Is there a way to just sync Safari tabs but not bookmarks via iCloud?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by wreckthisplace, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. wreckthisplace macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2006
    Hey all,

    I want to sync my Safari to my iPhone, but I just want to sync my open tabs or at the very least be able to select which bookmarks to sync. I don't need all of my bookmarks from my computer synced to my phone.

    Any ideas?

  2. Lukeyy19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    England, UK
    Just searching the forums for a solution to this too, looks like we're in a minority, very few posts about this bugging people.

    I want iCloud tabs; that sounds useful, but I don't want all my Mac bookmarks clogging up my iPhone/iPad bookmarks bar as I have separate apps for most of them.

    Why do I have to choose between having my bookmarks set up for convenience or iCloud Tabs, let me have both!

    If anyone knows of a way around this, please let us know.
  3. Sir Al macrumors member

    Sir Al

    Feb 14, 2005
    Vancouver, Canada
    This can't be such an uncommon feature. I have a work laptop and a home computer. All my bookmarks on the work laptop are work-related, but sometimes I use it to browse news, articles, etc.

    I don't want to mix up my work and non-work bookmarks, especially because I need to have the work bookmarks organized in a special way for quick access. But I DO want to see the tabs I have open on the work laptop from my home computer, iPad or iPhone so that I can continue browsing.

    Thus, the BIG problem is this: Once done working, whether chatting with colleagues or browsing by myself, I open up a bunch of tabs/pages that I'd like to read. When it's time to leave, I go home and I either have to search to find all the same pages I was looking for, which is just a waste of time. I can email them to myself every day, which is another hassle and I might forget. Or I just end up using my work laptop to continue browsing, trying to find a moment when I don't have ANY tabs open to switch to my MUCH BETTER home computer. Yet, that moment usually never comes.

    I've been looking for a nice solution for a while. If Apple just had more fine-grained control over iCloud, it would be better. An "Options..." button like they currently have for Photos, for Safari to chose what to sync. The same for Documents & Data, chose which apps to sync. For example, Mail, Pages, Numbers, Text Edit or Other Data. I don't want Mail to be sync'ed, but all the others yes. However, because I don't have that option, I have to disable Documents & Data completely for this computer.

    Sad, really. But it's not the first time when "simplicity" of the design has gone in the way of functionality and usability.

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