Note: This is possible if the database files and synced files are copied correctly. Make sure that you copy/move all the top level Insync folders (including team drives) at identical paths.

  • Machines must have the same OS (Win to Win, Mac to Mac, Linux to Linux)
  • Paths to the Insync folders need to be identicali.e. If Insync folder in Machine 1 is located in “C:\Users\[Username]\Insync” then Insync folder on Machine 2 should be located in “C:\Users\[Username]\Insync”
  • You will be copying two things from Machine 1 to Machine 2: your Insync folder and the dbs folder(database)


1. Install Insync on Machine 2 but do not add account
2. Quit Insync on Machine 1 and 2
3. Copy the Insync folders from 1 to 2 at the identical paths
4. Copy over the “dbs” folder from Machine 1 to 2:

machine 1: C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Roaming\Insync to
machine 2: C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Roaming\Insync

machine 1: ~/Library/Application Support/Insync to
machine 2: ~/Library/Application Support/Insync

machine 1: home/username/.config/Insync to
machine 2: home/username/.config/Insync

5. Start Insync on Machine 1 and 2

If you cannot have identical paths for Insync folders on Machine 2, then the Insync folder path on Machine 1 should not exist on Machine 2 before starting Insync.

This will cause Insync on Machine 2 to notify you that the Insync folder is missing. You can then relocate option to “find” the Insync folder (complete path to the Insync folder).


Thanks to @dipesh for the workaround. You can read more about it here.

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