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Question: How to delete an expired iCloud account?


(the background:)

For some time now I have been having problems with iCal, and with my calendar on iCloud. There are problems with the communication between iCal on my MacBookPro, my wife's iCal on her MacMini and the iCloud calendar, but what is more annoying, I also began to get multiple duplicates of events on my MacBookPro's iCal. (I admit: the reason for THAT may be with the synching software between the MacBookPro and my Android smartphone!) Trying to get rid of all those duplicates at once, I deactivated iCloud in my system preferences and then deleted all calendars on my local iCal, planning then to reactivate the iCloud account and to restore the calendar from iCloud.

Only, it seems that I have painted myself into a corner.

(the problem:)

Whenever I try to activate the iCloud account, iCloud tells me it can't do that.

I open (iCal) preferences:

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…go into «accounts» tab:

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…click on «Diesen Account aktivieren»… and get this:

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«"calendar" is unable to activate this account; there has been an unknown error.»

The relevant Apple ID doesn't exist any more, I had altered it when I had been asked repeatedly to confirm the contact e-mail which had expired much earlier. The domain that both the Apple ID name and the contact address had used don't exist any more. So now I can't even change the iCal's cloud connection. Cul-de-sac.

So this is my question: how do I get out of this cul-de-sac and how will I become able again to enter events into my iCal and have it mirrored in my iCloud calendar? (updating or renovating their accessibility for my wife will be a next step…)

Thanks for your help already!


MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Yosemite (10.10.5)

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If you add an account in Calendar/Preferences/Accounts and select iCloud, do you get the current Apple ID? You could then disable the old ID account.

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Dec 12, 2017 9:22 AM in response to andreas_thal In response to andreas_thal

What Apple (iCloud) ID is signed into System Preferences/iCloud? If you open System Preferences/Internet Accounts (or Mail, Contacts & Calendars) and select iCloud, what Apple ID shows there?

Try in the Safe Mode.

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Safe Mode - Yosemite

Dec 12, 2017 9:22 AM

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Dec 13, 2017 12:14 AM in response to Eric Root In response to Eric Root

ok, I did this right away — and unlike before, this time it worked! I was able to create that new account, was allowed to delete the old ID account, could remedy the family-qualities (for lack of the appropriate english term) of my calendars, and the events of all three calendars are showing correctly on iCal.

A huge thank you to you, Eric, you made my day – and more than that. My hat is off to you and all the other helpful minds in the communities.

All the best!

Dec 13, 2017 12:14 AM

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Question: How to delete an expired iCloud account?