If you are a Mac user relying on iCloud Drive for data synchronization and cloud storage, you can appreciate that you can enable an optional iCloud Status indicator in the Mac Finder. [1
How to enable iCloud Status indicator for Mac iCloud folders
- Go to Mac Finder
- Navigate to an iCloud Drive folder or if you use iCloud Desktop and iCloud Documents for it *
- Change the folder to List view (click the List view button or go to View menu> Like list)
- Pull down the "View" menu and select "Show options"
- Select the "iCloud Status" checkbox for to enable the iCloud Status indicator for the iCloud Drive folder
- Close Out of Display Options
When the iCloud Status Display option is enabled, it will be visible as a column in list view.
You can also right-click on file list heads and choose to switch "iCloud Status" from there, which is faster than you want. Go to View Preferences Panel.
Note whether you disabled iCloud Desktop and Documents folders on MacOS so that the desktop and documents are not uploaded to iCloud, as this iCloud status indicator feature will not be available for these directories and instead it will be limited to iCloud Drive. This is indicated by the iCloud Status option being greyed out and not selectable.
With the iCloud Status indicators enabled, when copying files to iCloud Drive from Mac or moving files to iCloud from Mac OS, you will see the indicator change for those files. Similarly, if there is another activity in the iCloud folders, it will also appear with the iCloud status indicator.
If you frequently enter data into iCloud Drive or an iCloud enabled Docs or Desktop folder, you might want to consider adding iCloud Drive to your Mac Dock for quick access. It may also be helpful to see uploading files and folders that transfer to iCloud from Mac.
Do you have tips or tricks about the iCloud Status indicators in the Mac Finder? Share them with us in the comments!