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How to direct people to a shared photo album?

I have several shared albums in Photos app. The one I created today contains a single video also created today. It has "public website" enabled, but the "visit website" is ...
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In macOS settings, what is the difference between apps accessing to iCloud vs iCloud Drive

I know the difference between iCloud and iCloud Drive. But I don't get what's happening if I allow – Mail for instance – to access iCloud or iCloud Drive. Mail won't save my emails as files in a ...
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iCloud folders not appearing in the Mac Finder

Really frustrating problem where files and folders in a folder synced to my iCloud were not appearing in Finder. They were still on my iCloud and when I looked into my iPad which synced these files ...
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Battery Consumption too high

I’ve noticed in the last couple of days that the battery of my iPhone XR is not lasting as long as it used to, its maximum capacity is 90%. In the last 2 hours I’ve lost 80% of my charge only watching ...
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Can I share my 2TB iCloud storage with my family, using an *individual* Apple One plan?

Prior to Apple One, I was able to share my 2TB of iCloud share with my family; however it seems if I were to switch to Apple One, then I need to opt for Apple One's family option, rather than the ...
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What is the technical difference between transferring from an old phone and an iCloud restore when setting up a new iPhone?

Is there a difference in terms of how the iPhone's settings and state are compared between setting up a new iPhone using a transfer from a previous iPhone and setting up a new iPhone using an iCloud ...
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Are non-locally stored photos also analysed by on-device machine learning?

For example, in the following situation: You own an iOS device and a Windows desktop computer. The size of your photo library exceeds the storage of your iOS device. You upload GBs of photos to ...
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How do I change the default local hard drive free space when using iCloud on OSX?

I'm using iCloud to add additional storage to my Macbook. I'm trying to upload some or external hard drives, but it's a slow process since I can't extend the free space. Is there a way to change the ...
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Syncing contacts to multiple places

My wife's iPhone is set up to sync contacts to an Exchange server at work. I'd like to move most of those contacts to iCloud and allow her contacts to be synced from both servers. When I go into ...
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Forward iMessage

Situation: group chat needs to remain iMessage only, while other entities need the info. Question: how can an iMessage be forwarded by SMS or as an email? Further info: the iMessage can be received ...
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How to convert Windows Phone Living Image to Live Photo?

I am in the process of porting all my media to iCloud so it’s easily accessible via my iPhone and iPad. I used to have a Windows Phone, which took essentially the same thing as Live Photos but were ...
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Screen Share requires confirmation on the same Apple ID

When I try to connect to my Mac Pro from my MacBook Pro (both running Catalina) via Screen Share I’m prompted to accept the request to screen share. Once I do screen share works correctly. My issue is ...
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iCloud Photos on Windows: How to have full size originals downloaded automatically?

For disk space reasons I have decided to switch from the "have all my photos on my Mac" to "have all my photos pushed from my Mac to iCloud and download originals to a spare Windows 10 ...
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How to export iCloud photos with proper datetime

I'm using Photos app on macOS to export iCloud photos, because it's easiest possible way. The app itself is showing date and time of every photo in the header, but when Exporting the Originals ...
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Disable confirmation dialog when moving files in iCloud Drive in Windows 10

My question is similar to this one but when using iCloud Drive in Windows (more specifically Windows 10). How can I stop iCloud Drive asking me for confirmation when I move files in the Windows ...
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Folder in iCloud that stores files only in cloud but doesn't sync with Mac

I'm new to the ecosystem with my new MacBook Pro and I have a question about iCloud storage. I don't have a large SSD so I hope to use my iCloud for files, that's why I subscribed to some storage too. ...
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Is there a way to use iCloud photos as mostly online (reduce local storage usage)

I'm helping a friend switch from Google Photos to Apple Photos so they can use the tagging features and have a more seamless experience across phone, ipad, and macbook. I am working on importing ...
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How does Telegram make use of iCloud?

This is strange that I find Telegram, Sketchbook and some other music streaming apps having an option to be syned with iCloud. For applications like Photos, once it gets synced with iCloud, it is ...
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Storing whatsapp message data in iCloud to free up space on phone?

Ive got an iPhone 64gb running iOS 14 The storage is almost full and i noticed that Whatsapp is taking up almost 15gb. Most of this is photos / video from group chats etc. I dont want to loose the ...
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iOS & iCloud File Aliases?

Anyone have any luck using iCloud file aliases with iOS Files?? Seems the aliases created on the Mac are nothing more than nearly empty text files that are useless in iOS?
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Can I manually sync/refresh data from iCloud

I have a MacBook Air with the Xcode app that I use to add data to an array in one of the files. The file is saved to the desktop. I also have a MacBook Pro with the Xcode app that I use to add data ...
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How do I edit iCloud files under Documents & Data?

I have an old game I used to play but I have lost my old save file. I remember exactly what I have (written everything down on an old sheet of paper) and would like to restore it manually by editing ...
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Messages not sending all my texts to one specific user

I upgraded to a new iMac running Catalina. Since I've done this I'm having a problem sending messages to my daughter and maybe others. At first she received no messages from me, but other people did. ...
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How do I move iTunes synchronised photos out of the 'From My Mac' section on iPhone?

I've synchronised many of my photos to my iPhone using iTunes on Windows. However, they are not compatible with iCloud Photos nor any other app such as Google Photos since all the photos are stuck in ...
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What does macOS consider “enough space”?

In iCloud preferences, there's an option called "Optimize Mac Storage" which says, "The full contents of iCloud Drive will be stored on this Mac if there's enough space." Just what ...
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Shared iCloud Folder

I have a folder shared with me from another iCloud account. When I log into iCloud from a web browser I can see the shared folder. However when I'm on my Mac and I click on the iCloud folder I can not ...
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The email account and password to my son's iCloud account were changed without authorization

The email account to my son's iCloud account, as well as his password, was changed without our knowledge. Is there any way to get them back? I didn't change them. Is it possible that he was hacked?
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Cannot Login iCloud from System Preferences

I could not login into my iCloud account from System Preferences on my iMac, when I insert the email and password, I get this error. I've searched online, and the guides say to remove some file in ...
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iMessage without iCloud is like or unlike other messaging applications when it comes to the synchronization?

If one uses the same Apple ID in more than one device and uses iMessage in each device, if iCloud > Message is disabled, ie, the iMessage sync is turned off, don't we "receive" a message ...
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Why use backup if icloud is already enabled for every application

iCloud Backup refers to Settings > [name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup and iCloud sync refers to iCloud > Apps using iCloud and you enable/disable iCloud for the respective applications. Have ...
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Can Apple decrypt iCloud data of third-party app?

Suppose that a third-party app is encrypted (say, with AES 128), and that this app stores data in iCloud through iCloud Drive. In general, can Apple decrypt this data as it would with data stored in ...
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Keeping photos in sync between phone and laptop (without iCloud?)

I have an iPhone and a Macbook running macOS Catalina. I would like to keep my photos in sync between both devices, specifically: I want to have on the laptop all the photos that I take with the ...
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Is there a way to have time machine work well with iCloud (keeping the backup there)?

I have found myself needing to upgrade to the largest iCloud storage space to hold my Photos library, and now have plenty of space. Apparently I cannot mirror my iTunes music library on the plan I ...
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Stop iCloud to sync with a specific file

I have a huge file (4.92GB) under synchronized folder. And I specifically do not want that file to sync with iCloud. Is there any way to stop iCloud sync for that file or does it need to be moved to a ...
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Getting rid of “Sign in to iMessages” popup at boot in Mac OS Catalina

I have recently logged out of my apple id account and icloud in my MacBook Pro MAC OS Catalina. But this message keeps popping up asking me to update the password for my apple id for iMessages: ...
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iOS Messages phone storage usage different from iCloud

I have a conversation log in my iPhone (iPhone 11 Pro, iOS 14.0.1) that goes back to 2009. iOS says it is occupying 15.96GB: I have the phone set to save everything in my conversations (e.g.: high ...
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Rapidly running out of space on Catalina

I am on Catalina 10.15.6, Macbook Pro (15-inch, 2017). I have about 55 GB of free space available. However since this morning I have noticed that this space rapidly starts to reduce at about 1 MB per ...
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Playing a video from on iCloud Photos player is low quality

My videos played by iCloud Photos Video Web Player are lower quality bu. Is there a setting to set a the quality to higher level? This problem doesn't apply to a photos.
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Unable to collaborate on a Numbers spreadsheet

I have a Numbers spreadsheet that I have previously setup to use Collaboration with my wife. A few weeks ago, as I was editing the spreadsheet on my Mac, Numbers told me that it couldn't connect to ...
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How to decide which files from iCloud Drive are stored on iPhone?

I recently looked into the composition of the files stored on my iPhone (XS, 64GB internal storage capacity, iOS 14.0, Apple Family Sharing activated with iCloud 200 GB storage plan). Since I have ...
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Having painstakingly deleted hundreds of unwanted photos, dare I re-sync another Mac to iCloud that still has many of the deleted ones?

I have already deleted hundreds of photos in iCloud, and this works fine on my iPhone and Macbook. However, I also have an IMac which WAS synced to the other machines up till 2017. This means in Photo ...
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Why are my existing Reminders and Notes not saved to iCloud on my Mac?

I have enabled iCloud support for Apple applications such as Reminders and Notes. Yet my existing Reminders and Notes on my device are not being saved to iCloud. Isn't the point of iCloud for Mac to ...
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Move Apple Notes from Mac to iCloud

I have all my notes on my Mac, and I want to move them to iCloud so I can use them on a different laptop. Using the image below as an example, how do I move all notes from "On My Mac" to &...
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Photos not appearing in photos app on macos catalina

First, I was going to upload a photo to icloud, but it took to long and I wanted to stop the process. I googled it and to stop it, it said to turn off and back on iCloud photos. Little did I know, as ...
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Does iCloud web mail not have an “organize by conversation” feature?

I'm trying to use iCloud email in the web interface. I'm not used to all the emails in a thread/chain/conversation appearing separately in the inbox. I don't see a setting to control that. Does it ...
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Files Synced to iCloud from iPad not available on icloud.com

iPad 9.7" 5th Gen. (2017 model) | iPadOS 13.6.1 I have a lot of PDFs stored in Books. I have set up syncing to iCloud (or at least I think I have), such that every time I add a book I see a brief ...
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Where did my documents and desktop go when logging out of iCloud?

I've been using a different Apple ID on my MacBook Pro than my usual ID (for work reasons), but decided to move everything to the same Apple ID. I logged out and...my documents and desktop were gone. ...
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How enable iCloud-based recovery when setting up FileVault via the command-line tool fdesetup?

When enabling FileVault using the GUI (System Preferences < Security & Privacy < FileVault), it is possible to configure a linked iCloud account which can be leveraged for lost password ...
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icloud keychain is turned on but does not suggest passwords

For a while now safari on my iphone (iphone 6s, ios 13) has stopped suggesting strong passwords when I am signing up for new webstites online. iCloud keychain is turned on, however safari will not ...
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Apple Photos and iCloud

So from what I understood, if I have Apple Photos on my Mac set up with iCloud it will upload Photos to iCloud and only store a representation locally, thus free local disk space. I have now importet ...

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