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Apple abolishes data storage – what users need to know now

The online storage “iCloud Documents and Data” was introduced around eight years ago. The service was used for document synchronization, among other things. However, Apple announced that this will now be discontinued. Nevertheless, users do not have to worry, because the data was only migrated to iCloud Drive.

Apple already announced a long time ago that “iCloud Documents and Data” would be discontinued. Instead, iCloud Drive will now serve as its successor. However, the data from the former service is by no means lost. You just have to activate iCloud Drive, if you haven’t already done so. This is reported by the Cupertino-based company on its support page.

Activate iCloud Drive easily

The activation of iCloud is basically done quickly. Both on the Mac and on the iPhone or iPad, it works with a few clicks. So let’s start with the Mac first:

  1. In the first step, click on the Apple menu (apple icon).
  2. After that, you need to go to System Preferences.
  3. Here, you then go to “Apple ID.” If you don’t see that, you’ll need to log in with your credentials beforehand.
  4. Once you are in Apple ID, look for “iCloud Drive”. You have to check the box there.

You can also activate iCloud Drive on the iPhone or iPad in no time. To do this, you need to proceed as follows:

  1. First, go to the settings of your device.
  2. Then tap on your name at the very top. You may have to log in with your Apple ID data.
  3. In the next step, tap on the “iCloud” item.
  4. Finally, search for “iCloud Drive” and activate the slider.

Do not confuse cloud storage

You probably kept coming across “iCloud” and “iCloud Drive” during the activation process. Even though the two names sound similar, there are differences. The former is an online storage space that has a limited capacity (5 gigabytes) for free. The latter, on the other hand, is the software and thus also a part of iCloud. With it, you access the stored data in the iCloud.


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