ICloud – How to make iCloud on Windows sync bookmarks with Safari, not Internet Explorer


I'm trying to get iCloud on my PC to sync its bookmarks with Safari, not Internet Explorer.

According to Apple's documentation, it is possible to sync iCloud bookmarks to Safari on Windows:

You can sync bookmarks between your computer and your iOS device. When
syncing is enabled, all bookmarks will sync. You can sync bookmarks
with the following applications:

  • Safari (Mac OS X)
  • Safari for Windows (Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer

My bookmarks are syncing fine between iPhone and iPad, so I'm sure I've got that end set up correctly.

I do have Safari 5.1.1 (7534.51.22) installed on my Windows 7 PC.

However, my iCloud control panel is only offering me the option to sync Bookmarks with Internet Explorer, and not Safari:

screenshot of iCloud control panel

Things I've tried:

Is there anything else I should try, to get iCloud on Windows to offer syncing with Safari?

(I daren't turn on syncing Bookmarks with Internet Explorer, as I have hundreds of bookmarks there, that I don't want synced to my mobile devices)

Best Answer

Unfortunately you have to turn it on and then it will let you change it. I'll have a look tomorrow to see if there is a preference file that can easily be changed to skip having to sync with IE.