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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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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How to re-sync photos from my iPhone to iCloud? [duplicate]

My iCloud storage got depleted because of my habit of never deleting photos. I’m on a free plan having 5GB of space and the iCloud reporting 4.7GB is taken by photos. So, on my iPhone I’ve deleted ...
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iOS 13 WiFi Sync location

Previously (before iOS 13) I was able to attempt to begin a WiFi sync from my phone by going to Settings > General > Wifi Sync I no longer see that option. On my computer (currently on macOS 10.15) I'...
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Sync Imessage Group Chat History between devices

I accidentally deleted the history of an imessage groupchat from my iphone but it still appears on my mac. Is there any way I can use this to recover it on my phone? They sync through iCloud. I've ...
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How to sync all iCloud Keychain passwords between Mac and iPhone?

How can I see all the Passwords of Keychain on the iCloud on my iPhone? To my understanding Keychain will only sync Safari passwords between devices, but I'd like to be able to have all my Keychain ...
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How access files from macOS that are stored locally in the Files App on a iPadOS or iOS device

How can i access files from macOS (v10.14, v10.15.beta) that are stored locally on a iOS or iPadOS device via the File app and that are not uploaded to iCloud or other Cloud services and are not ...
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How to fix iTunes downloading IOS update but not installing?

iTunes is currently downloading software for the iPad "iPad". has been displayed for more than an hour. (Second update at end.) Where does iTunes save iOS updates? suggests that the update should ...
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Why does iTunes→IOS sync copied items not correspond to what has actually changed?

Recently, I edited an MP3 file that was in iTunes. Cut almost sixty seconds off the end of it, and changed some tags. iTunes did not recognize the change in duration until I exited and relaunched. ...
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Deleted Messages conversations inconsistent between devices

OSX native messaging app is set to Sync via iCloud account. Messages sent on either device (iPhone/Macbook) DO sync without issue. Deleting a conversation via Macbook will present the following ...
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Sync Desktop now that Dropbox no longer supports symlinks

How can I have my Desktop sync over Dropbox? Previously, I used symlinks to have Dropbox sync the Desktop and Documents folders while keeping them in their actual locations. Dropbox no longer ...
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What are the differences between these two mail preferences within iCloud settings?

In the System Preferences, we see a checkbox option for Mail. If we click the Options button on the iCloud Drive item in that same list, we see another checkbox option for Mail. ➥ What is the ...
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Programmatically confirm whether data on my Mac is synced to iCloud?

I'm writing a script to highlight things I need to resolve before I'm ready to wipe a macOS system. I use them sans-network often, so it'd be nice to confirm I don't have unsynced apps or classes of ...
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Backup iPhone pictures that are not using local storage but iCloud

Until 2017 I took pictures with mi iPhone using local storage, and then I saved them to my Macbook using Photo.app. But since 2018, I started to use on the iPhone the option to store pictures on ...
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sync iBooks page currently reading between iPhone and MacBook

I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) (macOS Mojave 10.14.6) and an iPhone 7 (iOS 12.4.1). I downloaded an ebook from the internet, and started reading it on my MacBook. A few days later ...
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icloud drive > “desktop and documents folder” will not stay checked/ticked after MacOS Catalina Beta 10.5?

icloud drive > "desktop and documents folder" will not stay checked/ticked after MacOS Catalina Beta 10.5. How to resolve? Files are not syncing between devices, Going to icloud.com you can upload ...
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Sync Itunes with my pc

I want to add new purchased songs to my itunes library. When I plug in my phone to my work pc and I am logged into my itunes, I get a box asking to remove songs movies books. Do I approve or will all ...
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iCloud documents gone following update

I'm on macOS 10.15 Dev Beta 8. iPad is running iOS 13 Dev Beta 8. My documents folders (Keynote, Pages, iMovie, etc) in the root iCloud Drive folder are all missing. Usually I'd pencil it in as a ...
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Use OneDrive and iCloud Drive to back up the same source

I have OneDrive on my Mac because I want to have full interaction and integration with Office 365. The downside to this is that anything backed up into OneDrive will not back up into iCloud. Is there ...
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iTunes - reset sync settings on device

I'm running iTunes 12.9.5.5 on macOS 10.14.6 iOS 12.4 on iPhone 8 How do I reset the sync settings on iPhone? What I have tried: General > Reset > Reset All settings (this doesn't reset the sync ...
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How to make iTunes sync changed audio files?

I have songs in iTunes that were purchased and others that were ripped from CD or self-made. Some of the CDs were "live" recordings. Here's an example of something that has happened more than once: ...
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How to remove an iTunes Wi-Fi Sync host

I open settings, pick General, iTunes Wi-Fi Sync, and it has two hosts listed. The older host does not exist any more. The newer host says "Books" so I assume it is just syncing Books and not the ...
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How can I sync and store data for offline access on an iPad?

I am asking a question which, despite tons of Internet research and trying out many different options, I can't seem to find a solution to. I am a software engineer by the day, and a musician at night. ...
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Weird and Inconsistent Behaviour Syncing Books with iTunes

I have spent quite a bit of time debugging this, and still can't figure it out. While debugging, I ended up turning off the "Sync Books" option in iTunes. My iTunes sidebar, after clicking on the ...
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Does iOS 9.3.5 prohibit iBooks syncing via iCloud?

Is there anything that would prevent me from syncing iBooks with iCloud in iOS 9.3.5 on an iPad 2? I have a working iCloud account in good standing, with three devices connected: an iPhone SE (MP832B/...
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How To Keep 2 Folders In Sync Real-Time?

I would like to keep Keybase data folders backup up to my local computer with some kind of real-time file sync solution. Every time Keybase is opened, any local files sync to Keybase associated ...
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Can I know approximately when the uploading to iCloud is finished?

I deleted a few files on iCould and now Finder is showing the following on the bottom of the window. Uploading 180 items (25.36 GB of 25.36 GB). However, even after I have waited for hours, it ...
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Will macOS Catalina's new features work with older iOS devices? [closed]

I have two old iOS devices: iPad Mini 1 (iOS 9.3.5) iPod Touch 5th generation (iOS 9.3.5). Neither of these devices can be upgraded to a newer version of iOS. If I upgrade my MacBook Pro to run ...
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Cannot sync Google Drive between MacBook and iPhone app

On my iPhone I installed GoogleDrive 'Drive' app. On my MacBook I installed Backup and sync from Google.app, which has created a ~/google-drive/ folder. I have set the account to my@gmail.com and ...
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Why aren't my photos synchronizing?

They stopped syncing recently. I called Apple support and they had me update both my iPhone 6 and my Macbook Air which I did. I verified that the settings are correct. I also verified that both ...
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Optimize Mac Storage: Keep local copy AND iCloud backup of directory

My active projects in a directory under ~/Documents/, which puts it in the path of iCloud's Optimized Storage. Often, I'll open a project folder to find files replaced with .icloud placeholder files. ...
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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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Specific contacts syncing only caches with iOS from MacOS, in Itunes? Where are they?

I use MacOS 10.13.6 (on MBP15" 2014) Contacts.app to sync to my iPhone 7 (lots of room available) running iOS 12.2 (current). The phone will no longer update contacts except through iCloud, which I ...
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iPhone Music search in “My Library” doesn't find words in titles

A search in Music "My Library" makes some obvious misses. Takes these two songs from My Library for instance "Big Blue" "Electro Glide in Blue" For some reasons, searching "blue" in My Library ...
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Why is Photo Stream not visible in iOS 12?

I have an iPhone 6s running iOS 12.1.4, and I recently noticed my photos are not being uploaded to Photo Stream. There is no option for Photo Stream under Settings app → Account → iCloud → Photos, nor ...
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How to resync Photos with iCloud when Apple's recommendations don't pan out?

On Mojave, Photos has stopped syncing with iCloud in either direction. Apple support has dead-ended. Even opening the iCloud Preference pane and looking the the Photos sync config caused Preferences ...
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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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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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Use iCloud files sync: only sync files on desktop

is there a way to only sync files which are on my desktop? I don't want to sync my whole ~/Documents/ directory because it's very big.
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Cannot sync iCloud on OSX due to endless upload process

I have a big problem: my iCloud account on my computer is almost collapsed. I found that I can use the Terminal command rm to remove all the directories from CloudDocs but I am afraid to lose ...
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Order synced photos by date on Windows PC

I'm trying to sync photos ordered by folders as year/date but it syncs only by year: Previously I remember that it synced images by date into separate folders inside yearly but now I cannot find this ...
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Sync IOS photos with NAS via WLAN [duplicate]

Is it possible to configure IOS to sync photos & videos with a my home NAS (assume it is available on the internet via SSH or other configurable port, along with Dynamic DNS URL) instead of Apple'...
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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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Syncing the documents and files from two accounts on one mac via iCloud

I have two accounts on my mac. One for fun, one for work, but there is overlap in some of the files I use between the two, so I want to have all files in my Documents folder accessible to both ...
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Why does iTunes stick on “Waiting for sync to start” when using WiFi sync?

Sometimes I get "Looking for iPhone" and then a silent failure. Sometimes it finds the iPhone and sticks on "Waiting for sync to start" long enough (more than 10 minutes) that I forget and/or try to ...
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iTunes always reset the “Automatically Back Up” option to “This Computer”

So, this section of iTunes idevice option always keeps resetting to "This Computer" from "iCloud", whenever the sync finishes / the device is reconnected. Is there any guess why this is happening, ...
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How to stop iTunes from syncing voice memos from my iPhone?

iTunes 12.8.0, iPhone with iOS 12.1.2. Sync over wi-fi enabled to sync photos, everything else is manual. Every time iPhone syncs over wi-fi it imports voice memos in my iTunes library and I delete ...
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How to convert CSV to Mac Keyboard replacements plist?

I've exported snippets of aText to CSV and want to import them as keyboard replacement snippets in mac. Is there any tool or script which: Can do this coversion one off? I can do the import manually. ...
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Selective sync of iCloud drive

I would like to switch from Dropbox to iCloud drive and wanted to know if there is any way to select specific folders which are going to be downloaded on my Mac? It is possible in Dropbox client. ...
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iOS app using polling to retrieve newest data

Currently we have an iOS app in development which uses polling based method to retrieve latest data from the REST API only if the app is launched by the user. It will keep polling the server ...
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Syncing .apps via dropbox/resilio sync

Is it a good idea to sync .apps so that I can have the same app on multiple Mac's? How often do .apps change, afaik, the app's data is stored the Library folder, so, except for updates, the .app ...