Cloud Sync

Anki has a free cloud synchronization service called AnkiWeb that makes it easy to keep your card decks in sync between mobile devices and your computer. If you are an existing Anki user with cards on your computer, syncing is the easiest way to start using those cards on your mobile device as well.

Intro Videos

Please check out these short videos that explain syncing:

If you'd prefer not to watch videos, please read on.

Creating an Account

To sync with AnkiWeb, you’ll first need to create an account. If you have used AnkiWeb in the past, you can skip this step.

  1. Visit https://ankiweb.net and click the Sign Up button.

  2. Type in your email address and a password of your choice.

Computer to iPhone/iPad

If you have decks on your computer and would like them to be synced to AnkiMobile:

  1. Open the computer version and click the sync button at the top right of the Anki window.

  2. If prompted to upload or download, choose 'upload' to send your cards to AnkiWeb. Please make sure you wait for media files to finish syncing.

  3. Tap Synchronize in AnkiMobile and then 'download' to grab the cards from AnkiWeb. Please make sure you wait for media files to finish syncing.

iPhone/iPad to Computer

If you have decks in your phone/iPad and would like them to be synced to the computer version:

  1. Tap Synchronize in AnkiMobile and then 'upload' to send the cards to AnkiWeb.

  2. Open the computer version and click the sync button at the top right of the Anki window.

  3. If prompted to upload or download, choose 'download' to grab your cards from AnkiWeb.

Subsequent Syncs

If you have a lot of sounds or images on your cards, the first sync may take some time, and until it completes, sounds and images may fail to appear.

After the first synchronization has completed, you can click the synchronize button again any time you wish to synchronize your changes to the cloud. Only changes made since the previous sync will be sent, so subsequent syncs are a lot faster.

If you add some new cards on the desktop computer and want to sync them to AnkiMobile, you’d repeat the same process: sync on desktop (or close the program, as it syncs automatically on close by default), and then tap the sync button on AnkiMobile.

The sync button will change colour when a normal or full sync is required.