3 Tips on Using iCloud You Might Not Know About

If you love everything Apple, you’re must be using iCloud to sync your iPod, iPad, iPhone, MAC and maybe even your PC. The iCloud will do more than many users realize. Here’s a little icloud info you might find useful.

Control Data Flow

If you have a limited data allowance, it’s a good idea to be aware of which apps are using iCloud Drive. If you go to Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive, individual apps can be prevented from using the Drive. You can also scroll down to the bottom and turn off Use Mobile Data. Restrict all apps so that they can only access iCloud Drive over wifi, normally unmetered.

  • If roaming on a foreign network, you can avoid both lower caps and higher data charges.
  • You can go to Settings then Mobile to review data usage for mobile apps and restrict these apps also to wifi for all communication, not simply Drive.
  • If you’re using an iPhone as your personal hotspot, you really need to control data use.

Move Open Files

Did you ever save a file in the wrong place? That can be really annoying when you can’t remember exactly what you named it. If you spot your error in time, move it while the file is still open. Go to an iCloud-compliant app and open the File menu. Choose “Move to” and go to the folder where you intended to save the file.

Send Large Files with iCloud

Anyone who spends a lot of time dealing with files larger than 40MB is frustrated with restrictions on maximum sizes for attachments. It’s always possible to use Image Size in the composition window to reduce the file size, but this definitely degrades the quality of the image.

Ignore the warning and hit Send. You’ll see options including a Mail Drop button. As long as the attachment is less than 5GB, clicking this button will remove the attachment from the message and upload it to iCloud. You won’t see the attachment in Drive because it won’t be stored there so it won’t count against the storage limit. You will be able to download it for 30 days. Mail Drop doesn’t have an effect upon your storage limit but is subject to a limit of 1TB within 30 days.

Do some exploring on iCloud and you’ll find lots of useful tricks. Make the most of iCloud. You’ll wonder why you didn’t before.