said before, we’re pretty thrilled about the operating system updates that Apple has in store. There are a lot of great new features coming this fall in OS X Yosemite, who could blame folks for being eager to get their hands on this?

For those of you who are keen to help Apple test Yosemite in this rare public beta, there are a few things we’d like you to keep in mind.

Yosemite’s iCloud sync may not work for many apps, including 1Password

iCloud sync, under constructionWe know that many of our users rely on iCloud to keep their 1Password data synced up across all their devices, so it is very important to note that iCloud on Yosemite and iOS 8 is being completely overhauled. This means it does not work for 1Password and many other apps.

Most third-party apps will have issues with iCloud sync in Yosemite and iOS 8, not just 1Password. Unfortunately, there are no workarounds available at the moment. Developers are eagerly working with Apple’s many, many new technologies, but we are only able to release App Store updates compatible with Yosemite and iOS 8 when Apple ships those OSes publicly (as in: not beta).

If you beta test Yosemite or iOS 8 and 1Password, we recommend switching to Dropbox sync.

Update: Yosemite testers, there are a few things to note:

  1. Whether it’s our shipping version or beta, ensure only one copy of 1Password is on your Mac (if you want the beta, go to 1Password’s Preferences > Updates pane, enable “Include beta builds”, and check for updates)
  2. When you restart Yosemite, give 1Password a little time to connect to 1Password mini. It can be slow sometimes, and we’ll have a fix soon. If you seen an alert that 1Password mini failed to start, please quit 1Password and start it back up to try again
  3. In System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General, make sure “Allow apps downloaded from” is not set to “Mac App Store” only. The “Mac App Store and identified developers” is probably best

Are you a bug hunter?

This Yosemite beta is meant primarily as a testing ground for developers, and as such, there will be bugs that we cannot fix on our own. As Apple says on their beta program page:

“This is beta software that is still in development, which means some applications and services may not work as expected.”

Please be prepared to have a lot of issues, not just with 1Password but also with Yosemite and probably other apps. Early betas should not be installed on production systems nor should you expect any developers to issue updates quickly to fix issues. If you don’t have a separate machine, you could consider creating a new partition on your current machine and test there, properly separating it from your current version of OS X, apps, and data.

For our current 1Password beta testers: 1Password beta for Mac now requires OS X Yosemite, and 1Password beta for iOS requires iOS 8. If you are unable to install the Yosemite or iOS 8 betas, please stick with our current, shipping versions of 1Password.

If you are currently testing OS X Yosemite and would like to help us polish up 1Password for Mac’s latest and greatest features as well, we’d love to have you in our beta family! Sign up for the 1Password for Mac beta newsletter to join. Unfortunately, we are unable to add any users to our iOS beta program at this time.

For more discussion on how 1Password is adapting to its new environment, check out our beta forums!