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Bookmarks not syncing, other data does.

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JG Here Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 7, 2012 3:51 PM

Been using MobileMe and now iCloud for years.  Most of my data syncs fine between two desktops, a powerbook, iPhone and iPad, but not my Safari Bookmarks.  Since it became iCloud, my bookmarks don't sync well.  My iCal updated within minutes or less.  With Mobilme I could force a sync whenever I needed to.  I can't do this with iCloud.  I don't know why just the bookmarks don't sync.  All my machines are set up to do the same syncs.  What's with Bookmarks?  And, where's my manual sync control?

iPad, iOS 5.0.1, MacPro, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)
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    Jun 7, 2012 4:00 PM (in response to JG Here)

    Bookmark syncing is a little unpredictable at present.

     

    You would be best exporting bookmarks to your desktop on your Mac, turning bookmark syncing on on all your devices and then deleting all your bookmarks from all your devices. Leave things alone for a while and later check that each device still has no bookmarks. Once satisfied that all your devices have no bookmarks, re-import the bookmarks on your Mac and allow them to sync with all your other devices.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)
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    Jun 8, 2012 4:27 AM (in response to JG Here)

    Bookmark syncing does work, it's just a bit of a pain to get it to work initially. Once I myself went through the procedure I explained, my bookmarks started syncing and have continued to do so since.

  • HotRod34 Calculating status...
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    Jun 9, 2012 7:49 AM (in response to JG Here)

    I was experiencing the same problems with bookmarks not syncing lately, everything else seemed to be syncing just fine. Turning bookmark syncing off and back on in my iMac's iCloud Preferences seems to have it working for now.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)
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    Jun 9, 2012 10:28 AM (in response to JG Here)

    For the avoidance of doubt, my bookmarks have been syncing properly for months. If I create a new bookmark today on any of my devices, it soon appears on all the rest, to me that's syncing, not just a merge.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)
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    Jun 9, 2012 11:36 AM (in response to JG Here)

    Then my bookmarks are 'truly' syncing, since I can delete a bookmark on any device and it gets deleted on all others.

  • HotRod34 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 10, 2012 6:22 AM (in response to JG Here)

    Since performing this action my bookmarks have been syncing across all my devices. Just created a new bookmark on my iPad and it is now on my iPhone and my iMac.

  • Zig3 Calculating status...
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    Jul 9, 2012 5:59 PM (in response to JG Here)

    Mine work fine sometimes and then other times like today they do not sync at all.

  • moe-b Calculating status...
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    Aug 17, 2012 1:01 PM (in response to HotRod34)

    Checking and unchecking bookmark syncing worked for me perfectly, thanks!

  • mdz0739 Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2012 6:24 PM (in response to JG Here)

    To add to these great suggestions, the timing of bookmark syncing on iOS devices is tied to the "Fetch New Data" settings on them.  To see changes the quickest between devices, turn "Push" on and make sure that iCloud fetch schedule is set to "Push".

     

    Here is how to do it on the iPhone 4S (same or similar on iPad):

    1. Go to "Settings"

    2. Go to "Mail, Contacts, Calendars"

    3. Select "Fetch New Data" and set "Push"  to "On"

    4. Scroll to bottom and select "Advanced"

    5. Select "iCloud" and set to "Push"

     

    Regards,

    Michael

  • ami_ella Calculating status...
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    Mar 30, 2013 4:27 AM (in response to JG Here)

    I am using a MacPro, a MacBookAir and an iPhone. I had this problem: the Air and iPhon's bookmarks wer syncing, but not the MacPro's.

    What solved it for me was to check out of the old MobileMe account and then I unchecked and checked back the bookmarks sync.

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