Hi, first time posting here.
This was going to be a request for support, instead it's turned into a guideline for someone having similar ideas.
I use Obsidian as my 2nd Brain and Personal Knowledge Management. Have been using it for about a year now and love it. Between two Win10 laptops I sync via Cryptomator and Dropbox.
Because I was unable to work out how to connect Obsidian encrypted via Dropbox with my Android 9 phone, I opted to use Joplin for writing notes on my phone, and syncing between phone and laptops. Joplin with it's built in encryption and sync is just wonderful.
Writing on my phone is my quickest input method. I always have my phone with me, I get my ideas in a supermarket queue or in the middle of the night, so my phone is the handiest and quickest input method.
As it turns out, I like not having Obsidian on my phone. It contains all my really personal stuff, so I've come to appreciate the separation between Obsidian on my laptops for my main work, and Joplin on my phone for fleeting notes I get any time of the day or night.
I use glide (swipe) typing on the phone. I had the original Swype keyboard, unfortunately that got killed off. Now I use Gboard. Swype was way better, it was the best out of all glide keyboard I tried, but alas it's gone. I use OpenBoard when I'm typing more sensitive stuff on the phone.
So glide typing on my phone is my preferred input method. Into Joplin. Joplin on Android works brilliantly. It is a delight to use and enough to organise all my fleeting ideas. When I'm back at my workstation, I can transfer the markdown files over to Obsidian as I need.
The problem was, just lately both my Win10 Joplin Portable apps wouldn't sync. That was going to be the subject of this thread, a request for help ('sync is stuck, i.e. the sync symbol goes round, for days on end' only on the laptops, on android everything was fine). That was version Joplin 2.8.8 (prod, win32). However happily as I was writing this thread, version Joplin 2.9.17 (prod, win32) Revision: a84a8e7 just came out. I've copied the portable exe file into the Joplin folder to overwrite the old exe, started it up, in Settings > Synchronisation > Advanced clicked on the Delete local data and re-download from sync target button, and happily the syncing issues are resolved.
In summary, if you use any other form of note-taking app, such as Obsidian or Logseq, Joplin is a fantastic addition as a way of creating markdown notes of fleeting ideas on your phone, and keeping your main database separate on your pc workstation.
Hope this is a inspiration to someone
Joplin 2.8.8 (prod, win32)
Just updated to:
Joplin 2.9.17 (prod, win32)
Android 9 phone