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Bill Cheeseman, Principal

OS X Cocoa, AppleScript and GUI Scripting development for Macintosh

Bill Cheeseman
P.O. Box 326
Quechee, VT 05059-0326


Successful iCloud Desktop and Documents Folder Storage on macOS Sierra

Download iCloudStorage.pdf (139 KB), posted September 25, 2016

This article tells the story of what happened after I turned on iCloud Desktop and Documents Folder storage in the iCloud pane of System Preferences, shortly after installing macOS v10.12 Sierra on my Mac Pro (Late-2013) and my MacBook Pro (Late-2013). My aim is to help others to feel comfortable doing it themselves while avoiding the pitfalls I discovered along the way. I include a lot of detail here, most of it not yet mentioned in other online commentaries. The process took a few days and was full of unexpected turns and hard decisions, but it came out well in the end. I can now happily use continuity, switching freely between my two Macs, my iPhone and my iPad, editing the same document on all of them.

Given the sparse Apple documentation of iCloud Desktop and Documents Folder storage at this time, as well as the large amount of misinformation circulating online, many people seem afraid to turn it on. Scare stories of failure abound already. For myself, I wanted to be able to take full advantage of the promised continuity improvements without delay. I have good enough backups in place that I was willing to take the chance. I'm glad I took this step forward.