It started out somewhat bumpy, but the Apple cloud has gained in reliability over time. And as Macs get smaller and iOS devices get more prominent, it’s time to seriously consider moving our main directory we use every day into the cloud . And iCloud Drive is a serious candidate to do that.
My colleague Cristian Rus has already told us his reasons for doing so: very adaptable prices, easy integration with all the applications in the Apple ecosystem… but at the same time that iCloud Drive presents us with certain advantages, we also have to take into account some of its weaknesses. So here are some tips to help you start using it responsibly .
Activate it everywhere
First and foremost, make sure you have iCloud Drive enabled everywhere and that all your Apple devices are compatible . When you only have it enabled on some devices and not on others, that’s when confusion and problems start.
Do not copy large amounts of files in one go
Admittedly, iCloud is less efficient than Dropbox in that respect. If you want to copy several GB of files to iCloud Drive, it’s best to do it by “chapters” and make sure everything has been dumped correctly before continuing. I have witnessed people who want to copy hundreds of GB to the raw , and their Macs are completely blocked with their processors working at 100%.
Make sure that the copies to iCloud Drive have been made correctly
I insist on this point: Finder includes progress bars and icons that indicate that the copies and modifications of files that you have added to iCloud Drive are not yet finished. Be patient and wait until it is over before you force anything . Think that this is not a simple copy: iCloud Drive copies and also encrypts all the files that we dump on its servers for our security.
No, the free 5 GB is not enough
If you really want to switch to using iCloud Drive as your main directory for your files, be aware that with the free 5 GB offered by Apple you won’t have anything to start with . Think that there you must also save the calendars, contacts, emails, iOS device backups, the photo library in iCloud, WhatsApp conversations … and that takes up most (if not all) of those 5 GB.
Fortunately, payment plans are not limited to “pay me 9.99 euros a month or nothing” as they are at Dropbox. You can spend 0.99 euros per month and have 50 GB, which is already enough space for those who simply want to save documents . That’s enough space for most Mac user directories, for example. And for two euros more a month, you already have a respectable 200 GB a month that is already more ambitious.
Dropbox can be a “cloud” backup for the most critical files
…or vice versa. Do not exclude other cloud services because they are competitive . Dropbox and Google Drive can be excellent tools for backing up what we have on iCloud Drive.
Simplify and save what you really use
Apple añade un nuevo plan de almacenamiento en iCloud Drive: hasta 2 TB para tus archivos
There’s no need to grab your Mac user folder and dump it directly onto iCloud Drive. That’s a bestiality. Find what you really want, what you really want to have on hand. If you do, you’ll see that many files can be saved locally as “storage” and reduce the demands on cloud storage. And let Time Machine take care of backing up that “warehouse”.
Any Mac can be a backup drive
Do you want extra security? Because you have everything on iCloud Drive and can therefore access it from anywhere, you can also use any Mac you have on hand as a “store” for files and cloud folder backups. It can be a good way to save you the trouble of accessing your content in case iCloud suffers a power outage . This is less and less the case.