iCloud Drive Downloads

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Shadow5, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. Shadow5 macrumors newbie

    Shadow5

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    Hi all. Was wondering if someone could clear something up for me.

    Let's say I have a 500 MB file on my iCloud. I open the iCloud Drive app on my iPhone, click on the file, then click Download at the bottom. After the download completes, I open the file in a third party app. If I later go back to the iCloud Drive app, it doesn't say download at the bottom. Does that mean there are two files taking up 1GB of space on my phone (one in the third party app, one in the iCloud Drive app)? And if so, is there a way to empty that iCloud cache or whatever but not actually delete the file from iCloud?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

    Gav2k

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    The file exists once with the app accessing it
     
  3. Shadow5 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Shadow5

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    Maybe I'm not understanding but I deleted the file from the third party app, went back to iCloud and the file still exists there without an option to download (leading me to believe it's on my phone somewhere).
     
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3

    Gav2k

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    The file is sitting in iCloud drives local cache folder. Depending on the app some create a copy of the file if your modifying it this is generally the case. If it's being viewed then usually it'll just read the file from that cache.
     
  5. Shadow5 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Shadow5

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    Okay, gotcha. So my question is then… can you delete the cache without deleting your files off of iCloud? Thanks for your help!
     

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