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The Ecosystem: 7 Simple Tips for Sharing Files Between Your Apple Devices

The cult of Apple exists for a reason. Though many PCs offer similar hardware, Apple lovers understand that it takes more than quality specs to make a user experience.

For example, sharing files within the Apple ecosystem is a phenomenon unto itself. There isn’t any technology available that comes close to the security and convenience of sharing between devices.

Here are 7 tips you need to know to get the most out of your Apple ecosystem.

  1. Share Settings

It’s cute to try and use all your Apple devices in drastically different ways. One is an ebook reader that you don’t want to get messages so you can read undisturbed.

Your phone is for work only meaning no social media apps to keep you from distractions. Your laptop is all about entertainment meaning you use the fastest browser to watch your favorite streaming shows.

If you’ve got this level of complexity between your devices, there’s no way you’re getting the most out of your Apple ecosystem. You want each device to clone the other’s settings.

This means that you’re getting the same information to each device. This maximizes your handoff ability making sharing files much faster.

  1. Turn on iCloud

It’s true. Apple isn’t the top cloud service available.

But it’s the best cloud service available to an Apple user with more than one branded device. You won’t find another option better to transfer mobile presentations to your email.

Apple makes it seamless to save all your documents to one location with iCloud. Make sure you’ve got this feature turned on in your settings so that you can instantly save your progress.

This feature is most beneficial when traveling and you don’t want to take two or three devices with you. You can pick up on your Keynote at the airport and finish it up once you’re back in the office without missing a beat.

  1. Airdrop It Like It’s Hot

One of the standout options for sharing files in the Apple Ecosystem is the ability to Airdrop. Airdrop is like copying and pasting one file from one device to another using Bluetooth.

It’s an instant transfer option that makes it far easier to use Apple devices than any other OS. You can simply click the share icon from your document and choose Airdrop.

You’ll get a list of nearby Apple devices where you can transfer the document with just one click. Keep in mind that you need Airdrop turned on in order on the receiving device in order for it to show up in your list.

You don’t need to know how to get airdrop on mac because it comes as a native feature on all your Apple devices.

  1. App to iCloud

Another amazing benefit of sharing files across Apple devices is the ability to connect your apps to iCloud. Yes, you heard that right.

You can use third-party apps like document scanners or design applications and save your files directly to iCloud. This makes it easy for you to get desktop access to the information you create in mobile-only apps.

This feature needs to be turned on in order to capture your documents. Keep in mind that you’ll also need to back up these documents once they’re saved in iCloud.

The downside to creating new documents in mobile apps is that they delete when you delete the app. You can avoid this by making sure you have a copy saved to a new folder in iCloud instead of the app’s default iCloud folder.

  1. SMS Sharing

There are some documents that are just easier to share via text. This can happen when one of your devices is having trouble connecting to WiFi and you need an instant transfer.

SMS sharing is simply texting a document to yourself using the share button. You click ‘share’ them the SMS icon and the document appears in the message window.

You can drag your document on the receiving device from the SMS conversation onto your desktop. If you’re using a phone, you’ll need to choose a destination for the document or photo based on its file type.

A third option is to save the document directly to a third party cloud storage app. But this feature needs to be turned on in Settings in keeping with Apple’s privacy regulations.

  1. Web Handoff

Many Apple users are familiar with the seamless web handoff feature for sharing information. It’s especially helpful when you’ve come to a page that isn’t mobile-friendly.

You can pick up where you left off on a laptop or desktop computer. You’ll find hand off more and more handy as you begin to encounter websites that aren’t yet responsive, or that cater to mobile phones.

  1. Check Your Storage

All Apple devices come with a minimum amount of iCloud storage. You get a certain amount of space for free which is usually enough to store basic text documents for years.

But if you need to store large media, you’ll need to upgrade to a more robust storage package in iCloud. Apple has a wide range of subscription options that allow you to increase the amount of storage you have.

Once you upgrade, you can access this larger storage capacity from any of your Apple devices.

Sharing Files Between Apple Devices

Sharing files between Apple devices is very easy because Apple has a monopoly on its hardware and software. Apple users get a seamless, integrated experience because their devices are basically all using the same technology.

This is an amazing convenience that only gets better with each OS release. For more information and tips, visit our blog for updates.

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