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iCal won't sync from iPhone to Mac

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  • Stiffs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 1:33 PM (in response to john10423)

    john10423 you might well be right about the iOS 6 changing how you sync. For me, I'm sure iTunes 11. did something because that's when my trouble started. I don't have a mobile me account, so I'm thinking that iTunes tried to simplify things for us, but some of us "problem children" got caught out. Thank you for getting me out of a week long spiral of irritation.

  • Archiguitarchi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 10:58 AM (in response to Pumpkin4)

    Hey rorygilmore.

    I have an older iMac running on OS 10.5.8. Syncing to a 3G iPhone running on OS 6.0.1. My iMac is note compatible with new OS upgrades. 10.5.8 is as far as I can go.

    First of all, iCloud does not appear in the iMac's System Preferences list. Only Mobilme is there.

    My desktop iCal will push calendars entries onto my iPhone, but the entries I add to my iPhone do not show up on iCal. I did all seven steps in your list (THANKS!) twice, but my iCal still only shows the entries I added while at my iMac. I haven't lost anything, it's simppy a case of one-way communication.

    Any ideas?

    Thank you in advance.

  • JuliePrichard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 6, 2013 10:44 AM (in response to Pumpkin4)

    Hi- in a sick sort of way, reading this many issues about the same problems I am having makes me happy.... here is what is happening with me:


    Brand new, fast and furious iMac, 10.8.2

    iPhone 5 6.1


    Of course, the wireless sync is out the is never consistent anymore with the new phone.. so now I plug it into my computer daily. I do not use iCloud...and I will not.


    The appointments made on my iphone do not carry over onto my imac iCal.. at all. No matter if it's wireless sync or plugged in, there is always that element of mystery with my day now...


    The appointments that I make on my imac iCal do not carry over to the phone either.


    The sync has not been 100% since the seems that no matter the update...nothing will work. I am very frustrated.

  • stemichel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 3:43 PM (in response to rorygilmore)

    Hi there!

    I am trying to read and understand how to sync my iphone (icalendar) with my new MacBook Pro and I just can't figure this all out.

    I have a iphone 4S and my MacBook Pro is new.  Your help would be greatly appriciated, I am French and some time I am having a hard time getting all the steps....

    Hope you can help me.

  • stemichel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 4:01 PM (in response to rorygilmore)

    Sorry, ignore my request.  What I need to know is how to add my google calendar to my macbook pro calendar?? I have it on my iphone but when it does the icloud it doesn't add my stuff from google calendar on my mac but will add all stuff that I added on my iphone.

    Hope you can help me


  • Heartlight Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 9:02 AM (in response to Pumpkin4)

    I've just had the no syncing from iPhone 5 (6.1) to Mountain Lion 10.8.2 problem .... again. I can't believe that Apple still haven't resolved this issue, it is 9 months since this thread was started. The only reason I bought an iP5 instead of the Galaxy S3 was because I thought I could rely on the syncing between the phone and iCal which is 100% necessary for my business - I had never encountered this problem while using all previous iPhones and versions of OSX. This time when I noticed I had the problem again, I called Apple Support instead of solving the problems myself (last time using the delete plist solution from this thread). I was fairly quickly passed to a senior advisor as the first line support had never heard of this problem (?), the SA consulted with the technical expert and eventually came up with the terminal command as provided by rorygilmore (thank you). Although this has solved the problem for now, I believe it is likely to happen again as nobody seems to have addressed the cause, only the effect. When I commented on this to Apple, I didn't get much response, they seem happy to hand out sticking plasters (in the form of terminal commands) rather than admit and solve the problem they have created. On a positive note, they did say they wouldn't be charging me for the support call, I suppose that is their way of admitting to breaking something that used to function correctly. Sometimes I wish I had stuck with my 3GS and Snow Leopard!

  • knikhusky Calculating status...
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    Feb 17, 2013 10:53 AM (in response to rorygilmore)

    Thank you RoryGilmore!  Your above responses fixed my syncing problem for my iPad to MacBook! 

  • ubuubu Calculating status...
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    Feb 20, 2013 9:02 AM (in response to stemichel)

    Hello stemichel, did you fix your problem ?
    I have the same and did not find any answer.

    (Am french too)

    You can send me an email to hubsrou at gmail point com

    Thanks a lot

  • stemichel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 20, 2013 10:47 AM (in response to ubuubu)

    Bonjour! oui, j'ai réussi après 3 heures de recherche et pour être honnête je ne me souviens pas de qu'est-ce que j'ai fait pour réussir.  Désolé et bonne chance avec le tien.

  • ubuubu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 20, 2013 1:51 PM (in response to stemichel)

    Dommage mais si tu te souviens merci de me faire signe !

    Je suis très embêté par ce problème depuis le passage à Mountain Lion.

  • matthewcornell Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 9:17 PM (in response to Pumpkin4)

    Dear Apple iCal/sync developers: Your software is poorly developed, and continues to cause grief to many thousands of users. The problem of synchronizing two calendars simply should not be this difficult, and the problem lies with you, and the OS you've created. There is a fundamentally flawed architecture and design choices, ones that you've failed to fix it year after year. Hidden commands and instructions that don't work - this is bad.

  • Derryl S Calculating status...
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    Feb 23, 2013 9:31 PM (in response to Heartlight)

    I have not been able to sync my iPad calendar entries to my Mac since December 23, 2012. I only sync by direct Connect or WiFi and do not use the cloud. Entries on the Mac DO sync to the iPad. I have always done a sync at least once a day. Calendar seems to be the only app that will not sync properly.

  • Derryl S Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 10:17 PM (in response to Derryl S)

    There is a solution to this situation that Apple posted 8/17/12 and found the link on this page (hidden in plain sight)


    Sync Services: Advanced troubleshooting for contact and calendar syncing


    Look for article TS2481 which involves terminal and removing cache folders


    I just did testing on multiple entries in different sub calendars


    it requires careful following of the instructions for your OS version (terminal always makes me nervous)


    This also will correct problems with Contacts not syncing

  • ubuubu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 2:27 AM (in response to Derryl S)

    I have just found a solution.


    In iTunes, don't select all calendars but each one by one.
    That was my solution.
    Now each event present on my Mac is right synchronised with my Iphone !


    Probably a bug in Mountain Lion...

  • ParisBear Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 1:49 PM (in response to taneashia)

    Who is ima29? Which fix are you speaking of which worked for you Aray1126?
    Patbaldwin...which fix worked for you?

    Please help, calender not synching for me but I am hesitant to do the backup and reset option

    Was there another simpler fix I have missed?


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