The iCloud sync does not work correctly. What can I do?

Apples iCloud service is usually stable, fast and reliable. However, there might be some problems from time to time which prevent MacFamilyTree or MobileFamilyTree from syncing your family tree correctly. Here is what you can do in case iCloud is misbehaving. Please check these few steps:

Check you iCloud account configuration

In order to check if your iCloud account is configured correctly for syncing files, please open your system preferences and click on “Apple ID”. Check if you are logged in and iCloud Drive is enabled. Check if MacFamilyTree is in enabled in the iCloud Drive Options, otherwise MacFamilyTree cannot store documents in iCloud.

Check, if the database is already uploaded to iCloud

Open MacFamilyTree and click on the iCloud icon above the main view pane. If the database has already been uploaded, there will be a “Remove from iCloud” option available. Databases that have already been moved to iCloud are also marked by a little iCloud icon in the start window of MacFamilyTree. In MobileFamilyTree this options is available from the left sidebar under: “Export” -> “iCloud Or by tapping and holding the database icon on the start screen. If your database is uploading to iCloud on device A and you open MacFamilyTree on device B attached to the same iCloud account, the database is available for download on device B, even if the upload on device A has not yet been completed. If you stop the upload on device A, or abort the online connection, the sync will not work. Please make sure the upload of the database to iCloud is completed.

What can I do, if none of the steps above does solve the problem


It’s not working, no matter what you are trying? In this case please contact us by filing a support request. Our support team will assist you and give you more advice how to resolve this issue. Please also disable all security apps like Little Snitch or BitDefender! More general information is available in the User Guide. You can find it in MacFamilyTree’s Help Menu or for download