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Sync iCloud With Dropbox
Most of the folks are familiar with Dropbox which is used for cloud-based storage for documents, files or any other information. Dropbox provides 2GB cost free cloud storage also with option of increasing storage on requirement but only by getting the premium accounts. The premium account holders can have powerful native Mac, iOS and Android apps for easier approach to the service. The service was running smoothly till the event, Apple introduced their iCloud service for iOS and Mac to host files within Apple’s cloud services. The users of iPhone, iPad or Mac, using iCloud app perfectly synced between devices and pushed around as they wish. Using iCloud the users can have documents in two different cloud locations for safety purpose.
Most of the users want the both apps running at the same time as some prefer Apple’s new cloud service, and some wants previous revisions of documents in Dropbox. So, now it’s possible to sync iCloud to Dropbox. But its only one-way synchronization, simply you can say it will drag files from iCloud to Dropbox, but not vice versa.
How to Sync iCloud With Dropbox In A Few Easy Steps
Step 1: The first step is to make sure that your Mac in question has iCloud enabled. It may seem like a fairly simple step, but we are certain many users will sit scratching their heads as to why it doesn’t work.
Step 2: Head over to ‘System Preferences >> iCloud‘and make sure that the ‘Documents & Data‘option is set to Sync.
Step 3: This process may differ a little depending on the app you are using to push data to iCloud. The underlying step is to push a document to iCloud using the specific app process. In certain apps it may be located in the ‘File >> Move to iCloud‘structure.
Step 4: The next step is to locate the local folder that is dedicated to iCloud on your Mac. The ‘Library‘folder that is required has been hidden as default in OS X Lion, but there are a number of ways to get access to it. One way this can be done is by opening up Finder, highlight the ‘Go‘ menu option and then press the ‘Alt‘ key on the Mac keyboard. The Library folder should now be visible.
Step 5: As an alternative to step 4, users can also press ‘⌘CMD + Shift + G‘, then type in ‘~/Library/‘. Either way, look for a folder in the tree called ‘Mobile Documents’, and then find the ‘documents’ sub-folder that contains our precious pushed files.
Step 6: Using the new features within the Hazel software, it is now possible to perform certain synchronizations. This includes setting up a rule within Hazel to check a specific folder and then sync the contents to Dropbox which is how we get all of our iCloud files to Dropbox.
The new users may suffer some confusion initially, but the users already on Dropbox know the fact that it is quite easy to see previous revisions of files. Dropbox is a life-saving app comparing with others that only provides iCloud storage options and nothing else.