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deleting bookmarks on iCloud

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after having iCould multiplying one certain bookmark approx. 2500 times both on my MBP and iPhone, I shut off bookmarks sync, but the data on iCloud seems to stay corrupt. Is there anyway to delete the bookmarks in the cloud?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • ScuseMe Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    Nov 12, 2011 8:13 PM (in response to philippandsons)

    I'm having the same problem as you are - thousands of duplicate bookmarks when I turn on iCloud bookmark syncing. Unfortunately I haven't found any way to delete the stored bookmarks in iCloud so I can start syncing my bookmarks with a clean slate. Right now I have to leave bookmark syncing off or all my devices

  • ScuseMe Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    Nov 12, 2011 11:04 PM (in response to philippandsons)

    I finally got rid of my corrupt bookmarks in iCloud so I could turn on bookmarks sync on my iDevices and my other Macs. It's a bit of a kludge, but I can't figure out how else to do it until Apple adds the same bookmark functionality to iCloud as it had in Mobile Me.


    1. Save a copy of your good bookmarks for later reuse. I use BookMacster to maintain my bookmarks under Safari, Firefox and Chrome.
    2. Turn off all bookmarks syncing on your iDevices and choose to delete the local bookmarks.
    3. With your main Mac's bookmarks sync ON (ticked in Preferences under iCloud), open Safari and delete ALL your bookmarks. Some can be deleted with a group delete, others you'll need to hold down the Delete key to get rid of them all.
    4. Wait a few minutes to give iCloud time to delete the cloud bookmarks. While waiting, your deleted Safari bookmarks should not reappear.
    5. Close Safari.
    6. Turn OFF (untick) bookmarks sync in Preferences.
    7. Open Safari and load/create your good bookmarks.
    8. Turn ON bookmark sync in Preferences. Tell it to merge the bookmarks with iCloud.


    At this point, your Safari bookmarks will flicker, indicating that iCloud is reading them. Once the flickering stops, your bookmarks should be stored in iCloud exactly as you set them up. You can then turn on bookmarks sync on your iDevices and on any other Macs that you sync bookmarks with (you'll need to delete the Safari bookmarks on you other Macs before turning on their iCloud bookmarks sync).


    My iMac's Safari bookmarks are now happily synced with the ones on my MBP, iPad 2, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.


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