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Syncing iPhone with new MacBook Air
« on: January 18, 2020, 07:33:38 am »
As above, People.

Ordinarily, I sync my iPhone with my 2015 iMac, and it does that without ado.
I'd not tried syncing the iPhone with my new Mackbook Air until  now.
When I set up (it largely did this itself) the MacBook Air, it somehow managed to capture most of the details/entries of my contacts and my calendar but, not all of them.
Now, in an effort to have all of the details/ contacts shared between the iPhone and the Macbook Air, I have synced, but to no avail.
Sought entries remain missing from Contacts and Calendar on the MacBook Air.
Any ideas as to why, or how I can fix this, pls?
Both devices have the most recent OS installed.

TIA.

Re: Syncing iPhone with new MacBook Air
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2020, 07:54:12 am »
If you sync your iPhone (or iTouch, iPod, iPad) with another computer it will wipe all the data you loaded from the first computer. It will ask before doing this. It means that if you have entries missing from Contacts and Calendar on the MacBook Air then you need to copy these across from your iMac, otherwise these will be missing from your iPhone once you have synced it to the MacBook.

Re: Syncing iPhone with new MacBook Air
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2020, 08:19:53 am »
If you sync your iPhone (or iTouch, iPod, iPad) with another computer it will wipe all the data you loaded from the first computer. It will ask before doing this. It means that if you have entries missing from Contacts and Calendar on the MacBook Air then you need to copy these across from your iMac, otherwise these will be missing from your iPhone once you have synced it to the MacBook.

Hmmmm....
It seems not so, Lester.
(I thought) I'd synced the iPhone with the MacBook Air, and so was a bit dismayed to read your advice above - I didn't really want the data to disappear from the 2015 iMac before I knew for sure that I had it synced elsewhere.
So, I carried out a sync between the iPhone and the iMac and all appears to be well. All the data is there.
I think I may just leave it like that.
The iMac is auto backed up onto Timemachine, and the MacBook Air is primarily for email and surfing, so not having calendar / contacts data on there isn't a game changer as I'll generally have my phone with me and the relevant data is on that.

I remain curious as to why the MacBook Air has only captured partial data from Contacts & Calendar.

Re: Syncing iPhone with new MacBook Air
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2020, 08:25:56 am »
Sorry to dismay you, Jurek, but the way I described is my experience with a number of i devices and a couple of iMacs. As you have found them to behave differently I will just shut up.

I don't use TimeMachine; I think Jaded is experienced with that.

Jaded

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Re: Syncing iPhone with new MacBook Air
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2020, 08:37:42 am »
Is it particular calendars that are missing, or groups in Contacts?
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Re: Syncing iPhone with new MacBook Air
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2020, 08:48:34 am »
Is it particular calendars that are missing, or groups in Contacts?
On the MacBook Air the Calendar is there, just 99% of the events / entries are missing.

Most of the Contacts appear to be there - just the occasional one (which I happened to need last night) is missing.
For all I know, that may be the only contact missing. But without cross-checking all of them.......

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Re: Syncing iPhone with new MacBook Air
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2020, 09:00:12 am »
You can group events into calendars in calendar, I wondered if what you are seeing is one calendar group not synced?

Also I’d be more inclined to get calendars and contacts over iCloud, if using multiple machines

(From memory) Start with the machine that has the right data, and make sure all it’s data is in iCloud (log into iCloud in Safari to check this)
Then with the other machines, whether they are macs or iOS devices, cancel the sync with iCloud and then relog in, they should resend with iCloud and therefore have a matching set of data that is in the cloud on iCloud.

I think Apple want you to do it by iCloud now, rather than by syncing.
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Re: Syncing iPhone with new MacBook Air
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2020, 09:31:54 am »
I think you are right.
I get the impression that iCloud is probably Apple's preferred conduit for data exchange.
I'm trying to decide whether or not that is A Good Thing?

Jaded

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Re: Syncing iPhone with new MacBook Air
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2020, 09:45:14 am »
I use it but not for everything (i.e. definitely not photos, except shared albums!)

You set the choices up in System setting : iCloud and in iOS Settings and the tool Where it shows your account.
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Re: Syncing iPhone with new MacBook Air
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2020, 05:53:54 pm »
Yeah, Apple have pushed everything onto iCloud, which makes sense, everything then syncs between all devices without having to think about it. If there's stuff not on iCloud, best to put it there and forget about it.

My main gripe with iCloud is the teensy space allocation* and the tedious attempts to sell me more GBs. And no, I don't but my pictures up there, I don't want someone hacking them. Tbh, if anyone wants a picture of me naked, just ask.

*5GB, which pretty much holds one iPhone backup.
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barakta

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Re: Syncing iPhone with new MacBook Air
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2020, 09:50:55 pm »
To be fair, the iCloud rate for 50GB is 79p a month. I persuaded my mum to get that plan cos she's got 285353524 photos of grandchildren and several iThings. She's thrown hundreds at phone repair in the past cos unbacked up photos  :facepalm:... So she was delighted that for less than a coffee a month, it's Just Sorted.

I don't really mind the paying for a service model cos data storage and all the magic is a service which works well on the whole "As Long As You Do It Steve's Way" (He may be dead, but his annoying attitude lives on in iThings).

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Re: Syncing iPhone with new MacBook Air
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2020, 10:45:12 pm »
We've just got a replacement iPhone for mum. Very luckily my sister had backed the now drowned old one up to the Mac two weeks ago. Previous usable backup some years ago.

So the new one is now set up to back up to iCloud all the time...
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Re: Syncing iPhone with new MacBook Air
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2020, 09:09:24 am »
Apple make things simple, and that precludes flexibility, which is fine. My only gripe about iCloud is the miserly allowance before they start bugging you to pay. But yeah, 79p a month isn't pretty good compared to the cost of losing your entire photo collection...
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Kim

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Re: Syncing iPhone with new MacBook Air
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2020, 12:36:24 pm »
I find it quite refreshing that the Mega-Global Fruit Corporation want you to pay for their service in money, rather than data.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...