I have a folder on my iCloud and in the beginning I shared it with edit rights to anyone who has the link, then it asked them to have an iCloud account, so then I thought may be because I set it as editable. So then I set it as view only and shared the link but still they needed an account which to me it feels inconvenient or I thought may be I did something wrong.

Is there a way which I don't know how to do it?

Like for example on DropBox or Google Drive it will ask them to have an account if they want to edit but to view or download they can do this without the need of signing up and creating an account on DropBox or Google Drive.


Sharing participants must have an iCloud account.

Participants need an Apple ID to view or edit files in a shared folder. If you invite someone without an Apple ID, they'll be prompted to create an Apple ID.

Source: Apple Support Document Share folders with iCloud Drive under the heading, Learn more about folder sharing

  • Uhh, didn't know that. Limits its value somehow...
    – nohillside
    Apr 28 '20 at 12:44
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    Why I'm fan of OneDrive. I can share a Word doc and to view, you don't need to log in, but if you want to edit even if you don't have Word installed, you can edit with the Web version - all you need is a (free) Outlook account. Same as DB and GD.
    – Allan
    Apr 28 '20 at 12:46
  • @Allan According to my question here: apple.stackexchange.com/q/389424/116989 which option you think is the best from your advice?
    – Tak
    Apr 28 '20 at 12:59
  • You have to decide that based on what your requirements are. OneDrive works for me because it fits my needs. Determine what you want, rank them in terms of "must have," "nice to have," and "ok not to have" then look at the various services and see which comes the closest.
    – Allan
    Apr 28 '20 at 13:06

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