iCloud

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by matt9013, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. matt9013 macrumors 6502

    matt9013

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    I have an iMac running the latest OS and an iPad Air 2. I will soon be getting an iPhone and after that an AW. I was wondering how I sync all my information between all my devices. Like calendar, reminders, notes, messages etc. I don't have iCloud activated if that matters.

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  2. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

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    Activate iCloud.

    You'll be able to sync Notes, Safari bookmarks, save passwords to Keychain....all of that will be synced between your devices.
     
  3. Goatllama macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have any particular aversion to iCloud? 'Cause that's going to be the easiest solution.

    As for messages, etc.:
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204681

    Edit: Even the thread title seems to indicate iCloud's inevitability.
     
  4. matt9013 thread starter macrumors 6502

    matt9013

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    I have nothing against iCloud. I just wasn't 100% sure if that is how I synced everything but had a feeling that was the way. Never needed iCloud before so I just haven't activated it yet.

    Do I just activate it on all my devices and than do whatever on my iMac and it syncs up or do I have to do it through the iCloud website?
     
  5. Goatllama macrumors 6502a

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    Yep! Just sign in with the same account, activate which features you want (reminders, etc.) and you should be good! The website is a really good tool, though. It's the most stable view of what's currently stored, and lets you restore old info if anything bad happens / accidental deletions. : )
     
  6. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    As I am aware, as long as actions are made by user, whether by accident or intended, iCloud would sync them across all devices linked to the same iCloud account, as long as those devices are connected.
    A better practice is to keep a device offline somehow, like keeping iPad offline. Then if there is any info deleted unintentionally, user may recover it from a cached version on an offline device.
    Wish I correctly understand what you say "anything bad happens / accidental deletions".
     
  7. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    I'm trying to think what you could accidentally delete. Deleting contacts etc is a multi step process, so if you lose those it's your own fault really. Mail goes into your Trash so it's reversible. Notes used to be a problem but they have a Trashcan now too. Have I missed something?
     
  8. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    For contacts and mails ok. But for notes, trashcan is only available in recent iOS versions. Despite that, what about calendar events? If you delete a repeated one, you will have a higher chance to mess up the remaining. I have this many times before.
     
  9. Goatllama macrumors 6502a

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    Anything bad happens = iCloud syncing mishaps (closing an application before it has finished syncing, adding info during a system outage, etc.)
    Accidental deletions = I agree that it's hard to believe, but it happens. The one I've seen in the past is when they go into Usage > and either iCloud or Storage and delete something thinking that it will only be deleted from the one device.
    Keeping one device offline is definitely safe, but kinda defeats the syncing process. How exactly would that process work? Enter the info separately on that device to keep it up to date with your others?
     

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