How to Sync Desktop and Documents Folder with iCloud on Mac

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Want to make sure that files stored on your Mac desktop and in the Documents folder are accessible from all your Apple devices? You can set it up quite easily on your Mac using iCloud. To be more specific, this is an optional iCloud Drive setting in macOS, which lets you sync your Mac desktop and document folders with iCloud.

Since many Mac users also own other Apple devices, such as iPhone and iPad, they want to be able to access files stored on their computer regardless of the device they are using. Suppose you have a work-related document stored on your desktop, but you want to work on it from your iPad. By allowing these files to sync with iCloud Drive, you can seamlessly switch between devices and continue to access and make changes to files stored on your Mac.

Some Mac users don’t like this feature and turn it off, but it can be a very useful feature if you don’t mind your data being stored in iCloud.

How to Use iCloud Desktop and Documents on Mac

You do not need to have the latest software installed since this particular option is available on all recent versions of the operating system. However, make sure you’re signed in to your Apple account before continuing with these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the upper left corner of your screen and choose “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

    How to Sync Desktop and Documents Folder with iCloud on Mac

  2. This will launch the System Preferences panel on your Mac. Click on your name or on the “Apple ID” option located to the right of your Apple account name.

    How to Sync Desktop and Documents Folder with iCloud on Mac

  3. Next, head to the iCloud section of the left pane to access your iCloud settings.

    How to Sync Desktop and Documents Folder with iCloud on Mac

  4. In this menu, you must first ensure that the iCloud Drive option is checked. Now click “Options” to continue.

    How to Sync Desktop and Documents Folder with iCloud on Mac

  5. Here, check the box next to “Desktop and Documents Folders” as shown in the screenshot below and click “Done” to save your changes.

    How to Sync Desktop and Documents Folder with iCloud on Mac

That’s about all you have to do.

Now, it may take iCloud a few minutes to sync all the files in your Desktop and Documents folders. But, once done, you should be able to access content from your other Apple devices, such as your iPhone and iPad, using the built-in Files app. Just head to the iCloud Drive directory in the Files app and you’ll find them there.

You can make any changes you want to these files in the Files app and they’ll automatically sync across all your devices, including your Mac to iCloud in seconds. Remember that you must be signed in with your Apple account on all your devices to view these files.

In iCloud Drive’s options menu, you can enable or disable the sync feature for other supported apps that are also installed on your Mac. By default, iCloud sync is enabled for apps like Mail, TextEdit, Preview, etc.

We hope you were able to use the iCloud Drive sync feature to access your local Mac files from your iPhone or iPad while on the go. What do you think of this handy feature? How often do you access your Mac files on other devices? Don’t forget to share your experiences and leave your valuable feedback in the comment section below.

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