Previously, you tried emailing your solution to yourself in order to update it on iPad. But this involves a completely separate copy of the file. Any changes you make to your desktop copy of the solution (either to the interface or the data) won’t be reflected in the copy on your iPad. They are two separate files.
So let’s try Client Sharing, where a single copy of your solution resides on your desktop, and iPad uses your local network to access it.
Client sharing is a leap forward from sending your file by email. Since only one copy of the file is involved, everyone sees the most up-to-date information. If anyone makes a change to the data, it appears instantly for everyone else accessing the same file.
Host your file using Client Sharing so that you can test your solution on iPad.
- Click the Share button in the status toolbar.
You are presented with two options: Upload to FileMaker Server and Share with FileMaker Clients.
- Choose the Share with FileMaker Clients option.
A FileMaker Network Settings dialog box appears.
- Set Network Sharing to “On”
- Set Network access to file to “All users”.
- Write down the TCP/IP Address associated with your host (desktop) computer. You’ll need this later.
These settings make the solution available to anyone on your local network (including those connected by VPN) as long as you have the solution open on your computer.
- Click the OK button in the lower-right of the dialog box.
We’re going to try two ways to open your hosted file from iPad:
A) You’ll try emailing yourself a link to the database. If that doesn’t work…
B) You’ll try manually configuring FileMaker Go on your iPad to recognize your desktop computer as a host.
Let’s try the easier way first:
- Choose the File menu > Send > Link to Database…
FileMaker Pro composes an email for you with a link to your database file in the message body.
- Address the email to yourself and send it.
Now let’s move over to your iPad
- Make sure your iPad is connected to the same network as your desktop — you may need to use a VPN.
Note that if your desktop is connected via Ethernet and your iPad via wireless, it’s likely they are on different networks. You might try changing your desktop to use the same wireless network (and then restarting FileMaker Pro) while you perform this exercise.
- Open the email on your iPad and click the link.
Your database file should open in FileMaker Go.
If it does, congratulations! You can skip the rest of this section if you like.
If it doesn’t, let’s try the manual approach.
First, let’s check more carefully whether your iPad is connected to the same network as your desktop by looking at your iPad settings.
- Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and locate the network you are using (it has a blue checkmark next it)
- Tap on that network name.
A screen appears displaying information for your Wi-Fi network.
- Check that the first three numbers of the IP Address displayed on your iPad match the first three numbers of the TCP/IP address you wrote down earlier. In the example, the first three numbers are 192.168.1.
If they don’t, your desktop and your iPad are not on the same network. If you have IT support in your business, first try to get help from them first. If that doesn't resolve your problem, start a discussion in the Discussions forum and we’ll see if we can sort it out.
If they do, great — let’s keep going:
- Open the FileMaker Go app.
- Tap on the Hosts icon at the bottom of the screen.
The Hosts tab of the Launch Center displays hosted files. Before you see any, you'll probably need to specify a host.
- Tap on the Hosts button in the upper left of the screen.
A Hosts popover appears, listing all the FileMaker hosts on the network your iPad is connected to.
If you recognize your hosting machine, select it and proceed to step X. Otherwise, do steps X to Y.
- Tap on the + button in the upper right of the popover.
An Add Host popover replaces the Hosts popover.
- Enter the TCP/IP address from your desktop machine into the Host Address field.
- Enter a name for your desktop machine into the Host Name (Optional) field.
- Tap the Save button in the upper right of the popover.
The popover closes, the host is saved as a favorite (which makes it appear at the top of the Hosts list), and FileMaker Go attempts to contact to host so that it can display any available solutions. If it succeeds, at least one solution will be displayed. Otherwise, you'll see the message "No files available" in the center of the screen.
- If you don’t see your hosted file, it’s time to ask for advice in the Discussions forum.
- If you do see it, tap on it to open it in FileMaker Go.