Mastering iCloud On Your Mac: Use iClouDrive To Access Your Files Like Dropbox [OS X Tips]

Mastering iCloud On Your Mac: Use iClouDrive To Access Your Files Like Dropbox [OS X Tips]

Remember iDisk? It was a great feature of the otherwise forgettable MobileMe service, and it let you access your free Apple-provided internet disk space just like Dropbox or Google Drive do now.

Interestingly, you can make iCloud work the same way, with a little app called iClouDrive, from Zibity Software. Here’s how.

Head over to the Zibity Software website, and download iClouDrive. Once downloaded, drag it to your Applications folder for easy future access.

Launch iClouDrive from your Applications folder, or wherever you left it on your Mac, accept the licensing agreement, and click on the Continue button to put a folder called iClouDrive in your home folder on your Mac. Then click on the Enable iClouDrive button, and enter your administrative password for your Mac. Finally, click the OK button after you’ve read how iClouDrive works.

If you want to set up your iClouDrive in a location other than in your Home folder, press and hold the Option key when you click the Enable iClouDrive button. You’ll get a window asking you where you want the iClouDrive folder.

Basically, anything you put in this new folder will be available on any Mac that has iClouDrive on it and is logged in to the same iCloud account from Apple. It uses the space available to your Apple iCloud account at whatever level you chose when you set up iCloud–even the free account.

Find your iClouDrive folder in your home folder. You can drag it out to the sidebar next to your Dropbox or Google Drive folders there, giving you yet another way to sync stuff across the internets. Hooray!

To disable iClouDrive, delete everything you’ve put in your iClouDrive folder, and then drop the iClouDrive folder to the trash. You’ll need to do this on every Mac you set up with the app. If you don’t empty the folder, the stuff in it will continue to take up space in your iCloud account.

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  • Frank Lowney

    Unfortunately, one cannot access these files from an iOS device as is the case for DropBox. I suppose that would require an app be developed for iOS.

  • ladiesman2009

    @ Frank. Thinking the same thing. Sticking with dropbox.

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