Recently I saw text evaporate while I watched, when switching from one device to another. I use Drafts daily, usually have the same draft open on several devices and add to it using whichever is more convenient, phone if that’s all I have, mac or ipad as available.
The first time I noticed this, I flailed around trying to recover the text with undo, looking into backups, etc., without success. After that I watched carefully every time I went to Drafts, and found that the problem occurred very occasionally and not in a way that I could predict. So I stopped switching devices without running a manual backup, which is of course not a smooth workflow.
iPhone SE, MXVL2LL/A, ios 14.8 (15.6.1 latest available), drafts v27.0.11 (v32.2 available)
iPad 6th gen, MR752LL/A, ios 14.4.2, (15.6.1 available) drafts v28.0.40 (v32.2 available)
Macbook Pro M1, macos 12.3.1 Monterey (12.5.1 available), drafts v31.1.1 (41) (v32.2 available)
Yes, it’s a hodge-podge of versions and I’ll update things. And I noticed that I hadn’t subscribed in spite of good intentions, so I just did that. Meanwhile, I have lost some text and would certainly appreciate help making the best of things. Drafts has been so good for so long that I got complacent.
(1) I assume losing text is an artifact of some failure on my part, but what is it? Do all versions of Drafts have to be the same?
(2) Is there some way to prevent losing text in this situation without going to Settings and running a backup manually? I typically live in a draft for a few hours or days until I create another. “New Draft Creation” is set to “Never”.
(2) Is there any way to find out whether I have lost other text without noticing? I am concerned because I frequently don’t study the screen while opening up a device, and often have my eyes elsewhere while my hands are getting the device going. And I don’t usually review text immediately. I count on Drafts to supplement my memory!
(3) Is there any way to recover lost text? I found Community exchanges with BurnNorton dated Jan 19 and hobbyist in Nov 19 that suggest looking in prior versions. But I’m concerned because one of the triggers for version creation is when loading a different draft, and my issue occurs when editing the same draft through the day, on several devices.
Thanks for your help!