Can i have a common desktop with iCloud Drive "Desktop and documents"

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  1. Ploki macrumors 68040

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    You know, two document folders and two desktops working as one?
     
  2. splifingate macrumors 6502

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    iCloud is a 'mirror-ing' Service and, as such, actively mirrors iCloud <-> Device

    Given that statement:

    My MBP shares the same Desktop/Documents as my various MP installs.

    I have a MP (three, different {active} installs (HS&HS&Moj)) and a MBP synch'ed to the same iCloud ID, and--as such--I have noticed only additions-to my iCloud storage, rather than removal-from . . .

    . . . it is always wise to maintain backups when beginning disparate installations; especially if critical data is stored on one, and not (one of) the other(s).

    I, personally, create local backups of (important-to-me) data before I sync local <-> 'cloud', JIC.

    FWIW, "Family Sharing" should allow one to utilise one's available iCloud Storage Plan with multiple Apple Accounts, even-though said storage will be exclusive (and--effectively--invisible) between each Account(s).

    Regards, splifingate
     
  3. Ploki thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Hi thanks for the answer.
    Ye local backup is already covered for. I want to have two computers desktop&docs in sync, and I noticed iCloud drive has a "Desktop & Documents" option that I don't know how it works.
    I don't want only additions, i want a live sync (so removing something from desktop on my MBP would also remove it from my MM desktop).

    I know i could probably do it via symbolic links... but i thought if this is built-in it's easier
     
  4. CoastalOR macrumors 68020

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    Here is some information from Apple about "Add your Desktop and Documents files to iCloud Drive":
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206985
     
  5. Ploki thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks!
    "Then you can combine your files manually, but iCloud doesn’t automatically merge the files in case you want to keep them separate. "
    ugh. This, is unfortunate.
     
  6. splifingate, Jan 15, 2019
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    splifingate macrumors 6502

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    from the aforementioned link:

    "After you turn on Desktop and Documents on a second Mac, you'll find its files in folders with the same name as your second Mac inside your original Desktop and Documents folders. Then you can combine your files manually, but iCloud doesn’t automatically merge the files in case you want to keep them separate."

    I have not found this assertion to be the case.

    My Desktop and Documents on all my iCloud-connected installs have the same Documents and Desktop . . .

    . . . for fun, I just added/removed some stuff remotely (MBP), and will report, later, how these actions are mirrored on the desktop at home.

    [edited to remove erroneous USER sim-link]

    Regards, splifingate
     
  7. chrfr macrumors 604

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    You just need to move the files once from the separate folders for each computer into the iCloud documents folder and then they'll appear on both computers from then on.
     
  8. splifingate macrumors 6502

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    Tonight, I returned to the MP in the home/office desktop.

    The other day, I added a folder called "only MBP", and deleted one (unneeded) file stored on iCloud.

    What I see on my Desktop is the "only MBP" folder.

    And, the deleted file is in my Trash ;)

    The latter implies "Good Stuff", as it means I can reverse-out something I do remotely, at home ;)

    Basically, I am (re-) assured that there is a close-knit continuity between the Documents/Desktop on all my devices that use iCloud.

    I wouldn't stress too much about it, Ploki <smile>

    Regards, splifingate
     
  9. Ploki thread starter macrumors 68040

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    that sounds kinda exactly like i want it to behave. I will try it out tomorrow, thanks.
     
  10. splifingate macrumors 6502

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    Cool. How did your testing go?

    Regards, splifingate
     

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