The latest iOS 10 update on iPhone and macOS Sierra update on Mac have made it easier to access and edit files across multiple devices. In this article, we will show you the steps to access files located on your Mac with your iPhone or iPad.
Access files on Mac with iPhone
With the latest macOS Sierra update, you can save all the files on your Mac’s desktop and Documents folder to iCloud Drive. This practically means that any file or photo residing on your Mac’s desktop and Documents folder can be easily accessed with your iPhone or iPad.
To access files located on your Mac with an iPhone, you must first ensure that iCloud Drive has permission to access files located on your Mac’s desktop and in the Documents folder. Once you grant this permission, accessing files residing on your Mac with an iOS device becomes easy.
Without further delay, let’s first go through the process of giving iCloud Drive access to all the files that are on the desktop and in the Documents folder on your Mac.
Allow iCloud Drive to access files on your Mac
It’s entirely possible that you’ve already given iCloud Drive access to files located on your Mac’s desktop and Documents folder. If you haven’t done so, follow the steps below to grant iCloud Drive access to files residing on your Mac.
1. Click on that apple icon located in the top menu bar of your Mac, then click the System Settings… option in the drop down menu.
2. On the System Settings screen, click iCloud (See image below).
3. Next, you may be prompted to sign in to iCloud with your AppleID and passwordif you are not already registered.
4. Once signed in, you may see a screen that gives you the option to set up Find My Mac and use iCloud for Contacts, Notes, Calendar. Click on Next to go to the next screen.
5. On the next screen, click the small box next to iCloud drive to set up iCloud Drive on your Mac (see image below)
6. Then click on the options Button next to iCloud Drive.
7. On the next screen, make sure you are on the documents tab, and then enable the option for Desktop & Documents folder (See image below)
8th. Wait for the existing files on the Desktop and Documents folder on your Mac to be copied to iCloud Drive and click Finished (See picture above)
Once you grant iCloud Drive access to “Desktop and Documents” folders on your Mac, any existing files on your Mac’s Desktop and Documents folders are available on iCloud Drive.
Likewise, any new files, documents, or pictures you put in your Mac’s Documents folder or desktop become instantly available on iCloud Drive, making it easy for you to access those files with your iPhone or iPad.
Note: You may be prompted to upgrade your iCloud storage plan if the files on your Mac take up more than 5GB of storage space, as available in the free iCloud storage plan.
Access files on Mac with iPhone
Follow these steps to access files, photos, and documents located on the desktop and in the Documents folders on your Mac using an iPhone or iPad.
1. open that iCloud drive App on your iPhone
2. You will be prompted to sign in to iCloud with your AppleID and passwordif you are not already registered.
Note: You must sign in with the same Apple ID and password that you used to sign in to iCloud Drive on Mac.
3. Once you’re in iCloud Drive, you’ll see two new folders: writing desk and documents (See image below)
4. You can access any file, document or photo that is on your Mac’s desktop by clicking writing desk folder.
5. Likewise, you can access any files, documents or photos stored in the Documents folder on your Mac by tapping documents folder.
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