How to remove iCloud files from my Mac's hard drive

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Nimoy, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. Nimoy macrumors member

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    I've got over 100gb of available iCloud storage and my Mac is nearly full. So I moved some of my large video files to iCloud to free up space on my Mac. The problem is that the files are still stored locally on my Mac!

    Is there any way to store the files only on iCloud so I can free up space on my Mac's hard drive?
     
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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  3. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    When macOS Sierra is released in the next month or two, you will be able to do exactly this.

    Your Documents and Desktop folders will be automatically uploaded to iCloud and synced across all your Macs. You can then enable "Optimise Mac Storage" to delete the local copies when you run low on space. You can still "see" the files in your Documents and Desktop folders but they will need to be downloaded before you can open them.

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  4. Nimoy thread starter macrumors member

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    Great!
     
  5. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a

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    Can you see the files from your Mac or Macs when looking at iCloud Drive via the iPad iCloud app?
     
  6. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    Yup!

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  7. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a

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    Cheers for that! So how does it work with say media files, so if you can see them on the iPad/iPhone does it give you the option to say open an mp3 in music, or an .MP4 in Videos, or would I need to 'Open in' to say Goodreader or an appropriate app?
     
  8. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    At least in iOS 10, all files supported by iOS (think images, lots of audio formats, and some video formats) can be viewed within the app.

    Edit: Sorry I misunderstood your question. You can't open or save files in the Music or Video apps, but you can open in third party apps, and save things to Camera Roll, etc.
     
  9. Tech198, Sep 7, 2016
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    Tech198 macrumors G4

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    Actually ya there is a way,, just turn of icloud in system preferences... to remove *all* files locally in .. but if all u wanna do is save space then the optimize would work as well.

    All files will dissapear from Mac, when u turn off icloud, but will still be available at icloud.com

    https://support.apple.com/kb/ph2613?locale=en_US
     
  10. g00n3r macrumors newbie

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    So the optimization is only in the Documents and Desktop folder? Meaning for this to work I have to put it in the those folders? It can't just be in the iCloud Drive folder?
     

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