1 2 Previous Next 15 Replies Latest reply: Oct 2, 2013 6:45 PM by Harvey Millar
RandyInBC Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

Hi all.  I have been using iCal/Calendar for years and have hundreds of events set up in local calendars to send me email reminders of said events.  I figured I'd turn on iCloud for Calendar, but after reading of numerous people losing data I decided to turn it off.  Now my problem, as far as I can tell, it can not be done.  I read the Apple support document which stated to export to my desktop the calendars I wanted to keep as iCloud would delete them from my Mac when it is turned off, I would then import the saved files back into Calendar.

 

I did as Apple instructed but when I imported the .ics files a warning popped up stating:   Some of the events in this calendar have alerts that open files or applications. - the files that could be opened may change or damage information on your computer.  If you continue, these alerts will be removed.    (cancel  or remove unsafe alert) are the only options available.

 

I want to import this file AND keep the alerts.  They are not unsafe as they were just exported from the same program I want to import them into. I went to my local Apple Store Genious Bar for a fix.  After several of the Geniouses tried their hand with how to do this, I left the store with no answers.  They sent a ticket to Apple engineers on a fix.

 

I can not believe I'm the ONLY person who wanted to turn off iCloud AND keep their info intact. 

 

Any thoughts ?      Thanks in advance for any help


Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), (Late 2012)
  • 1. Re: I want to turn off iCloud and keep all my calendar reminders, How ?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,345 points)

    Backup your calendars before signing out, restore them afterwards.

  • 2. Re: I want to turn off iCloud and keep all my calendar reminders, How ?
    RandyInBC Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Hi Csound1, Your sugestion was tried at the Genius Bar, the exporting of the calendars is not the real problem.  The problem is importing them intact.  We got the warning about  the alerts being damaging to my computer and they were removed and all replaced with the " 9:00 the day before alert"  We even created a test user account, imported the saved calendars and depending on a couple settings, either my alerts were removed or they went straight to iCloud. 

     

    It is appearing going to iCloud is a one way street.

     

    Randy

  • 3. Re: I want to turn off iCloud and keep all my calendar reminders, How ?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,345 points)

    Explicitly choose the local calendar (on my mac) rather than the icloud calendar.

     

    Alerts are not damaging to your computer. Post the actual message in its entirety.

  • 4. Re: I want to turn off iCloud and keep all my calendar reminders, How ?
    RandyInBC Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Hi,  The exact word for word warning message is in the second paragraph of my first post here but it is again.iCal Import Warning.jpg

    There are no longer any local calendars on my computer, iCloud took control of them all, that's my problem, I want them back the way they were.  So I'm not sure what you are referring too.  I know alerts are not damaging, Mountain Lion does not.  I have a scheduled call from an Apple engineer Friday morning, I hope he/she can resolve this.  I was told if they can not, it will be passed on to level 2 or 3 support.

     

    I saw in another thread in the iCal forum something about a terminal command to do something with sync services.  I will mention it in the call tomorrow.

     

    Randy

  • 5. Re: I want to turn off iCloud and keep all my calendar reminders, How ?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,345 points)

    RandyInBC wrote:

     

    Hi,  The exact word for word warning message is in the second paragraph of my first post here but it is again.iCal Import Warning.jpg

     

    You made the alerts, what applications did you link to?

     

    There are no longer any local calendars on my computer, iCloud took control of them all, that's my problem, I want them back the way they were.  So I'm not sure what you are referring too.

    All you have to do is copy them back to On My Mac and then delete the iCloud version (or sign out of iCloud) I am not sure what the problem is.

     

    I saw in another thread in the iCal forum something about a terminal command to do something with sync services.  I will mention it in the call tomorrow.

     

    Randy

    Ignore it, SyncServices is unaware of iCloud, and frankly I would advise you to leave Terminal alone until you know what commands entered in it can actually do.

     

    Open iCal or Calendar, in the side bar drag the calendars from iCloud to On My Mac, wait for the calendars to populate, you're done. (Or just sign out of iCloud)

  • 6. Re: I want to turn off iCloud and keep all my calendar reminders, How ?
    RandyInBC Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Hi,

    The 'damaging alerts'  are linked to Mail.  They are email reminders of appointments and birthdays ect. 

     

    It's not as simple as you are stating, I tried all you said as did 3 geniuses at my local apple store.  Either they stay in iCloud if I'm signed in, or I get that warning, even trying to move them to a different user account did not work.

     

    There is NO On my mac in the side bar, only iCloud.  I'm not touching anything until I've spoken to the engineer or a level 2 or 3 person.

     

    The terminal suggestion was said to have come from Apple Care, I bring it up in my call. 

     

    If this was as easy as you say, why is nobody at the Apple Store able to make this work ?

     

    iCloud is evil.

     

    Randy

  • 7. Re: I want to turn off iCloud and keep all my calendar reminders, How ?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,345 points)

    Do what you want, it's not magic but it you are so fluffed about it then don't.

     

    All you have to do (as you have a backup) is sign out, a 10 second procedure.

  • 8. Re: I want to turn off iCloud and keep all my calendar reminders, How ?
    RandyInBC Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Hey, I appreciate you trying to help, but what you've suggested has either been tried as I mentioned or can't be done, ie: no On My Mac option in the side bar.  I'll post after my call with Apple about their thoughts and solutions. 

     

    Randy

  • 9. Re: I want to turn off iCloud and keep all my calendar reminders, How ?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,345 points)

    RandyInBC wrote:

     

    Hey, I appreciate you trying to help, but what you've suggested has either been tried as I mentioned or can't be done, ie: no On My Mac option in the side bar.  I'll post after my call with Apple about their thoughts and solutions. 

     

    Randy

    Please do,

  • 10. Re: I want to turn off iCloud and keep all my calendar reminders, How ?
    RandyInBC Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Hey Csound1,

     

    Looks like we found a solution, it's Mickey Mouse but it works.  After talking to two Apple Senior Advisors, this is the fix they came up with:

     

    The first advisor after exploring it for awhile, came to the conclusion the way to get my calendars back local On my Mac with the alerts as I had then was to import the saved .ics files with my my 'dangerous email alerts' being removed then me manually re-adding them.   I said that was a no go.

     

    The second advisor, after speaking with me for awhile and trying a few things that we'd tried before said he'd do some work on his end and call me back.  A couple of hours later he phoned back with a fix that I guess will have to do, his solution:

     

    I had to go into Calendar-preferencs-accounts and create a Gmail calendar, quit and restart Calendar, I created a calendar in the gMail account.  Then I was given the option  in Calendar under File-New Calendar to create On my Mac local calendars.  Next was to create local calendars with the same names as my iCloud calendars.  Now I had to un-check all calendars but one, put Calendar in month view, command-click all the events for the given calendar and drag them to the new local calendar of the same name.  I then had to repeat this for each of the calendars and for all 12 months of the year. 

     

    I'm not done yet but it seems to be working.  As I said Mickey Mouse but doing the job.  It seems creating another online calendar account was the only way to get the local On my Mac option, active again.  What a pain in the a** this has been, I will repeat it again

     

    iCloud is EVIL.

  • 11. Re: I want to turn off iCloud and keep all my calendar reminders, How ?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,345 points)

    Frankly I have no clue why the Gmail calendar was even suggested, I just drag a calendar to or from iCloud/On My Mac as I please, it takes a few moments (plus internet waiting time) but I am happy that you ot a result.

  • 12. Re: I want to turn off iCloud and keep all my calendar reminders, How ?
    RandyInBC Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    I've explained this several times here.  THERE WAS NO 'ON MY MAC' OPTION TO DRAG ANYTHING TOO.

     

         nothing, none, not there, none existent,

     

    How could I drag a calendar to a place that did not exist ?

     

    For whatever reason, creating another on-line calendar account re-enabled the On my Mac option.

  • 13. Re: I want to turn off iCloud and keep all my calendar reminders, How ?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,345 points)

    Like I said, I'm happy that you found a fix.

  • 14. Re: I want to turn off iCloud and keep all my calendar reminders, How ?
    RandyInBC Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    I do appreciate you trying to help, I can see from the number of points you have that you have helped many others, keep it up.

     

    Have a great day

     

    Randy

1 2 Previous Next