HOW TO Work with Desk­top and Doc­u­ments in iCloud

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1 Set things up Dur­ing Sierra’s in­stall process, you’ll be asked whether to store your Desk­top and Doc­u­ments fold­ers in iCloud Drive. If you re­jected the idea then, you can en­able this be­hav­iour in iCloud’s prefs pane: click Op­tions next to iCloud Drive and check Desk­top & Doc­u­ments Fold­ers.

2 Ac­cess your files Files await­ing upload or in the process of up­load­ing show a progress in­di­ca­tor. Once done, there’s no real ev­i­dence any­thing’s changed with your Desk­top and Doc­u­ments fold­ers com­pared to El Cap­i­tan, other than them be­ing un­der iCloud in Finder’s side­bar.

3 Use mul­ti­ple Macs If you ac­ti­vate sync­ing of Desk­top and Doc­u­ments on more than one Mac, their con­tents and changes made to them are synced to those Macs, if they’re on­line. If a Mac joins in later, its Desk­top/ Doc­u­ments go in a folder named af­ter the Mac; things aren’t merged for you.

4 Try an older Mac Al­though pre-Sierra Macs can’t sync Desk­top and Doc­u­ments to iCloud Drive, they can still ac­cess those synced from Sierra. In Finder, pick Go > iCloud Drive. Those fold­ers are at the top level. Items dragged from iCloud Drive to a pre-Sierra Mac are moved; hold å too for a copy.

5 Use iCloud Drive on iOS In iOS’s iCloud Drive app, you can ac­cess Desk­top and Doc­u­ments fold­ers synced from Sierra. Tap a folder to open it, then tap a file to down­load and view it (if its type is sup­ported). Al­ter­na­tively, tap the Share icon to send the item to another app for view­ing or edit­ing.

6 Find files on­line

When you’re us­ing a non-Ap­ple de­vice, you can get at your synced docs: sign in us­ing your Ap­ple ID at iCloud.com and click iCloud Drive. Your fold­ers will (some­times slowly) load. This works in Chrome on An­droid by check­ing ‘Re­quest Desk­top site’ in the menu.

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