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I have moved my Downloads folder to a subfolder of Documents, since I want it to also sync using iCloud Drive with Desktop & Documents Folders sync active.

I did this by removing the ~/Downloads folder and linking it to ~/Documents/Downloads with ln -s.

This works perfectly for downloads I do with i.e. Safari and other apps. The only issue I have is when using AirDrop. Every time I AirDrop to my Mac, I can see the progress bar, the folder hops, and it receives the file. It even gives me the audio-acknowledgement that the transfer is complete, but it does not appear in my Download folder. I have searched my hard drive, and the file is no where to be found.

Is there a work-around for this? Can I specify where AirDrop should place my files?

Thanks for any input/tips

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  • don't you have a notification on the upper right corner of the screen when the file is sent ?
    – tama
    Commented Oct 27, 2022 at 13:10

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