How to Force Safari to Sync with iCloud

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When iCloud syncing is turned on, Safari is supposed to automatically sync your web browsing history and tabs with your other iCloud-enabled OS X and iOS devices. That doesn't always work as described, however. If your Safari history and settings on the Mac aren't syncing over to iCloud, you can manually force the sync process.

This setting in the Mac app will make sure recently visited webpages will also be accessible from your iPad or iPhone. First we'll have to enable the hidden Debug menu in Safari.

1. Quit Safari in OS X. Use the Command+Q shortcut to quickly close the program or go to Safari > Quit Safari.

2. Open Terminal. You can do this with the Command+Spacebar shortcut and searching for "terminal" or going to your Applications > Utilities folder.

terminal

3. Type in the command below:

defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1

terminal safari debug

4. Press Enter.

5. Relaunch Safari. You should see the new debug menu in Safari.

safari debug6. Click Debug > Sync iCloud History.

safari force sync historyThis will manually force a sync of your Safari history to your other Apple devices over iCloud.

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