Created: January 11, 2023

I have two MacBooks and what to merge the data on each

I want to avoid duplication of data
Last Edit: January 11, 2023
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Rostyslav Vieliiev
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Nice to meet you, *****!
Did you login to your Apple ID on both of them?
Customer Reply
I have two MacBooks and two iPads. One of the MacBooks is not synced with the other.
Rostyslav Vieliiev
Rostyslav Vieliiev Tech Expert & Writer
Do you use the same Apple ID for your devices?
Customer Reply
I do log in with both and the same Apple ID
Rostyslav Vieliiev
Rostyslav Vieliiev Tech Expert & Writer
Good.
Did you try anything before contacting us?
Customer Reply
No, I wanted to ask first
Rostyslav Vieliiev
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Can we use your iPad to sync your second Mac?
Customer Reply
The files are my main concern
I do not have the files on my iPad
My iPhones and iPads have the same data base on contacts with one of the MacBooks but not the other MacBook
Rostyslav Vieliiev
Rostyslav Vieliiev Tech Expert & Writer
Try to do it this way, please:
Go to System Preferences.
Click the Apple ID icon.
Make sure iCloud Drive is ticked and you are signed into iCloud.
Click the Options button to the right of iCloud.
Tick the Desktop & Documents Folders checkbox.
Click the Done button at the bottom.
Wait for it to sync your files and folders. It could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours to actually sync your Desktop and Documents folders and it depends on the number and size of files stored in them.
Customer Reply
I will try that. The files are large so it may take a while
Rostyslav Vieliiev
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It's okay, I will wait as long as it requires.
Customer Reply
Where is the Apple ID icon in Preferences?
One has System Settings and the the other System Preferences
Rostyslav Vieliiev
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Do you see your profile picture there? For Apple ID.
Usually at the top of this list.
Customer Reply
No. let me look furtehr
Rostyslav Vieliiev
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Take your time.
Customer Reply
At the very top left I have my name
Right not left
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Try to click on it.
Customer Reply
Next is a search magnifying glass
Rostyslav Vieliiev
Rostyslav Vieliiev Tech Expert & Writer
Try to use your name, you see.
Customer Reply
When I click on it shows my name and below log in
Rostyslav Vieliiev
Rostyslav Vieliiev Tech Expert & Writer
Okay, thank you for checking.
Customer Reply
window and below that users and groups
Rostyslav Vieliiev
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Can you make a photo or a screenshot of the Preferences window on your Mac, please?
To attach pictures to our chat, you need to press the paper clip button in the lower right corner of the chat window. Then you have either to choose an image on your device or take a photo right away. Then confirm sending.
Customer Reply
I hit the paperclip and it takes me to desktop files. How do i take a photo
Rostyslav Vieliiev
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To take a screenshot, press and hold these three keys together: Shift, Command, and 3.
If you see a thumbnail in the corner of your screen, click it to edit the screenshot. Or wait for the screenshot to save to your desktop.
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Thank you!
Customer Reply
I clicked on iCloud and it shows all but Safari clicked
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Noted, thank you!
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Customer Reply
On my other MacBook, I updated the operating system yesterday to the latest from Apple so the look is different
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Okay, got it!
Customer Reply
I have done that and went to System Preferences and did as you suggested
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Rostyslav Vieliiev
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Click the Desktop & Documents Folders checkbox
Click the Done button at the bottom.
Wait for it to sync your files and folders.
Customer Reply
I have checked on the other MacBook and the most recent files on this Mac are on the other one too
It would appear that is all done
Rostyslav Vieliiev
Rostyslav Vieliiev Tech Expert & Writer
Great!
Is there anything else I can do for you today?
Customer Reply
Thats all fine. Many thanks
Actually one more thing
Rostyslav Vieliiev
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Yes, *****?
Customer Reply
I updated a contact on this MacBook and it has not updated on the other one but it has on my iPhones
Rostyslav Vieliiev
Rostyslav Vieliiev Tech Expert & Writer
Noted, thank you.
Customer Reply
I checked and the iPads updated
Rostyslav Vieliiev
Rostyslav Vieliiev Tech Expert & Writer
Noted, thank you!
You can install your contacts to your iCloud on your updated MacBook and update your other MacBook manually.
Customer Reply
OK
Rostyslav Vieliiev
Rostyslav Vieliiev Tech Expert & Writer
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