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The process of getting the same data on different devices and copying changes from the device you make the change on onto all the others

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Mac-USB-iPhone sync of large number of Contacts fails. Why, and how to solve?

iCloud quit syncing my Contacts, and Apple Tier-2 Support guesses I might have exceeded one of their iCloud limits [https://support.apple.com/en-us/103188], such as having too many photos or too large ...
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How to find possibly corrupt album artwork in Music app?

Suddenly I have about 10,000 of 30,000 tracks not showing artwork on my iPhone’s Music app. My MacBook’s Music app shows all tracks on all albums have album art, as shown by quickly scrolling through ...
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Mac Photos Restoring from iCloud

I have 30,000 photos and 3,000 videos in Photos. I've only decided to store these on iCloud now and have paid for 2TB space but Photos on the Mac seems to be stuck on Restoring from iCloud I have ...
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Finder sync claims phone doesn't have enough free space (but it does) [duplicate]

I am old-fashioned and listen to downloaded music on my phone. This past week, I've been getting a strange error where the phone refuses to sync with my Mac laptop because there's supposedly not ...
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iCloud downloads unknown data

iCloud sporadically synchronizes more than 12GB data, although all folders are selected with "remove Download". To be sure that every single file in my iCloud is removed as download i ran ...
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How to retrieve sync'd photos and videos from an iPhone?

I have an iPhone 6s running iOS 15.7.1. On that device I have some photos taken with that device, which I can easily back up / transfer to other devices and so on -- just adding this note, so it is ...
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iPhone synced with another user account: which user?

I was using "noether", a MacBook Pro and "panthere", an iPhone regularly synchronized with iTunes and only with an USB cable. "noether" was running High Sierra ( macOS 10....
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iPhone can't sync with Mac saying there isn't enough space but there is [duplicate]

This problem started today when I went to sync the music from my computer(MacBook Pro 16" M1 Pro Sonoma) with my iPhone(12PM 512GB), and I got this message: "The iPhone “MyiPhoneName” cannot ...
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Calendar + Notes app not syncing to iCloud

I have a fresh install of macOS Sonoma and am struggling to sync properly to my iCloud account (which I've only just registered). My calendar is split into 3 different ones, so that I can have ...
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Generic method to export app data?

Is there currently a simple way to just access/export all data from an iPhone app to a MacBook computer? I have been using a third part app for 5+ years in which I created a lot of data, mostly audio ...
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Move entire Notes.app database from iPhone to Windows PC?

I'd like to move the entire Notes.app database (all the notes, all the folders, all the file attachments inside the notes) from iPhone to Windows PC? I've scanned a lot of documents with my iPhone's ...
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macOS starts downloading stuff when I turn on iCloud drive

After the latest update, I noticed that my internet quota has been completely consumed. Then, I realized that this was done through the cloud. Since I couldn't find a way to remove Documents and ...
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Not finding fix for TM "backup delayed" issue on Sonoma

I never had this Time Machine problem before, only after upgrading to Sonoma. I do not use iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive or any other Cloud services. I rebuilt Mac Mail accounts, tried ...
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How to retrieve the data of the apps and the system

Not sure if this is even possible, but it is very important for me and I could not read the answer yet. Before iOS I had this Linux OS that is not a Android. I was able to retrieve a SQLite database ...
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Two Way sync between specific Photos App albums and Google Drive?

Can a two-way sync be created between the Photos App (from iPhone/Mac) and Google Drive? I need to sync specific albums on the Photo App to Google Drive such that when a photo is added to the album (...
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Why does iCloud brctl say that I have 136 "Client Truth Unclean Items" (unsynced files/folders)?

update: I found a workaround for this. Basically, creating a small file inside the Ubiquity folder kickstarts something in the bird daemon. YMMV, but anyone who wants to examine or try my script can ...
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Is it possible to recover files from the TV app library on an iPhone?

The external hard drive which holds my Music/TV libraries has died. Most of my library is stuff I can just re-download from iTunes, which is lovely, but some of the files are things I made myself or ...
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The best way to download images from iPhone to Mac

What is the easiest way to download photos from iPhone 8 (16.7) to mac running Mojave (so no finder sync)? Options that I do not want - iCloud (in the case one does not pay), iTunes (insanely ...
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photos randomly disappearing from iphone

My father has iPhone 8 same as me. He has been suffering from a strange issue when photos suddenly disappear. But not all. He takes a picture and when he wants to check it later, it is not in the ...
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iCloud unnecessarily syncs files

I store about 800,000 files in iCloud with about 500 GB. Two days ago, the Mac Mini started seemingly re-uploading all local files to the iCloud, even though I was only working on a few files at the ...
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How to make a truly random playlist

I have a playlist in Music.app that contains over a thousand songs.  My iPhone doesn't have enough storage to accept all of them without deleting apps.  So I created another playlist that says to take ...
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Accidentally merged one iCloud Photos library with another -- how to revert back?

Here's the tick-tock of how this happened: Daughter A had an old iPad that she rarely used, so she offered to give it to Daughter B. Daughter A signed out of her iCloud account on the iPad, and (when ...
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Batch moving voice memos to Linux PC

I have over 600 of voice memos on iPhone 2020 SE (actually recorded on Apple Watch) ranging from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. How do I batch move them to a Linux PC, having the date of ...
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Apple mobile device support needed to sync iPod Classic

I've been trying to update/sync my vintage iPod Classic. I've come to understand what is required to connect this older iPod to iTunes is "Apple mobile device support". I tried to install ...
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Syncing contacts not in icloud group

I have (for some reason I do not know) 68 contacts in iCloud and all the rest belong to another group. The 68 contacts are syncing correctly through iCloud. How to I sync the other contacts which are ...
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Syncing Photo Library on iPhone, laptop, and Google Photos

I've looked all around, and I am aware that this is simple, but I have had immense trouble finding a straight answer. I simply want the actions made on one device to affect the photo on all libraries ...
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Corrupt Notes - Permanent syncing on Mac

I use Apple Notes with my iCloud account. Starting with macOS of several versions ago, the app permanently shows the spinning wheel as if the syncing never stops. This problem has started on an old ...
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Disable Prompt to "please unlock iPhone" Photos 8.0

When I plug my iPhone 11 into my M1 Macbook running Ventura(MacOS v13.5), Photos v8 prompts me to unlock my iPhone, ostensibly to sync photos from the device. Can I prevent this behavior? I sync ...
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When relocating a home folder to another Volume, how do you resolve Sandbox errors for the new root .TemporaryItems folder?

Summary: I migrated my user data to a new APFS volume to mitigate upgrade issues with Ventura, but I am now experiencing high CPU usage with syncdefaultsd and secd due to permission issues. I need ...
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Music app on MacBook is stuck loading iPhone

I have my iPhone 7 which I've previously always synced with iTunes on my Windows laptop (there are 60 GB of MP3 files). I'm trying to replace the Windows laptop with my MacBook, which I've never ...
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Cannot open some files when stored in a "cloud" location (iCloud/One/Google Drive, etc.)

I'm using the officials OneDrive (version 23.071.0402.0001) and Google Drive (version 73.0.4.0) macOS apps to sync my cloud files on my Mac. It worked fine for few months, but now I cannot open some ...
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How to synchronize all Brave Browser data to a new Mac (without Migration Assistant)?

I have tried syncing all of my Brave Browser data (cookies, settings, extensions, extension settings, history, cache) from an old Mac to a new Mac like so: rsync --archive --relative --delete --...
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iCloud Drive does not automatically download files on MacOS

I use iCloud Drive to share files between MacBook Pro and iPhone. Syncing change from Mac to iPhone is fine but the opposite is not. When I change something on my Mac the changes are reflected on my ...
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Does files in Files app resyncing consume more battery?

I am worried it might consume more battery because the files in Files app keep unsyncing and I need to sync them again almost each time I open them. I noticed that whenever there's a cloud with an ...
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Use Apple Shortcut to create new Notion page without internet access?

I wrote a Shortcut that allows me to create a new Notion page. It sends an authenticated API request to https://api.notion.com/. While this works, it has the disadvantage that it requires internet ...
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iCloud Drive, please don't download this folder on iOS

so far I have used iCloud for one text app sync between my MacOS and iOS. Yesterday I added a 4GB folder to iCloud drive so I can access these files on Windows. But of course my iPhone started ...
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Iphone Data Transfer: Same Number of Photos but Different Total Storage

Context I am transferring all my data from an iphone X to iphone 14 pro. I was about to wipe the iphone X , when I did a last second comparison to make sure that the data was correct on both phones ...
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iCloud Drive sync stuck

I ran into the exact same problem like some other people here. After clean-installing Monterey to my two machines yesterday (MacPro 6.1 and a MacBook Pro 15" Late 2015) my iCloud Drive got stuck ...
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Looking for an exit from the iTunes <> iPhone Music sync hell by enabling "Sync Music"

Using iTunes (latest) on a Windows 11 laptop and iPhone (iOS 16.2). I have 4000 songs on the iPhone, and a bit more in the iTunes library (from CDs... ; the lib was manually copied from the Music ...
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How can I sync the Finder Favorites bar across multiple computers?

In MacOS how can I sync the Favorites bar in the Finder sidebar across multiple computers?
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Notes app doesn’t sync all notes from iCloud

To fix my Notes widget problem, I deleted the app from my iPhone 8 and reinstalled it, hoping it would resync with my iCloud account. I did resync, but not completely. There are still plenty of notes —...
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Mac calendar not syncing with iphone

My icalendar on mac syncs with my ipad but my iphone calendar is not syncing with these for some reason. Does anybody know a fix for this?
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Safari iCloud tab sync leaves a "phantom tab"

Mac (13.1) Safari tab sync popup accurately reflects the tabs on my iPhone (iOS 16.2) BUT always displays (brings back) the same phantom tab I visited a few months ago and haven't revisited. No amount ...
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Apple watch not completely syncing messages [closed]

Messages sync properly (ie if I delete them from one they disappear from the other device) between my iPhone and MacBook, but never seem to be removed from my Watch. iPhone 13, Watch 7, all latest ...
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How to Sync Google Fit Data to Apple Health?

I'm using a NestHub2 to log my sleep activity which outputs its data to GoogleFit. Is there a way for me to import that data from the Google Fit app into the Health app to use with Sleep? In the ...
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What does iCloud sync do in Messages?

What does iCloud sync in Messages do? I'd have thought that it was a way of ensuring that messages on one of my devises appear on the others, but that's not how it works. For example if I have ...
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Choose what to sync before turning on iCloud

I want to only sync reminders and notes with iCloud. But when I turn it on, every possible option is enabled already by default. And syncing starts immediately, because the device must be online to ...
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Can apps downloaded under another Apple ID be transferred to new iPhone?

I'm recently planning to upgrade my iPhone from an 8 plus to a 14 plus. There is an app, Shadowrocket, I purchased an vpn service, along with an bought version of Shadowrocket from others, so I have ...
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How to “sync” a laptop to an external hard drive if the hard drive is larger than the laptop drive?

I have what should be a really simple question but Google Search is failing me. I have a lot of data (TBs) on Dropbox. My laptop hard drive has only 500 GB. For the last few years, I’ve been using the ...
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Is it possible to backup my entire MacBook to Microsoft OneDrive?

I have a lifetime of free 5TB cloud storage on Microsoft OneDrive via my university. Is it possible to configure things or write a script so that the entire contents of my computer are continuously ...
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