SOS – Save Our Space

Mac Format - - ICLOUD -

It’s not only on an iOS de­vice that you might want to re­strict the range of ap­pli­ca­tions that can ac­cess your iCloud Drive stor­age space – OS X of­fers the same op­tions. You’ll find them in the iCloud pane of Sys­tem Pref­er­ences. Click Op­tions be­side iCloud Drive, and in the Doc­u­ments tab you can uncheck apps to block their ac­cess. Note that this doesn’t stop you man­u­ally brows­ing to and sav­ing doc­u­ments to iCloud Drive, but it stops apps sav­ing other data to it be­hind the scenes.

This might seem like a strange thing to do on the Mac where you won’t nor­mally be con­nect­ing over a mo­bile net­work, but two pri­mary con­sid­er­a­tions still ap­ply here. First, in some ru­ral ar­eas the only prac­ti­cal op­tion for get­ting online at a de­cent speed is satel­lite broad­band which, as with roam­ing abroad, of­ten comes with a lower data limit. Sec­ond, your iCloud Drive space is lim­ited, so you might want to stop non-es­sen­tial apps us­ing it.

There is a third con­sid­er­a­tion, how­ever, which is to use an iPhone as a per­sonal hotspot. In this in­stance you al­most cer­tainly want to keep a han­dle on how much data you’re us­ing.

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