An Overview of iCloud Drive

Learn About Apple’s Cloud Storage/Sync Option for Your Documents.

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Apple’s iCloud Drive is similar to other Internet file storage/sync options such as DropBox, Google Drive, Box, and others. It is also similar to other Apple iCloud services that you already use—iTunes, Mail, Contacts, etc.—because it is access and secured through your Apple ID.

What Can You Do with iCloud Drive?

  • Store all of your documents in one place from any of your devices
  • Keep files and folders up to date across all your devices
  • Create new files and folders from iCloud-enabled apps
  • Work on the same file across multiple apps
  • Access specific folders on your Mac everywhere you use iCloud
  • Collaborate with others

What Is an iCloud-Enabled App?

An app that is iCloud enabled allows you to save a document to a secure location on the Internet. The document is then accessible to all your iOS and MacOS devices using your iCloud Drive; and kept up to date whenever and wherever you edit it.

The most common Apple document-creation apps are:

  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • Pages
  • iMovie
  • GarageBand
  • Preview
  • iBooks

There are others apps made by Apple as well as many third-party apps that can also use iCloud Drive.

What Are the Specific Mac Folders That Sync with iCloud Drive?

  • Desktop folder
  • Documents folder

How Do I Enable iCloud Drive on a Mac?

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click iCloud.
  3. Check the box for iCloud Drive to enable it (if not checked already).
  4. Click Options at the right.
  5. Check the box for the folders and apps you wish to enable.

How Do I Enable iCloud Drive on an iOS Device?

  1. Open the Settings App.
  2. Touch iCloud.
  3. Then scroll down and toggle iCloud Drive to ON.
  4. Wait a few moments then add the apps that appear (as appropriate).
  5. Then make sure you have the iCloud Drive App installed.

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