I’ve browsed through teh getting started guide for individuals, but I’m not clear on how to use Bitwarden completely standalone without an account from Bitwarden.com.
The only syncing I need is between macOS and iOS and I hope I could do that by syncing the encrypted local vault via Dropbox or iCloud.
Thanks for help!
Your data is stored in the Azure cloud. What you describe sounds more like Keepass with the vault stored on iCloud.
Does this mean my Bitwarden vault is always stored in Azure? No way to store it locally?
You can self host. But not like you intend to, just storing the vault in Dropbox or iCloud. You would be running your own Bitwarden server.