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In terms of sharing and copying important documents and items, macOS has several great ways to try. macOS allows you to save your Desktop and Documents Folders to iCloud through simple steps and quick methods. By saving the Desktop and Documents folder to iCloud Drive, you can sync all of your important files, images and other items in iCloud easily. Once the sync is finished, you can access it on the Files app of your iPad, iPhone and Mac.

Additionally, if you save any file, document or folder in Mac’s document, then it will automatically sync into the iCloud without putting in any additional effort. So whenever or wherever you are, you can always access your saved documents and files that are stored in iCloud.

How to Manually Add the Desktop and Documents Folder to iCloud on MacBook

If you haven’t enabled the Desktop & Documents Folder sync in iCloud while setting up the Mac, so now you’ll have to do it manually.

  • Open the System Preferences on Mac.
  • Choose the Apple ID section at the top.
  • Press Option, next to iCloud Drive.
  • Mark the Desktop and Document Folders box.
  • Press Done.

From now the files and folders will automatically be added to the iCloud storage. Once the items are stored in iCloud, you can access those items on your iPad, and iPhone Files application and iCloud drive.

How to Access Desktop and Documents Folder on iPad and iPhone in Files Application 

Once you successfully sync the Desktop and Documents Folder in the iCloud Drive, then you can edit or access them on your iPad and iPhone device as well. To access the Desktop and Documents Folder, here’s what you need to do:

  • Launch Files app on iPad or iPhone.
  • Click on the iCloud Drive.
  • Select the Desktop or Documents folder.
  • Open any preferred file.

Once you open the file, you can start editing it inside the Files app.

How to Remove Desktop Files from iCloud Drive

Once you move a file from your iCloud Drive to your Mac or other cloud storage like OneDrive, then it will be removed from the iCloud Drive. You won’t be able to access those files that are moved from the iCloud.

How to Stop Syncing the Desktop and Documents Folder to the iCloud Drive on Mac

If you think there are several files on your Mac device that you don’t want to sync on your iCloud Drive, then you can turn off the syncing process, by following:

  • Open System Preferences on Mac.
  • Choose the Apple ID option on the top side.
  • Press the Options… next to the iCloud Drive.
  • Uncheck the Desktop and Documents Folders box to turn off the sync.
  • Choose Done at the bottom.

Once you uncheck the Desktop and Documents Folder the existing files on these folders won’t sync, but it will not remove the files from its original locations. Files that already synced in the iCloud Drive will remain in the drive, but the new files won’t get synced.


Syncing, accessing and deleting files on the iCloud Drive is a pretty simple process. After checking the Desktop and Documents Folder in the Mac, users can sync in the iCloud easily. In the same way, users can sync Notes, Messages, and Passwords.

Read Official Blog Post – How to Save the Desktop and Documents Folder in iCloud Drive

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