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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Podcast syncing via iCloud: Mark episodes as played/watched

I use iCloud to sync my podcast subscriptions across multiple devices (Macs, iPhone, Apple TV), and generally, it works: All my feeds and stations appear on all the devices. Also, the play position ...
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How to not show birthdays from Contacts on Apple Watch?

This becomes a more relevant problem with the new Siri watch face. I ended up deleting most birthdays in Contacts to stop birthdays from clustering my Apple Watch screen daily. I tried the below but ...
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How to sync iPhone X that has never been synced before with iTunes without losing any of the data?

How do I access iPhone backups on my iPhone when I connect it to iTunes, when the only options are: continue from backup, which is a backup of an iPhone I am still using, or start as new iPhone? I ...
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Syncing iPhone doesn't complete due to missing folder

Since recently my iPhone syncing to iTunes plays up with a dialog box saying Attempting to copy to the disk "Macintosh HD" failed. The required folder cannot be found. When I select the "OK" ...
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How to restore my Mac Safari bookmarks and history after iCloud sync?

I have various Safari bookmarks on my iPhone. I got a new Mac laptop, and when I enabled iCloud on the Mac, all the bookmarks and history from my iPhone were copied over to my Mac. I did NOT want that....
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How does Google Photos work with Apple Photos?

I have my photos in Apple Photos (both on iOS and my Mac), synced with iCloud, and I'd like to keep things that way, but I'd also like to have all my photos available in Google Photos at the same time,...
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Can't enable iCloud Desktop Documents Sync in Sierra

Every time I try to enable iCloud Desktop and Documents Sync it spins the spinner for a while and it looks like the setting is enabled, but as soon as I reopen settings it is deselected. Console ...
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Is there a good solution for syncing photos between the Photos app and Amazon Cloud Drive?

Amazon Cloud Drive offers great pricing: Unlimited storage for $50 a year. Bundled with Amazon Cloud Drive (and with Amazon Prime) is a service that lets you make online photo albums, etc., which can ...
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Permanent fix to Prevent iPhone Voice memos being duplicated on every iTunes Sync

This is the only thread that came up: Why is iTunes duplicating my Voice Memos? It's out of date and does not provide a solution, hack or workaround if one exists Neither does it say that this is ...
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Manually Sync iCloud Drive on OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Is it possible to manually update the iCloud Drive folder on OS X? Sometimes the folder does not update for ~10-20 minutes after establishing a good internet connection, so I'm hoping that there is a ...
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Sync notes with Mac and iPhone

I have recently upgraded to Mountain Lion. I like the Notes application but my notes do not sync with iCloud. The Notes checkbox is checked under System Preferences as is my Calendar and Contacts. ...
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Does iOS 9 Notes no longer sync with more recent versions of iOS/Mac OS

I have an old iPad running iOS 9.3.5 (the latest version that the hardware will support). I also use an iPhone (iOS 12.2) an iMac (High Sierra) and a MacBook Pro (also High Sierra). Notes sync ...
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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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SafariBookmarksSyncAgent going nuts - filling hard drive space with log messages

How to turn off SafariBookmarksSyncAgent forever? I have noticed my MacBooks pro hdd suddenly showing out of free space notifications (I have a bit more than 30Gb of free space) and after a while ...
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Selective download iCloud Drive on iOS

I updated my iCloud Storage to 200GB and I planned to put all my important files from my macbook pro into the iCloud. Unfortunately there is no such thing as the selective sync feature in Dropbox. ...
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Combine data of two or more iPhones

I have multiples iOS devices - a 64 GB iPhone 6 Plus, a 128 GB iPhone 6 and a 128 iPhone 6 Plus. I want to combine all the data on all these phones into a single iPhone. By data, i mean Photos, Mail, ...
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IPad won't sync

I have iOS 9.3.4 and sync to windows 10. iTunes will no longer recognize my iPad or iPhone. I plug in the cord, the iPad dings and charges but does not show up as a device in iTunes. I have ...
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iTunes synching of played podcast episodes between OS X and Windows 7

I've got iTunes (always latest version so currently 12.2) installed on both, my Mac at home and my work PC running Windows 7. Having both iTunes apps synched to the same account was always a great to ...
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Is it possible to sync iCloud contacts with Thunderbird's address book?

I would like to keep my iCloud addresses in sync with my Thunderbird address book. Is there a way to do this directly? Currently I sync both with my Gmail contacts, but the results are not very ...
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How to sync new songs from a new laptop using iTunes v11.04?

I had an older laptop (Windows 7) with which i used to synchronize my songs on to iPod Nano using the iTunes v10.0. But recently I have shifted to a newer laptop with (Windows8.1) I have the setting ...
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Only First Track Played on iPhone gets updated to iTunes Playlist

I've searched and found issues similar to mine, but not exact. I've got an iPhone 5 running iOS 7.1. I've got two Macs: Work: Macbook Pro running 10.9.2 with iTunes 11.1.5 Home: iMac also running 10....
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How to sync 2 hard drives without being connected to them at the same time?

Set-up: 1 external hard drive at work 1 external hard drive at home Macbook that travels between work and home Hard drive contains iTunes Music Library that I like to have synced between home and ...
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iPhone 4s and iCloud only partially syncing

I'm having trouble syncing -- my iCloud and iPhone 4s (running iOS 5.1.1) only partially sync with one another. I.e., new entries sync, as do changes to contacts that appear in both. BUT… I have ...
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iTunes won't sync MP4s to iPod

I have iTunes 11.0.2. For the first time ever I have downloaded some MP4s from YouTube - the ones that say share with anyone and everyone if you can, so I thought I would. I was able to upload or ...
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Network folder sync tool with intuitive subfolder selection?

I have 100GB+ of data (photos, music etc) on a network share, but due to the small disk size (128GB SSD) on my Macbook Pro, I'd like to have a local copy of a small selection of it, and easily manage ...
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iPhone 4S intermittently disconnects/reconnects when plugged into computer, but not into wall

This is a really bizarre problem. I'm using a MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion and an iPhone 4S, both with the latest updates. I'm using the bundled Apple cord. When I plug it into the wall charger, ...
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iCloud seems to delete Notes taken on my Mac when offline

I have just set up the Notes.app on my MBP (Running OSX 10.8.2) to link up with my iCloud account so that I could begin working with synchronised notes. I make a lot of notes while I am out and about ...
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Podcast Apps Syncing Account

As you know, Apple's own podcast app started syncing podcast subscriptions and their metadata through the air. But it seems that the app automatically uses the Apple account designated for store ...
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Is it possible to sync my Gmail contacts with my Google Apps account?

I have had a Gmail account for as many years as they've been available, but recently I've moved to use my own domain name with Google Apps. So now I have a Gmail account and a Google Apps account. ...
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iPhone syncs same songs over and over

Every time I try to sync my iPhone to the songs on my MacBook it constantly keeps re-syncing the same ones over and over. I have my songs compressed before they are synced so this ends up being a ...
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How to find out which files currently in my iPod would be deleted or modified if I synchronize it?

The brief version of my question is pretty much what the title says: How can I safely determine which of the files currently in my iPod would be deleted or modified if I synchronized it in iTunes? ...
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iPad secretly syncing iTunes U slides to my books

Here's the setting: I am syncing my entire books library on my MacBook with my iPad. On my Mac, there are 122 books (both .epub and.pdf). I also use iTunes U on my MacBook, and some of the courses I ...
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Sync Music but Manually Manage Videos on an iPhone?

After switching to wi-fi sync with iOS 5, I've been running into problems with it syncing videos that are already on the device. It slows things down too much, so I thought I'd try manually syncing ...
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Why won’t iCloud (or iTunes) synchronize books?

We have two iPads, recent models, with the latest IOS. Both have everything logged in to the same Apple ID. On a MacBook Pro (MBP) with the latest MacOS, iTunes and iBooks (and everything else) are ...
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Schedule iPhone sync with mac

Is it possible to schedule wireless sync of iPhone. Since iPhone started supporting sync over WiFi, one should not need connect to computer for backup(at-least). But I still need to get to either ...
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OneDrive selective sync adding to file quota

In MacBook Pro, I have installed OneDrive and enabled selective syncing. All seems to be working properly and I have made most of the folders as cloud-only. However, for some of them, they are ...
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Always keep a local copy of some folders in the iCloud synced files

I keep almost everything synced with my iCloud drive. It removes from local storage the things I rarely use and I love the feature, however, there are a few folders which I would like to keep synced ...
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Smart playlist (iTunes) doesn't completely sync to iPhone

I recently noticed that somehow, a smart playlist of mine which contains 700+ titles doesn't show all of them on my iPhone 7. I tried to delete it on both my mac and my iPhone, but it doesn't seem to ...
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How to confirm iOS device has uploaded/synced all photos+videos to iCloud Photo Library?

How do I confirm an iOS device has uploaded/synced all photos+videos to iCloud Photo Library? Details I have yet to find a way to determine explicit status of the iCloud upload/backup/sync similarly ...
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Make Mail flags sync from mobile to desktop as a different default color

So the mail app has only one color of flag on mobile, which is fine. Given that, what I'd like to do is have that one color be not red once it syncs over. I already have messages sorted red, orange, ...
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Contacts — keeping multiple cards of same contact in sync

I am syncing my macbook's contacts (Contacts version 9.0) with Gmail, in order to keep them in sync with my Android phone. However, I have multiple "cards" per contact. And typically if I add a ...
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How to upload photos from iPhone to cloud using 3G and remove them from device automatically?

I have an iPhone 4S with iOS 9.3 and I want to upload photos right after being taken by camera to any cloud storage automatically, then to auto-remove them from the device. I am using 3G only, not Wi-...
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Upgrading iPhone 6 to iPhone 8+ and iTunes recognizes wrong iPhone name

I was upgrading my wife's iPhone 6 to an iPhone 8+. When I opened up iTunes with her new phone attached, it has identified the iPhone as my work iPhone. However, under her iPhone's settings it is ...
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Syncing contacts with iPhone — confusing messages

On my Mac, I have local contacts (shown under "On My Mac") and an Exchange account. I'd like to sync both to my iPhone. I can add the Exchange account to the iPhone itself, so I think the only thing ...
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Syncing calendars with iPhone — confusing messages

On my Mac, I have local calendars (shown under "On My Mac") and an Exchange account. I'd like to sync both to my iPhone. I can add the Exchange account to the iPhone itself, so I think the only thing ...
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Messages App acts like its disembodied

I use my iPhone and the app Messages interchangeably for sending and receiving messages. They are both connected to my apple account and for a long time they worked in sync. However, recently Messages ...
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Why is iTunes “syncing Artwork” when no artwork has been added in weeks?

I have sync'd iTunes to iPad several times since the last time I added any artwork. But often, if I add a bunch of .mp3 without artwork and sync, iTunes says "Syncing artwork (step 6 of 6; waiting ...
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Will ChronoAgent benefit ChronoSync 4.8.3 in my proposed use?

I'm considering using ChronoSynch 4.8.3, both to create a bootable backup of my main Mac as well as to sync between it and another Mac I use for travel. My question concerns the sync function. My ...
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What is my iPad syncing?

This is not the first time I have seen this. The sync icon is rotating next to the WiFi icon. Nothing is downloading from the App Store, there are no app or IOS updates available, Mail doesn’t say ...
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Apple Photos “paused” synching since update to High Sierra

Since updating to High Sierra, Apple Photos has stopped syncing photos, claiming that I'm "not connected to the Internet": So no recent photos are available on my Mac, and there's apparently nothing ...