How to Use iCloud Drive

Much as you may have been satisfied with the way iCloud synced your data in the past, if you’d hoped for comprehensive file syncing between your Mac, iOS devices, and the cloud, you were likely frustrated. Prior to OS X 10.10 Yosemite, iCloud’s file storage was sandboxed, meaning that you could only access files created with a specific application by that application. You could, for example, launch Pages and access the Pages files you stored in the cloud, but you couldn’t use that same app to open TextEdit files stored in iCloud.

Enter iCloud Drive. Taking its cue from Dropbox, which is a simple file repository accessible from any app, Apple has changed the way iCloud manages files.

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8 thoughts on “How to Use iCloud Drive

  1. Have you been able to work out how iCloud drive will work with Family Sharing? I can’t tell if we would have to buy additional space per apple-id, or if the main apple-id buys the space then allocates shares to the other apple-ids in Family sharing.

    • I don’t think there’s any link between the two. This isn’t like the iCloud family plan of the past; Family Sharing is only about access to purchased content.

      • That’s a shame. Apple finally make it possible to amalgamate the payments for the family’s accounts on one hand (apps, music etc) and at the same time release a new product that has to be handled on a per account basis. Ah well 🙂 – maybe someone missed the memo at Cupertino Central, and it will be rolled up in the future.

  2. Have you been able to work out how iCloud drive will work with Family Sharing? I can’t tell if we would have to buy additional space per apple-id, or if the main apple-id buys the space then allocates shares to the other apple-ids in Family sharing.

    • I don’t think there’s any link between the two. This isn’t like the iCloud family plan of the past; Family Sharing is only about access to purchased content.

      • That’s a shame. Apple finally make it possible to amalgamate the payments for the family’s accounts on one hand (apps, music etc) and at the same time release a new product that has to be handled on a per account basis. Ah well 🙂 – maybe someone missed the memo at Cupertino Central, and it will be rolled up in the future.

  3. “How to Use iCloud Drive”

    Given that iCloud Drive in Yosemite essentially turns document windows into automatic keyloggers, I’d say the way to use iCloud Drive in Yosemite is to disable it.

  4. “How to Use iCloud Drive”

    Given that iCloud Drive in Yosemite essentially turns document windows into automatic keyloggers, I’d say the way to use iCloud Drive in Yosemite is to disable it.

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