Backup Safari Bookmarks?

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  1. auntyj

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    I had a scare tonight & thought I'd lost all my bookmarks - luckily it was a wifi problem & fixed itself, but I started looking up how to back them up - and I can't seem to do it.

    I found a few threads about it, but all gave instructions along the lines of, "in iCloud on your device, turn syncing bookmarks on."

    My iCloud menu doesn't have an option for syncing bookmarks. Nor when I connect it to my laptop to sync with iTunes do I have any option regarding bookmarks, to turn them on, off, sync them etc.

    Below is what I see in the iCloud settings.

    I'm using an iPad 2, running IOS 7.1.2 (waiting for Yosemite to update), and my laptop is a MacBook Pro.

    Anyone have any suggestions? I guess if I just did a restore from iTunes, that'd do it, but it seems a bit drastic and I'd like the option to actively back them up, if possible.

    I also stumbled across some ads for software called "iPad Data Recovery" and "Safari Bookmarks Recovery", but don't know whether to trust them or not - anyone have any experience with them?

    Thanks for any help.
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  2. chezlong

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    Hi auntyj, I can't help you unfortunately but hoping you can help me - how do you ask a new question on here? :oops:
     
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    You're a star, thank you :)
     
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    I see that you enabled Safari in iCloud. This should sync and backup the bookmarks.

    Before you have to restore, try this:
    Force close Safari, the app. Reset your iPad and then restart it. Maybe they'll appear afterwards.
     
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    You're welcome. :)
     
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    Thank you, I thought there must be a simpler way.
     
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    In case this happens again, restoring is usually not what you need to do. Here are some fixes if bookmarks in Safari disappear: http://support.apple.com/kb/ts4001
    (The part about iOS is the one to look at.)
     
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    If you are real paranoid, you can export your Safari bookmarks on the Mac; where they can also be imported. It's under the File menu.

    I don't think the export/import features preserve your organization, so it is definitly a second, just-in-case option.


    Edit: You'll want to make sure you have you're Safari syncing turned on in iCloud Preferences on the Mac, so that they are the same as on the iPad. If they are currently different, I don't' know what will happen. Probably you'll get a choice of keeping the iCloud, the computer, or merging the two.
     
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