Opening .mobileconfig files on iOS in Profiles Preferences: Cannot

long time no see me. Been off the radar for a bit.

I have a feature request.

I have a number of *.mobileconfig files that I have stored in my 1Password vaults for things like VPNs or other access to my family's servers.

They work fine for opening the files in System Preferences > Profiles on macOS when it is opened from 1Password.macOS, but when opened from 1Password.iOS, it opens up the file as a text file. I could use the share menu to save the file to the Files app, but I don't really want to be storing these files to the open cloud…

Aside: I tried it anyway (with a config file I didn't care much about) but it didn't work to save it to Files anyway. I get an error saying that the file doesn't exist and then subsequent attempts resulted in nothing. I go to the and look to the Desktop where I saved it and there is no blah.mobileconfig file present. I think I've seen this for other file types too, when trying to save a file from a Vault to the iOS

So, two things. Could you add a filetype identifier to be able to let 1Password know that *.mobileconfig files are to be opened in Preferences > General > Profiles?

…and can you look into the issue of not being able to save out Vault stored files to the from within 1Password (not extension).

Thanks, hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Years!

1Password Version: 7.2.5
Extension Version: Not Provided
OS Version: iOS 12.1.2
Sync Type: Dropbox/1Password


  • brentybrenty

    Team Member

    @skippingrock: Hey! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too! I hope you're having a great holiday season. :chuffed:

    While file types and management are not quite the same on iOS as on macOS (to put it mildly), we can look into it. I'm not sure it scales well for us to try to do this ourselves for individual file types, maybe there's an easier way (or could be as Apple continues adding more robust file management capabilities to iOS).

    We also need to consider the security implications. In your description, it sounds like you're assuming that the file would somehow be protected by 1Password just by virtue of you opening it from there, but that isn't really the case. In order for any file/data to be accessible outside of 1Password, it needs to be decrypted and exposed (albeit less globally on iOS). So there wouldn't be a security benefit to have 1Password better support handling files, and, on the contrary, we'd need to be more careful and have 1Password warn the user before making any of their 1Password data available to other apps.

    Anyway, thanks for bringing it up! :)

    ref: apple-2897

  • thanks for looking into this

  • brentybrenty

    Team Member

    :) :+1:

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