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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 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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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 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 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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iTunes Match - This item is not eligible for iCloud

I signed up for iTunes Match and have uploaded nearly all of my collection to iCloud. Unfortunately, I have several tracks that have given me the following error: This thread indicates that I can ...
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How does one export all contacts from iCloud?

How does one export all contacts from iCloud in some sort of standard format? I would prefer to keep a backup in case my sync goes bad and I'm yet to find a way to export all my contacts. I would hate ...
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How do I remove the iCloud-first behavior in Mountain Lion?

In Mountain Lion, I have iCloud activated for Documents. I'd like document-saved-in-the-cloud to be an option, but not the default, as in "if I choose iCloud from the dropdown, save in iCloud, else ...
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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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How to remotely view photos uploaded to iCloud?

Is it possible to view the photos we upload to iCloud from icloud.com or somewhere else? Are the photos available anywhere?
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Is there a way to enable “Find my Mac” to locate your computer but not remotely wipe the drive?

Find My Mac is a useful feature of iCloud to locate your computer. As recent events have shown, however, if bad guys gain control of one's iCloud account, they can wreak havoc, including remotely ...
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After deleting an app, can you (much) later reinstall it and restore its data from iCloud?

I have several games that, combined, use up a pretty good chunk of my iPhone's flash. I haven't played some of them for a while, and would like to remove them. However, at least before iCloud, ...
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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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How do I resolve duplicate “in the cloud” songs in iTunes 11?

When I installed iTunes 11, for some reason it re-downloaded all my purchased "in the cloud" songs even though they were already in my library. So now I have duplicate songs, one that matches the ...
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Can an iPhone be used without iTunes?

Can an iPhone (all current models) please be used without having to install iTunes on my home PC? Would I need to have my local Apple store activate it for me? What functionality (if any) would I ...
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How do I restore my iPhone from an iCloud backup?

I just installed iOS 5 on my iPhone 4 several days ago, and I backed it up to iCloud. After performing a sync with my PC, it deleted a bunch of apps. I'd like to restore these from the iCloud backup. ...
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How can I get explicit versions of songs from iCloud?

I use iCloud / iTunes Match and have just discovered that all my lovely songs with explicit lyrics have been replaced by versions with clean ones. In some instances it's fine, and it doesn't bother ...
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Can seller lock/erase my second-hand Mac with Find My Mac?

I recently purchased a MacBook. It's a model that supports Apple's latest OS (at this time 10.9), meaning that it also supports Find My Mac and such. I'd like to know what I would need to do to ...
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Will iTunes Match let me “upgrade” existing tracks to higher quality or bitrate?

I want to pay the $25/year for iTunes Match specifically to get my thousands of low-bitrate tracks "upgraded" to high-bitrate. Will I be able to invoke the service, get high-bitrate tracks downloaded ...
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How to clean old iPhone 4 for selling after buying a new iPhone 5?

I just upgraded to the iPhone 5 and plan on selling my old iPhone 4. However, I want to make sure I don't keep any personal information (photos, emails, contacts) on the device. Since both iPhones are ...
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How can I get a me.com e-mail address?

Was this a service only offered with Apple's Mobile Me? Is there anyway I can still get an e-mail address ending in @me.com?
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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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Can the iCloud sync progress be observed?

I have my Mac running OS X 10.8 set up so that I can see the contents of its iCloud repository at ~/Library/Mobile Documents (see this question and this question for more information on how that ...
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How to stop syncing apps with iTunes without wiping them from my iPhone?

Is there a way I can stop syncing apps with iTunes without first obliterating the apps from the iPhone and re-downloading them? Now that iOS 5 and iCloud are released, I want to stop storing all my ...
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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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Move iPhone notes to iCloud

So, today 10.8 released, and I have empty list of notes on my mac. But I have some notes on iPhone, which are not in iCloud. How to move them into iCloud?
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How can I leave Gmail for Mail?

I've decided I want to take the plunge and leave Gmail for Mail, using my iCloud account. Why? I've lost trust in Google (incl. their search bias, how they handle my privacy, and how they treat the ...
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How to not sync apps to iTunes 11

Since iCloud now offers a way for me to download apps directly from the cloud and I only want to keep updating the apps I use on my iOS device and not all that I have, I wanted to keep all my apps ...
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Reading List in other browsers?

Is there a Reading List extension for Chrome? I have a deep, dark hatred of Safari, but Reading List seems more convenient than Pocket of Readability. Or, is there a way to access it by any non-safari ...
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How secure are iCloud backups?

Are iCloud backups encrypted, both when transmitted and stored? Is it possible for someone at Apple to access any backup made to the data enter? I have heard that when apps have been pulled from the ...
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How does iTunes Match handle metadata?

When I purchase songs from iTunes, I often times hate the way the MetaData is presented. For example, I prefer the format Artist Song Name ------------------------- artist_name ...
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Merge e-mail addresses on iCloud

I have made a mistake. I'm a developer and while testing iCloud I made an @me.com (let's call it dummy@me.com) account. Now I am setting up iCloud on all my devies and would like to use my original ...
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iPhone 5 stuck on “your iPhone is being restored”

I got an iPhone 5 and restored it from the iCloud backup of my iPhone 4. Now when I look at the iCloud backup settings for the iPhone 5, it says "Backup options will be available when your iPhone is ...
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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 do I set up iCloud for a family?

What is the right way to set up iCloud for a family? Assume that I want to share iTunes store account, have separate mail, contacts, bookmarks and notes, but have the possibility of sharing calendars ...
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How can I figure out which keychain entries a process wants access to

I'm getting really tired of seeing this: As I understand it, ubd (the Ubiquity daemon) is responsible for the “Documents and Data” portion of iCloud's syncing. However, all of my iCloud-related data ...
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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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Can I sync Address Book to iCloud on Snow Leopard?

I've updated my iPhone to iOS 5, but my Mac(s) are still on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Syncing Contacts to iCloud is enabled in iPhone settings. Now, I was wondering is it possible to make Address Book ...
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Access iCloud mail via http from iPhone

There are times when you can't use any TCP ports other than 80 (HTTP) or 443 (HTTPS), so you can't use Mail accounts that communicate with iCloud via IMAP/POP3/SMTP. But when you go to iCloud.com, it ...
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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 it possible to only see contacts with phone numbers?

I recently started syncing my iPad and iPhone with iCloud. I selected to merge my contact list into iCloud from both devices. The problem is that, while I use my iPad for my email, I don't use it at ...
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iCloud on Mountain Lion: one account per Mac or one per user?

Before installing Mountain Lion and using iCloud for the first time, I would like to know how it can be configured. My iMac has three standard user accounts and one admin account. If I understand ...
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Does iTunes Match keep updating?

I just subscribed to iTunes Match and it's currently scanning my library. I've got a few tracks named as 'track 1', 'track 2', and 'unknown artist'. My plan is to clean up my library (some day). But ...
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How to turn off iOS Calendar Notifications for iCloud shared calendars

How can I turn off alerts for iCloud calendars that have been shared with me? I just want to see alerts for my calendar. Example: My girlfriend has a haircut today, and she set an alert to appear 15 ...
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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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Does -tef in the extension stand for anything in documents saved to iCloud in ML?

When you save a new iWork document under Mountain Lion you are given the default extension of .pages-tef or .numbers-tef. These files appear to be directories and a different format than your standard ...
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How can I recover notes missing from the Notes app?

I recently opened the Notes app and found that about a month's worth of notes are missing. There is a gap between August 5th and September 3rd. (This time period includes a note I wrote while in an ...
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Continuing a “stopped” iCloud restore on iOS

I was restoring my iPhone 5 to the latest iOS and chose restore via iCloud. The restore process - especially for apps - was frustratingly slow and actually stopped frozen after a while. After trying ...
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Is it possible to export all my iPhone contacts to my iPad 2?

Does anyone know of a way to export all my contacts from my iPhone straight into my iPad 2 without having to re-type all of them in?
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What is the correct way to use an iPhone and iPhoto and PhotoStream?

I'm rather confused about the 'proper' way to use Photo Stream and an iPhone and iPhoto. Here's how I use iPhoto and my iPhone: (This workflow was as far as I can tell the correct way to operate ...