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Keksi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 21, 2011 12:25 PM

Hello guys,

 

configuration: MacBook Pro with current Lion, iPad and iPhone both with iOS 4, NOT using iCloud.

 

I switched ON iCloud on my MacBook Pro to see what happens. Then I tried to switch it off again since I decided that I don't want the system to push everything I do on my computer up into the iCloud, congesting my network.

 

Now when I tried to turn off iCloud for my Documents and Data, it says that all data stored in the iCloud would be deleted from my Mac. ****, what's that? Will I now never again be able to detatch my computer from this iCloud thing without losing all my files?

 

Please help!

 

Many thanx in advance

Keksi

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • The Great Neo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 3:25 PM (in response to Keksi)

    When it says all data will be deleted, it means all the data will be deleted from iCloud and the space will be freed. It would not affect the data on your macbook. You can test this by taking a backup of your documents, for example, on an USB pen drive maybe and turn off iCloud for just the documents.

    Hope this helps

    Thanks..!!

  • Mateomasfeo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 3:38 PM (in response to Keksi)

    iCloud is woeful.  I hhave been messing with it for a week and can't get anything to sync right.  Calendars all over the place, deleted enties, doubled entries, two different calanders on different machines that are supposed to sync.

     

    Can't find anything that explains this iCloud thing that a moron like me can understand...

     

    I'm going back to wired.  God, iCloud has cost me a lot of time and problems with the calendar.  I find it worse than worthless.  Frankly, I am quite upset.

     

    Fail.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 4:09 PM (in response to The Great Neo)

    The Great Neo wrote:

     

    When it says all data will be deleted, it means all the data will be deleted from iCloud


    No, it means the data will be deleted from your computer.

     

    Turning off iCloud on a device will NOT delete items from iCloud.

    You can download items from iCloud after you have turned off iCloud on your computer or iOS device.

    See this -> http://support.apple.com/kb/PH2704

    Also, you can save a document to your computer before turning off iCloud.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 4:15 PM (in response to Keksi)

    Keksi wrote:

     

    Hello guys,

     

    Now when I tried to turn off iCloud for my Documents and Data, it says that all data stored in the iCloud would be deleted from my Mac.


    Did you sync anything from iWork (Pages, Keynote, Numbers) to iCloud? This is what will be deleted from your computer.

    You can save these documents to your computer and you will stuill be able to access them at www.icloud.com and can also download them from there.

  • Chris Dubuque Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 12, 2011 4:29 PM (in response to Mateomasfeo)

    I have to agree with you. I have been an apple user for 25 years and I have never been so totally confused by any of their products / software. I have the same problems: double calendar entries, contacts wont sync, apps my daughter downloads on her phone show up on my phone. I have wasted a week also. I hate it. I just want to have it work like it did before the "cloud".

  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
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    Nov 12, 2011 10:52 PM (in response to Mateomasfeo)
    I'm going back to wired.

     

    You're safer from hackers that way too.

  • Chris Dubuque Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 13, 2011 7:57 AM (in response to Ziatron)

    Yes i'd like to go back to wired, but it is not that simple to get stuff working and syncing correctly when I turn off all of the icloud stuff! 

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Nov 13, 2011 9:57 AM (in response to Keksi)

    Keksi wrote:

     

    An Apple guy explained to me that when I switch off iCloud for my documents, only those files would be removed from my mac, which I have explicitly UPloaded into the iCloud.

    This is incorrect (sort of).

    Currently, there are no apps which sync documents from your computer to iCloud.

     

    which I have explicitly UPloaded into the iCloud.

    By logging into iCloud.com and adding them to the iWork folder. But this requires iWork apps on the iPad. And turning off iCloud syncing will not delete these documents from your computer as they are not sync'd. You simply uploaded them to iCloud.

     

    There is a folder on your computer which does sync documents via iCloud but it is not used by any apps yet.

  • Chris Dubuque Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 13, 2011 11:24 AM (in response to Chris CA)

    I just got back from a genius bar visit. The kid was extremely smart, helpful, and knowledgeable on iCloud. But maybe I am just a moron and I still don't fully understand all of the set-up options. Very confusing. I had him turn it all off (not all that easy for the reasons mentioned above and not without some loss of calendar items and contacts). Back to the good old wire for now. Maybe they will make it easier someday but for now. I give up.

  • Randy Preising Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Nov 17, 2011 6:43 AM (in response to Chris Dubuque)

    Hey Chris - Can you tell us what they did at the Genius Bar to get your phone back to the good 'ol days?

     

    I am thoroughly unimpressed with this iCloud roll out. Really confusing.

  • erikasstuff Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 17, 2011 11:17 AM (in response to Randy Preising)

    Wow. All this stuff is a bit of a pain. I have to say though, my iCal and Contacts are all OK now. Apple invited me to make a new @me.com email address and since then everything's been working fine. I just bought my MBP in March/11 and signed up with MobileMe and so had a bit of an issue when joining iCloud with my Contacts being invisible on my iPhone, but with the new (and additional) @me.com email addresss, everything is peachy! Thank goodness.

    I'm not going to upgrade to Lion. Need to have a peaceful life for a bit.

  • Chris Dubuque Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 17, 2011 3:01 PM (in response to Randy Preising)

    Hi randy, there is a short version and a long version of how I got back to the good old days. The short version is that in the icloud settings on both the computer and the phone, you simply slide all of the slider bars to off (mail, calendars, contacts, bookmarks, etc). Then to make sure it syncs by wire, you need to plug the phone into your computer and then in the phone's view in iTunes, make sure that the calendar, contacts, and whatever functions you want to sync are checked. These are the same screens and checks we have had all along, so it should be easy to make sure they are the way you want them. I left my iCloud account active in case I want it someday but I suppose you could completely deactivate the account.

     

    The longer version is that I had damage control of lost iCal appointments and lost contact info to recover. The only iCal and contact stuff that was tricky to get back was stuff I had created while in the cloud. I can't recreate what the genius did to save all that stuff! But he did!

     

    All is well now!

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