Master iCloud Drive

Do even more with your files, pho­tos and mu­sic to­day!

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Writ­ten by: Craig Gran­nell

We’ve come a long way from the days when that sole copy of an im­por­tant doc­u­ment went up in smoke if your com­puter

hap­pened to keel over. To­day, the in­ter­net en­ables you to store all man­ner of con­tent in the cloud, safe in the knowl­edge you can later re­trieve it, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously adding the con­ve­nience factor of easy ac­cess across a range of de­vices: all your Macs and PCs, iPhones, iPads and other mo­bile de­vices.

The snag is that cloud-based stor­age can be a tricky con­cept to get your head around, and avail­able ser­vices each have var­i­ous lim­i­ta­tions and quirks you must be aware of. Ap­ple’s iCloud Drive is – as of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 – per­haps the most in­tu­itive ex­am­ple of cloud stor­age on the mar­ket and yet even it is some­thing you need to fig­ure out and master.

For­tu­nately, MacFor­mat has done the heavy lift­ing for you. In this fea­ture, we ex­plore how iCloud Drive works across the Mac, iPhone and iPad, how to share your Desk­top and Doc­u­ments fold­ers, pri­vacy con­cerns to be aware of, what eats into your stor­age al­lo­ca­tion, and the im­por­tance of back­ing up your iCloud Drive data.

In macOS Sierra, you can store your Desk­top and Doc­u­ments fold­ers in iCloud Drive, thereby mak­ing them ac­ces­si­ble on other Macs, iOS de­vices, and on the web at

Many apps save di­rectly to their own folder in iCloud Drive. Those fold­ers can be eas­ily ac­cessed us­ing the iCloud Drive app on iOS, or by choos­ing Go > iCloud Drive in Finder on a Mac.

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