The synchronization depends on the number and size of the files to synchronize. Also the speed of your Internet connection and the load of the SWITCHdrive-Servers are factors that can slow down synchronization.

Such an error message indicates that you are probably using an out of date desktop client for SWITCHdrive. Please go to the SWITCHdrive web page and install the latest desktop client.

By some rare occasion you may get to see the following message:


SWITCHdrive detected, that the some of your local files have a wrong timestamp, which could be caused by a user who has restored a local folder or by a restore operation inside a SWITCHdrive data center. Don't worry, you still have your most recent version of the files stored locally on your computer!

However, if SWITCHdrive would continue normally, some of your files could be replaced by an older version, which would be wrong in nearly all cases. That is why we recommend to click on the default option "Keep Local Files as Conflict".

Please make sure that you have the latest SWITCHdrive client installed! If not, download and install it. Then try again.

Confirm that you are connected with the Internet and that you are logged in with the right username and password.

Quit the SWITCHdrive client by right-clicking the small cloud-logo in the task- or status-bar and choose 'Quit SWITCHdrive'. Then start it again.

Please have some patience - sometimes it just takes some time until the synchronization process starts.

Maybe you have just disabled the synchronisatoion of large folders? Check this settings of the SWITCHdrive client in the general tab of your SWITCHdrive client. Adjust the folder size or uncheck this settings if it is ok for you to sync also large folders.


Make sure that the the name of the folder you synchronise with SWITCHdrive is exactly spelled the same way as in the SWITCHdrive settings. Capitalisation is crucial: SWITCHdrive is not the same as switchdrive.

If your switchdrive folder is spelled differently, please rename the folder to match the naming in the SWITCHdrive settings. After that quit your SWITCHdrive client and restart it again.

If you've deleted a file you can retrieve it through the webclient of SWITCHdrive. Click "Deleted files" in the lower left corner (1). Select the files or folders you would like to restore and press "Restore" (2). If you want to permanently delete the files or folders click on the trash bin (3).


All files and folders you delete are saved for a certain amount of time, so you are able to restore them if required. If you would like to permanently delete a file or folder, go to the webclient of SWITCHdrive. Click on the "Deleted files" in the lower left corner. Select the file or folder you would like to permanently remove and click on the trash bin icon. Please note: permanently deleted files or folder cannot be restored, so be very cautious when you decide to permanently delete a file or folder.

This might come in handy if you have folders with a lot of (large) files, such as "Movies" or "Backup". You might not want to sync these files to every computer you have. To prevent SWITCHdrive from doing this, go to your SWITCHdrive settings (right-click on the SWICHdrive symbol ) and select "Settings" from the pop up menu.

In the main-tab on the left  you can uncheck the folders that should not be synced to your computer.  The files are NOT deleted, they are just not synchronized to your computer.

Sharing data in SWITCHdrive is a matter of trust and fairness. If you have received a share of data from somebody you do not know decline the share and contact the user who has shared the data with you. Inform the other user that the share to you was probably wrong and maybe somebody else should have received the share.  

You can also configure your switchdrive in such a way that incoming local shares are NOT automatically accepted any more. Remove the corresponding checkmark in your personal settings, section Sharing:

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If you have configured your switchdrive settings this way, a notification is briefly displayed on your screen whenever a local user share arrives. To accept the user share, go to your web-client and click on the small bell with the red dot ( Screenshot 2019-10-18 at 10.54.06 ) on the left of your name. Read who has shared data with you and click on the accept or on the decline button.

If you are using the sync-client, go to your switchdrive settings and open the Activity panel, section "Server Activity" in order to accept or decline the share. 

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On Android devices you click on a file and check the box 'Keep file up to date'.

On iOS devices you have to tap on the ­ to keep it synchronized.

You can prevent SWITCHdrive to use mobile data. This is useful if you are on a data plan that does not allow unlimited data tranfer.

On Android devices go to Settings->Data usage and then choose SWITCHdrive and check 'Restrict background data'

On iOS devices got to Settings->Cellular and scroll down to SWITCHdrive and swipe the slider off. If SWITCHdrive is missing in that list, you have to use SWITCHdrive first while on a mobile data network. As soon as some data has been transfered over a mobile data network, SWITCHdrive will be shown on that list.


Conflict files are created when SWITCHdrive is unable to detect which file contains the most recent changes, the file that is stored on the SWITCHdrive server or the file that is stored locally on your harddisk. You need to solve such a timing conflict yourself, because SWITCHdrive is unable to do this for you.


In order to solve this conflict situation click on the yellow-green button in the SWITCHdrive setting which will display more details about the conflict file in your switchdrive folder. In order to get right to the conflict files, do not display any warnings and any ignored files.

Double click on the file entry to open the folder in which the conflict file is stored. Locate the original file and the conflicted copy of the file, which are usually displayed next to each other.

You need to open both files side by side and scroll down to detect the differences between the two files. Usually it is pretty easy to spot which file is the more recent one. When in doubt, rename the conflicted copy of the file and replace "(conflicted copy)" by "old" or "new", so you can always go back to the two file versions. 

Conflict files also have a yellow green icon with a small exclamation mark and are always stored locally inside the switchdrive folder. They are never synchronised to other clients or to the SWITCHdrive servers as the file conflict is a local problem in your switchdrive folder. The conflict message will only disappear when you delete or rename the conflict file.

For Android devices, click here for the mobile user manual of ownCloud (and click here for the latest Release Notes).

For iOS devices, there are two versions of mobile clients and of user manuals available:

For the new iOSX client click here. (This new iOS client is recommended for new mobile devices running iOSX V11 or later and was completely redesigned in spring 2019) 

For the legacy iOSX client, click here (and click here for the latest Release Notes).