import json file_name = 'settings_dict.json' settings_dict = { 'user_name' : 'rcrissup', 'profile_url' : '', 'member_since' : 'Jan. 25, 2014, 7:38 p.m' } print(settings_dict) with open(file_name, 'w') as out_file: json.dump(settings_dict, out_file) # your data has now been written to a file in the iOS file system # open up 'settings_dict.json' in Pythonist to see your data # turn off, reboot, etc. your iOS device # several minutes, hours, days, months later, you can run: with open(file_name) as in_file: new_dict = json.load(in_file) # your data has been read in from file into a new dict print(new_dict)