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Files on iCloud Drive will be able to be shared by link both via the web and iOS / macOS

There are so essential resources, so necessary that, when they are not available, it is even difficult to use a certain service because of this absence. In my case, that was how I saw the iCloud Drive.

In the early days of the internet, when Apple offered the .Mac, Ma offered a simple way to share files stored in the cloud with iDisk: it was just to create a specific link for it and send it to a specific person (s). When .Mac died and became MobileMe, Apple decided to kill that functionality.

Why? Don't ask me, after all, I venture to say that * all * competing services (like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.) offer something like this. Now, after a long time, Apple has recognized this and is again implementing this function of sharing files / folders by links.

The feature is still in the testing phase, so it is only available on the iCloud.com Beta, iOS 11 beta and macOS 10.13 beta.

iCloud.com

Unlike iOS 11 beta and macOS 10.13 beta, which are only available to developers, anyone with an iCloud account can go to beta.icloud.com and test the feature.

Sharing a file on iCloud DriveSharing a file on iCloud Drive

After logging in, go to iCloud Drive and select any folder or file. Notice that in the top bar there is a new icon (a silhouette with a plus sign). By clicking on it, you can choose whether to send the link by email or just copy it, define who can access the file (if only guests or anyone who has the link) and whether that person (s) can ( m) edit or just view that file.

On iOS 11

In the new mobile operating system from Apple, just select the file (mandatorily within the iCloud Drive area in the new Files app) for a few seconds and choose the ?Add People? option.

Sharing a file in the iOS Files appSharing a file in the Files app (Files) of iOS

When you do this, a window will open offering options to send the file by message, email or copying the link. Again, you can choose who can access the file (if only guests or anyone who has the link) and whether that person (s) can edit or just view that file.

In macOS High Sierra

Sharing a file on iCloud Drive via the macOS FinderSharing a file on iCloud Drive via the macOS Finder

In macOS the options are also the same, but you can do this by clicking the button directly on top of the file in question and choosing the option Share Add People.

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Of course, some options are still missing such as a specific period of sharing a file (you could adjust to share that file for, say, 30 days), a way to share entire folders, among other things. In addition, I still find the iCloud Drive interface on the web a little bit as plastered as Dropbox, for example, gets washed away.

Still, that we are moving towards a better iCloud Drive, that is undeniable.

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