How to access private data of a Windows 10 app (e.g. how to set last backup file of All My Password app that does not work anymore with the OneDrive cloud)

Since this year, an app I bought from the Microsoft Store (All My Password) does not work properly because it is not able anymore to do a backup on a cloud (i.e. OneDrive) of its encrypted data. As you can immagine, an app for saving passwords that cannot allow neither to do a backup of its data nor to synchronize them among different devices (e.g. PCs, smartphone) is not useful at all!

All My Password was very basic also from the design point of view but till 12/2018 it worked as I expected. Instead now the Windows 10 PC  version crashes as soon as I try to access my OneDrive area to do a backup, while the Windows 10 Mobile version (for smartphones like Lumia 950XL) there are not displayed anymore the Upload/Download buttons (possibly shown only when there is an active connection with OneDrive). In both cases the result is the same: no backup and synchronization is possible anymore!! 😦
Note that that app was not a UWP one even though both have a similar user interface, so there are two different versions, one for mobile another for PC.

It is really a pity that the developer does not support that app and give no answer to people (like me) that bought it and ask for some help for this bug! Neither the support site nor the developer email shown in the page related to that app in the Store, are valid anymore!! I tried to post a message even in the Facebook site of EngAsh Digital providing information and screenshots of the problem … no way to get an answer!! 😦
I can understand that may be that app in the Microsoft Store could be bought only by few users … but that does not justify the misbehavior of that developer!! 😦

As usually happens, the more updated data were on my smartphone and I did the backup on the cloud only few months ago: however  I did not update on my PC where I rarely use that app! So, the most updated dato are on the Lumia 950XL, then on OneDrive the data saved few months ago, finally on the PC very old version of one year ago! The data are locally saved by the app in his storage and not externally the file system …
So how to proceed? How to recover the most recent data and manually insert them in another more serious app? How to access to the memory of the app to recover the locally stored data or, at least, substitute them in the PC with the more recent file available in OneDrive?
I think that similar situations can happen also in other cases, for an other app, … so the following procedure could be useful to someone else.

On a Windows 10 Mobile device it is not possible to access to the app data available in the local storage because it is private for security reasons. In fact that private data are not exposed as it happens for other public libraries (e.g. Documents, Photos): only the developer can access them using specific tools that works only when the app is manually loaded by the developer for testing (so, it is not installed from the Store).

On the contrary it is possible to access to local data in the PC version of an app. In this site it is shown how to access where Windows Store Apps are installed & how to access that folder, showing hidden directories and modifying user rights for a specific one.
However that is not the place where apps save their local storage. You need to go to the
%localappdata%\Packages\<Package_Family_Name>
folder to get the data for a specific <Package_Family_Name> app.
If you type the  %localappdata%\Packages\ string in a PC File Explorer, it will be valorize the %localappdata% system variable: in my case it shows the C:\Users\conti\AppData\Local\Packages directory.
Then if you want to explore the data of a specific app, you have to search the associated subdirectory (e.g. 57908EngAshDigital.AllMyPasswords_wk8kf0avr0eee for the app AllMyPassword of EngAshDigital). For that specific app, the searched backup data are in the Do_Not_Delete_Or_Edit_Me.txt file, the file with the same name of the backup file on OneDrive.

Therefore, I substituted that old file with the one available on OneDrive (backup of the smartphone app data, updated only few months ago), so now I can see that newer data running the app on the PC: from here it is easier to do a cut & past for saving that data somewhere else.

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Once recovered the more recent data that it was possible, the matter was to choose another app for saving passwords:  it is an hard choice because I do not want to have to copy again all my passwords any more in the next future!! So it is convenient to choose not a proprietary solution that again could not be supported in a few years and possibly one that has several cross-platform clients available, possibly a standard/opensource one.

I know that Enpass could be a good solution because it is cross-platform and on Windows it is available in the Windows Store and it integrates well with Windows Hello: it allows to save data on different cloud provider, OneDrive too, so it is very flexible. Finally you have to pay only once when you buy it.
1Password should be a good choice too, but it is more expensive because it use a subscription model even though it give a greater assurance to be supported in the future.

Unfortunately both these apps are not UWP and are available for Windows 10 Mobile too and, because I still use my good Lumia 950XL (and I do not want to change it as far as I can!), I had to find an other solution!!

So I opted for  PassKeep  that is UWP app that seems to have a good support: there is an official website for this “free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager“. Moreover there are several clients that uses the                         PassKeep is a password manager that is interoperable with KeePass 2.x format for storing encrypted data.

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A little at a time, using the cut&past feature, now I am going to copy data from All My Password to PassKeep

To have data synchronized among different devices I saved the Database.kdbx file in a OneDrive synchronized directory (e.g. C:\OneDrive\backup\keepass). Among PCs the synchronization is therefore done choosing in every PC the same OneDrive directory and Database.kdbx file.
Un fortunately this does not happen on a Windows 10 Mobile smartphone because its OneDrive client does not provide an automatic synchronization (in general, it is not the best scenario for a mobile device) but it only allows you to browse your account and save locally the files you need.

So, if I want to update the DB in my Windows 10 Mobile smartphone with the version on OneDrive, I have to download from that cloud the Database.kdbx file and, for example, save it in the local This device/Documents folder: then I can open it with the KeepPass app I installed on the smartphone.
NOTE that, because there was already a file with the same name (the old local version), you need to delete it before downloading the newer file from OneDrive or rename it to OLD: otherwise it will be saved as Database (2).kdbx as shown in the following screenshots and you need to rename it afterward.

Usually, because I usually insert/update passwords on my smartphone, the procedure I need more, from time to time, is another one, that is to backup the local DB on the smartphone to OneDrive. This can be done sharing the DB file to OneDrive, for example choosing to upload it on its \backup\keepass folder, that is the same directory I synchronized on PCs and that contains the file used by the KeepPass app in all PCs.

Share the\Documents\Database.kdbx file to OneDrive, choosing to upload it on its \backup\keepass folder (1)

Share the\Documents\Database.kdbx file to OneDrive, choosing to upload it on its \backup\keepass folder (2)

Share the\Documents\Database.kdbx file to OneDrive, choosing to upload it on its \backup\keepass folder (3)

NOTE that, because  there was already a file with that name, the newer file will be uploaded as Database 1.kdbx so you will need to delete the old one and rename the new one as Database.kdbx. In this way that file will be automatically synchronized in all your PCs with the proper name. To understand the newest file you can anyway always see its size (usually the newest is bigger because you possibly add new passwords) and its uploaded date too.

I know it is not an easy procedure, but neither a difficult one but it works … and possibly you need to do a backup only once a week or even less!!

😉

 

 

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