Apple has announced that its legacy service of managing documents in iCloud is ending in May next year.
When iOS 10 was announced back in 2016, a service and an app called iCloud Documents was unveiled, where you could save and manage data on your iPhone or iPad. However, there was confusion as to how the application worked, and a year later it was refactored as the Files app you see today.
At the same time, Apple released a new service called iCloud Drive for managing data, but users had to update it through their settings.
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What is iCloud Drive?
The iCloud Drive service is the newer process that helps sync documents and files between Apple devices, but also syncs other data such as messages and photos.
This is managed through the Files app, where you can duplicate, share and create data to other Apple devices, cloud services or external storage devices.
With iOS 15, Files brings minor improvements, but one highlight is a progress bar, finally seeing how long a transfer of files can take.
How to upgrade to iCloud Drive
With the older service retiring next year (opens in new tab), your iCloud account will need to be transferred to the newer iCloud Drive service.
To do this, go to Settings > AppleID at the top > iCloud > Turn iCloud Drive on.
The process will take a few moments, depending on how many documents and files you have on your account.
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