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I currently have an iMac, MacBook Air and four iOS devices which are configured to use iCloud. All interact with successfully, however, I have one exception which is Safari and bookmarks. For some reason my iMac decided to create thousands of folders entitled Financial Information, all with no data in. Through iCloud these folders are replicated on each device, eating into valuable storage space on the smaller ones!
I decided to purchase Safari Prairiefire as it was reported to solve the problem. It was partially successful as it cleared out the empty folders, leaving a cleaned bookmark list. However, as soon I reconnect Safari to iCloud the duplicate folders return.
In a final attempt, I switched off Safari’s iCloud syncing on all devices and cleared out the duplicate folders. On the iPhone, I switched on Safari syncing and the result was the duplicates appeared after a few minutes. Can you help? Bryan Knope Christian Hall says… That problem sounds hugely irritating. We’ve encountered a slightly different problem in which bookmarks weren’t syncing to one of our devices at all, but that seemed to resolve itself when we turned off Safari syncing for an extended period before re-enabling it. In fact, Apple’s general advice on fixing problems with syncing iCloud Bookmarks (http://apple.co/1UAI0HP) includes a suggestion that you should wait several minutes between turning off the feature and turning it back on again. If a few minutes isn’t resolving your problem, try waiting for at least an hour!
Failing that, on a Mac that has a complete copy of your Safari bookmarks, choose File > Export Bookmarks. Next, turn off Safari in iCloud’s settings on all of your devices, including that Mac, and choose the option to delete bookmarks when each device asks. Manually check that this has been done to ensure none of the devices can propagate unwanted items back to iCloud. When you’ve confirmed that no bookmarks remain, return to the Mac and choose File > Import From > Bookmarks HTML File and choose the file you exported. Take this opportunity to remove duplicates, then turn on Safari in iCloud’s settings. Wait a while to ensure they’ve uploaded, then turn on the feature on another device and check that only the wanted bookmarks appear, and repeat on other devices. Let us know how you get on.
Bookmark syncing has been known to take time to work.