How to Share iCloud Folders on iPhone and iPad – Gcam        
Date:September 22, 2021

How to Share iCloud Folders on iPhone and iPad

Is iCloud Folder Sharing Secure?

In a typical Apple fashion, iOS offers multiple ways to customize the access rights to a shared iCloud folder. For instance, you can allow people to make changes to the document or restrict them so that they can only be able to view it. At any time, you feel insecure or just want to stop sharing the folder completely, you can do so without any hassle.

What’s more, the sharing options automatically sync across iDevices so that you have the needed flexibility to control access permissions from any of your devices. Thanks to these helpful features, iCloud folder sharing seems to be quite secure. One more thing worth noting is it requires all the devices running iOS 13.4 or later. So, be sure all of your devices are fully onboard before trying it out.

1. Open the Files app on your iPhone and iPad.

Open Files app on your iPhone

2. Now, make sure the Browse tab is selected. Then, go to iCloud Drive under the Locations section.

Tap on iCloud Drive

3. Next, touch and hold the folder you want to share. Then, tap on Share option in the menu.

Tap on Share button in the menu

4. Next up, tap on Add People in the share sheet.

Tap on Add People option in the share sheet

5. Up next, you have the option to customize the sharing options as per your needs. To do so, tap on Share Options.

Tap on Share Options

Customize Who Can Access the Shared iCloud Folder

  • Allow “Only people you invite” to access the folder.
  • Allow “Anyone with the link” to access the shared folder.

Choose the desired option based on your needs.

Customize Shared iCloud Folder Permission

  • Can make changes: Select it to allow anyone to make changes to the shared folder. 
  • View only: Allow people to only view the document. 
Customize Share Options

Again, select the permission option as per your requirements. After that, tap on the back arrow at the top left of the screen to go back to the sharing screen.

6. Up next, select the medium through which you want to send the invitation. And then do the needful as usual. I’m going to do it via iMessage.

Share iCloud Folder via iMessage

Based on the method you have chosen to share the folder, the relevant app will open the link and allow the receiver to access the folder.

Change iCloud Folder Sharing Permissions

As I said above, you can change the iCloud sharing permissions as and when you want. After you have shared an iCloud folder, you should see the “Show people” option instead of the “Add people”. Simply tap on it to find out who has access to your folder. Besides, you will also have the option to “Stop Sharing” the folder. You can tap on a person in the people list and change the permission or even completely Remove Access.

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