Share Files From iCloud Drive

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The iCloud Drive can be handy for storing files and accessing them across all your devices. One nice feature in the macOS iCloud Drive is the ability to Share files with other people. It is easy to do, hear is how that works.

Share Files

Sharing files from your iCloud Drive is pretty simple. All you have to do is right-click on a file and select the Share link:

Share Link
Share Link

As you can see, you can send files to all kinds of services. If you will share files with certain persons frequently, it is best to choose “Add People”:

Add People
Add People

You scroll through that list at the top of the window and select the way you wish to share the file. Then, add the person(s) to your sharing list using the mode appropriate for the way you are sharing (Email address, phone number, etc.):

Add People List
Add People List

Now there are two drop downs below the “Add” area. The first concerns who can see this file:

Who Can Access
Who Can Access

In my case I am using “Only people you invite”. The next drop down below that concerns whether these people are allowed to make changes or only just view the file in question:

Permission
Permission

Here I have shared this file with Carol using the Spark Email App. Once your settings are complete, just click on “Share” and the macOS opens the App or Service that shares the file:

Share App
Share App

The link to the file is in the text area. Here all the person has to do is click on the link and it will download the file to their computer.

Conclusion

Sharing files from iCloud is a straight forward process. It can be very handy if you frequently work with other people. The ability to Share Folders is coming in MacOS Catalina in the Fall.

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