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iOS 6 iCloud bookmarks sync stuck in limbo... any idea?

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  • DanH Calculating status...

    As I wrote above:


    For others trying this, be aware that iBackupBot uses the "import" function to replace the bookmark files. You then have to export the entire modified backup file and put it where iTunes can find it, in your user Library/Application Support/Mobile Sync/Backup folder. Take note of the exact time so you can find it later using iTunes' Restore function.


    Make sure the two files are in the same directory (I had them both on my desktop) and then import the info file. This will replace the db file (yes this is confusing). Save the whole backup and put it where iTunes can find it and restore your phone.



  • newagemac Calculating status...
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    Oct 3, 2012 10:47 AM (in response to DanH)

    Ok thanks.


    So just to be clear: 


    Step 1: While viewing the backup in iBackupBot, select the Library/Safari/Bookmarks.db file and then click File > Import and then choose the file, correct?


    Step 2: Export the entire edited backup to the desktop and then move it into the folder where iTunes looks for backups so that I can restore using the edited backup.


    I think I understand how to do everything else, I'm just not clear on how to use iBackupBot to edit the backup file (Step 1).

  • DanH Level 5 Level 5 (4,370 points)

    newagemac wrote:


    Ok thanks.


    So just to be clear:  While viewing the backup in iBackupBot, select the Library/Safari/Bookmarks.db file and then click File > Improt and then choose the file, correct?


    I understand how to do everything else, I'm just not clear on how to use iBackupBot to edit the backup file.


    Yes, but of course be sure you have made a copy of the backup file before editing anything, just in case something goes wrong. I'm not sure you have to select the existing db file, but I did and it worked. It is a bit confusing  because you can't tell just by looking at the directory listing in iBackupBot whether the old db file has been replaced or not.


    My battery life is now better than it was before the whole fiasco began. It is now roughly 24 hours since I fixed this and with moderate use and the phone being on all but about 8 hours overnight, my battery is at 55%.



  • chitowngreeny Calculating status...

    it might have been mentioned at some point on this thread, but just for clarification...are the two files on the Dropbox account just for iPhone 5 or can they be used for iPhone 4/4s fixes as well?

  • DanH Level 5 Level 5 (4,370 points)

    @Strider G7:


    Excellent points. I started out unsure about several things, including the backup file structure and location, so opted to use iBackupBot to export and then moved the original. But your steps are clearer and easier.


    And for chitowngreeny, my phone is an i4.



  • FLdoc2011 Calculating status...

    This is what I did.  I just backed up the existing iTunes files but I used the existing backup in the iTunes folder, let ibackupbot do its thing and restored from iTunes.


    After several days everything still running great, no issues and battery MUCH improved.

  • barakthecat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Here's a me too for this wonderful thread. Solved my problem, CPU usage is now back to 15-30%.

  • newagemac Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)

    Well I'm happy to report that after following the instructions in this thread my iPhone is back to its great battery life.  Maybe even better than before.  The Reading List now works and syncs correctly.  Thanks everyone!

  • kestrien Calculating status...

    Hi all, I'd appreciate your help - not a tech expert by any means. Just installed ios6 & it completely shredded my reading list - very old items (once deleted) items brought back in, while newer items from the last two days are gone. My bookmark folders themselves, however, are fine.


    I backed it all up on my home computer yesterday - will my reading list be on that computer?


    Thank you!

  • xny5 Calculating status...

    Thank you so much for providing the clean file, inder19, and thanks to Shawn Lebbon for explaining about iBackupBot which I didn't know about.


    Both were essential to solve my problem, which was as per the original post plus I couldn't add or manually delete bookmarks on the iPhone.


    Worked on my iPhone 4 (running iOS 6). No more iCloud bookmark syncing for a while. I always had trouble in iOS 5 (all versions) but the "turn it off, delete, turn it on" usually worked, not this time!


    After I restored from iTunes; it didn't boot at first, but I was able to avoid restoring as a new phone by some combination of holding down the Home button and/or power on buttons for an extended period of time while USB connected and iTunes open on Mac, or not. Lots of trial and error. All settings preserved from a recent backup I did just before trying iBackupBot to edit the backup file.


    A very un-Apple experience.

  • Piiiter Calculating status...

    I'm having the same problem with my iPhone 4 with iOS6 and I try to figure out how to solve it simply, but the more I read the more i understand that there are no easy solution to it.


    So therefore I wonder when is Apple going to fix the things they obviously broke when shipping iOS 6.


    The reason I bought my first MAC in 1990 was that it was user friendly compared to Windows and DOS. But it looks like Apple is forgetting why they came in to the market, so therefore I will wait til Apple fix the problem with battery drainage. It is not my job to do this, im only the consumer, not the engineer it shall just run as supposed to


    The problem is that I am hooked to Apple by owning an iMac, Apple TV, iPhone4, 2 iPads and a Apple time capsule so if they can't fix it i'll have to re-think about my future it solutions........


    At this moment i would like all at the forum to post this issue at Facebook, twitter, and other places so Apple engineers speed it up a little!


    Thanx for helping me!

  • simonfromoberkirch Calculating status...

    I must agree with Piiiter, Apple neglected the qualtiy aspects of their software in the recent months.


    Things happen that were unthinkable under a CEO named Steve Jobs.

    Problems are handled too lax under Tim Cook.


    Wether it is iOS or OS X. Shipping software with so many bugs unacceptable.

    It's really incredible how Apple omits testing the simplest features of their Software.
    It's getting annoying with Apple.

  • 5480 Calculating status...

    My iPad 2 with iOS 6 prevents me from making any action on bookmarks in Safari. I noticed that my long reading list had all "downloads" pending. This is consuming my battery at alarming rate.


    I installed Chrome to replace Safari but Chrome does not allow me to import bookmarks from Safari so Chrome is not a viable option.


    Strider G7 recommended the following fix:


    1) find the folder containing the backup;

    2) make a zip of it;

    3) edit the backup in place with iBackupBot as already explained;

    4) restore the edited backup with iTunes;

    5) if everything's fine, delete del zip file.


    This sounds like a foreign language for me. What actually Strinder G7 is doing here?


    In particular:


    1) Where to find the folder and why? Backup of what?

    2) What is zip? How to make a zip?

    3) How to edit the back-up? What is iBackupBot? Where is it?

    4) How to restore the edited backup with iTunes?

    5) How to delete del zip file?

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