6 responses

  1. TD
    November 16, 2017

    Why hide the iCloud folder away in some obscure location?

    iCloud is so difficult to use compared to Dropbox or even Google Drive. Getting the family sharing set up for iCloud was not easy. I finally said to heck with it and now I use Dropbox on all platforms my family uses. iCloud functionality has really been disappointing.

  2. Nando Vieira
    November 16, 2017

    Just create an alias at your home folder and copy things there:

    ln -s $HOME/Library/Mobile\ Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/ $HOME/iCloud

    Then you can copy files like

    cp whatever ~/iCloud/

    • Bernd
      November 17, 2017

      The idea with the link is nice, but unfortunately you dont see the application‘s directories there (anyhow you also don‘t see them using the full path)

  3. Sean
    November 17, 2017

    Do you know if we can use versioned backups from the ” ~/Library/Mobile\ Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/” directory in order to keep backups of our iCloud documents, in case seomething goes awry with docs in iCloud?

  4. Barb
    November 19, 2017

    Way too complicated! All I want to do is see my photos taken on the iphone on my desktop.

    I’ll keep searching under spotlight to find another way.

    • the internet
      November 19, 2017

      Barb, as the article specifically mentions this is for advanced users.

      Your pictures from an iPhone are never stored in iCloud Drive unless you save them there, in which case you could browse them through the Finder iCloud Drive viewer.

      Instead, iPhone pictures are saved in your iPhone Photos app. You have to manually download them to your Mac or PC computer, or you could enable the Icloud Photo Library feature which I would personally never recommend to anyone because not even Apple seems to know how it works. No photos will appear on your desktop unless you download them there.

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