Syncing using iCloud with 2 macs and an iPhone does not work. I use iCloud to sync safari, and my MacBook is perfectly synchronized with my iPhone. The problem is that my iMac is not synchronized at all. When I add some website to a reading list on the MacBook, it does not appear in the iMac.

I tried to uncheck and recheck the Safari checkbox in iCloud on all of my devices, but it didn't help. Does anyone know how to fix this?

I am running the latest Mojave(10.14.6) on both Macs, and iOS 12 on my iPhone.


As @ankii suggested, I've tried to remove all bookmarks from the iPhone and the iMac, and resync. Now the bookmarks are syncing between these devices, but the open tabs are not. On my iPhone I can see the open tabs from the MacBook but not from the iMac. On the iMac I see no open tabs from none of my other devices.

I also tried to follow this answer MacOS Safari iCloud tabs stop working randomly after some time but it didn't help.

  • Is your iMac syncing bookmarks, reading list etc., or is it just the iCloud tabs?
    – anki
    Commented Dec 24, 2019 at 12:46
  • The iMac does not sync anything. When I add some website to a reading list on the MacBook, it does not appear in the iMac. Commented Dec 25, 2019 at 11:57

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It's a radical way to solve it, but that's how I did it. Export the bookmarks.HTML using File menu in Safari. Then start cleaning up the bookmarks, reading list and favourites from all the devices. On Macs it's easy to do using "Edit bookmarks" and right-click on an item on reading list to clear all.

After all devices, and iCloud have no bookmarks, reading list etc, check the sync by adding a test bookmark. If it does, then import the HTML file. If not, try uncheck/check Safari sync in System Preferences.

Also, this is not a verified remark, but Safari stopped syncing the moment I made bookmark folders on my Mac. I had to use them without folders.

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  • I use many folders in my bookmarks. So maybe this has something to do with out. I also need to mention that it was syncing before, and something caused it to stop syncing but I don't know what it is. Commented Dec 25, 2019 at 13:12
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    you can test! I just put them outta folders and removed some useless ones. If the HTML export doesn't keep folder structure, well, good luck.
    – anki
    Commented Dec 25, 2019 at 13:20
  • I think that it is not related to the bookmarks, since my tabs from the MacBook are synced with my iPhone. Only my iMac is not synced. Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 12:25
  • did you try the export - delete - import trick ? And as I said, "..this is not a verified remark,..".
    – anki
    Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 12:32
  • not yet. It's rare for me to have all 3 devices in the same place in order to do it, so it's a bit difficult. Also, I am a Mac user for a long time, so I have many saved links in my bookmarks and reading list. Commented Jan 1, 2020 at 12:47

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