New iCloud feature for iPhone, iPad and Mac – Easily Share Files
If you use any of these Apple products, you already have iCloud. This makes it easier to share folders without having to use a 3rd party program like Dropbox. Here are a few things to be aware of before you start:
• Anyone adding, viewing or editing files in one of your shared folders will need an Apple ID.
• Depending on your device, you must have iOS 13.4, iPad OS 13.4, or MacOS Catalina 10.15.4 installed.
• A shared folder will only count toward the owner’s iCloud Drive storage space, not the people they have shared it with.
• If you are using Apple’s Pages or Numbers in the iCloud folder, they will be converted to a collaborative document so anyone you share it with can edit it.
To share a folder from your iPhone or iPad
• Open the Files app and select iCloud Drive from the Browse tab.
• Click on Select in the top right corner of the screen, then tap on the folder you want to share.
• Select the Share button, then Add People.
• Before you copy or send a link to the shared folder, you’ll need to enter email addresses or phone numbers for those you want to share with.
• Use Share Option to adjust the permissions.
To share a folder on a Mac
• Open Finder and select iCloud Drive.
• Select the folder you want to share and click on the Share button
• Click on Share Options to set your permissions.
• Finder will add the email address or phone number you send the link to.
Tip of the month
Tips for your home office – an overlooked device
No matter if we are all working from home much longer or your home office is just used periodically, one of the most important devices in your home is the router that you rarely give a thought to. You may be dependent on this equipment for everything from your mobile phone to your PC to your television. As a general rule, even if you’re not replacing it, you should check your hardware at least every year to two years, and upgrade every four years or so. If your home is large, hopefully you have invested in or at least investigated a mesh system. This will help eliminate any “dead spots” in your home.
The minimum maintenance you should do is to reboot your router every couple of months. Rebooting can help with the speed and fix other connectivity issues you may have. Restarting your router can also help prevent yourself from being hacked. The FBI has recommended all homes and small business reboot routers after foreign hackers compromised thousands of networks worldwide. You don’t need to leave your router off for very long. Pull the plug, leave it off for 5 minutes or so, then plug it back in.