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OSX Yosemite FAQ: What is this new iCloud Folder?

Apple has just announced that the previously only in beta Mac OSX Yosemite  is now available for everyone to download from the Mac App Store, for free. If you have installed it you might have noticed a mysterious new folder in Finder called “iCloud Drive”, what is this all about? What is iCloud Drive? What can i do with it? Can i remove the folder? Lets dig deeper into a new feature that is present in both iOS 8 and Mac OSX Yosemite called iCloud Drive

What is iCloud Drive and why should i care?

icloud drive

As the name already says, this new Drive feature is part of Apple’s cloud service called iCloud. iCloud Drive allows you to easily share any file on any of your devices. Previously iCloud was limited to things like contacts, photos, iWork and Calendar but now you can store any file in iCloud similar to how services like Dropbox and Boxie work.

What can i do with iCloud Drive and What is this “iCloud folder” i can’t get rid of about?

iCloud folder on Finder

Of course, if you want to store a file or document into the cloud there must be an easy way for you to put it in there, right? Similar to Dropbox, iCloud Drive is the folder that will contain all your previously uploaded files and lets you upload new files to iCloud. Take any file of any format or size and simply drag and drop it to the iCloud Drive folder, it will then be stored into iCloud and can be accessed from any device.

How do i upload files to iCloud Drive from my iPhone or iPad?

Aha, so if i want to upload anything to iCloud Drive i will just need to put it into a folder? So how do i do this on iOS, there are no folder! Don’t worry, it works just a little bit different. Inside third party apps, you will have the feature to upload a PDF file, document, picture, video etc. to iCloud Drive. Over the next couple of weeks you can expect many more apps to add support for this awesome new feature.

How do i manage my iCloud Drive storage? How much space can i use for free?

Just like all cloud storage services there is a limit to the amount of free storage you can use. Every file you submit to the cloud takes up storage (space) in iCloud’s case, Apple gives you 5GB of free storage. But with the announcement of Drive, Apple also made some modifications to its upgrade plan price, making it much cheaper to purchase more storage, the prices are as following:

  • 20GB of storage is now $0.99/month
  • 200GB of storage is now $3.99/month
  • 500GB of storage is now $9.99/month
  • 1TB of storage is now $19.99/month

You can purchase more storage from your iOS device or Mac. If you are on your iPhone or iPad navigate to Settings > iCloud > Storage

How do i know if i have iCloud Drive on my iPhone or Mac?

Well, if you have the iCloud folder on your Mac in Finder this means that your version of OSX (Apple’s operation system) supports iCloud Drive. But how do i know if i have it on my iPhone or iPad? In order to have Drive you need to upgrade to Apple’s latest version of iOS called iOS 8. This can be done from Settings > General > Software Upgrade.