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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Is Notes sync broken on iOS 14 and macOS Mojave 10.14?

I remember that I read somewhere that notes in iOS 14 will not be compatible with notes in Mojave. But I cannot find any more updated information. Some claim that they only stop working after one ...
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Contacts and calendars only sync from iPhone to Mac, not Mac to iPhone

When my friend syncs their iPhone over USB with their Mac, contacts and calendar entries they create on their Mac are not copied to their iPhone, but contacts and calendar entries they create on their ...
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MacBook M1 Big Sur crashes every time when I open “About This Mac -> Storage -> Manage”

Background: I'm using a MacBook Pro with M1 chip and Big Sur V11.1 (got it last month). One thing really annoys me is that when I connect my iphone, sync starts automatically and it takes up 20GB to ...
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How to place file links in iCloud folder?

Background I moved from DropBox to iCloud. I have a fairly large document repo of scientific articles (mostly pdfs) and want a few of them linked into project folders which are shared so I can work ...
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Subscribed calendars not shown on my device, but they can be opened manually [iOS 14.4.2]

I am trying to write a PHP service to make calendars from some data. Anyway, the example it returns (it is static during the test) shows up normally when trying to get it by http://my_domain.com/ics....
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Where is photos.sqlite-shm

I am trying to sync my Mac (macOS 11.2.3) "Pictures" folder with my NAS using Synology Drive. I receive an error message stating that photos.sqlite-shm cannot be synced due to missing access ...
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Where does Google Drive File Stream store offline files and folders on a Mac?

I use Google Drive File Stream for work, and there are certain mission-critical files that I need available for offline access. File Stream makes this easy: control-click on the file, and choose &...
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Store matching files in iCloud AND on Mac and Macbook

I signed up for iCloud storage for added security (in case my local computers crash or are stolen), but am finding out iCloud is trying to only keep certain frequently used files also on my Mac (...
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Annoying “ghost” calendars show up in Finder sync app on macOS (while doing iPhone sync)

I'm syncing my calenders from MacBook (macos 10.15.7) to iPhone using the Finder sync (i.e. NOT iCloud). The problem: in the Finder sync app under the tab "Info" there is listed a huge ...
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does there exist an app that can sync to iCloud notes?

Is there any app, That iCloud notes can sync to ? I wanted to have a backup of my iCloud notes I know iCloud is already supposed to be a backup, but I have heard of people having problems or notes ...
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OneDrive using high CPU while syncing Photos collection

I recently signed up for a Microsoft 365 account, with OneDrive — my plan is to move essentially all my data into the OneDrive folder on macOS (currently using 11.2.3) so it is continuously backed up. ...
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How to delete Health data in iCloud only?

So, I've decided not to store my health data in iCloud anymore, for various reasons. I just want to have it on my iPhone and on my iPhone backup on my Mac. Here's what I have tried so far: So I turned ...
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What's the best way to consolidate contacts from multiple Apple devices into a single contact library?

I need to consolidate Contacts libraries from multiple devices (Win notebook w/Outlook, iPhone, a couple of Macs, a couple of iPads) into a single library. Then to have all devices using, and updating/...
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Deleted SMSs do not sync between Mac and iPhone

I have configured Messages app on my Mac. Any SMS that I receive on iPhone is synced on my Mac. If read the SMS from iPhone it is marked as read on Mac and vice-versa. But if I delete any SMS from ...
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How to resolve OneDrive connection issues?

I have been having trouble with OneDrive on MBA M1 with macOS Big Sur v11.2.1 (even with the version of macOS MBA was shipped to me). I have to login in again and again to make it work. It will ...
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Keep a book/ audiobook on iphone but delete on Mac

I use Books app on Mac to sync my audiobooks between Mac and iPhone. If I delete a book on Books app on Mac that gets deleted on iPhone as well when I sync it the next time. How to delete the book on ...
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Outlook and Google Drive stopped syncing on my MacBook Pro

My Outlook and Google Drive have stopped syncing with my company's gmail and g-drive on server. It showed a keychain error couple of days back which I ignored. But from last couple of days no new ...
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What version of iTunes dropped synchronization support for iPod Classic?

I have an 6th generation iPod Classic (model MC297LL). Current versions of iTunes no longer support this device, so I'm using an older Mac to sync my music, using iTunes 10.5.2. My primary machine ...
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How do i undelete my iPhone iTunes songs?

I recently did a sync from my new MacBookPro with the idea being that it would place my songs from my iPhone onto it, not delete it or more specifically sync it with what was on MacBookPro, which was ...
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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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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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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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