iCloud setup 102: Advanced iCloud issues
Great basic iCloud setup 101 article! I think for the more advanced people, I want to mention a few (often frustrating) points that I encountered in the past that may or may not still be issues.
1. CAUTION: iCloud is often not that smart when adding new devices: After I first set up iCloud on my mac more than a year ago, I then downloaded iCloud on a PC and set it up to sync my contacts, favorites (bookmarks), etc. What it did was assume the new device (blank PC) was what it should sync across all devices and erased all my contacts from other devices! Luckily I quickly turned off the Wi-Fi on one of my Macs before it went blank and was able to back up the contacts before they were lost forever, then restart the Wi-Fi and watch them disappear then reload from the backup and luckily sync back to the cloud and down to the PC.
We recently replaced a PC and I am afraid to turn on iCloud for Outlook fearing it will sync the blank from Outlook again and wipe out the contacts on iCloud!
At least back then I found the order of syncing is not always clear cut when adding a new device! Make sure everything is backed up if possible when adding a new device!
2. iCloud does not appear to be able to mirror sync large book mark libraries. It would be great if it could scan the bookmarks/favorites and add only what’s new or different, but it seems to try to sync everything so if you have found that a huge bookmark library can serve as a valuable information storage reminder, don’t try to sync it across devices through iCloud, I found it will stop trying to sync and report an error constantly.
3. It is unclear if one rearranges a large bookmark/favorites library, how the older bookmark/favorites library in the iCloud can be erased so that the new bookmark library will be synced among all the devices. One option “might” be to back up and remove your bookmarks/favorites and hope iCloud syncs forward and becomes blank, and then reload the bookmarks/favorites and it will sync that library.
4. If using Outlook on Windows, installing iCloud and turning on Calendar will make the default (non.pst) calendar the iCloud calendar which imports everything from the default .pst Outlook Calendar. This will remove all upcoming appointments/events from the right sided To-Do bar which syncs with the default Outlook Calendar. So if you are used to looking at the right column at your To-Do Bar in Outlook for Windows to see a nice chronological list of upcoming events this list will disappear!
The only way I found to restart it (all old items are transferred to the iCloud Calendar which does not sync with the To-Do bar because it is not a .pst calendar) is to enter events from that point on into both the iCloud calendar for them to sync in iCloud AND enter them into the default Outlook calendar for them to appear in the To-Do Bar. If you want them to sync to Windows Live/Outlook.com or Google, etc. you have to enter events into those calendars separately also (a lot of work!).
Some people have offered a workaround: http://forums.macwor...ok/page__st__28