There are times when helping a friend can be just too easy. A nearby neighbor and I were talking up the new iPhone 11 Pro when he asked a simple question.
How do I get my Mac’s files onto my iPhone?
As it turns out, the answer is drop-dead simple. Easy. A verifiable no-brainer. iCloud.
First, on the Mac, open System Preferences, then select iCloud. If you’re using macOS Catalina, you’ll find iCloud in the Apple ID icon at the top. Click and you get a few lists, but the one on the right is where you go.
Apps on this Mac using iCloud
You’ll see basic apps– iCloud Drive at the top, Photos, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Notes, etc. Click iCloud Drive’s Options button.
This provides a simple drop-down window with a list of documents and apps which can store information in iCloud drive. Tops on the list is Desktop & Documents Folders.
Click it On and whatever files and folders are in your Desktop and Documents Folders get synchronized to iCloud, and that makes them available to other devices– Mac, iPhone, and iPad. For the latter two, iCloud Drive files and folders show up in the Files app.
I know what you’re thinking.
Wait a minute. I have too many files in Documents and Desktop to store on iCloud’s free 5GB service.
Yes. The fix is easy. Upgrade to another level and get used to ongoing subscription pricing. iCloud Storage Plans start at 5GB for 99-cents a month, 200GB is $2.99 a month, and 2TB is $9.99 a month.
In recent years I have upgraded from 5GB, then to 50GB, then to 200GB, and finally settled on 2TB with all my music, and photos and movies in the Photos app. It took a few days, but all my information then synchronized with other devices; iPads and Macs.
To my way of thinking different, that’s the best way to use iCloud.