PSA: MobileMe Closes June 30th, 2012


Remember when Apple introduced MobileMe to everybody in June of 2008 and let us know that it would be available on July 11th, along with the iPhone 3G and everything went to hell in hand basket? I know I do. Activating an iPhone 3G on that day was a nightmare. With MobileMe being so flaky as it was during its first month, many users did not trust the service.

Fast forward to June 7th, 2011 when Steve Jobs let the world know that Mobile Me was being replaced with iCloud and that Mobile Me would be shutting down in June of 2012. Many users were okay with this, many were also happy to see it disappear. Steve Jobs even eluded to how bad of a launch it was.

Guess what, MobileMe is shutting down in 7 days. Yes, that’s one week. Apple has been sending out reminders, but in case you did not get one. There are some things you need to do before MobileMe shuts down.

You can access all of your information by going to the MobileMe website and logging in. The first thing you must look at is your email. If you have not transitioned over to iCloud Apple will walk you through the steps to do so.

The second item is your MobileMe galleries. You need to back these up. To do so, perform the following.

  1. Log in to MobileMe
  2. Click on the Cloud in the upper left corner. Mobile.Me.Cloud.Button.
  3. Click on Gallery
  4. In the upper left you’ll notice the ‘Mobile Me is Ending Banner’. Next to this is ‘Download’. Mobile.Me.Download.Albums.Notice
  5. Click Download X Albums. X is how many albums you have. All of your photos will be zipped up.
  6. Click on Download. Mobile.Me.Download.Zip
  7. Wait for the download to finish. Your MobileMe Galleries are now backed up.

The next task is iDisk, which contains your iWeb sites. To backup all of your iDisk contents, perform the following:

  1. Log into MobileMe, if you are not already logged in.
  2. Click on the Cloud in the upper left corner. Mobile.Me.Cloud.Button.
  3. Click iDisk. Your iDisk folders will appear. Mobile.Me.iDisk.Logo
  4. Highlight one of the folders in the second column.
  5. Click the Down Arrow, to download the contents. It will be in a Zip File. Mobile.Me.Download.Button
  6. Perform steps 4 and 5 for each folder.
  7. Once you are finished, you are all backed up.

If you’re still on OS X 10.5 Leopard or OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and you have moved to iCloud, you can use our guide for putting your iCloud email options into Mail.

Many users may have already performed these actions. I know I did when iCloud was initially released. MobileMe is going away, and if you do not back up your items before then, they will be lost. So back them up now before the are gone.

James Hicks
James is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of HicksNewMedia, a Digital Publishing and Technology Consulting team providing effective and relevant solutions to individuals and businesses looking to more effective utilize the social interweb. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

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