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signing out of iCloud is a mess

1507 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: May 8, 2013 9:47 AM by hotwheels 22 RSS
hotwheels 22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 7, 2013 7:24 PM

signing out of iCloud is really ******* me off. i had thought they were going to straighten out the M.C. Escheresque dialog prompts when they moved from but no such thing.


i just had to change my iCloud password and logging back in on my macbook pro requires me of course to log out first.


does anyone have any idea why on god's green earth i get to "save" my contacts on my mbp that are synced to iCloud but i HAVE to delete everything else? this is really concerning and annoying (especially after spending the better part of a month fixing a iCloud contacts issue that was giving me different data on all three of my devices).


i mean, i get a chance to save contacts but if i try and CANCEL a "delete" for anything else (Reminders, Notes, Etc, Etc) then it kicks me out of the log out routine.


what gives?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), with 64 bit Win7 Boot Camp | iCloud
  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (53,345 points)
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    May 7, 2013 8:01 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    If you are signing back into the same iCloud account, just with a new password, your iCloud data should reappear on your Mac when you sign back in.

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (53,345 points)
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    May 7, 2013 8:48 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    Signing out of iCloud doesn't delete the data from iCloud, it only disconnects your Mac from iCloud.  Signing back in reconnects it to your data again.  There is a way to save iCloud data (see, but it can be a involved and if you are signing back into the account it's not necessary.


    Replacing iCloud data can be a bit of a challenge.  To replace iCloud data, back up the data on your Mac that you want to replace before signing into the account, then delete the synced iCloud data from your Mac, then import the backed up data back to your Mac.  For example, to replace bookmarks, open Safari, go to File>Export Bookmarks.  Then after signing into your account, delete the synced bookmarks on your Mac (which will delete them from iCloud), then import the saved bookmarks (File>Import Bookmarks), which will sync them to iCloud. 

    For Notes, you would need to email the notes to yourself, then delete the synced notes from iCloud, then recreate the Notes from your emails.  Perhaps there's an easier way, but I'm not aware of it.


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