iCloud Drive

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02 Aug, 2018 03:07 PM

I got to thinking about iCloud Drive and why I should need it active.

Turning it on on my macbook solved a problem with the Studies app not syncing before. But is there any reason why I should need to have iCloud Drive active in order to sync Studies? It solved my problem before, but from my understanding, iCloud Drive doesn't store libraries and I don't see any Studies data there.

Would a Studies sync be a trigger for a coinciding iCloud Drive sync perhaps, even though Drive's data is unrelated?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by drewmccormack on 03 Aug, 2018 02:19 PM

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    iCloud Drive is an umbrella for a bunch of technologies, only one of which is the iCloud Drive you see in Finder. Studies uses something called CloudKit, which falls under the iCloud Drive umbrella. So you do need it on to sync. I guess Apple don't want to have 10 switches, and just lump it all together as "cloud storage of data" = iCloud Drive.


  2. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 03 Aug, 2018 02:19 PM.

  3. zeppo re-opened this discussion on 14 Aug, 2018 06:06 PM

  4. 2 Posted by zeppo on 14 Aug, 2018 06:06 PM

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    Hmm. Actually after having to do a Time Machine restore I went back in to check my settings and see under

    System Preferences > iCloud > iCloud Drive > Options > Documents
    There is a list titled "Apps that store documents and Data in iCloud will appear here."

    Studies.app is among the list with a box to checkmark .

    Do I need to checkmark this box for Studies to sync?

    Or is it just an option to backup data on the cloud as well (and in which case perhaps is why my syncs take so long).?

    Just double-checking. ( I actually have been studying on the macbook for now with sync turned off and iphone app deleted)

  5. Support Staff 3 Posted by drewmccormack on 14 Aug, 2018 07:32 PM

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    I think that is the checkbox to allow iCloud Drive, so it should be checked, yes.

    Kind regards,

  6. 4 Posted by zeppo on 15 Aug, 2018 01:15 PM

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    I'm assuming you are not confusing it then with the switch that turns on iCloud Drive found at System Preferences > iCloud.

    You have to go further down the path to get to the checkbox. So I guess at the point where you get to the check boxes it is just letting you be more specific about which apps you wish to allow to use iCloud Drive after it is turned on. I guess then that this continues to pertain to iCloud Kit as well. I wasn't sure if turning on the iCloud Drive switch was sufficient enough to turn on iCloud Kit, while the check box was independent of iCloud Kit and pertained only to data storage, which I didn't think was necessary for the app

  7. Support Staff 5 Posted by drewmccormack on 16 Aug, 2018 07:37 AM

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    Indeed, I think both should be on, but for CloudKit, it may be enough that only the top level switch is turned on.


  8. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 16 Aug, 2018 07:37 AM.

  9. zeppo re-opened this discussion on 17 Aug, 2018 03:17 AM

  10. 6 Posted by zeppo on 17 Aug, 2018 03:17 AM

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    When I unchecked Studies in icloud drive options, the option to turn on sync in the Studies app disappears, so I guess that answers that question.

  11. drewmccormack closed this discussion on 17 Aug, 2018 07:21 AM.

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