SplashID Safe User Guide

For Android Phones, Tablets & BlackBerry Playbook

Table of Contents

Quick Start
List View
Record Info
Edit Dialog
Automatic Password Generator
Categories and Types
Sharing Records
Backup and Restore



SplashID Safe provides quick and easy access to all of your personal identification information, including usernames, passwords, credit cards, PINs, calling card numbers, frequent flyer numbers, insurance info and more. Data is stored in a secure, encrypted, password protected format and can be synchronized between SplashID on your handheld and SplashID on the desktop (Windows and Mac). You may prefer to do most of your data entry in SplashID Desktop, however, since it's faster and easier with a keyboard, and then synchronize the data with your handheld.

Quick Start

  1. Launch SplashID and you will be asked if you want to load sample records. If you are upgrading from a previous version and already have data, you should say no.
  2. Next you will be asked to enter your email ID. This is used both for activation purposes as well as to uniquely identify your database with yourself.
  3. After the Getting Started guide completes, you will land on the Set Password screen. You can leave it blank to set no password if you wish, and you can set a hint to remind you.
  4. Next the List View will be displayed with some sample records.
  5. Select Add Item from the Menu Options to create a new record. In the Edit Dialog select a Type, such as Credit Card or Web Login, and you will see the Field Labels change accordingly.
  6. Tap Done when you are finished entering the information for the new record and you have just created your first record.
  7. You can create records on the handheld or the desktop and synchronize the data between the two. You may find it easier to enter data in SplashID Desktop where you can use your keyboard.

List View

When you login to SplashID you are presented first with the List View. To optimize load time, your record list is not shown until you tap View All. You can just type something in the search box and tap the search button to find result right away.

List View

You can filter by Categories and Types tapping the Filter By menus at the top of the screen. You will see a list of your Categories or Types and how many records belong to each.

  • Types -- Select a Type to filter the view by record type, such as Credit Cards or Web Logins. You can select All Types at the top to apply no filter, but you may restrict the list to only display items assigned to a specific Type.
  • Categories -- Select a Category to filter the view by Category, such as Business or Personal. You can select All Categories at the top to apply no filter, but you may restrict the list to only display items assigned to a specific Category.

You can use the search box to search for a particular record or scroll through the list of records using the touch screen or hard ward navigation (if your device has any).

Menu Options

Press the Menu button on your Android device to access these menu options for the List View:

Menu Options
  • Add Item -- Creates a new item for you to edit.
  • Edit Item -- Opens the Edit Dialog for the selected record.
  • Delete Item -- Deletes the selected record.
  • Synchronize -- Opens the tool for synchronizing with the SplashID desktop.
  • Lock Now -- Locks SplashID and exits to the login screen.
  • Delete All -- Allow you to delete all records so you can clear out sample data and then restore your own.
  • DeDupe -- Use this tool to search for duplicate records and then delete them.
  • Edit Types -- Displays the Types which you may edit or delete. Select an existing type and tap edit, or tap New to create a new one.
  • Edit Categories -- Displays the Categories which you may edit or delete. Select an existing type and tap edit, or tap New to create a new one.
  • Settings -- Select to edit the synchronization and security settings.
  • Getting Started -- Launches the Getting Started guide you saw the first time you ran the application.
  • Backup SplashID -- Makes an encrypted backup of your SplashID database so you can restore it later.
  • Restore SplashID -- Restores a database backed up on the memory card.
  • Support -- View the online Frequently Asked Questions.
  • User Guide -- View the online User Guide.
  • Clear Search History -- Clears the peviously used search strings.
  • About SplashID -- Displays the version info.

Record Info

Record Info

Tap a record item in the List View to view its details in the Record Info. Each item can contain up to 9 fields, a date modified field, an icon, plus additional notes (up to 4000 characters).

Some things to note about the Record Info screen:

  • It is a read-only display. If you wish to edit the record, press the menu button and select Edit Item.
  • Masked fields display stars instead of the field data to protect you from over-the-shoulder snoops. You can press the menu button and select Mask/Unmask to show or hide the masked data.
  • Field data with valid URLs (beginning with http:// or www) can be opened in the built-in browser by tapping the web button next to the field data. The username and password will be auto-filled into the appropriate fields if possible, and it is also displayed at the top of the screen for reference.
  • You can use the menu options to Show the Note, Add a new Item, Edit the Item, Mask/Unmask data, or Delete the Item.

Edit Dialog

To access the Edit Dialog for a given record, press the menu button and select Edit Item, or create a new record.

Edit Dialog

Icon Picker

Edit Field, Label & Masking
  • Type -- This field will default to the Type you were displaying when you created the record. The Type will dictate the default field labels, icons, and masking preferences for the record. See more about Categories and Types.
  • Category -- This field will default to the Category you were displaying when you created the record. See more about Categories and Types.
  • Icon -- On the top left you will find the record icon. Tap the icon button to access the Icon Picker. You can also add custom icons on the SplashID desktop and sync them over to the handheld app.
  • Description -- Field 1 is where you enter the name or description of the record.
  • Fields -- Enter your data according to the field labels.
  • Field Tools -- Tap on the blue arrow button to access the following field tools:
    • Custom Field Labels -- You may assign Custom Field Labels or set the field labels globally by going to Menu > Edit Types.
    • Masking -- You may switch on Masking for a field at the record level or set the field masking globally by going to Menu > Edit Types.
    • Password Generator -- Press Menu > Generate Password to access a strong password generator. See Automatic Password Generator for more information.

Automatic Password Generator

To invoke the Password Generator for a given field, press Menu > Generate Password.

To create a password:

  1. Set the Length.
  2. Choose from the "Include these Characters" table one or more options of letters, numbers, symbols, or a combination thereof. The Strength meter will show you how strong the password will be based on the selected attributes.
  3. Tap Generate. A password will be displayed for your review.
  4. Tap Generate again to generate a new one until you find one you like.
  5. Tap Select when you have decided.

Categories and Types

Edit Categories
Edit Categories
Edit Types
Edit Types
Define Type
Define Type

The difference between Categories and Types is best illustrated by example. You may use Categories to separate your Business records from your Personal records, while you use Types to separate your Credit Card records from your Web Login records. SplashID uses a "drill-down" system of displaying your data. You drill down first through Categories, then Types, then open a record to view its details.

Another way of looking at the Category/Type distinction is by simile -- Your SplashID data is in a locked filing cabinet. Each Category is a drawer, and each Type is a folder. Unlike real world files, however, you can view all the records at once if you wish, as if you emptied all folders and drawers on the table and neatly laid them out for simultaneous viewing.

Categories act as filters for grouping related records. The two pre-defined Categories are Business and Personal, though you may add more by choosing Edit Categories from the Category menu.

Types act as templates, which define the structure for the items you want to store in SplashID. You may define up to 9 Custom field labels and a default icon for each type, as well as specify the fields you wish to mask. For example, you may create a type for Web Logins, which includes Custom field labels for username, password and URL, with a globe icon, and the password field masked; and you may create a Type for Credit Cards which includes Custom field labels for credit card number, expiration date and PIN, with a Visa icon, and the credit card number and PIN masked.

  • Edit Types -- Select Edit Types from the Menu Options to display the Edit Types dialog. You may create an unlimited number of Types. Several sample Types are provided, which you may edit or delete. Tap an existing type to edit, or Press Menu > New to create a new one. The Define type dialog is displayed.
  • Define Type -- Enter a name for the Type and up to 9 Custom field labels. The Mask switch specifies whether or not the data in that field will be masked. And you may also specify a default icon for the Type.


Fields that are Masked appear as four stars. You may show or hide the masked data by pressing Menu > Mask/Unmask.

If you wish to permanently mask or unmask a field, you can change its mask setting in the Edit Type dialog or the Custom Field Labels dialog.


Set Password
Set Password Dialog
Enter Password Dialog
Pattern Login
Security Options

You should secure your data in SplashID so that a password must be entered to access the application. You will be required to enter the password when launching SplashID. Once you set a password, SplashID encrypts your data using 256-bit Blowfish encryption to ensure data security.

  • Setting a Password -- The Set Password dialog is displayed by default the first time you run the application; you can also open it from the Menu Options.
    • Enter a password in the New Password field, and verify the password by entering it again in the Confirm field. 
    • You can enter a hint to remind you of your password if you forget.

      Note: You must manually set the same SplashID password on the handheld and the desktop, if you wish to synchronize between the two.

  • Entering a Password -- You will be required to enter your password each time you launch SplashID, or when you turn on your handheld if SplashID was last running when it was turned off.

  • Changing a Password -- To change a password, select Set Password from the Menu Options, enter your Old Password, then enter and confirm the New Password.


Items may be created or edited on the Handheld or Desktop and the changes can be synchronized over your local Wi-Fi network. You can download the SplashID Safe desktop for Mac or Windows from www.splashdata.com/splashid/download/iphone.htm

By default information is synchronized in both directions, but you can adjust the settings, in Sync settings which can be found in the Options/Preferences dialog.

In most cases, you will wish to leave the Default setting (on the right) set to Synchronize. This means that after changing it to Desktop Overwrites Handheld and doing a sync, it will revert back to Synchronize for the next sync so you don't have to go back in and change the setting back manually.


Here are the possible sync settings and the results they will bring about:

  • Synchronize -- Changes made on the Handheld or the Desktop will be synchronized. If a record is edited on both sides between syncs, both versions of the record will be kept so you can manually compare which one you want to keep.
  • Desktop overwrites handheld -- All data on the Desktop is copied to the handheld. Any data on the Handheld will be replaced.
  • Handheld overwrites Desktop -- All data on the Handheld is copied to the Desktop. Any data on the Desktop will be replaced.

In order to synchronize, you must do the following:

  1. Select the same network that your computer is on for your handheld to join
  2. Open the SplashID desktop
  3. Select the correct user from the User menu in the SplashID desktop to match the device name
  4. Set the passwords the same on both the desktop and handheld software
  5. Adjust the Sync settings in Options > Sync if you wish
  6. Start the Sync on the handheld:
1. Select "Sync" from Menu options
2. Select your computer or enter an IP address to sync with
3. Select your computer or enter an IP address to sync with Tap "Start Sync"

Manual IP Address Sync

If you have trouble connecting your handheld and desktop SplashID, or if you want to want to sync remotely over the internet, you can sync using a manual IP address.

To do this, open the Sync dialog on the handheld and tap where it says Enter an IP Address "To sync with."

Enter the IP address of the desktop computer, either on the local network or the public IP if connected directly to the internet. You can find this IP address in the SplashID Desktop under Options/Preferences > Sync.

Sharing Records

When viewing the Record Info, you can send the record to any email address by selecting Email VID from the Menu options. Enter a password to protect the data if you wish, or leave it blank to send the record unencrypted. Then enter the email address you want to send it to and a message if you wish.

Backup and Restore

From the Menu Options, select Backup SplashID. This will make a full backup of your encrypted SplashID database on your SD card. This way you can restore the database later if you delete and reinstall SplashID, have data loss, or if you change devices.

From the Menu Options, select Backup SplashID. Please note that the password on your database will be replaced with the password you set at the time of the backup.

The other better option to backup your iPhone SplashID data is to sync with the SplashID Safe desktop. It is sold separately for $19.95 at www.splashdata.com/splashid/android