Special Spelling User Guide - Sharing | Special iApps Skip to main content

Special Spelling User Guide - Sharing

Back     Contents

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 exchange word lists with Special Words

These features are available in the Actions view in Special Spelling, which you can access on iOS by tapping Options in the main view and choosing Actions, and on Android 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.

On iOS: Tapping either the Export Word List or Import Word List button presents you with 2 choices: Use Emailand Use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. When exporting, there is an extra choice, Copy to ...

On Android: Tapping either the Export word list or Import word list button presents you with 3 choices Use EmailUse Wi-Fiand Use Bluetooth. When exporting, there is an extra choice to Open In “Special Words”, if the app has been installed on the device. If your device doesn't have Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi, the associated choices are not offered.

Special Spelling - export options iOS     Special Spelling - export options Android

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).

If you have Special Words (or Special Words Pro) on your device, then when using email you will be offered the option to Email as Special Words, which will create an email attachment suitable for opening in these apps instead of Special Spelling.

Using email export and import, it is also possible to transfer topics and collections between Special Spelling running on an iPad or iPhone and Special Spelling running on an Android device, in either direction.

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 Words.  If you have Special Words Pro on your device, there will be a corresponding choice Open In “Special Words Pro”.

The following option is availabe for iOS only

Copy to ...

This option allows you to copy a profile to another app on your device, or to Special Spelling on another device via AirDrop. The choice of formats is the same as when exporting using email, but in this case you are able to choose any installed app that is able to open the format you choose.

If you have another device with Special Spelling installed, and both devices support AirDrop, you can AirDrop the profile to the other device. When you accept the file on the other device, Special Spelling will automatically launch, and allow you to import the profile.

If you have cloud service apps on your device, such as DropBox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive, you can upload the a topic or collection as a file, by selecting the relevant app when using Copy to.... You may like to use this to create cloud backups of important topics, or to share with other people who have Special Sentences.

Backing Up to iCloud

Content in Special Spelling is NOT automatically synchronised with iCloud. You can upload manually by via copying to Apple's Files app (on recent versions of iOS) or iCloud Drive app (on older versions). Use Copy to..., and choose Special Spelling format.

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 Actions or 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.

Special Spelling - import options iOS     Special Spelling - import options Android

Exporting and Importing using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi

You can use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to transfer your content directly between two devices, without having to go via email. The devices must be physically close to each other, and either (a) have Wi-Fi enabled and be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, or (b) have Bluetooth enabled. Alternatively for iOS users, if both devices have a Lightning connector (as opposed to the older 30-pin connector), and are not connected to a Wi-Fi network, but have Wi-Fi turned on, this will still work. Use the Settings app to turn these on as necessary, before trying to export and import.

On iOS: With the Actions view visible on both devices, tap Export Word List and choose Use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi on the source device. Then tap Import Word List and choose Use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi on the destination device.

Each device will prompt you to allow a connection with the other. Once the data has all been transferred, you will be asked to confirm importing it into the app on the destination device.

Wi-Fi import and export can also be used between Apple and Android devices running Special Spelling, provided both are connected to the same network. This is not possible with Bluetooth.

On Android using Bluetooth: Please ensure you have already paired the devices using their Bluetooth settings. With the Sharingview visible on both devices, tap Export word listand choose Use Bluetoothon the source device, and tap Import word listand choose Use Bluetoothon 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.

On Android 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.