Last May Apple announced that it would merge its iCloud Documents and Data service into iCloud Drive in May 2022, and that transition is now complete.

Like noted in a supporting document updated today, users who previously relied on ‌iCloud‌ Documents and Data to sync files across multiple devices will need to enable ‌iCloud Drive‌ to view their files.

iCloud Documents and Data, our old document synchronization service, has been discontinued and replaced by iCloud Drive. If you used iCloud Documents and Data, your account has been migrated to iCloud Drive.

If you used iCloud Documents and Data, you need to turn on iCloud Drive to see your files. When you switch to iCloud Drive, the amount of storage space used by your saved files in iCloud does not change.

Apple’s support document provides instructions and minimum system requirements for ‌iCloud Drive‌ on iOS devices, Macs, and on the web at iCloud.com.

The vast majority of ‌iCloud‌ users already have ‌iCloud Drive‌ enabled, so they won’t see any changes. But for users who had ‌iCloud‌ accounts before ‌iCloud Drive‌ was introduced in 2014 and never activated it, perhaps to maintain compatibility with pre-iOS 8 and pre-OS X Yosemite devices that could not support ‌iCloud Drive‌, they will now need to turn it on in order to regain access to their files.

The old ‌iCloud‌ Documents and Data service kept cloud-synced data stored in folders specific to a given app, only allowing access to that app’s data. ‌iCloud Drive‌ being a more comprehensive sync service, all of these files are now accessible from one place: the Files app on iOS and iPadOS, the ‌iCloud Drive‌ section of Finder on macOS, or the ‌iCloud Drive‌ section of iCloud. com.

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