Can I just delete iCloud?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by pokeyjoe, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. pokeyjoe macrumors newbie

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    My Mac Mini doesn't like iCloud at all. I tried turning off all the apps, but it still connects for my Calendar. Can I just delete the preference pane?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, don't delete the preference pane. Just set your preferences not to sync anything to iCloud.
     
  3. pokeyjoe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That doesn't work. Everything is unchecked in the preferences. I sign out of iCloud, but as soon as I open Calendar, I'm signed in again.
     
  4. r0k macrumors 68040

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    Back when iCloud first came out, I created a "throwaway" icloud account for testing. I signed out of it and all my contacts and calendar suddenly vanished. They had somehow become associated with that defunct icloud account. Before you sign out of icloud, please make sure you back up any data in contacts, calendar, memos and any other area you have EVER had checked to sync to icloud.

    What do you mean that your Mac mini doesn't "like" icloud? Does it keep pestering you to log in? Does it keep beachballing? Deleting a preference pane seems like using a nuclear warhead on a cockroach (which of course would live on ;) ). What is it you hope to accomplish by "getting rid of" icloud?
     
  5. pokeyjoe, Dec 16, 2013
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    pokeyjoe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, it's slow (2 ghz Intel Core 2 Duo with twin SSDs). Snow Leopard was so much faster. I've got everything backed up, so no worries there.
     
  6. r0k macrumors 68040

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    What version of OSX are you using? How did you install it? App store, right?

    I have a number of older Macs and I don't see these kind of problems when running the newest possible version of OSX. I have 2 machines running Mavericks, the kids' Macbook Pros run Mountain Lion (because they are too lazy to update to Mavericks) and I have a couple of older "spare" machines running Lion and Leopard (because it's a G4).

    On any machine new enough to have iCloud, I have all my contacts, etc "just show up" and I don't live in beachball kingdom. Perhaps Apple can help you with your problem. I doubt a core 2 duo machine is eligible for support but you can get walk-in support for up to 30 minutes at any Apple store by making a Genius Bar appointment.
     
  7. pokeyjoe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mavericks. Pretty much forced to use iCloud.
     
  8. bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68000

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    This is one big reason I have not upgraded to Mavericks. Apple is aggressively pushing iCloud on people. Which is likely heavily influenced by the NSA. Even when I log into my iPhone after it comes back on from charging iOS 7 asks me to log into iCloud which I decline cause I don't even have an account. So annoying.
     
  9. r0k macrumors 68040

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    You don't have to use iCloud. You can log in to merely take advantage of calendar and contacts sync and you can even switch those off if you want to. I was a .mac user and a mobile me user. Now I'm an iCloud user. If you don't like the cloud, by all means uncheck everything and ignore it. However you will need to create a login and "log in" on your Mac because all your data will become associated with that login. If you "log out" of iCloud, all your data will disappear. If you log in to your old account, and if you had sync turned on, all of it will come back. And it's fast. When I set up an account on a new iThing or Mac, all my stuff is there within seconds of logging in. I'm very happy with iCloud and FearUncertaintyandDoubt about ulterior motives behind iCloud's existence aren't going to stand in my way of using it.
     
  10. bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68000

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    I'd rather continue to sync my data through USB thank you.
     

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