Storing Files Locally When Using iCloud Drive

Sometimes you may want to store files in iCloud Drive, and sometimes you may want to store files on your local drive. Depending on your settings, you can have both at all times. Or, you could use one of two methods to put some files either on iCloud Drive or only locally.

Comments: 9 Responses to “Storing Files Locally When Using iCloud Drive”

    Jasper
    1 week ago

    Dropbox’s cloud service has a feature called, I think, ‘selective sync’. This allows you to have cloud-based items syncing differently on different Macs. E.g., you might only want personal items on a personal Mac and work items on a work Mac. Am I right in thinking that there is no way to achieve this in iCloud?

    1 week ago

    Jasper: Well yo do have the Download Now / Remove Download option for files and folders. But nothing exactly like the Selective Sync feature.

    Jeff
    1 week ago

    HI Gary, Why have the documents/desktop folder checked for iCloud at all?
    Then you can individually choose where to keep a new file when going to save it.
    Just go to file with option key held down and save as. This gives you much better control
    of each and every file. Also, how does mac save a file by default? to iCloud or locally? (IF you just click save).
    Can you change the default setting?
    Thanks, Jeff

    1 week ago

    Jeff: The Desktop is different than all other locations, as items in it show on the Desktop. If you want that to be in iCloud too, then you need to use this option. There are also shortcuts that take you to Documents, so it is useful to have that folder in iCloud too. You have absolute control whether you use it or not. But most people (me) prefer to keep all of their files in Documents, and having that folder in iCloud then requires that setting. Default really depends. It should remember your last location.

    bruce louis
    1 week ago

    I would like to completely eliminate iCloud. I have a feeling that Apple has just cracked the door on spying on files. I have further heard that they are using china companies to store icloud data. Are there any tips for completely cleaning out all of my cloud data and completely detaching from iCloud

    1 week ago

    Bruce: Because of the CSMA controversy? Apple announced they are putting that on hold. Also, other cloud services like Google have been doing that for years with hardly a complaint from anyone. As for storing data in China, Apple and other companies do that — but for customers IN China. If you really want to move away from using cloud services and back to local files only, it is just a matter of moving your files and data to locations on your drive and then when iCloud is empty, turn it off. Just think about all of the iCloud services and go through each one: files, photos, Calendar, email, music, keychain, etc. It will be tough to go back to manually syncing this data across all of your devices, so take that into consideration.

    Mick
    6 days ago

    Hi Gary. Many thanks for making this tutorial. It has clarified this whole subject for me. I have loads of space on my devices and have needlessly been using the “Optimise Mac Storage” option. Thanks Mick

    Mick
    6 days ago

    Gary … a thought…Is the “Optimise Storage” only available as a feature on Macs? I can’t find any similar settings on my IOS devices? Cheers Mick

    6 days ago

    Mick: There is no Finder on iOS. You use the Files app to access files in iCloud. There is no way to have all of your documents downloaded and stored in iOS. It acts like “Optimize” is always on.

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