Safari is something I never sync'd to iCloud. But I just spent hours cleaning out old bookmarks and decided to sync it so I'd have the same thing on my iPhone and iPad.
In System Prefs, iCloud I clicked on the Safari box to sync and it aid it would merge my iMac Safari with iCloud bookmarks. Since I was sure there was nuttin there I went ahead and sync'd. I rebooted all my Mac devices and went to iMac to see that all my old sheet [with one "i"] was back!
No problem, just go to Time Machine and get the old one back from last I cleaned it up.
I cannot get to the place they are supposed to be stored:
Am I up sheet [with an "i"] creek without a paddle or dead in the water?
Haven't given up on this yet. Have read many discussions in Apple Support and boy do they have long complicated instructions that sometimes worked for people and then not for others.
This link Explains what I am most recently trying. This is my third try using these instructions. This time, I am waiting a long time [long enough for my iMac to back up Safari cleaned up bookmarks to iCloud, and then I will turn on iCloud Safari on the iPhone and iPad.
Ho hum. Like I have nothing else to do anyway. Ha. Was going to call AppleCare support but still want to see if I can get it worked out on my own. I also wrote a post on the Apple Support forum and got response I got so far.
Winston Churchill Poulton-le-Fylde, UK HT4910 Re: Safair Bookmark sync using iCloud, iMac Oct 16, 2013 2:33 PM (in response to Starmillway)
Turning on syncing Safari means syncing your Bookmarks, in addition to tabs and reading lists, the message is only checking that this is what you want to do, if you don't want to sync your bookmarks, you shouldn't enable Safari Syncing.
If you have any suggestions that you think might enhance iCloud, such as options for separate Safari sync features, you can send Apple your feedback here.
Solution in link has not worked for me. Thinking my problem might be: Not waiting long enough for my good BMs to be backed up on cloud, I waited forever before activating iPhone and iPad. Did not work after two tries.
Did you make sure that you quit Safari on the computer before moving the bookmarks.plist file around or making a copy of it?
When I delete/add a bookmark from the phone it takes about 5 minutes to go to the computer. When I delete/add a bookmark from the computer I seem to have to go to one of my bookmarks on the phone, then back to bookmarks for the change to show.
. Yea. Problem Fixed Once a problem is uncovered it seems so simple how in the heck could one have missed it!!
Okay, I've been on a Mac since time began, or since Mac began. I originally had an Apple account using my yahoo address as the name, etc. to identify me when I went on the Apple site or bought anything, registered, etc.
Move forward when they announced we could have a neat dot mac dot com address and add star mill way to that.
The Problem Now use both of them when communicating/logging in at iCloud. I used one addie on my iMac and a different addie on the iPhone and iPad.
Poor iCloud. It did the best it could in trying to sync my bookmarks. But not the way I wanted them.
All of my visiting forums, apple support sites, trying one solution after another [several times each because I was sure I was missing out on a step or two] produced no fix for me.
I called Applecare and within 5 minutes or less he discovered what was wrong. Took longer to fix it but I now a syncing properly with all my iCloud stuff, especially Safari.
Wish I could remember all of the process but of course I can't even remember what I had for breakfast this morning.
The Fix After logging out of iCloud on my iMac [iMac had the BMs I wanted] I then logged in again using dot mac dot com star mill way and password. I entered Safari, bookmarks, edit, and deleted ALL bookmarks. Clicked on "done." Quit Safari. Went back to devices main page, hit home button twice and swiped up on Safari quitting it for good. Back to open Safari and BMs were updated correctly [sync'd].
Because of my memory, I would not swear on the life of my first born that the above instructions are absolutely accurate, but to the best of my recollections, it is pretty close.
Kind of related is the fact that Apple asks one when setting up the iPhone if one wants an iCloud email address. They have you set one up then people start using it for the App Store etc when they had already been using a different Apple ID. It causes confusion as you see. I see multiple Apple IDs all the time. When I'm in front of the devices it's obvious to me, but I didn't see yours so I missed it.
They used to do the same with .mac. They make it seem like you need it to use the cloud.
It's kind of a pet peave for me, but then again I make money by ironing these problems out for people.
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