I don't believe it is possible to backup to a sim card. You can backup to a service such as dropbox. They offer a free account.
I also use a service call SugarSync to backup files. Note this does require an internet connection. You can also make a copy files to and from your computer using iTunes, which doesn't require an internet connection.
This is a good way to copy your file to and from your computer. There is an app for your computer or you can just login through an internet connection.
First of all you have to install the dropbox app.
Go to Files on the Device.
These are the steps for an iphone, it basically the same on the ipad but icons may be located in different place.
Select the icon that looks like a folded piece of paper with a check box at the top
Select the database you want to backup
Select the icon on top that looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it
Select Open in Dropbox
Thank you S Chamblee for the drop box suggestion and excellent description. This is a situation is completely off grid. Where there is no internet access at all, no wifi, no wired, no fibre, no cellular and no sat internet connection, hence the requirement for a very local backup solution. : ) This is for collection of data in the field where the field is truly remote.
ITunes can be used without internet connection and then Seagate has 3 different wireless hard drive that will work. I have the smaller and older 500GB drive. On the device you would connect your wifi to the drive, then you basically use the same steps above, but instead of dropbox you select open in Seagate Media. There may be other brands available but, Seagate is the only one I have used.
Here is a link to the drives on amazon.com :
Sorry, should have proof read before I posted the first time.
I've worked with folks in similar no-connectivity situations. It's possible to share a copy of a database from one (recent-model) iOS device to another via AirDrop.
Yes, thank you Jeremy, the Airdrop when it works again is our current goto backup mechanism. Just looking for a cheaper mechanism as we are talking about potentially large deployments so are trying to keep field equipment costs to a minimum. SIM card would be best.
S Chamblee: Seagate wifi +, so says seagate support, will only work with photos, video and some music files on the iPad ( android any file ) due to Apple's restrictions on third party developers. Be nice if they could provide air drop but one can only dream. If they are wrong please tell me you can select share icon within filemaker and save a file to connected seagate wifi +?
When I open the seagate media on on my iPad and look for local documents it does not show FMGo databases.
So, Filemaker you are owned by Apple if anyone can enable saving a file to a sim card from your app you can. We need cost effective off grid backup for filemaker data. This would make a great barrier to entry for other databases. Please give it a shot : )
The databases shows in the "other" folder, once I backup a database to it. It doesn't automatically backup the databases, as I said in my previous post the steps are the same as sending to dropbox, but instead of dropbox you would open-in Seagate Media.
so you are not using the seagate media app at all then, great. Seagate support told me explicitly it would not work. If this is the case then a SIM card should work as well... Off to find my adapter to test this with again.
Yes, I am using the Seagate media app. As I stated in a couple of my post, you have to send the backup to the Seagate media app. When you open the media app it displays folders and one of the folders is "Other", which is where the backup is stored.
yes I tried this without the drive with the seagate app and it works just as you described. thank you
I assume it was backing up to the drive, instead of just to the application. I guess it's a cheap way of making a backup, but I would still suggest having a backup off of the device on an external hard drive or computer. If the device gets stolen, dropped, or broken you still need a copy else where. I will have to investigate this a little more.
If you plug the drive into your computer does it show the FMGo database you stored on the drive?
Is it really stored on the drive or just showing in the interface of Seagate Media app?
I agree with other backups but the intention here is for remote area field backup.
That is my point. If it is in the media app, then one would think it should be on the drive, but that does not appear to be the case. Makes no sense to have an backup app that doesn't backup to anything. I assumed the app was reading the drive. I guess the people that invent this crap doesn't actually use it. Glad I wasn't depending on this as my backup, I would have been _____ out of luck.
If You're out in the field without any WAN and without Bluetooth (Airdrop), there is (IMHO) only one way to go backup: Have a laptop with You and copy the files via iTunes/USB. I'afraid that most of the people believe that we're linving in world where a network is in every spot..
As soon as You have a network, You can transfer the data via Mail, cloud service, whatever..