1. Trees's Avatar
    With iOS having no local user accessible file system like a "My Documents", is iCloud Drive the "new" My Documents?

    I know that iCloud Drive can be accessed from iOS, and on the desktop form factor from a Windows or Mac system.

    Perhaps from decades of using a My Documents like implementation on Windows or Macs, a local file system concept is cemented in my mind to the point where to me it feels like iOS is limited and has less capability compared to Android, BB10, or Windows Mobile OS's that have a local file system.

    So, what is your experience with using iCloud Drdive as the replacement for iOS not having a local "My Documents".
    Last edited by Trees; 01-30-2016 at 03:21 PM. Reason: Added "Drive" in title and post.
    01-30-2016 10:51 AM
  2. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    iCloud is a back up system. It's not designed as a storage facility you can access. You can store documents in apps like Documents 5 by Readdle, among others.
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    01-30-2016 11:16 AM
  3. ad4692's Avatar
    Unfortunately it's just backup. Apps like Readdle's Documents 5 can save to iCloud but I personally find it too cumbersome. Come on Apple, let us use iCloud Drive like Dropbox.
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    01-30-2016 12:16 PM
  4. Trees's Avatar
    Thanks for the helpful responses. I just realized that I should have been more specific in my original question and the thread topic. I should have included "Drive".

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    01-30-2016 03:17 PM
  5. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    To be honest, I haven't quite figured out iCloud Drive and what it's for. Apple makes everything complicated. I'm in the camp with those who wish iCloud Drive were like Dropbox.
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    01-30-2016 11:27 PM
  6. mikeo007's Avatar
    It depends on the app, but most can use iCloud as a "My Documents" type of folder. Built in apps like mail can use it like my Documents. Other Apple apps like pages/keynote can as well. Any 3rd party app can be coded to access it, but some older ones haven't implemented it yet. It's definitely a bit more clumsy than a file folder though, you can't really re-organize things easily for example.
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    02-01-2016 08:16 AM
  7. Trees's Avatar
    It depends on the app, but most can use iCloud as a "My Documents" type of folder. Built in apps like mail can use it like my Documents. Other Apple apps like pages/keynote can as well. Any 3rd party app can be coded to access it, but some older ones haven't implemented it yet. It's definitely a bit more clumsy than a file folder though, you can't really re-organize things easily for example.
    Good to hear about your experience. I have a fairly organized Google Drive folder structure, and like how well it seamlessly works from within and across Android, iOS, Windows, or OS X.
    02-02-2016 07:40 AM

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