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Ways to export a word list on iOS

It is possible to transfer word lists between devices that have Special Spelling installed. If you've added, deleted or re-ordered any words, or changed the text, picture or sound for any words on one device, your changes can be exactly replicated to other devices. So you could, for instance, export from a phone and import to a tablet. You can also open as a word list in Special Words.

These features are available in the Sharing view in Special Spelling, which you can access by tapping Sharing in the main menu from the Word List view.

If you have created additional profiles, exporting will offer you a choice of which profile to export: refer back to Chapter 5 for an explanation of this.

Tapping either the Export Word List or Import Word List button presents you with 3 choices: Use Email, Use Wi-Fi and Use Bluetooth. When exporting, there is an extra choice to Open In “Special Words”, if the app has been installed on the device, as shown below.

Opening in Special Words

When you choose Open In “Special Words”, your device switches to the Special Words app, where you should select Add new profile. Each word in the original profile in Special Spelling is transferred as its own card in Special Words. You can make changes to the word list after importing it, as you would with any other word list in Special Spelling.

Exporting using Email

You can use this to send all your customisations to yourself or somebody else, as an email attachment. To export, simply choose this option, add the recipient to the otherwise already completed email message, and send.

You may want to use this as a backup facility, if you've carefully added lots of new words, or made other changes, that you want to be sure you won't lose (e.g. if the device is damaged or lost).

Ways to import a word list on iOS

Importing using Email

To import customisations previously exported via email, you need to view the email in an email app on the importing device, and tap on the attachment in the email message. This will automatically open the Sharing view in Special Spelling and ask you to confirm importing the data.

Tapping the Import Word List button directly and choosing the Use Email option, will pop up a message reminding you to use an email app instead.

Using email export and import, it is also possible to transfer word lists between Special Spelling running on Android and Special Spelling running on an Apple mobile device, in either direction.

Exporting and Importing using Bluetooth

You can use Bluetooth to transfer your customisations directly between two Android devices, without having to go via email. The devices must be physically close to each other, and both must support Bluetooth. Please ensure you have already paired the devices using their Bluetooth settings.

With the Sharing view visible on both devices, tap Export word list and choose Use Bluetooth on the source device, and tap Import word list and choose Use Bluetooth on the destination device.

The source device will prompt you to allow Bluetooth to be turned on if not already on, and to allow the device to be discoverable. The destination device will prompt you to allow Bluetooth to be turned on if not already on. The destination device will then present a list of devices with which it has been paired: select the source device by tapping the > right arrow next to it.

Data transfer will then start. If the source device is not shown on the destination device, go back and pair the devices, then start again. Once the data has all been transferred, you will be asked to confirm importing it into the app on the destination device.

This option cannot be used to transfer data between Android and Apple (iOS) devices: use email or Wi-Fi instead.

Exporting and Importing using Wi-Fi

This option behaves similarly to using Bluetooth, except the transfer is usually quicker, and it can also be used between Android and Apple devices. In all cases, both devices must be on the same Wi-Fi network (e.g. connected to the same home broadband router). Wi-Fi Direct (where there is no router) is not supported.