Working on a project with someone? You can share photos, files, and folders from your iCloud account with just a few taps.

People with Apple devices at a table sharing a file

We all know iCloud is a must-have utility for backing up data and storing all kinds of media – from photos to music to files – on all of your Apple devices. But did you know iCloud also makes it easy to share your files with other people?

With iCloud's file sharing capabilities, Apple users can quickly and seamlessly share files and folders with other iCloud users.

Requirements for iCloud sharing

Aside from your own iCloud account, your device must meet the following system requirements for this feature to work:

  • Mac: macOS Catalina (10.15.4) or higher
  • iPhone or iPad: iOS 13.4 or higher
  • Window: iCloud for Windows with Windows version 11.1 or higher

How to share iCloud files or folders

To share a single item or an entire folder from your iCloud account, access iCloud from your device or go to in your web browser to find what you want to share. When you find it, follow the instructions below for your device.

On a Mac

  1. Select the file or folder, then click share Button from the row of toolbars in the window. Alternatively, you can click and select the element while holding down the Ctrl key Share> Share file.

  2. Choose if you'd like to send your invitation e-mail, announcements, AirDrop, or share it manually with the Copy link Opportunity.

Share iCloud file on Mac, share. Share file

On an iPhone or iPad:

  1. Tap and hold the file until a pop-up menu appears. Choose Share> Share file in iCloud.

  2. You can choose to send the file via announcements, e-mailand messaging platforms like delivery boy, Skype, Viber, and Relaxed.

In a web browser:

  1. Select the file, then click Share file Button on the webpage.

  2. Choose if you'd like to send your invitation e-mail or with the Copy link Opportunity.

Related: How to use iCloud on a Windows PC

If you decide to use it Copy link Option, a text box will appear as soon as you click on it. Enter the email addresses of the people you want to share them with. selection E-mail will forward you to e-mail; also selection announcements also opens a announcements Window in which you can send the link as a message.

If you choose a messaging platform like Slack, you will first be asked to enter an email address before you will be redirected to the window of your chosen platform.

Change iCloud's sharing settings

Before you strike share, make sure to change the sharing settings to restrict who can access the file or folder and what they can do with it.

Here are your options:

  • Who can access: Choose between Only people you invite and Who has the link. If you choose the former, only the invited people can open the file or folder. If you choose the latter, others can access the file or folder as long as they have the link.
  • Permission: Choose Just watch if you want to give read-only access. Otherwise choose Can make changes so that your invitees can change the files or folders they share.

Who can access option

Easy cloud storage access

With the file sharing functions of iCloud, you not only have easy access to your cloud storage anywhere with an internet connection, but you can even extend this access to your family, friends and colleagues. Use this feature to create memories and increase productivity – anytime, anywhere.


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Rachel Melegrito
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Rachel Melegrito gave up her college teaching career to become a full-fledged content writer. She loves everything from Apple – from iPhones to Apple Watches to MacBooks. She is also a licensed occupational therapist and budding SEO strategist.

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