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How can I disable iCloud?

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Patricia W Level 3 Level 3 (685 points)
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Oct 23, 2011 8:03 AM

I made the mistake of trying out iCloud and it does not work properly for calendars.

 

Now I want to stop using iCloud for calendars on my Mac but when I attempt to disable calendars in the iCloud preferences it insists that I must also let it remove the iCloud calendars on my Mac which is definitely what I do not want. In my iPhone when I disabled iCloud it allowed me to keep the calendars on the iPhone.

How do I do this without losing all of my calendar entries?

2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,060 points)
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    Oct 23, 2011 9:02 AM (in response to Patricia W)

    From what I've read, the following may work:

     

    Make sure though that you have a backup - just in case! I would not try this without a backup. After you have a backup, go ahead, disable iCloud and remove calendars (I'm aware of the message). Restart Mac. See if your entries are still on the Mac - if not, replace with the backup copy.

     

    Or, try another method (which is what I did with my contacts): remove every entry in your calendar manually while on iCloud.com until it is empty. Sign out and simply ignore iCloud.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,995 points)
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    Oct 23, 2011 9:24 AM (in response to Patricia W)

    You need to change the iCloud calendars back to 'On My Mac' calendars first. Please follow the second set of numbered instructions on this page:

     

    http://www.wilmut.webspace.virginmedia.com/notes/movecalendars.html

     

    It's written for MobileMe but AFAIK the principle should be the same. Make a backup (the second step does this anyway - keep the file) before proceeding.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,060 points)
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    Oct 23, 2011 9:52 AM (in response to Patricia W)

    I just found these troubleshooting articles from Apple (note the first link):

     

    http://www.apple.com/support/icloud/calendar/

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,060 points)
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    Oct 23, 2011 10:01 AM (in response to Patricia W)

    Glad to hear you're all sorted and thanks for the feedback!

  • Franqc Calculating status...
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    Nov 5, 2011 5:44 AM (in response to Patricia W)

    I agree with you, and as you did in inadvertently switched Icloud on when the IOS5 was uploaded on my computer. I have a lot of private and confidential information, such as bank account statements and so on, which are not meant to be uploaded on a central data bank. I would like to fing out how to disable this Icloud, as Apple or any other third party should not have access to privy information.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,060 points)
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    Nov 5, 2011 7:16 AM (in response to Franqc)

    when the IOS5 was uploaded on my computer

     

     

    You can't upload iOS to your computer. iOS is the operating system for iDevices; it does not work on computers.

     

    You can turn on/off and/or activate/de-activate iCloud on the computer by going to the iCloud Preference Pane in System Preferences. That pane is part of the Lion operating system.

  • ericafromoak park Calculating status...
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    Dec 29, 2011 5:40 PM (in response to Patricia W)

    I just downloaded lion so that I could use icloud.  It will not let me use any of my entourage, microsoft word, or exel at all.  I cannot access any of my important documents.  I want out!  How do I go back to not having icloud at all?  I love the ability to sync seamlessly, but not at the expense of losing most of my data!  Is there a way to keep icloud and still be able to use these programs? 

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