Use Drive across OS X & iOS

Stor­ing your files on iCloud Drive means you can use them on any de­vice

Mac Format - - ICLOUD -

The beauty of stor­ing your work online is that it’s avail­able on any piece of hard­ware through which you can ac­cess the in­ter­net – you only need to sign in to icloud.com us­ing a com­pat­i­ble browser (http://ap­ple.co/1K7jWdz) and have an app avail­able that can open your files.

Start by mak­ing sure you’ve en­abled iCloud Drive on all of your de­vices. On iOS, go to Set­tings > iCloud > iCloud Drive and en­sure the switch is on. On a Mac, go to Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > iCloud and check the box be­side iCloud Drive. Click its Op­tions… but­ton to choose which apps can store doc­u­ments and other data in Drive (you can still man­u­ally browse to and save files there).

To con­trol in­di­vid­ual ap­pli­ca­tions’ ac­cess to iCloud Drive on iOS, go to Set­tings > iCloud > iCloud Drive and use the switch ad­ja­cent to an app’s name to de­cide whether it saves to iCloud. If you switch it off, your work will be stored lo­cally, and will re­main in­ac­ces­si­ble from each of your other de­vices. You’ll have to share by email or Air­Drop to edit things on a Mac or another iOS de­vice.

1 Log­i­cal fil­ing

Many iOS apps de­fault to show­ing the con­tents of their ded­i­cated folder, or App Li­brary, and some (yet fewer as time passes) can see no fur­ther on iCloud Drive. If you’re on a Mac and want to con­tinue work­ing on an iPad, say, ei­ther save your file to iCloud Drive by click­ing iCloud Drive in the side­bar and al­low­ing the app to save to its own folder, or move your file from else­where to there.

2 Files and fold­ers

Any iOS app that sup­ports iCloud Drive is coded so that it knows ex­actly where to start look­ing for com­pat­i­ble doc­u­ments. So long as it’s set up to use online stor­age, your newly copied or saved file should im­me­di­ately ap­pear in its App Li­brary or, if it uses iCloud Drive for syn­chro­ni­sa­tion, as Ember does for screen­shot li­braries, up­date its con­tents to re­flect changes made on your Mac.

3 Use Hand­off

Hand­off lets you start work on one de­vice and fin­ish it on another. It re­quires cer­tain hard­ware (http://ap­ple.co/1I34axX), Blue­tooth to be on, and de­vices to be on the same Wi-Fi net­work. De­vices must be signed into the same iCloud ac­count. In iOS, en­able it in Set­tings > Gen­eral > Hand­off & Sug­gested Apps. On a Mac, go to Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Gen­eral and check the 'Al­low Hand­off…' box.

4 Share from iOS to Mac

With Hand­off en­abled, your de­vices will recog­nise when an app that’s in­stalled on them is in use on one of your nearby de­vices. When us­ing a Mac, an app’s icon will ap­pear to the left of OS X’s Dock. Put the pointer over it to con­firm the de­vice and app your Mac will re­ceive data from. Click it to open the same app on your Mac, right down to the doc­u­ment or place that was open on the other de­vice.

5 Share from Mac to iOS

Hand­off works in both di­rec­tions. Swipe up from the app icon that’s shown in the bot­tom-left cor­ner of the Lock screen or, if your iOS de­vice is al­ready un­locked, open the app switcher by dou­ble-click­ing the Home but­ton and swip­ing to the left­most item. That item iden­ti­fies both the de­vice and the app from which data will be re­ceived and open on your iOS de­vice when you tap it.

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