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How to Share iCloud Drive Folders on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Share menu for a Folder in Files app
Khamosh Pathak

Apple finally added folder-sharing to iCloud Drive with iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, and macOS Catalina 10.15.4. If you were using Dropbox or Google Drive for the sole reason, you can now fully switch to iCloud Drive.

How to Share iCloud Drive Folders on iPhone and iPad

You can access your iCloud Drive folders from the Files app on your iPhone or iPad. Sharing options are now available in the Files app, too.

Open the Files app and tap the “Browse” button at the bottom of the screen to view your files.

Switch to the Browse tab in Files app

Select the “iCloud Drive” option from the Locations list.

Choose iCloud Drive from locations

Now, navigate and find the folder that you want to share.

If it’s a single folder that you want to share, just tap and hold on the folder icon.

Tap and hold on the folder

From the context menu, tap on the “Share” option.

Choose Share from the folder menu

If you want to share multiple folders together, tap on the “Select” option from the top-right corner, select the folders and then tap on the “Share” button. This will bring up the Share sheet.

Swipe up in the list of options on the Share sheet and tap on the “Add People” option.

Tap on Add People from the Share sheet

You’ll now see a new file and folder sharing screen.

Here, tap on the “Share Options” option.

Tap on Share Options

From here, you can switch to the link-sharing mode (by switching to the “Anyone with the link” option). You can also make the folder view only from here.

Choose the sharing options

Then, choose how you want to share the folder with your friend, colleague, or family member. The Message option works best. Tap on the “Messages” icon.

Tap on the Messages app

Then search for an iMessage contact, and tap on the “Send” button.

Tap on the Send button to share the folder

If you want to share the folder using a link, swipe all the way to the end of the apps list (after switching to the link-sharing option in Share Options) and tap on the “Copy Link” button.

Tap on the Copy Link button in Files

Then you can paste the link in any chat app or even send it along as an email.

Once you’ve enabled the folder sharing, tap and hold on the folder again, and select the “Share” option. Here, you’ll now see a “Show People” option. From here, you’ll be able to monitor who has access to the folder. You can tap on “Stop Sharing” to disable the folder sharing.

Tap on Stop Sharing

Once your friend receives the invite and adds the folder to their iCloud Drive, they’ll be able to see a “Shared by (name)” label on top of the shared folder.

Shared by friend in shared folder on iCloud Drive

How to Share iCloud Drive Folders on Mac

On the Mac, you’ll find that the iCloud Drive features are built right into the Finder app. Once you’ve updated your Mac to macOS Catalina 10.15.4, you’ll be able to share iCloud Drive folders right from your Mac.

Here, locate the folder that you want to share and right-click on it to open the context menu.

Now, go to the “Share” menu and select the “Add People” option.

Click on Add People from context menu

You’ll now see a new “Add People” window.

Expand the “Share Options” menu in this window to manage the permission and folder access. If you simply want to copy the link, click on the “Copy Link” button.

To share the folder using the Messages app, click on the Messages app icon and click the “Share” button.

Click on Messages and then Share

From the next screen, enter the name of the contact, and then click on the “Send” button.

Click on the Send button

To monitor the sharing settings or to remove a contact from the folder sharing, you can go back to the “Share” option in the context menu. Here, click on the “Show People” button.

Click on Show People from context menu

From the popup menu, expand the “Share Options” panel. Here, you can click on “Stop Sharing” to stop sharing the folder.

Click on Stop Sharing

New to iCloud Drive? Take a look at our beginner’s guide to learn everything you need to know about using iCloud Drive.

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Khamosh Pathak Khamosh Pathak
Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has seven years of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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