Atakama Installation & Setup Guide

Thanks for your interest in Atakama! Follow these steps to get up-and-running as smoothly as possible.

What you'll need to get started:

  • A computer running either Windows 7, 8, or 10 or macOS 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), or 10.14 (Mojave)
  • At least one mobile device (smartphone or tablet) running iOS (8.0 or newer) or Android (7.0 or newer)
  • Atakama for Windows or macOS
  • Atakama Mobile for iOS or Android

Part A: Install Atakama on your computer

  1. Download and run the installer file from the Atakama website.
  2. First time setup will launch automatically after installation. 

Part B: First Time Setup

You can think of Atakama as a way to lock files in a way that requires multiple keys to open. The "keys" you'll be using to unlock your files are the devices that you know and trust. When you set up Atakama for the first time, you'll be guided through:

  • Setting up your devices as keys
  • Setting up a backup key
  • Configuring cloud backup for your data

Here's more information about each step:
Your First Key
This "key" is assigned to your computer and is set up by Atakama automatically.

Your Second Key
This "key" is assigned to your primary mobile device. On this step, you'll be asked to install Atakama Mobile for iOS or Android, then link it to your computer by scanning a QR code that appears on your computer using the Atakama Mobile app.

Your Third Key

This "key" is a "spare" which you'll need to use in the event your primary mobile device is ever lost, broken, or replaced with a new device. Your third key can be assigned to another mobile device that you own or it can be assigned to a mobile device that belongs to someone you trust, like a spouse, close family member, boss, or co-worker. 

  • Whoever holds your "third key" can help you regain access to your locked files, but they are not able to directly access or open them themselves.
  • As an alternative to assigning your third key to a smartphone or tablet, you can write down a set of "Offline Recovery Words" and save them in a safe place.

Additional Keys

If you would like to use Atakama with additional devices, you can link them to your computer at this point.

Cloud & Network Storage
On this screen you can connect Atakama to a public cloud service ( (under development), Dropbox, or Google Drive) or to a network location.

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