Stay Alert and Ready: Essential Tips for iCloud Drive Safety

Stay Alert and Ready: Essential Tips for iCloud Drive Safety

When updating to iOS 8, extreme caution is advised if you’re an iCloud user because you might disrupt iCloud syncing across all your Mac devices.

Let’s dive right in.

Stay Alert and Ready: Essential Tips for iCloud Drive Safety

During the setup of a new iOS 8 device, you’ll encounter a screen similar to the one shown here (image courtesy of Realmac Software):

Opting to “Upgrade to iCloud Drive” will cease iCloud document syncing on your Macs unless they are running the Yosemite beta and the Mac app is compatible with iCloud Drive. Once you switch to iCloud Drive, reverting is not an option, so you must either wait for the official release of Yosemite or participate in the beta until the necessary updates are made.

It’s advisable to hold off on upgrading to iCloud Drive until after Yosemite is officially available.

You can always switch to iCloud Drive at a later time. Downgrading from iCloud Drive to the regular document and data syncing is not possible.

Initial versions of iCloud Drive might have bugs and issues, so unless you’re keen on testing new features, it’s wise to wait.

While iCloud Drive seems promising, it’s another initial release of syncing technology from Apple, who historically hasn’t had the best track record with such software. I’m not in a hurry to make the switch.

Ensure your iOS device is backed up to iTunes before installing.

While I have your attention, here’s another tip: perform a local backup of your iOS device before upgrading to iOS 8. This local backup is your safest bet against potential upgrade issues.

If your iOS device contains photos, I strongly suggest connecting it to your Mac, opening Image Capture.app, and transferring all your photos to your Mac’s hard drive. Even if you use iCloud backup and/or Photo Stream, it’s better to be safe with an additional copy.

Import them into a folder on your Desktop named something like “iPhone Pictures 2014–09–17” and if everything upgrades smoothly, you can simply delete the folder.

“But I use iCloud backup!”

That’s great! iCloud backup is indeed convenient and I use it too. However, the day a new iOS version is released is the worst time to rely on restoring from an iCloud backup due to the high demand on Apple’s servers. It’s better to have a local, up-to-date backup ready just in case.

You can easily create a manual backup in iTunes, even if you normally back up to iCloud:

Stay Alert and Ready: Essential Tips for iCloud Drive Safety

Remember to encrypt the backup, which prompts iTunes to include your passwords in the backup.

Note: if it’s been a while since your last iTunes backup, be prepared for it to take some time.

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Ronald is a dedicated writer for TUAW, bringing a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for all things Apple. With a keen eye for detail, Ronald covers the latest news and updates on products like the iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and Apple Watch. His insightful articles help readers stay informed about the ever-evolving world of Apple technology. When he’s not writing, Ronald enjoys exploring new apps and discovering innovative ways to use his Apple devices.