Questions tagged [data-synchronization]

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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How do we access iCloud game files on mac? [closed]

It seems, a game file that is uploaded on iCloud should be accessible in the same application/game on Mac. For example, several people had used a Python applet to open Banner Saga files from iCloud ...
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Sync ~/.gnupg dir between multiple Macs? (GnuPG / MacGPG)

I have GPG Suite 2019.2 installed on 2 computers, both running macOS 10.15.3. I would like to sync my GPG keychain and config files between them, so that adding/trusting a key on one machine is ...
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Do not sync specific folder from iTunes to new iPhone

I just switched to a new iPhone and synced all my photos from the old iPhone to iTunes and moved them to a folder 'old'. Once I logged into iTunes on my new phone, all my photos from 'old' folder ...
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EssentialPIM PC sync with native PIM on iPhone without iOS EssentialPIM & iTunes?

I use the iPhone's native Calendar, Contacts, and Notes apps (not email). It used to sync with Outlook on my Windows lapop. It synced over local WiFi, as I am not comfortable having my information ...
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How can I identify the cause of unexpectedly large sync data requirements?

iPhone 6, 64 GB memory, updated to iOS 12.4.5 this morning. I attempted to sync with my Mini afterwards and got an error: "cannot be synced because there is not enough free space to hold all the ...
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Why don't new contacts created on my iPhone sync to my desktop Mac?

On my iPhone running iOS 13.3, I can create a new contact in the Contacts app. However, the contacts do not end up in the Contacts app on my desktop Mac (which is running 10.13.6). I have iCloud on ...
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Macbook Pro will not sync with iPhone time

MBP 13" 2017 - Catalina - 10.15 The time is annoyingly off by ~2 minutes 55 seconds. I've confirmed with other iPhone users and the time on our phones are the same, it's just that MY Macbook time is ...
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How to sync iPhone Voice Memos to the Mac via USB without using iCloud?

I have no interest in iCloud for syncing sizeable data like Voice Memos. It is quickest for me to just connect my iPhone to my Mac via the USB cable and do my syncing that way. Many changes have ...
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How to save contacts locally on iPhone

Is it possible to save contacts (selectively, eventually) locally on an iPhone, without them being synced to iCloud? (A.k.a. the “All on My Mac” option present on the Mac.) And if yes, how can I do ...
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How to download only those pictures in shared icloud album which are not in my album already?

Our family has a shared iCloud photo album and everyone uploads/shares their pictures from family events. I know how to select images manually and download them into my personal photo album. However ...
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Cannot sync select photo albums from macOS to iOS

I face trouble with syncing some of my photo albums from a MacBook to an iPhone. The MacBook is running Photos 5.0 (on macOS 10.15.2), the iPhone is running 13.3. iCloud Photos is turned off. Let's ...
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How do I get the status of the Mac Photo app upload to iCloud?

I do have many (ca. 59.000) pictures in the photo library. I switched on the iCloud feature, keep original, it is the system library. Using macOS Catalina, I do have enough iCloud space. On the ...
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How to copy all iPhone voice memos to Mac locally?

I have hundreds of voice memos on an iPhone. How do I transfer all of to my MacBook Air without relying on any cloud-based solution (due to privacy/security needs)? PS: Older questions and answers ...
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mac os photos does not sync with icloud / Restoring from icloud stuck / afraid that deletion of photos on mac does not affect icloud

I try to get my overlarge photos library under control (currently ~220 GB on my SSD). I am running Catalina 10.15.2 on a 2014 Macbook Pro. Therefore I deleted a lot of videos and photos. Mainly ...
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What configuration does a router/firewall need for iTunes Wifi Sync to work?

First, a caveat: I'm using pfsense and am frustrated with it's "auto" rules being hidden. I think I've negated everything it's trying to do, but I cannot be sure as I'm not at 'god level' with it ...
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Why is my iCloud Keychain not syncing my passwords?

I just reinstalled a fresh copy of macOS Catalina (10.15.2) and set up iCloud with keychain turned in the iCloud settings. However, my Mac did not sync my WiFi networks or Safari passwords from other ...
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Safari tabs sync on two macs and an iPhone does not work

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 ...
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Mac Photos app stuck on “Restoring from iCloud”

I have about 110,000 photos and videos in my Photos library, synced to my Mac with iCloud with "download originals" turned on. Sync was working fine until a few days ago, about a week after installing ...
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iMessage from computer not syncing with iPhone , not being sent

I have the latest iOS on an iPhone SE and macOS Mojave on a desktop computer with Airdrop and everything (not that latter matters). However, SMS messages sent to my iPhone do not popup and now I am ...
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App or method to automatically sync photos to webdav server (FileRun)

I'm looking for a way to automatically sync my photos to a self hosted webdav instance (in particular a FileRun instance, which is dav compatible). I'd ideally not have to do anything, other than take ...
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How to export downloaded PDFs from iBooks on iOS to a computer?

My wife has an iPad Air 2 running iOS 12.4.1. She has saved many PDF files into iBooks over the years from various sources such as websites. Her iPad is dying, and she doesn't want to lose the PDFs. ...
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How to solve Unknown Album titles for mp3 files on iPod - Sync'd via iTunes?

I have had this issue for quite some time through various versions of iTunes (for Windows). Currently, using iTunes 12.10 syncing with the 6th generation iPod--I suspect iPhone users would see the ...
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Is it possible to sync the same contact to multiple accounts in iOS?

In iOS, when one goes to Settings -> Contacts -> Default account, one can choose the cloud account (for example iCloud, Gmail etc.), to sync a newly created contact by default. Is there a way to sync ...
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Only a subset of Google calendars showing up in macOS Calendar.app

I am setting up a new MBP for my spouse - installing macOS 10.14.6 (Mojave). Everything is going well, except when I connect the Google account calendars, only a subset of them appear in the Calendar ...
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iCloud Drive says it's syncing Desktop & Documents but it's not … why?

Upgraded to a new iMac because my 2011 won't take new OS's. Still runs like a champ tough. Migration generally went well from 10.13 to new iMac's 10.14 with one glaring exception, per the subject ...
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Q: Why can't I see nested folders (that happen to be shared folders) on the Notes app in iCloud.com?

I am running macOS Catalina 10.15.1 on a mid-2014 MacBook Pro. I am also running iOS 13.2.1 on an iPhone XR. In the new and upgraded Notes apps, I have some nested folders in my iCloud account. Each ...
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How to sync Downloads folder to iCloud?

I need to sync the Downloads folder to iCloud and then all the downloads should automatically sync with iCloud. I tried to: Create a new Downloads folder in the terminal of MacBook in the Documents ...
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How did my photos get transferred to my new iPhone even though they weren't in iCloud?

I bought a new iPhone to replace my old one. My iCloud had been full for a while because of photos. So I took care of that first before doing a device backup to iCloud. Before powering on the new ...
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On iOS, is there any way to see what the “Documents & Sync” system service is using cellular data for?

I’m using iOS 13.2 on an iPhone X, and would like to drastically reduce the amount of cellular data my phone is using. In less than a month, my phone has used 10.7 GB of cellular data. 8.5 GB of that ...
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Sync music to a borrowed iPhone without disturbing other content

I need to use my daughter's old iPhone 5 as an iPod for a single event (so I can connect it to external speakers via its headphone socket, which my iPhone 7 doesn't have). To do so I need to sync it ...
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iPhone failing to upload contacts to iCloud

For some reason, contacts are just not syncing between my iPhone and Mac. When I add new contacts on my phone, they don't appear on iCloud. If they do, I might start troubleshooting the Mac. I made ...
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Why is Finder trying to copy music to my iPhone when I have Cloud Music Library?

I sync my iPhone with my Mac for podcasts and complete backups; however, I get an error message about not being able to copy some items to my iPhone because my Mac is not authorized to play them. Why ...
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iCloud Photo Library on multiple devices: how to keep a centralized location for originals?

Say you have 3 devices MacBook, iPhone & iPad. You start storing all your original photos on the MacBook, as you want this to be the centralised location. iPad & iPhone are configured for "...
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Will iPhone download all photos from iCloud in optimise storage mode?

I am uploading my whole photo library from a MacBook to iCloud. Synchronized devices (iPad & iPhone) are set to optimise storage. Are all photos on iCloud being downloaded to each device? What ...
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Books Art Not Downloading from iCloud

My books are no longer downloading the art (book cover) from iCloud on my iPhone. They show up on my Mac. I noticed that the new books look different in the finder as well. Anyone one have any idea ...
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How to re-sync photos from my iPhone to iCloud? [duplicate]

My iCloud storage got depleted because of my habit of never deleting photos. I’m on a free plan having 5GB of space and the iCloud reporting 4.7GB is taken by photos. So, on my iPhone I’ve deleted ...
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iOS 13 WiFi Sync location

Previously (before iOS 13) I was able to attempt to begin a WiFi sync from my phone by going to Settings > General > Wifi Sync I no longer see that option. On my computer (currently on macOS 10.15) I'...
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Sync Imessage Group Chat History between devices

I accidentally deleted the history of an imessage groupchat from my iphone but it still appears on my mac. Is there any way I can use this to recover it on my phone? They sync through iCloud. I've ...
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How to sync all iCloud Keychain passwords between Mac and iPhone?

How can I see all the Passwords of Keychain on the iCloud on my iPhone? To my understanding Keychain will only sync Safari passwords between devices, but I'd like to be able to have all my Keychain ...
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How access files from macOS that are stored locally in the Files App on a iPadOS or iOS device

How can i access files from macOS (v10.14, v10.15.beta) that are stored locally on a iOS or iPadOS device via the File app and that are not uploaded to iCloud or other Cloud services and are not ...
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How to fix iTunes downloading IOS update but not installing?

iTunes is currently downloading software for the iPad "iPad". has been displayed for more than an hour. (Second update at end.) Where does iTunes save iOS updates? suggests that the update should ...
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Why does iTunes→IOS sync copied items not correspond to what has actually changed?

Recently, I edited an MP3 file that was in iTunes. Cut almost sixty seconds off the end of it, and changed some tags. iTunes did not recognize the change in duration until I exited and relaunched. ...
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Deleted Messages conversations inconsistent between devices

OSX native messaging app is set to Sync via iCloud account. Messages sent on either device (iPhone/Macbook) DO sync without issue. Deleting a conversation via Macbook will present the following ...
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Sync Desktop now that Dropbox no longer supports symlinks

How can I have my Desktop sync over Dropbox? Previously, I used symlinks to have Dropbox sync the Desktop and Documents folders while keeping them in their actual locations. Dropbox no longer ...
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What are the differences between these two mail preferences within iCloud settings?

In the System Preferences, we see a checkbox option for Mail. If we click the Options button on the iCloud Drive item in that same list, we see another checkbox option for Mail. ➥ What is the ...
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Programmatically confirm whether data on my Mac is synced to iCloud?

I'm writing a script to highlight things I need to resolve before I'm ready to wipe a macOS system. I use them sans-network often, so it'd be nice to confirm I don't have unsynced apps or classes of ...
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Backup iPhone pictures that are not using local storage but iCloud

Until 2017 I took pictures with mi iPhone using local storage, and then I saved them to my Macbook using Photo.app. But since 2018, I started to use on the iPhone the option to store pictures on ...
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sync iBooks page currently reading between iPhone and MacBook

I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) (macOS Mojave 10.14.6) and an iPhone 7 (iOS 12.4.1). I downloaded an ebook from the internet, and started reading it on my MacBook. A few days later ...
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icloud drive > “desktop and documents folder” will not stay checked/ticked after MacOS Catalina Beta 10.5?

icloud drive > "desktop and documents folder" will not stay checked/ticked after MacOS Catalina Beta 10.5. How to resolve? Files are not syncing between devices, Going to icloud.com you can upload ...
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Sync Itunes with my pc

I want to add new purchased songs to my itunes library. When I plug in my phone to my work pc and I am logged into my itunes, I get a box asking to remove songs movies books. Do I approve or will all ...

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