As do a few hundred million Apple customers, I use iCloud. It’s not my favorite cloud service, but it’s priced right, works on a growing number of iOS and macOS applications, and has improved the past two years. That improvement doesn’t mean iCloud is Dropbox. It’s not. Dropbox works better, syncs faster, causes few hiccups and headaches.
Maybe my perspective on life is different, but I don’t agree with Jonny Evans on How To Fix iCloud Sync In Seconds. It can’t be done. Usually, whenever there is a sync problem, I just wait a day or two and iCloud comes back, but your mileage may vary.
My perspective? My wife and I walked into the British Museum in London and she exclaimed, “Wow. Look at the history.” I said, “Wow. Look at all the pieces of history the British stole from other countries.”
Any sync service that can be fixed in seconds is worth of consideration. The problem is the list of fixes. It’s not seconds. It’s minutes. It could be an hour.
iCloud sync is usually reliable, but sometimes you’ll find contacts, calendar events or other content fails to sync between all your devices in the few seconds it should take. If this seems to be happening to you, these simple tricks can help get things running smoothly again.
Remember, this should take seconds. It took minutes just to read the list.
Here you go:
- Is everything up to date?
- Check that iCloud is working.
- Make sure you are properly logged in
- Check dates and times
- Force sync
- Log out of iCloud and log in again
- Restart your devices
None of that has anything to do with a fix in seconds. Unless you count 45-minutes in seconds. That would be 2,700 seconds, and not exactly what people think when they think about doing something in seconds.
I’ve been using Dropbox on Mac, iPhone, and iPad far longer than iCloud and never once had to fix anything other than log in when using a new application. Not once. That says something about how Dropbox works (more expensive than iCloud) and how much attention iCloud gets from Apple (not as much as it needs) and how lame it was that Steve Jobs decided not to buy Dropbox (“It’s a service, not a business”).
Apple details how you can make copies of the information stored on iCloud. And, yes, I copy everything valuable to multiple devices wherever possible. But iCloud has become something of a backup service, too. I know many Mac, iPhone, and iPad users who do not have a backup other than what iCloud does.
iCloud has become more useful in recent years– and more dependable. But not dependable enough to trust, and certainly not sufficiently dependable that it can be fixed in seconds. 2,700 seconds, maybe.