How to Set Up iCloud Drive in OS X Yosemite

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Apple is trying to give Dropbox and Google Drive a run for their money with iCloud Drive. For me, once iCloud Drive has everything Dropbox can offer, I have no reason not to drop Dropbox. It’s kind of a no-brainer: Having one platform handle everything is just plain simple and makes sense.

Now that you have upgraded to Yosemite, let’s take a look at how to set up iCloud Drive.

Step 1

Log in to your iCloud account by selecting System Preferences from the Apple dock and clicking the iCloud icon.

iCloud login dialog box

Step 2

Turn on iCloud Drive. iCloud Drive is automatically configured, so once you log in to your iCloud account it is turned on. You have the option of turning it on or off by checking or unchecking the checkbox.

iCloud Drive setup in System Preferences window

Step 3

Fine-tune which apps you want to use with iCloud Drive by checking or unchecking the boxes.

iCloud Drive syncing options in System Preferences window

Step 4

Configure your layout. You can configure your file structure to mirror Dropbox or Google Drive. The world is your oyster.
Folders in iCloud Drive

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Step 5

Do you need more iCloud space? As you migrate more of your documents to the cloud, you will need to purchase more space. Here are Apple’s pricing tiers:

Box showing new iCloud storage plans

1. Click the Manage button and purchase more space as your needs grow.

Manage button in System Preferences window

2. Simply select Buy More Storage and you’ll get a screen with options for upgrading your plan.

Upgrade iCloud Storage options


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