How to Access iCloud Drive in OS X Yosemite

The new OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 updates have brought a slew of new capabilities into the lives of Apple customers. One of these is iCloud Drive, a new version of iCloud that makes sharing files between iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers easier than ever before.

Essentially, iCloud Drive is like Apple’s answer to Dropbox or Google Drive. You put files and documents in a folder on your computer, and they show up on all of your devices. You can also make edits to those documents on any device, and those edits will then be applied to the same file on other devices. Here’s how to access iCloud Drive in OS X Yosemite.

Step 1
First off, make sure you understand what iCloud Drive is and how it’s different from the iCloud you’ve used in the past. You can read up on the new feature on Apple’s website, at

Step 2
Also make sure all of your devices and computers have been updated to the latest versions of iOS 8 and/or Yosemite. Older operating systems are not compatible with iCloud Drive, and you don’t want to end up with a device or two that can’t access anything you put in iCloud Drive.

Step 3
Now, to find iCloud Drive on your computer and to get started saving files there, launch Finder and look down the Favorites list. If you’ve updated to Yosemite recently and haven’t updated what shows up in Favorites, iCloud Drive should be on the list. Click to launch the program.

iCloud Drive is one of the many cool new features that Apple has added or enhanced with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. Use the steps above to access this feature and begin getting acquainted with it.

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