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How can I bypass Activation Lock?

I bought a used iPhone 4. The previous owner re-set the phone, but did not remove the device from their iCloud. It is asking me for their iCloud information when I try to set-up the phone. I don't ...
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Completely synchronise multiple Macs

I actually have a Macbook Pro with Snow Leopard (I plan on upgrading to Lion). I may have to buy an Mac mini in order to have a full dual screen (external identical screens) layout (see my previous ...
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Can I use Back To My Mac's mDNS address and for ssh and other routing of traffic?

On Lion and iCloud, the old MobileMe and Snow Leopard mDNS naming has changed and no longer works. I'm wondering how to use command line tools to find out the DNS name that Apple has assigned to my ...
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Is my iPhone locked with iCloud or not? I don't have SIM Card yet

I bought an iPhone 5C from a friend and I'm not sure if it's Activation Locked or not and I don't have a SIM card yet. He hasn't used it and didn't know anything about that, he got it second hand. ...
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How can I use iCloud to sync my contacts, while also syncing my contacts with Google?

If you have Google contact syncing enabled in 10.7.1 or earlier, then upgrade to 10.7.2 and try to enable iCloud contact syncing, you will see the following dialog: Is it possible to have both ...
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Your iPhone could not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable

My iPhone 5 that has been running iOS 7 since beta 1 suddenly wants to be activated. When locked, it shows me my wallpaper. After sliding to unlock, it asks for my passcode. When I enter it, it takes ...
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Does deleting an iMessage on a device deletes it in all of the other iCloud synced devices?

If I have my iPad and my iPhone synced through iCloud and I can see that my text messages are being received/sent on both. If I send an iMessage on my iPad and immediately delete the entire text ...
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OS X 10.11 unable to press “allow” on Keychain Access dialogs

I'm running into an issue where keychain password verification box does not verify password - does not shake for incorrect password and nothing happens when I press "allow". I'm using iCloud keychain. ...
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After migrating to iCloud Photo Library can the iLifeAssetManagement folder be deleted?

Before iCloud Photo Library and Photos.app in OS X 10.10.3, we had iCloud PhotoStream. iCloud PhotoStream synced its photos to the ~/Library/Application Support/iLifeAssetManagement folder (and ...
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How can I change a defunct Apple ID email address?

I never changed my student email account to which all app purchases have been made. I just upgraded to iOS 5, and it requires to authenticate the iCloud, by verifying an email sent to the now defunct ...
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Is there a way to access iCloud's Photo Stream from the Finder, similar to Windows?

On Windows, Photo Stream works in a way that all the files are automatically copied to your 'My Pictures' folder or the like. I currently have Photo Stream working in Aperture, but every once in a ...
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What do the various iTunes Match icons in iTunes mean?

Enabling iTunes Match adds a new default column to song lists in iTunes that displays several new icons: What do each of these icons (as well as no icon at all) mean?
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Deleting photos on the phone - does it affect them on iCloud?

Can you delete pictures from an iPhone and still have it saved in iCloud? If so, how?
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How to use SMTP and IMAP with iCloud email?

I've never used @me.com or @mac.com emails before. Neither did I use MobileMe. So when the iCloud came out last night I created @me.com email account this morning. Registration on its own went just ...
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How to I access documents saved in iCloud with Mountain Lion on my iOS device

I know that I can save a pages document in the cloud in Mountain Lion and then open it in Pages for iOS, but how do I access something saved in iCloud on TextEdit or Preview. For instance, with ...
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Permissions of /Users keep changing back to drwxrwxrwx

I use the Disk Utility to repair it. But the permissions change back after reboot. Permissions differ on “private/etc/aliases”; should be lrwxr-xr-x ; they are -rwxr-xr-x . Permissions differ ...
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How do I sync iCloud iWork documents with Lion?

I have been using my iPad with Numbers and would like to be able to just open them up on my Mac with Lion. I can not figure out how to connect/sync to iCloud documents. I have checked iCloud documents ...
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Why won't iCloud let me download Pages documents uploaded from a computer?

It often happens that I create a Pages document on my home laptop, upload it to iCloud, then want to download it from iCloud at school. For some reason, iCloud doesn't support this—I need to, at some ...
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How can I transfer photos from the Camera Roll to Photo Stream?

Not all of my photos go to Photo Stream, some still go to my Camera Roll. I'm trying to get them on my Photo Stream so they will be on iCloud. With 30 photos on my camera, 10 in stream, I took 6 ...
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Steps to be done before selling your iPhone

I was curious about the things that we need to do before selling your iPhone or even before giving it back to Apple (Apple has a program where they will refund you some money if you want to get a new ...
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How I can activate the iPhone which is asking for credentials I don't remember?

I was going to sell my iPhone tomorrow, and I thought I'd reset it so that none of my things were on there. I had already made an iTunes and AppleID for the buyer and was going to set up the phone for ...
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Our iPad is locked and we're not sure of the Apple ID / iCloud password

My Granddaughter has lost/forgotten her ID and passwords for her iPad. When the iPad powers on, it goes straight to an iCloud password request and I cannot get past it. I have installed iTunes on my ...
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How to transfer ONE photo FROM PC to iPhone 6

From time-to-time I want to transfer only one or a very few photos FROM my PC (Windows 7) to my iPhone (currently an iPhone 6). I can find plenty of advice on how to transfer from the iPhone to the ...
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What are some best practices for a family sharing a single Apple ID?

My family shares an apple ID, and I can't chose whose contacts I want to sync with when I set up Icloud. For example, I own a Mac and an iPhone. I want my content to only be synced between MY Mac and ...
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How many Apple IDs should one household have?

To date my wife and I share one Apple ID for all Apple purchases and devices. We currently own a first and third generation iPod, iPhone 4, and will own an iPad 2 in the morning. Thus far having the ...
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How to sync iCloud contacts with Google?

I recently started using the Gmail app on my iOS devices because it has better search functionality than the native Mail app. However, that means that when I'm writing emails the app is using my Gmail ...
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How do I view my iCloud Photo Stream online?

I set up iCloud when I installed iOS 5 on my iPhone and was excited about Photo Stream. I logged into icloud.com and found there are no photos. What gives? I was hoping that this would end the need to ...
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How Do I Know If A File Has Been Successfully Synced To iCloud Drive?

I am trying out iCloud Drive as a potential replacement for Dropbox. One of the nice things about Dropbox is that it produces little green checkmarks on file and folder icons to let the user know that ...
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Once iOS files are backed up to iCloud, can you access them programmatically?

Is there a way to get the same files you can find in a local backup of an iPhone / iOS device from iCloud programmatically? Ideally, I would like to access them from a computer, but any access other ...
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Does iPhoto need to be open in order to download Photo Stream photos?

Apple's official documentation on Photo Stream states: My Photo Stream stores the last 30 days of photos taken with your iOS device or imported from a camera to your Mac or Windows computer, and ...
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How to remove 'phantom' iCloud account from Apple Mail

I am trying to remove a duplicate copy of my iCloud account from Apple Mail that seems to have managed to get stuck there. I cannot remove it from the Internet Accounts or iCloud panels as it does ...
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After a phone is stolen, can that device's iCloud backup be accessed?

I had an iphone 4 stolen from me - there is an icloud backup with tons of data I want inside. Is there any possible way to access this without the iphone 4? I also got an iphone 5 recently but don't ...
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Should I use the same Apple ID for iCloud and iTunes?

Should I use the same Apple ID for iCloud and the iTunes store? My immediate assumption was "sure, of course, keep it simple", but today I read the following recommendation: One potential problem ...
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How to make iCloud on Windows sync bookmarks with Safari, not Internet Explorer

I'm trying to get iCloud on my PC to sync its bookmarks with Safari, not Internet Explorer. According to Apple's documentation, it is possible to sync iCloud bookmarks to Safari on Windows: You ...
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iCloud calendar not sending invites

As in the title. iCloud calendar is not sending invites to people being invited. No matter whether I try via icloud.com or iCal.app synced with iCloud - it just doesn't. No events no updates. Tested ...
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Can I create/edit contact groups in iOS?

I have been successful in managing contact groups with OS X's Contacts.app and iCloud.com, but haven't found a way to do this as of iOS 9. Is there a way to manage contact groups on iOS (iPhone, iPad,...
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How to restore individual app data from iCloud while keeping all the other apps installed and new data created since the last iCloud backup?

I just discovered that one of my apps X "disappeared" for whatever reason from my iPad. It contained MBs of valuable data, and luckily I have an iCloud backup dated a week ago or so which have it all. ...
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Is it possible to wipe an entire iCloud Photo Library?

I've been using the beta iCloud Photo Library for a week and a bunch of photos got duplicated and I'd like to wipe all the photos out and start over. I have backups of all the photos and have turned ...
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How do I remove or delete an @me.com email?

I currently have 2 Apple IDs, one that uses my Gmail account and I have been using this one for a while now, this is the one I want to keep. When iCloud came out, I registered an @me.com email for ...
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Storing files in iCloud without a copy being saved on my Mac?

Is it possible to use iCloud as solely cloud storage, where files aren't synced to my Mac? I'm trying to keep a copy of my music files and some other stuff on there (I don't want to use iTunes Match, ...
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Why does iTunes only recognize some songs from a purchased album as being purchased? [closed]

Now that iTunes in the Cloud is available, my iPhone (iOS 5.0) and my MacBook Air (10.7.1 / iTunes 10.5) will show me lists of all the songs I've ever purchased through iTunes. It almost works great: ...
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Photo Streams from two or more iCloud accounts into same iPhoto library?

I'd like to connect iPhoto on my MBP to my photo stream and my wife's photo stream. We each have our own Apple ID and iCloud account. Can iPhoto connect to multiple iCloud photo streams? Thanks.
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Exchange contacts do not appear in iCloud

On my iPad and iPhone I have several email accounts: three Gmail and one Exchange account. I stopped using the Exchange account and tried to remove it from the iPhone, but also all my contacts were ...
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Sending email from iCloud with a different Reply-to field

I want to use iCloud's email service (me.com) as the ultimate destination for my incoming mail, as well as the repository of all my Sent mail. And when people reply to my email, I want it to be sent ...
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Does OS X Mavericks have Activation Lock like iOS 7?

I have bought a used MacBook Pro Retina, and after three mounths using it, I think I could do a clean install for my Mac. However, if it has an activation lock will that stop me using my Mac after a ...
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How to backUp an iPhone with a black/blank screen?

Recently I dropped my iPhone 4 and when I picked it up the screen was all black but the sensor was still on. I called Apple and basically they said they can try to repair it or just buy a new one. So, ...
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Bypassing dead relatives Apple ID?

My Auntie died unexpectedly without leaving her icloud information (pretty standard!) I've restored her ipad as I thought it would reset her passcode as I couldn't guess it but now it's asking for ...
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What does a 'dotted-line' cloud icon in the iCloud file browser represent?

What does this "dotted-line" cloud icon next to a file in the iCloud file browser mean? This is a plain-text file saved to iCloud from Byword, and it refuses to sync to my iPhone. But I'm having ...
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ICloud Password prompt

On my Yosemite OSX machine I often get an ICloud prompt after awaking from sleep or after a reboot like this what program is causing this? Is it a valid Apple one or one trying to get my password? ...
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How do I make iTunes 'forget' a device in Mavericks?

Before Mavericks it seems it was easy to make iTunes forget a device as per this question: Can you make iTunes forget a device? However according to this Apple support article Sync Services doesn't ...