Forum Question: Multiple Devices, Ability To Sync User Data

I am on OS X and have multiple devices..
Is there a way for the individual Macs to “mirror” preferences, contacts, etc between the other devices? Or is this limited to just desktop settings, etc?
Is there any easy way to do this?
Ferdinand Batin

Comments: 3 Responses to “Multiple Devices, Ability To Sync User Data”

    10/30/11 @ 8:59 am

    The main way you would mirror contacts between Macs is to use iCloud. It is one of the primary functions of iCloud.
    But preferences are another matter. You can’t do that. Some of it was possible under MobileMe when it came to certain things like the Dock, but not under iCloud.
    But what, exactly, do you need to mirror? Do you have that many applications that you customize to a high degree? If it is just a custom setting here and there, then doing it on each Mac as you need it shouldn’t be that time consuming.

    Ferdinand Batin
    10/30/11 @ 9:04 am

    Gary – Thanks. I guess it was under MobileMe, is where one could sync the dock, bookmark, etc. (that’s where the preference’s came into play, because that’s where I remember seeing it)

    My objective is the ability see documents created on one device, and the ability to continue, complete on another device if necessary. It doesn’t necessarily mean it would be on a remote location, oppose to just connected via WIFI in the same home.


      10/30/11 @ 9:42 am

      You can do Bookmarks with iCloud too. So it is just some preferences that you can’t do with iCloud.
      As for Documents, that’s a whole different thing. Syncing documents is tricky. There are a lot of logistics to worry about (what if a Mac is asleep? what if it is open on two Macs? what if one is not connected to the network?)
      The best option right now is probably DropBox. See episode 330:

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