In macOS Sierra you can automatically save files and folders from your desktop and documents directly into your iCloud Drive. The feature is especially useful if you’re always on the move and want the files you’re working on at home to be accessible no matter where you are in the world.
In this guide we show you how to use your iCloud Drive in macOS Sierra to automatically save your files. All images used in this guide are from our US colleagues over at
Macworld US. Also see:
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How to use iCloud
How to use iCloud Drive in macOS Sierra: Setting up your iCloud Drive
Apple provides you with 5GB of free cloud storage, this is essential if you’re going to be saving files to your iCloud Drive. You can
upgrade your drive for a monthly cost: 50GB for £0.79/month, 200GB for £2.49/month, 1TB for £6.99/month and 2TB for £13.99/month. In order to benefit from this feature, you will need to be connected to the internet.
To enable access to your iCloud drive, navigate to the Apple logo at the top of your Mac then head into System Preferences and find iCloud. The option to enable your iCloud Drive is at the top and you’ll need to enable it and then click on Options.
Within the Documents tab you’ll find different save locations of files, which will enable you to select the files you’ll want synchronised with your iCloud Drive.
Once you’ve selected the locations, hit Done and exit the menus. iCloud will now work its way to synchronise the files and folders – the larger your collection and the slower your internet connection, the longer the process will take. Also see:
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How to use iCloud Drive in macOS Sierra: Using your iCloud Drive
You can access your iCloud Drive through a browser or a program. Head over to the
iCloud website to sign into your account and find the iCloud Drive icon to browse the files found on your account.
Depending on location you selected, you will see a variety of folders within your iCloud Drive. Once you save anything in one of these folders on your Mac, they will also appear online (it sometimes takes a few minutes to synchronise). This also applies in the opposite direction, where you can save files directly from your browser and they will appear on your macOS Sierra Mac.
This also means that if you were to delete a file in either location it will be deleted off your iCloud Drive.
You can also access it on an iOS device be enabling the option in Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive > Show on Home Screen. Also see:
macOS Sierra vs Mac OS X El Capitan.
How to use iCloud Drive in macOS Sierra: Access to iCloud Drive on another Mac
If you have multiple Macs or ones running older versions of OS X, you’ll be able to access your Drive by following these steps:
iCloud Drive on another Mac running Sierra
Just like on your main Mac, you will have to enable the option by navigating to System Preferences > iCloud > iCloud Drive.
Once enabled, make sure you’re signed into your iCloud account and you’ll now be able to see all the files – remember it might take time to appear, and that you will need an internet connection for this to work.
iCloud Drive on another Mac not running Sierra
If your second Mac doesn’t run Sierra, you can still access your iCloud Drive. However, unlike a Mac running on Sierra, files won’t automatically be saved to your iCloud Drive and thus won’t automatically be picked up on your Sierra Mac.
You therefore will have to manually save the files to the Desktop and Documents folders on iCloud Drive found within your Finder.
It should also be noted that drag and dropping files to these folders will move and not copy the files. So, remember to right-click and copy or hold down the Option key while dragging and dropping. Also see:
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