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Question: Can I share a folder from iCloud Drive?

I'm now on MacOS and was wondering if I can share a link to a folder that's on iCloud Drive to friends?


iMac with Retina 5K display, iOS 10.0.2

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Sep 27, 2016 7:18 AM in response to halfstar16 In response to halfstar16

No - iCloud drive and its folder structure is strictly for sharing with one account.

For some iWork documents and photos, you can share them individually or by adding someone to a shared photo album, but that's based on the app design and not a more general folder based file sharing idiom.

You could use Apple's MailDrop feature to email each file to the recipient(s) that need to share the file, but it wouldn't be anything that's hosted and really shared in the sense that a change to the file by one user would then be reflected on the cloud.

Sep 27, 2016 7:18 AM

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Sep 19, 2017 12:59 PM in response to AMDphreak In response to AMDphreak

Send Apple feedback. They won't answer, but at least will know there is a problem or a suggestion for change. If enough people send feedback, it may get the problem/suggested change solved sooner.

Click here to send Feedback

Sep 19, 2017 12:59 PM

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Dec 10, 2017 5:54 PM in response to hernanfromseattle In response to hernanfromseattle

Perfect! I understand that apple wants to be careful and thoughtful on everything they do, but sometimes they just take too long and miss out on opportunities. For those of us who would rather be exclusively in the ecosystem, having to go outside and find a workaround is quite disappointing.

The reason why I found this post was because I wanted to have a shared folder with my wife. Now I just can't have to find something else or just send her the file and deal with different versions. :/

Dec 10, 2017 5:54 PM

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Dec 29, 2017 5:06 PM in response to arantesvl In response to arantesvl

I do not know if that works but did you try to:

1. Create family and include your wife's id and then share with family members


2. On larger (200GB and 2TB) you can share the space with family members. Try if that sharing works with files too.

I hope one of the options works. I did not try yet. May be i am overexpecting.

Dec 29, 2017 5:06 PM

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Feb 1, 2018 11:00 PM in response to halfstar16 In response to halfstar16

What I do when I want to share a folder is creating a sparseimage file from Disk Utility and share this file. In it you can add any files and folders you want. This must be mounted every time you want to do something with this files.

Feb 1, 2018 11:00 PM

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Feb 23, 2018 3:20 AM in response to zinacef In response to zinacef

This is such a massive shame. I know Apple always trail when it comes to features but for something so simple and common is just silly.

I have just recently got into my Apple products, with 2 iPhones (me & the wife) an iPad and a Macbook pro. The main thing that bought me to iCloud was the seamless access between devices and being able to share things with my wife.

I bought a 2gb iCloud plan, set up family sharing and thought I would be good to go. Thrown a lot of content on there and it turns out only I can see it!

I really hope this gets changed soon, as a lot of people are heading to the competition who, as much as they aren't as seamless in my opinion, are way ahead of the game.

Feb 23, 2018 3:20 AM

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