Save Documents to Disk Instead of iCloud by Default

by team December 02, 2019

If you already installed macOS Sierra, you probably noticed that all your files that are on the desktop, like the documents, are uploaded to iCloud Drive. This is a function that Apple launched in this version of its desktop operating system, and at the time of updating it is possible that you have activated it without noticing it.

An iCloud Drive is a tool that stores your files automaticallyIt works well in Apple’s ecosystem as it is linked to your Apple ID and is available on all our devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

So, in my opinion, this option is very helpful because if you lose your important documents or files you can easily download again those files from the iCloud server.

On the other hand, it can also generate a serious efficiency problem, since the computer not only uploads your files from the desktop but also deletes them when you have little space left, leaving only a preview.

As we mentioned before, the idea sounds good, but if you have little time, space in iCloud or a slow internet connection, this function will be a stone in your shoe. Therefore, here we explain what you should do to disable the function:

How to disable iCloud Drive on a Mac

Make sure you have macOS Sierra installed, if not, congratulations, you don’t have to do anything.

If you are in the latest version of Apple’s operating system, go to settings and look for the iCloud option.



Once in iCloud, select iCloud Drive and disable Desktop Folders and Documents.



Save Documents to Disk Instead of iCloud

Go to System Preferences>iCloud>iCloud Drive>Options, and uncheck the Desktop & Documents option. After this, your file will no longer be stored on iCloud and when you save documents, you will be asked where you want to save them going forward.


That’s all.

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