iCloud not syncing, iOS 7.1

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by crazyman3005, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. crazyman3005 macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    Right then, it seems that my contacts weren't syncing to my iCloud, so I checked the settings and indeed, I had the incorrect option selected, being in settings for contacts, the default account was my university email account rather than iCloud...

    Having just changed this to iCloud and backing up, it seems that my contacts have not been imported into iCloud online however a few amendments such as name changes have been changed...iOS 7.1

    How long does it take? It seems all my additional contacts haven't been refreshed yet.
    Thanks in advance
  2. Adamsappel macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2014
    I am fairly new to Apple but have had enough bad experiences with iCloud sync. I cannot comment on contacts sync but if it takes too long, do a search on Apple's own support forum. I had a nasty calendar sync issue two days ago and that proved to be a "known issue." Also, a few very important notes disappeared and my notes app frequently crashes on Mountain Lion. Reluctant to upgrade to Mavs as past experiences with both OS X and iOS proved that new releases broke systems that worked well prior to updates and also the iPhone 5 has much increased power consumption.

    Notes only sync through iCloud leaving one no choice, but I brought contacts & calendars out of the cloud and sync locally. Tedious but it works.
  3. nightlong macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2012
    I've had major issues with contacts since updating to 7.1. Somehow about half my contacts vanished in icloud, and on iPhone, iPad, and MacBook they were all different. I thought the solution would be simple: delete this messed up version on my MacBook, restore from recent backup on external drive, then merge that with icloud version. Not that simple.

    Hours on the phone with Apple ... IOS and OSX specialists, deleting, restoring, etc, etc. My backup was Archive rather than VCard. So, eventually got everything back on the computer, exported that as Vcards, then deleted icloud and devices, then restored with Vcards. This worked.

    Why did this happen? No answers to that.

    I am now taking the precaution of turning off icloud for contacts on phone and iPad, and only turning it on when I add new contacts as I just don't trust icloud as no reason could be found for why this happened, and it was a major drama losing half my contacts at a very busy time and spending a vast amount of time sorting it out.
  4. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    Why not back-up your contacts with an email account, like we did in the pre-iCloud days?
  5. Adamsappel macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2014
    Before iCloud, we used either Windows with Nokia Suite and a USB cable or on Mac via iTunes and a USB cable. Local tethering in both scenarios worked with aplomb.
  6. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    If I toggle contacts and calendar backups via my Yahoo email account, everything carries across just fine. I did this for a couple of years before iCloud came on the scene. I might just do it as well as the iCloud now, just in case...
  7. Adamsappel macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2014
    Yahoo had had some users' data compromised and I closed my accounts with them.

    I paid dearly for Apple to have local sync so they took it away. This morning, I see that some of my contacts now appear in triplicate. It just never ends.
  8. tehtarek macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2010
    7 Hours to synch iphone to Icloud

    i am now in the process of migrating from ios to android so i wish to update my icloud with the current state of my iphone, so it can then download it on the new android redmi note.

    Now is 10 minutes after i started it on the iphone running on a 2Mbs internet connection. it says 7 more hours to back up.

    It also reminds us that the backup process will only happen when the iphone is locked, plugged in to power source and on wifi.
    Still a full backup takes so long. This is probably why some people loose data.

    In my case through the years of merging my offline backups to and from computer to handphone, to smartphone to desktop, to todays superhandphones, ipad.

    I basically went from ms dos to windows to linux, back to windows, now to mac, and now to android - specifically MIUI

    The most important is always the contact list. Remember? Nokia pc suite, PalmOS hotsybc, Win Mobile, synching via usb cable computer to device..... then when new device importing.

    Through all the years, what has happened is that i have now over 5000 contacts in my list. From my various projects all over the place. It was once showing 8000 over but i slowly whittled it down.

    I remember one problem when I did the synch when i was in a different time zone, and everything went off by one day. i had two birthday notices, one for today and the other for tomorrow. Which one is the correct one..... sigh.....

    I used the prayerware one to clean but still cannot work because it had to deal with such huge files on by todays standard slow machines.... in those days it was 386 to p1's.

    An update. for the time it took me to write the above, the sync to icloud is not reporting 3 hours remaining

    Since the tools to sync our devices is always changing thus resulting in imports or exports being corrupted, my present strategy is use what i have built up even though i only use 2% of all the 4000 odd contacts I have in my Iphone now, i can afford to keep it since the devices we use now are sooooo fast.

    I remember when i had 1000 contacts, i migrated from my nokia communicator (so sluggish) to my first 02Htc running winCE3.0 (still sluggish but better),

    Aha, now it says, 1 Hr more... Almost there.

    So I guess after all that ranting, it might have nothing to do with the system, but just a poor synch???

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