How to Automatically Store Mac Downloads in iCloud Drive

How to Automatically Store Mac Downloads in iCloud Drive

The release of macOS Sierra expands iCloud’s syncing capabilities, enabling automatic synchronization of Documents and Desktop files across devices. However, one frequently used folder, Downloads, is excluded from this feature.

How to Automatically Store Mac Downloads in iCloud Drive

macOS currently lacks an automatic solution for syncing Downloads, but there is a workaround. You don’t need macOS Sierra for most of this to work. Note: You can still sync downloads on older versions of OS X if iCloud Drive is supported.

1. Create New Downloads Folder in iCloud Drive

To make the content more concise and impactful, you can eliminate redundancy and simplify the phrasing as follows:

“First, create a new folder in your iCloud Drive named ‘Downloads’. Ensure that the folder is directly accessible in iCloud Drive rather than buried as a subfolder.

Optionally, transfer all contents from your regular Downloads folder to the iCloud Drive folder. This will save you from starting fresh and automatically retain all older files. If you prefer to start fresh, disregard this step.”

The easiest way to move all your files from the old Downloads folder to the new one is to go to the folder and click the List view icon at the top. Click the first item, scroll down, and while holding the Shift key, click the last item. This will highlight everything in your Downloads. Copy and paste into the new iCloud Drive folder.

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2. Change Browser Settings

Once the folder is set up, simply change your browser settings to have every new file automatically downloaded to your iCloud Drive folder. In Safari, go to Preferences under the Safari menu. In the General tab, find the File download location option and select your new iCloud Drive folder from the dropdown menu.

How to Automatically Store Mac Downloads in iCloud Drive

Chrome users can access their settings by clicking the Menu icon and selecting Settings. Then, scroll down to the Downloads option at the bottom of the page and click Change to select your iCloud Drive folder. Once you have made this selection, close your preferences/settings and test it by downloading an image or link in your browser to ensure it is functioning correctly.

3. Create New Shortcuts

Once your iCloud Drive Downloads is working properly, replace old Downloads shortcuts on your Mac with new ones. First, let’s go to Finder.

How to Automatically Store Mac Downloads in iCloud Drive

If you are using macOS Sierra, keep your shortcut in the iCloud Drive section of your sidebar. Drag your Downloads folder and keep it with your Desktop and Documents. For OS X users, drag your Downloads folder into the Favorites.

How to Automatically Store Mac Downloads in iCloud Drive

Drag the iCloud Drive Downloads folder onto your dock to replace the old one. This provides shortcut access to your synced files directly from the dock, with live updates. Lastly, delete the old folder to complete the process.

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