Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 17:02 Apple services

Apple Shuts Down "Documents & Data" – Sync Service Merging With iCloud Drive

Apple is engaging in yet another round of spring cleaning, removing older and now outdated aspects from its various platforms and services. This time, it's "Documents & Data" which is up for dusting – a service known to many long-term Apple customers and more or less replaced by iCloud around 7 years ago, although Apple has maintained support for it. The service is still present within the depths of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS and still used by a number of devices.

"Documents & Data" Is Still Active
"Documents & Data" (not to be confused with iCloud's "Desktop & Documents") is responsible for the automatic synchronisation of app data. However, the service has been the source of some grievance, as it was never as easy to use nor as useful as iCloud Drive, which was started in 2014. It's much better integrated into the operating system and can be found in Finder on macOS as well as inside the "Data" app on iPhone and iPad. Apple has yet to deactivate the service and support is currently still being maintained.

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Deactivation By May 2022
However, the day has finally come for Cupertino to announce the coming end of "Documents & Data". In May 2022, the service will finally be shut down to be replaced by iCloud Drive. All user accounts (which can currently still access the service) will be automatically rolled over to the new service. This information comes from Apple itself, in the form of a support document. This won't change the amount of storage space available.

Users Will Need To Activate iCloud Drive
In order to access their data after the migration has occurred, existing "Documents & Data" users will need to activate iCloud Drive. The directions to do so are in the previously linked support document, here. iCloud Drive is compatible with all iPhones running at least iOS 8, as well as Macs running at least OS X Yosemite, and even Windows computers (which have installed the iCloud app). Access to various iCloud services can also be reached via icloud.com.

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