iCloud Folder Sharing Not Working: Let’s fix it

With the new iOS 13.4, we are now allowed to share iCloud folders on the iPhone and iPad. The good news is that this folder sharing option is automatically synced across your Apple devices.  This is to say, if you share a folder from one iPhone, you can still change the permission or stopped sharing the folder from another iPhone. Sadly many users have found this iCloud sharing not to be working.

In this post, we will be showing you how to fix can’t share folder on the iPhone. But before then, let’s look at the iCloud folder sharing iOS 13.

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Sharing iCloud Folders in iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4

Step 1: Open Files app on your iPhone
Step 2: Tap on iCloud Drive.
Step 3: Then tap touch and hold on the folder you want to share > Tap Share from the popup.
Step 4: Now scroll down and tap Add People
Step 5: Here we have multiple sharing controls. Tap on Share Options. For ‘WHO CAN ACCESS’ and ‘PERMISSION’ select according to your preference. And then tap < Add People to go back.
Step 6: Now choose an app to share the link or invite people. I am selecting Messages
Step 7: Tap the contact name and tap on the blue send icon to share.

You have now successfully created and shared the iCloud folder.

Changing Access Rights of Shared ‌iCloud‌ Folders

Step 1: Open Files app on your iPhone and touch and hold on the shared folder
Step 2: Next tap on Share > Show People
Step 3: Tap on Share Options and change the access rights.

If there are many people you wish to revoke access right you can easily do that using the person name. Just tap Remove Access or change permission.

Stopping iCloud Folder Sharing on iPhone and iPad

Step 1: Open the Files app and locate the shared folder. This will have the text ‘Shared by Me’ below it.
Step 2: Now touch and hold the folder icon and tap Share.
Step 3: You should see Show People (instead of Add People). Tap on it.
Step 4: Now tap on Stop Sharing and then tap on OK to confirm.

Unable to share the iCloud folder? [Solved]

If you can’t share the iCloud folder on your iPhone or iPad, don’t worry there are some little bug’s concerning those issues and below is how to fix them.

Method 1: Update Your iPhone

If your iPhone is still running on an old update, you should quickly update it to the latest version. To check for any update, go to Settings > General, then tap Software Update. If an update is available, tap on the update to download and wait for your iPhone to reboot.

Method 2: Check Your Network

Make sure you have a stable network connection. If you are using a cellular network, make sure you have enough data on your account. If it’s WiFi, make sure it’s stable and fast.

Method 3: Sign out and Sign in your iCloud Account

You should try signing out and then sign in again on your iCloud account. To do that, go to Settings > Apple ID > Scroll down and tap “Sign out” > Enter the Apple ID password and select data to be kept on the iPhone > Tap Sign out two times. Wait for some minutes and then enter the same Apple ID to sign in to your iCloud.

Method 4: Restart Your iPhone

If the above methods fail, then the last resolution is to restart your iPhone. Doing that will fix some of the iPhone bugs. After you restart your iPhone check to see if the iCloud folder sharing is now working.

That’s all friends and don’t forget to share this post with your friends.

1 thought on “iCloud Folder Sharing Not Working: Let’s fix it”

  1. iCloud folder / file sharing is just a collection of bugs and poor interface design. It is really something Apple should be ashamed of, and more evidence (if any is required) of the extent to which the company has ceased focusing on the details since Steve sadly left us. I and my colleagues have tried multiple times to get this non-feature to work on our Macs, but it is so unreliable and bug-stuffed that you really can’t rely on iCloud for anything but the most unimportant stuff (e.g. sharing recipes or the odd cute photo) — and certainly not anything work-related or at all important.
    iCloud will blithely glitch files out of existence and can not be trusted as a meaningful file-sharing utility. With all their billions, it’s a shame that Apple can not invest appropriately in development of a solid file sharing facility for their platform — you really would think they world care about this stuff. But there is a clear lack of effective leadership, concern with user experience and quality control in the iCloud development team. The ONLY features worth having in iCloud are stability and reliability — and Apple is evidently completely incapable of providing these.
    Having iCloud lose important files really focuses the mind. After our painful experience, we went with Drop-Box.


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