You may have tried in the past, but it’s normal that in the end they resisted. Many people still rely on USB flash drives for data transfer, knowing only alternatives such as WeTransfer in some cases. Is that bad? No, but the direction Apple has taken is very different.
So if you’re a Mac user and an iOS user, a good New Year’s resolution you can make is to end that dependency on pendrives . Learn, with the help of iOS 11 and MacOS High Sierra, how to manage files in the cloud so you can save and share them wherever you are and without having to rely on ports or physical accessories.
Yes, there is enough space in the cloud
The first or even only barrier to doing this in your case may be storage space, but current cloud storage offerings mean that this is no longer an argument against it. Dropbox and Apple offer 1TB or even more of space , allowing you to store virtually anything you want for a monthly fee.
If that fee (?9.99 per month for 2TB for Apple) is too much money, you can always reduce your storage space and pay less. In my almost particular case I have all the files I use in my daily life stored in the cloud and with a 50 GB plan I have plenty of space. I only have to pay 0.99 euros per month to have it. Consider storing locally files that you want to keep but don’t need to use often.
Yes, these files are easy to access
The iOS 11 Files application is able to manage not only what you save in iCloud Drive, but also what you have in Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and other similar services. All the clouds in one place, from which you can divide up the storage you have in each.
Files are available from any iOS device, and any Windows or MacOS computer has its own methods for accessing your information. All you need is something you’ve had in your pocket for years: an internet connection . And remember your passwords, of course.
From Files or from any client of the cloud file managers you have several ways to get one of your files to someone . You can mail them, you can give access permissions to a cloud folder or you can even copy the files to someone else’s cloud if they give you access. And if you don’t want any complications with permissions, you can always send them via instant messaging.
You don’t need any physical devices or to rely on a port that’s already disappearing from the Macs to do that. And you don’t need to make copies, so you save time looking at progress bars.
No, no problem with backups
With locally saved files it is best to back up to an external disk. With files saved in the cloud it’s just as important, although we can also play around a bit . We can save a copy of what we use in one cloud to a different cloud, or we can also use the local storage of a computer as a local copy.
And if you don’t use Time Machine, you can try to have those copies wherever you want (even in other clouds) without problems. For files of some importance, it can be very useful in cases where you don’t have a local copy nearby.