Back in May, Apple announced that it would integrate its iCloud Documents and Data service into iCloud Drive in May 2022, and that transition is now complete.
As mentioned in an updated support document today, users who previously relied on iCloud documents and data to sync files across devices will need to turn on iCloud Drive to see their files.
iCloud Documents and Data, our old document syncing service, has been discontinued and replaced by iCloud Drive. If you are using iCloud documents and data, your account has been migrated to iCloud Drive.
If you use iCloud Documents & Data, you’ll need to turn on iCloud Drive to see your files. When you switch to iCloud Drive, the amount of storage used by files saved in iCloud does not change.
The Apple Support document provides instructions and minimum system requirements for iCloud Drive on iOS devices and Macs, and on the web at iCloud.com.
The vast majority of iCloud users already have iCloud Drive enabled, so they won’t see any changes. But for users who had iCloud accounts before iCloud Drive was introduced in 2014 and never enabled it, perhaps to maintain compatibility with pre-iOS 8 and pre-OS X Yosemite devices that can’t support iCloud Drive, they will now need to turn it on to regain access to their files.
The Documents & Legacy iCloud service kept the cloud-sync data stored in folders specific to a specific app, allowing only access to data from that app. As iCloud Drive is a full-featured sync service, all of these files can now be accessed from one location: the Files app on iOS and iPadOS, the iCloud Drive section of the Finder on macOS, or the iCloud Drive section of iCloud. com.
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