Apple to replace iCloud Documents and Data with iCloud Drive in May

"If you're using iCloud Documents and Data, you need to enable iCloud Drive by following the steps below to view your files."

What you need to know

  • Apple is phasing out iCloud Documents and Data.
  • This month Apple will completely replace the service with iCloud Drive.
  • Users will need to enable iCloud Drive to view files in iCloud Documents and Data.

Apple has confirmed that it will phase out iCloud Documents and Data, replacing it completely with iCloud Drive later this month.

In a support document spotted by MacGeneration Apple states:

In May 2022, iCloud Documents and Data, our old document syncing service, will be discontinued and completely replaced by iCloud Drive. If you use iCloud Documents and Data, your account will be migrated to iCloud Drive after that date.

If you're using iCloud Documents and Data, you need to enable iCloud Drive by following the steps below to view your files. Upgrading to iCloud Drive does not change the storage space used by your files stored in iCloud.

iCloud Drive lets Apple users share their files across all of their devices and share them with their families. As confirmed by Apple, the upcoming shift will not impact the amount of storage space used by files stored in iCloud, so you won't have to change your iCloud storage allowance. However, as the document notes users will have to enable iCloud Drive if they haven't already made the switch.

You can find our full iCloud Drive information post here including guides on How to access the Files app on iPhone and iPad, how to use iCloud Drive on iPhone and iPad, and How to set up and access iCloud Drive on the Mac.

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