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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iCloud Drive is always uploading and using resources

My device is MacBook Pro 15" (mid 2017), macOS 10.14.3 with iCloud storage optimisation turned on and Desktop and Documents folders stored in iCloud. Recently I noticed bird and cloudd processes ...
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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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Random contacts not syncing with Google

I have my iphone set up to sync contacts with Google. It works fine, for the most part. However, there are some contact cards that are not synced. I can find no rhyme or reason to why these are not ...
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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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Unknown contacts appeared out of thin air

My contact list op my iPhone 5s suddenly shows hundreds of contacts for people that I do not know with full contact info. I have synced with Facebook and have LinkedIn and Exchange installed, but ...
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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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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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How to sync iPhone contacts to Gmail and update them on in-use Android phone

I've recently moved from Android (Nexus 5x) to iPhone. Added Gmail account and synced all contacts from Android to iPhone. I'm using both the iPhone and Nexus. Now I've added a few more contacts on ...
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Sync contacts from iPhone to Gmail [duplicate]

I cannot sync contacts from my iPhone to my Gmail account. I have a standard Google account setup in my Mail, Contacts, Calendars settings (Exchange is not available to me). Also, my Gmail is set as ...
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iTunes keeps deleting playlists and remove songs from iPhone

I then have to regularly re-download those songs (purchased in iTunes, not an Apple Music issue). I have removed the sync to my Macbook so the playlists and songs are still on my Mac as I want them to ...
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Sync other folders with iCloud [duplicate]

I know that with iCloud Drive I can sync the Desktop and Documents folder on iCloud. But I wonder if there is a way I can sync other folders on iCloud such as Applications, Photo Library, Downloads, ...
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Local content caching on my MacBook

If I setup local content caching on my MacBook Pro as the host as shown in this LINK, I wonder whether this feature will occupy a lot of space on my host MacBook Pro SSD hard-drive? I have other ...
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Sync multiple macs together (which is better iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive?)

I have 3 MacBooks and I made a Time Machine on one of them e.g macA and then restore it on the others macB and macC. Now I want to keep the 3 Macs in sync where if I did some changes on any mac (added ...
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Time Machine sync over multiple Macs

I have 3 MacBooks and I made a Time Machine on one of them e.g macA and then restore it on the others macB and macC. Now I did some changes on macA (added files, deleted apps,...) and did a Time ...
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How to delete/remove custom ringtones (tones) from iPhone in iTunes 12.7?

As of iTunes 12.7, Apple now advises manually adding custom ringtones to iPhone per their support article here. Apple's instruction is to drag and drop tones from Finder to the "Tones" section of my ...
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Does apple photo library sync when user not logged in?

I am using an old MacPro as a file server and have also setup accounts for everybody in the family as additional users to sync my photos via iCloud Photo Library to that computer, so that I have a ...
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Solution/Script to automatically sync Safari's Reading List to Read-it-Later services like Pocket or Evernote?

MacOSX contextual menus allow me use Pocket [Formerly Read it later] to archive all, and also read, some of the enormous amounts of content that I come across daily on my browser of choice - Safari. ...
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Playlist not transferred in order

I created a smart playlist in itunes of songs with a playcount less than X, limiting to 3gb selected by album. This seems to work properly. When I sync with my 2nd generation ipod touch and look at ...
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Have iMessage chat.db in Mac updated without user being logged in

I want to connect (through ssh, for example) to users in different computers and copy their iMessage history (chat.db). But this file doesn't get updated while the user isn't logged in. Is there a ...
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How do I sync tags between two Macs using Google Drive?

I have two Macs, and I use Google Drive to sync my data. I created tags in Finder on one Mac for some of the files and directories in Drive, and they don't appear on the other one. Is this possible? ...
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Finder is not finding my books on the mac

I am trying to sync my books from my mac to my iPAD but the finder is not showing my books so nothing is synced. Even PDF files are not showing in the finder. I am using MacOS 10.15.3
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ath leaves many open sockets

This seems somehow similar to this question. While diagnosing some weird application behaviour on my MacBook Pro and the dreaded "too many open files" errors appearing in the shell out of nowhere, I ...
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How to sync fonts across Macbooks? Extended question

I'm bouncing on a question posted here a while ago: How to sync fonts across Macbooks? The question is about how to store all fonts on a cloud folder (i.e. Dropbox), and load these fonts on other ...
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Open and edit Markdown files with Google Drive iOS App

Is there a way to open, edit and save back files from the iOS Google Drive app? I've tried some Markdown iOS apps, but I can't seem to open the files from within the Google Drive app. Are there any ...
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How to solve Safari bookmarks syncing via iCloud problems

I have a 2018 MacBook Air running the latest non-beta Catalina (10.15.3 as of this writing). For as long as I can remember, I have used Safari’s bookmark syncing via iCloud, and it has worked very ...
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Symlink Google Drive

I want to sync folders that are on my Mac to Google Drive, without having to drag the folders to the Google Drive folder and preserving my folder structure on my Mac. I assumed you would have to ...
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Some photos are not syncing to iPhone 4

When syncing photos through iTunes to my iPhone 4, I am finding that certain photos are not syncing. In one event there are 600+ photos yet only 200 are syncing across. Does anybody know why?
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Why won't my iPad sync photos (“not enough memory”) when it's half empty?

When I try to sync my iPad, it aborts on the last step, indicating that it can't be synced, becuase "not enough memory is available": But I have LOTS of room: And it all fit before - I actually have ...
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How to get photos from my phone to my mac as quickly as possible?

Right now, the answer would be airdrop as far as I am concerned. I would just take a photo and press the share button and then wait for my laptop to come up. However, I have an older phone and I find ...
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Syncing AppleID and local user password

We're Apple Business Manager and Azure users. I'm looking for a way of using AppleScript or Automator to perform synchronization of my AppleID password and local user password at boot time or on a ...
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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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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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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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My iTunes sync completes, but my iPod doesn't get any music. What can be done?

Device : iPod Shuffle 2nd Second Generation OS : Windows 7 64 bit My steps were as follows I checked the "Sync only checked songs" Even though i checked some songs before syncing, i did not ...
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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 can I force a Photo Stream sync on the iPhone?

The Settings page says that Photos will automatically by sent to Photo Stream when I am connected to Wi-Fi, however I've waited several minutes and don't see them in iPhoto. I believe they haven't ...
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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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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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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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