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 to sync folders outside of the usual OneDrive sync folder?

I am setting up a OneDrive account on my Mac (macos 10.15.7). The OneDrive local folder is at ~/OneDrive/. I would like to sync other folders as well, e.g. ~/Music/, ~/Documents/, etc. OneDrive for ...
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How to fix persistent crashes in Google backup and sync?

I have set up Google Backup and Sync to automatically synchronise certain folders on my iMac to Google Cloud both for backup and enabling sharing with other computers. The process works well. But one ...
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How to delete all voice memos stored in iCloud in one go (if in iTunes Music library, you cannot delete any voice memos)?

This is a spin-off from How to delete all voice memos stored on iphone in one go?. After following that link, uninstalling the Voice Memo app, I still see some files in the data storage The reason is ...
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Any way to continue using Google Backup & Sync on an older MB Pro (mid-2009)?

I have an older (mid-2009, 13 inch) Macbook Pro (MacBookPro5,5) running Yosemite (10.10.5). Lately whenever I start up or shut down, a dialog pops up letting me know that Google Backup & Sync is ...
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Syncing iPad with Mac deletes pdfs on iPad

I copied a couple of pdfs from Windows to my iPad. Once I connect my iPad to my Mac after syncing is done all my newly copied pdfs are gone. Why would book syncing remove content from my iPad? Under ...
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Time difference between Apple Health on iphone XR and Schwinn Trainer app

I have a Schwinn recumbent exercise bike that uses blue tooth to update the Schwinn Trainer app on my iphone XR. The Schwinn trainer app automatically updates Apple Health. My problem is, that when ...
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How do I force sync of my workouts from Watch to iPhone?

Since iOS 14.0 (through at least 14.3) syncing of workouts from watch to phone has become unreliable, with occasionally workouts failing to appear on the phone. Is there a way (without wiping or ...
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My Contacts on MacOS 10.14.6 won't fully sync with iCloud contacts despite all efforts. Please help

This question is no doubt a duplicate to many many others, still, I believe my case calls for new level of understanding and tools, because I applied ALL the means I found in all the Q&As all the ...
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iOS data communication between devices (iPhones) over cellphone internet

i am looking to share data live between device...gps position tracking for a workout app. I know i could do cloud update using firestore but that could end up costly. I saw i could also communicate ...
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iPhone 8 - Calendar lost items from early 2020

I have the correct settings on my phone to sync to the Cloud, and have it save all my calendar items, but the beginning of 2020 has lost all its entries. Not sure why.
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Apple Automator (or similar): performing workflow triggered by shutdown?

I was thinking about turning my desktop into a git repository that automatically syncs with BitBucket. The idea is that, periodically, the desktop is synced as well as automatically before it shuts ...
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All hearted songs in the Music library somehow have been dehearted

Having deselected and then reselected the sync library button in the Music app on my iPhone (I've wanted to fix a sync problem with the library on my Mac) a few hours ago, I've just realized that all ...
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iTunes for Windows ignores recent changes in ID3 tags

tl;dr: iTunes for Windows 10 keeps showing some old (cached?) data read from ID3 tags of my MP3 files even though I am deleting a particular folder from my library, adding it and syncing my iPhone ...
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iCloud is deleting photos from my Mac

I got a new phone the other day and have set it up on my Mac ecosystem at home. At this point, I can't remember which settings I have changed in Photos on the iPhone, possibly I turned off "...
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iCloud Drive not syncing – Sandbox: bird(983) deny(1) file-read-data /Users/<me>

I updated my iMac (2014, 5k) to Big Sur and after a day iCloud Drive and a bunch of other things broke. I since completely wiped my computer and I am on a fresh install. iCloud Drive still does not ...
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Exclude folder from sync from iCloud to device (laptop)

I have many devices connected to an iCloud account, and for some devices (specifically laptops with small disks) I would like to exclude folders from sync'ing DOWN to the laptop from iCloud. I know ...
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How do I sync a directory from Mac to iPad?

How do I sync directory ~/to-sync from Mac to iPad through network or a USB type-C cable? Is there some handy tools like rsync or adb-sync (for Android devices) to do that? I prefer FOSS tools. :)
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Store notes within folders (alternative Dropbox Paper)

I would like to store a note or text document within a finder folder and have that sync across all my devices and my wife's devices. And be accessed from the note/text app itself. This is currently ...
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iPad won't sync with screen locked

Our iPad won't sync when the screen is locked.  And a sync in progress doesn't stop the "lock after X time." If it has enough songs it needs to copy, when the screen locks, the copying ...
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How to monitor progress of iPhone sync operation on Catalina

I am currently trying to sync about 10,000 photos to my iPhone. I am suspicious that the sync process is stuck somehow, though. It is two hours in and I cannot see any sign of progress being made. ...
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How does Telegram make use of iCloud?

This is strange that I find Telegram, Sketchbook and some other music streaming apps having an option to be syned with iCloud. For applications like Photos, once it gets synced with iCloud, it is ...
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Major High Sierra - iOS-14 sync issues

Everything went well when I upgraded from iOS 12 to iOS 13, except that some iOS-macOS High Sierra synchronizations stopped working, or stopped working in full capacity. Before upgrading to iOS 14, I'...
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Keeping photos in sync between phone and laptop (without iCloud?)

I have an iPhone and a Macbook running macOS Catalina. I would like to keep my photos in sync between both devices, specifically: I want to have on the laptop all the photos that I take with the ...
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Stop iCloud to sync with a specific file

I have a huge file (4.92GB) under synchronized folder. And I specifically do not want that file to sync with iCloud. Is there any way to stop iCloud sync for that file or does it need to be moved to a ...
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Having painstakingly deleted hundreds of unwanted photos, dare I re-sync another Mac to iCloud that still has many of the deleted ones?

I have already deleted hundreds of photos in iCloud, and this works fine on my iPhone and Macbook. However, I also have an IMac which WAS synced to the other machines up till 2017. This means in Photo ...
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Workout sync from Watch to iPhone is unreliable since iOS 14 update

Since updating to iOS 14, about 20% 50% of my workouts fail to sync from my Watch to my iPhone. I've restarted both Watch and iPhone, several times. Quit and relaunched the Activity app in iOS. All to ...
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How to add content (books and music) into my library so I can sync it with my mobile devices?

I am having trouble synching my books (non-DRMed epub/pdf) and music (non-DRMed m4a) to my iPad. I've seen guides (like this one: https://support.apple.com/en-au/guide/mac-help/mchl562e1847/mac) on ...
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iTunes sync complaining about songs that don't exist

I had an album in Music ripped from an MP3 CD. Creator had "titled" the tracks with numbers. The import changed them to .m4a I exited from Music, changed the tags, including the album name,...
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If you store a document locally on one device and also has that app use iCloud, will it be available on other devices?

Take an application, say Pages. You have the document saved locally on one of your Apple devices. You also have Pages turned on in Settings > [name] > iCloud > Apps using iCloud > Pages. ...
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Temporary connectivity failure on iPad

We have an iPad, two iPhones, and a MacBook Pro. Three of them run apps that synchronize data with each other via a webserver dedicated to that app (not a general purpose cloud). Occasionally, this ...
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How to copy my files from “On my ipad” to my Mac?

In the finder, when I connect my iPad PRO 2020 (up to date) to my iMac (10.15.6) I can see the folders and files of differents apps, but not the "On my ipad" folder. Is there a (simple) way ...
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Mac Contacts syncs it's info TO iCloud — but it won't GATHER info FROM iCloud

So my iPhone contacts are all syncing to iCloud, and the contacts on my Mac are syncing to iCloud -- but I can't get my contacts from my iPhone TO my Mac via iCloud. It's like a one-way relationship. ...
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How can a new iPhone know the names of people in my photos?

I recently got a new iPhone. As a part of setting it up I synced my photos from my PC to the new iPhone (as I did with the old device). After that, I waited for the phone to run it's face recognition. ...
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Can I connect an Apple Watch to my iPhone without syncing activity data? Or is there another way to roll back Activity data?

First, the problem: I accidentally entered a 25-hour workout manually instead of a 1-hour workout (I entered "yesterday at time X to today at time X+1", instead of "…to yesterday at ...
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Getting “Your sync ”Mega“ has been disabled because the local folder has changed” warning on OS startup despite I have not changed it

As the title clearly describes the issue, I'm getting Your sync "Mega" has been disabled because the local folder has changed warning on OS startup despite I have not changed the local ...
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How active is my mobile phone when I'm not using it?

I wonder whether there is any study/website/research work or a place to check how much data my phone is sending when I'm not using it. My question is: when my phone is off, but I'm not actively using ...
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Remove data from one device from iCloud

I uploaded photos from two different iPhones to the iCloud using the same Apple ID. Now I would like to remove one device (including all photos that were upladed by this device) from the iCloud. Is ...
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Syncing photos Android -> Mac

I would like to accomplish the following, which, in today's technological ecosystem, seems like it should just happen anyway: I take a photo on my Android phone The phone uploads it somewhere ...
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How do I view ALL my photos in Google Photos on mac?

On my iPhone I can see all my photos in Google photos app, however when I open google photos in webpage on my mac only a random selection are there. I have installed backup and sync. Big picture is ...
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How do I get a missing activity from Watch to the iOS Activity app?

I have an activity that is correctly recorded in the Activity app on my Watch but not in the Activity app on iOS. I have searched for solutions (not of which I can find are recent) and tried them all (...
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How to automatically transfer all ebooks from iphone to iPad

I am using my iPhone to download and or purchase ebooks (sometimes pdf sometimes ePub). Those are not all purchased from apple. I would like to know how to transfer them automatically From my iPhone ...
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iPad Sync repeatedly copying things that haven't changed

Long before Apple split up iTunes and removed functionality, I kept noticing that every sync would say it was copying items that had not changed. The list repeatedly copied would be the same for ...
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How to use iPhone to Store and Organize Photos Outside of Photos Camera Roll

The main issue I’m trying to solve is that when photos are transferred to the iPhone’s "Photos" via iTunes syncing, the picture gets transformed. To verify that, sync a photo using iTunes to get it ...
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Contacts are not synchronised for iPad

I have MBP (2013 Model), iPhone XS Max and iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) and all of them are running the latest operating systems versions. The iPad is a WiFi model (no 3G) I got a phone call while I was ...
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How to get Office 365 E-mail notifications on iPhone, without synching the mailbox?

I need to receive notifications on my iPhone whenever I receive a new work E-mail, but since I receive large quantities of E-mails using many GBs, don't want to actually have my E-mails load up and ...
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How do I delete thousands of .jpg files, each a duplicate of a .heic file?

I was shooting photos/videos with an iPhone 8 and syncing using macOS iTunes & Photos on High Sierra. For a period of two years, I have somehow ended up with a duplicate of every photo—several ...
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How can I sync my books on two different devices with a Windows PC?

I have two devices An iPad mini that is pretty old (a gift from my father from years ago) that is on iOS 9.3.5 - it doesn't seem to be able to update any further than that. An iPhone XS running iOS ...
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Fix screen time synchronization issue?

It seems there's a synchronization problem with Screen Time. My weekly utilization figures are vastly different when viewed on my Mac as opposed to my iPad and also iPhone. This is despite I've ...
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Will I break anything by changing HOME to /Users/flname/Dropbox

I have two computers and I want to just turn them on and have the same experience on both. I think the best way to do this is to have my preferences files in my Dropbox. Problem is, my applications ...
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Using iCloud to migrate to a new Mac, and discrepancies in storage totals

I currently have three Macs: 2019 5K iMac Early 2013 Retina MacBook Pro Early 2015 12" MacBook (The tiny one) In preparation for selling the old laptops to get a new MacBook Pro, I've been updating ...

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