Why Backup iCloud Drive to Synology NAS?

Backing up your iCloud Drive to a Synology NAS (Network Attached Storage) device offers several advantages:

  • Data Redundancy: Having a backup of your iCloud Drive data on a separate physical device like a Synology NAS ensures redundancy, which minimizes the risk of permanent data loss.
  • Increased Storage Capacity: iCloud offers limited storage space, and if you exceed your quota, the free 5GB cloud space, you may need to pay for additional storage. By backing up your iCloud Drive to a Synology NAS, you can expand your storage capacity without incurring extra costs.
  • Enhanced Privacy and Control: Storing your data on a personal Synology NAS gives you greater control over your privacy.
  • Faster Data Access: With a Synology NAS, you can directly access your backed-up iCloud Drive data on your local network without relying on internet connectivity.
  • Customization and Automation: Synology NAS devices come with a variety of features and applications that allow you to customize and automate your backup process. You can schedule automatic backups, define backup retention policies, and even sync specific folders or files from your iCloud Drive to your NAS, providing flexibility and convenience.

So, how to backup iCloud to Synology NAS easily? Let’s find out.

Backup iCloud Drive to Synology NAS in 2 Ways

As a matter of fact, although Synology provides Cloud Sync and Hyper Backup to manage files between Synology NAS and cloud drives, you cannot back up iCloud Drive to Synology directly. Because Cloud Sync and Hyper Backup do not support iCloud. Therefore, you have to turn to other ways for help.

Way 1. Download iCloud Drive Files and Move them to Synology NAS

First of all, downloading from iCloud Drive, and then mapping Synology NAS to your computer, then moving them to the Synology NAS is the common way you might use, but the process quite consumes time due to the manual operations.

Here are the steps to backup iCloud Drive to Synology NAS if you’d like to use this way:

1. To map Synology NAS on your computer, follow these steps: Open your Windows File Explorer use Windows+E, and tap This PC/Computer, tap Map network drive from the top menu, choose Map network drive, resign a drive letter for Synology NAS, and input the Synology NAS server (IP address) plus the shared folder in this format: \\1192.168.0.240\iCloudDrive, and hit Finish.

Map Synology NAS
Map Synology NAS

2. Please log in to your iCloud.com with your Apple ID and password.

3. Tap Drive on the iCloud web interface to open iCloud Drive.

4. Select Browse on the left, then use your mouse and Ctrl or Shift key to multiple-select the files you’d like to backup.

5. Tap the Download icon on the top menu, then all the iCloud Drive will be downloaded to your computer (your Downloads folder).

Download Photos from iCloud Drive
Download Photos from iCloud Drive

6. Move these files to your mapped Synology NAS shared folder to backup iCloud Drive to Synology NAS manually.

Way 2. Backup iCloud to Synology NAS with MultCloud

To backup iCloud to Synology NAS in an easier way, you can try another better way, the powerful multiple cloud file manager - MultCloud, which allows you to backup, sync, or transfer files between any two of 30+ clouds, including iCloud Drive, iCloud Photos, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Workspace, OneDrive for Business, Box for Business, Gmail, Google Photos, and many more.

★ With MultCloud, you can benefit from the following features:
Backup iCloud Drive to Synology NAS directly without any complex settings and operations, saving time.
You are able to enable Email and Filter before backing up, an email alert will be sent to you after the task is completed, Filter allows you to include only the file types you’d like to backup.
Schedule provides an automatic way for you to back up iCloud Photos, and iCloud Drive on a regular basis, like daily, weekly, or monthly.
Offline backup is supported even if you close the computer or the browser.



Here are the simple steps to backup iCloud Drive to Synology NAS with MultCloud:

1. Please sign up for a MultCloud account and sign in, or use Guest Access to sign in temporarily.

Sign Up for MultCloud
Sign Up for MultCloud

2. Click Add Cloud, then choose iCloud Drive, and input your credentials to add. Repeat the process to add Synology NAS.

Add iCloud Drive
Add iCloud Drive

3. Select Cloud Backup, then choose iCloud Drive as the source, and Synology NAS as the target.

Backup iCloud Drive to Synology NAS
Backup iCloud Drive to Synology NAS

Tips: You’re able to choose everything from iCloud Drive as the source, or only the files you’d like to backup, choose according to your demands.

4. (Optional) Tap Options to enable Email or Filter, or click Schedule to create automatic iCloud Drive backup.

Cloud Backup Options
Cloud Backup Options

Note: Filter and Schedule are advanced features, please upgrade to unlock all the advanced features, including the two, and make the backup run faster with 10 threads.

5. Hit the Backup Now button to backup iCloud Drive to Synology NAS automatically and directly.

Except for the backup iCloud Drive to Synology NAS, you’re able to backup iCloud Photos to Synology NAS directly too.

Sync iCloud Drive to Synology NAS with MultCloud

MultCloud also syncs iCloud Drive to Synology NAS directly in flexible ways, including one-way sync, two-way sync, real-time sync, and others, with a total of 10 sync modes.

The easy steps to sync iCloud Drive to Synology NAS are listed below:

1. Click Cloud Sync after adding iCloud Drive and Synology NAS.

Cloud Sync
Cloud Sync

2. Select iCloud Drive as the source, and Synology NAS as the destination.

3. Press the Sync Now button to sync iCloud Drive to Synology NAS.

Sync iCloud Drive to Synology NAS
Sync iCloud Drive to Synology NAS

Tips: The Email, Filter, and Schedule settings are similar to the above information, and besides, you can set up the sync modes in Options.

Sync Methods
Sync Methods

If you would like to sync Synology NAS with iCloud Drive, MultCloud will do you a big favor as well.

The End

According to the above ways to backup iCloud to Synology NAS, you can replace iCloud with Synology NAS easily with MultCloud instead of downloading and moving way. If automatic operations are needed, MultCloud is your best way to migrate data between iCloud and Synology NAS. And you can add multiple clouds to MultCloud and manage them all in one place.

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