I have an M1 MacBook Air that doesn't stay in sync with files stored in iCloud that have been created or edited on other machines.

Any suggestions?

  • @sevenTool I would suggest that you simply split up your text and remove the "answer part" from it - and then post it as an answer to your question. It is completely OK to answer your own question. That way it is correctly split up in question/answers, and people can upvote your answer.
    – jksoegaard
    Oct 19, 2022 at 17:45
  • Also, this might be a duplicate of apple.stackexchange.com/questions/313716/…
    – nohillside
    Oct 19, 2022 at 17:50
  • Thanks. It's related, but IMO a better work around.
    – sevenTool
    Oct 19, 2022 at 18:10
  • @sevenTool Both methods accomplish the same thing at the end.
    – nohillside
    Oct 19, 2022 at 18:21
  • The real question (for Apple) is why these machinations? It's a problem that has been happening for years in what seems to be isolated cases. Personally never had the issue until this new machine was delivered.
    – sevenTool
    Oct 19, 2022 at 18:24

1 Answer 1


To force iCloud to sync, open Activity Monitor and "kill the bird". That is, stop the bird process aka the BIRD daemon. It restarts on its own and the sync occurs.

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A pain, yes, but easier than logging out of the user account and logging back in.

  • Thanks it worked but why do we have to keep killing that bird all the time? Jul 13, 2023 at 13:29

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