How do I backup or export my Joplin notes from the iOS app?

I am using Joplin 12.8.1 on iOS. I would like to make a backup of all my notes as well as export them into PDFs or similar. Is there any way to do this without relying on a syncing server? If not, could someone point me towards a guide to setting one up?

Welcome to the forum!

AFAIK backup and export (into a variety of formats, including PDF) is an exclusive feature of the desktop app. No need to set up a server though - any other syncing method will do: Joplin Cloud, Dropbox, OneDrive or any cloud that can be accessed by the WebDAV protocol (and has a proper implementation of it). File system sync via Syncthing or a similar method is easier to achieve on Android than on iOS.

If you're concerned about privacy, you should make sure to activate end-to-end encryption before syncing.

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Thank you for your reply! I had been hoping to avoid the use of cloud products. Is there no other way to extract the JEX file from the phone?

I have read that some people self-host their own sync server without relying on third party services like Dropbox. Is that a possibility?

Definitely so! I must admit that I'm not an expert when it comes to self-hosting so I can't do much more than quote the result of a quick search in this forum:

Maybe others reading this have first-hand experience and can point to more detailed or more recent advice.

There's something in between public cloud and self-hosting as well: Your own Nextcloud-as-a-service which can be accessed by WebDAV. Yet another matter of trust, of course...

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