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What causes the iPad to show

Bookmarks are being synced. Please add the bookmarks once syncing has completed

when attempting to add a bookmark or favorite in Safari and how can it be prevented?

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Your iPad or any iOS/macOS device logged into an iCloud with Safari sharing in Settings -> iCloud -> Safari will sync history, bookmarks, and logins. Any changes to the bookmarks will trigger the sync, forcing you to wait. Its a pain in the arse to manage bookmarks with this always popping up.

Disable the syncing in your iCloud settings under Safari.

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It's part of iCloud! You can either turn off iCloud bookmark sync

or

I am not sure it can be done for individual bookmarks, I believe it is a system wide setting.

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