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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Completely synchronise multiple Macs

I actually have a Macbook Pro with Snow Leopard (I plan on upgrading to Lion). I may have to buy an Mac mini in order to have a full dual screen (external identical screens) layout (see my previous ...
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How can I sync the new “people” (face recognition) metadata across devices in Photos (iOS 10 and MacOS Sierra)?

The new Photos updates for iOS 10 and MacOS Sierra includes a much more powerful and integrated approach to organizing photos by who's in them. It's built around powerful, on-device facial ...
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iTunes: Moving iTunes Files (Self Managed)

I'm trying to move all my music to another drive and I don't let iTunes organize my music for me. I moved the "iTunes" folder to my external and I also moved my Music folder which is also outside of ...
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How to sync an additional folder to iCloud Drive similar to how macOS Sierra does it?

I want to add my Downloads folder to my iCloud Drive so that it can sync just like Sierra syncs with the Documents and Desktop folder. Can this be done?
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How can I sync Reminders with Google Tasks?

I was looking for a way to sync my reminders from Google Calendar with the reminders app in iOS 5. I have Google Sync set up, and on my "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" settings page, it says "Mail, ...
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Can I transfer or sync purchased as well as non-purchased songs from my iPhone to my computer?

So, I wiped my drive clean on my MacBook and reinstalled the OS. Happily the best of my music was safe on my iPhone and I figured it would easily flow back to my iTunes library. Not so happily, I can'...
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Sync iTunes U between 2 Macs via an iPod

Is it possible to download lectures (from iTunes U) with iTunes on Mac A, sync an iPod to Mac A, then carry that iPod to Mac B, and finally watch them on Mac B? That's what I have been doing with my ...
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iOS 10 remember to “not trust this computer”

I have a 2015 MBP for work, which I connect my iPhone (6 plus, iOS 10) to charge, and I don't want to trust the computer, ever. However, I must click "Don't Trust" every single time I connect for ...
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Automaticly and seamlessly sync iPhone photos as soon as they're taken (over the air)

I use Snappy. That's my preferred photo app of all! So, please, keep this in mind. Ideally I want to be able to sync to picasa and dropbox. But I wouldn't mind if it was flickr, picposterous or ...
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How do I remove videos from iPhone

I have a few videos on iPhone under the Videos app, not Photos.app video stream. I have synced with iTunes, unchecked sync videos etc, and they have still not been removed, even though they are ...
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How can I synchronize my two Mac Computers?

I have a Macbook and an iMac, generally I work on my Macbook, but sometimes I need that information on my iMac. My OS is Mac OSX Snow Leopard.
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Dropbox-like client for Macs to access existing FTP/WebDAV/CMIS storage

We have many users on Macs that access their files on one big non-Mac server that supports FTP/WebDAV/CMIS. PROBLEM: They can not use their files while not connected to the Internet. QUESTION: Is ...
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How can I sync my iTunes music library between two Macs for free?

I have a desktop system that I use as a server. I also have a MacBook Pro that is my main computer. I've done a lot of organization and cleanup of my music library and have it all on my MacBook Pro. ...
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How to synchronize iPhone with new Mac without losing data?

I've upgraded my workplace with a new Macbook, but I've run into several problems. One of these problems is iPhone synchronization. Previously, I synchronized my iPhone with a PC notebook. Now I ...
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What exactly does “erase and sync” mean in iTunes?

This is one of the scariest, vaguest warnings I've ever seen. In my case I don't mind if it erases all of my songs and re-syncs with my new computer, but I sure as hell don't want it erasing ...
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Sync keyboard shortcuts between macOS computers

I have a couple of custom shortcuts defined using System preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts and I want to sync those between my two Macs. It seems, this is still not possible using iCloud. Are there ...
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Is it possible to sync Google Chrome bookmarks with Safari?

Is it possible to sync Google Chrome bookmarks with Safari?
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ntpd: consistently incorrect time on mid-2013 MacBook Air

I'm using ICMP time stamping on my mid-2013 MacBook Air, and I need my clock to have an accuracy of no worse than 1ms. I see that ntpd is running, with the default settings, and /etc/ntp.conf ...
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How to delete synced photos from iPhone without connecting to mac? [duplicate]

I have synced a folder which contains some pictures to my iPhone. The synced photos are successfully copied to my iPhone. But I can not see any "delete" option in my iPhone to remove the synced photos....
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iPhone 4 will charge in wall, but won't sync or charge via USB

I have an iPhone 4 that is showing its age. It will charge when plugged into the wall charger. However, when I plug the same cable into a USB port on my computer it will not charge or be recognized ...
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What is the best option to keep Laptop and Desktop user account in Sync?

I have a Mac desktop that is not always on and a Mac laptop that is usually on the same network. I have a new Synology drive that is always on and I'm considering making use of the LDAP server on it ...
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How can I get my iPhone to sync with a new computer without being erased?

For some reason, Apple has imposed a most absurd restriction where the only way to get an iPhone (or other iDevice) to sync with a different computer is by erasing it first. I haven't verified first-...
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How can I show multiple Google calendars in iPhone's calendar app?

I setup my iPhone 3GS with iOS 4 to sync with my Google account according to the instructions from Google. Somehow, only the default Google calendar with my name is shown in the Calendar app. What ...
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Stop iTunes from opening when a device is plugged in?

Since re-installing OS X (10.8), every time I plug in an iOS device iTunes opens up and shows an error message: iTunes could not connect to the iPhone "..." because it is locked with a passcode. ...
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How to change the location where iTunes stores backups of iPhones?

When I sync my iPhone 4 with my iTunes, the latter starts to make a backup before doing the actual sync. This backup often takes a lot of time to make, which is very annoying. What is even worse (...
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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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Software to synchronize two directories (local/remote)

I need software that would detect changes in directory (A) every 5 seconds or so and upload/delete changed files from/at (B) remote directory. I found non-commercial software, https://github.com/...
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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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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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“iTunes Sync: X items could not be synced. See iTunes for more information.”

Every time I sync my iPhone or iPad (both running iOS 5) with iTunes, I get this error. iTunes displays no information that I can find about what the mystery six unsynced items are. How do I find out -...
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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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iTunes smart playlist not syncing to iPhone

My smart playlists created in iTunes are not syncing to my iPhone. I have resolved to copying the songs that are in the smart playlist to a regular playlist to get the playlist onto the iPhone. Why ...
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What's the best solution to sync contacts from Mac to Android Phone?

I'd like to sync my contacts from the Mac addressbook to an Android phone, but I'd rather not use Google (or any cloud) where I have no control over my data. So far I found SyncMate and Missing Sync. ...
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Can you make iTunes forget a device?

After migrating from one computer to another, my iPhone now automatically appears under the devices list in iTunes on both my old and new Macs. I don't want to accidentally sync my iPhone with my old ...
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Restore from Backup: Apps in iTunes library were not installed on iPhone because Unknown Error occurred 0xE800002D

After iPhone Restore from Backup & Sync causes iTunes Error Message: I posted this weird copying behavior here: Issues & Errors with Restore from ios7 Backup to ios9 on iPhone 5? The ...
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Synchronize from iPhone to Mac

The situation: My HDD crashed, I didn't have any backups. I get a new SSD. I had my iPhone synced with the old HDD as usual. The problem: How can I sync Apps/Music/Podcasts from my iPhone (where ...
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How to Sync iphone contacts to gmail

I have the old iphone 3GS LATEST IOS I used to open Itunes to put songs on the phone etc and if I wanted to I would (manually)sync my phone. Syncing the phone enacts whatever your options are set to. ...
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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 do I sync my Google calendar with my iPhone?

So I have set up my calendar on Google. I am trying to get it to sync those changes to my calendar application on my iPhone 4S. I currently have under "Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars" the ...
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iTunes refuses to copy music to iPad

I have an iPad 2 with iOS 6.0, and iTunes 10.7. I'm trying to copy music from iTunes to my iPad. Everything seems to act fine, but it doesn't actually copy the music. If I select the destination ...
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How to stop syncing apps with iTunes without wiping them from my iPhone?

Is there a way I can stop syncing apps with iTunes without first obliterating the apps from the iPhone and re-downloading them? Now that iOS 5 and iCloud are released, I want to stop storing all my ...
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What are some great OS X Dropbox uses?

There are a number of ways I use my Dropbox with OS X apps, or iOS devices. Some of them include: Recipe tracking: I keep a 'recipes' folder inside Together's dropbox-synced-library, so from my Mac ...
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Force contacts to sync with iCloud right now

I just updated a contact's phone number in the Mac Contacts app. Now I want to call them on my iPhone (4S), but my iPhone does not have the new number. Both the Mac and the iPhone are configured to ...
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How to force a sync update between Gmail contacts and iPhone with iOS 9?

I am successfully synchronizing my iPhone contacts with my GMail account. When adding a new contact in my GMail account, the new contact takes a few hours to sync to the device. This is cumbersome, ...
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Looking for a tool to automatically two-way sync SFTP with local folder

I use OS X for development and I want to push changes to dev server on every ⌘+S. When I check out a different branch, I want the local folder to update accordingly. So I figured I need an automatic,...
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I don't want to carry all of my old contacts on my iPhone. How could I select which groups to sync with iCloud?

I have about 800 contacts in different contact groups on my iMac. Some of these groups are a sort of archives. I don't want to use all my contacts on my iPhone but still I don't want to delete the ...
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Why is iTunes duplicating my Voice Memos?

I utilize the Voice Memos feature on my iPhone and have noticed a recurring problem of iTunes duplicating my recordings. Note that the recordings appear duplicated only in iTunes and not on my iPhone....
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Why doesn't iTunes detect my iPhone?

When I connect my iPhone 3GS to my computer, iTunes does not detect it. The phone displays the green battery meter indicating it's charging, System Profiler detects an "iPhone" connected to the USB ...
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How to set up new iPhone without deleting its data?

I had my first iPhone synched with my Macbook, then I bought a second iPhone, a 3GS, and I still haven't synchronized it with my Macbook. In fact, I'm not sure I set this 3GS up with any computer at ...
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iPhone backup or sync issue “unknown error occurred (-50)”

I recently switched from iCloud backup to backing up to my computer since the iOS 8 update seems to have doubled the size of my backup and it no longer fits on iCloud. When backing up to my computer ...