iCloud says that iCloud Drive takes up 592MB of space:

iCloud 592MB Report

However, when I open the iCloud Drive folder on Finder and sum the sizes of the stuff shown there, I get a much smaller sum:

iCloud Drive Size Sum

What is the reason for this? How can I free up more space in my iCloud Drive?

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    Have you checked for hidden files or folders?
    – Solar Mike
    Feb 12, 2018 at 5:03

1 Answer 1


Solar Mike's guess was correct. I had deleted stuff that was in my iCloud Drive and those "deleted" stuff was still taking up space.

When you delete something on your Mac, it goes to ~/.Trash. However, when you delete something that was on iCloud Drive, that doesn't go to ~/.Trash. It goes to:

/Users/username/Library/Mobile Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/.Trash

So make sure that you check out the iCloud Drive's trash if there is a big mismatch between the size reported by Finder and by iCloud.

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