Not synced with iCloud

I share Cal­en­dars and doc­u­ments between two Macs us­ing iCloud, but they don’t al­ways ap­pear to see the same thing. Why not, and what canI do about it?

Mac|Life - - ASK -

iCloud of­fers two classes of shar­ing: spe­cific ser­vices, such as Con­tacts, Cal­en­dars, and Photos, and shared file stor­age in iCloud Drive. If both of your Macs share the same iCloud ac­count and are con­fig­ured the same way in their iCloud panes in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences, they should see es­sen­tially the same things. Mi­nor dif­fer­ences can arise when they run dif­fer­ent ver­sions of macOS, as iCloud fea­tures vary slightly across ma­jor re­leases of the op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

One fac­tor which can throw this out of kil­ter is the use of pri­vate, lo­cal Cal­en­dars and other po­ten­tially shared data. Con­sol­i­date your ap­point­ments into fewer cal­en­dars, and en­sure they are all shared on your iCloud ac­count, not stored lo­cally. Do the same for Con­tacts.

When one Mac is dis­con­nected from the in­ter­net, per­haps when at a re­mote lo­ca­tion, it won’t, of course, be able to see any changes which have oc­curred in shared fea­tures or on iCloud Drive. How­ever, when it re­con­nects to Ap­ple’s servers, it should quickly bring it­self up to date. If it doesn’t, con­tact Ap­ple ( bit.ly/ap­plsppt) to ask it to in­ves­ti­gate.

Two Macs with the same iCloud set­tings on the same ac­count should see the same shared in­for­ma­tion.

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