Can iCloud Folders be Shared?

iCloud Drive Folder Sharing
iCloud Drive Folder Sharing

You can share folders in iCloud Drive or on iCloud supports folder sharing, allowing users to share entire folders with others. This feature enables collaborative work and easy file sharing among iCloud users.

If you encounter the iCloud folder sharing not working issue, you can take the following common solutions as references:

  • Check iCloud Status: Ensure that iCloud services are operational. Sometimes, iCloud might experience temporary outages or issues. You can check the iCloud status on the Apple System Status page.
  • Update iOS/macOS: Make sure that your device is running the latest version of iOS or macOS. Updates often include bug fixes and improvements that can resolve compatibility issues.
  • Check Permissions: Ensure that you have the correct permissions to share the folder. Check the sharing settings for the specific folder in the Files app on iOS or Finder on macOS. Make sure that you've given the necessary permissions to the people you're sharing with.
  • Sign Out and Sign In to iCloud: Sign out of your iCloud account on your device and then sign back in. This can refresh your iCloud connection and may resolve the iCloud folder sharing not working issue.
  • Check iCloud Storage: Make sure that there is enough space in your iCloud storage. If your iCloud storage is full, you may encounter issues with folder sharing. Consider upgrading your iCloud storage plan if needed.

How to Use iCloud Folder Sharing

The steps for sharing the iCloud Drive folder are quite easy. But before the steps, you have to make sure that you turn on iCloud Drive on your devices. In this part, we will show you how to share on iPhone, Mac, and Windows PC separately.

Share iCloud Folder from iPhone

Step 1: Open the “Files” app on your iPhone and enter iCloud Drive.

Step 2: Tap and hold the folder that you want to share. Then, choose “Share” in the dropdown menu.

Step 3: Choose how to share the folder. You can choose to send the link through AirDrop, Message, Mail, or other social media apps.

Step 4: Back to the shared folder and you can manage this shared folder by inviting more people, adjusting sharing options, and copying the shared link.

Share iCloud Drive Folder on iPhone
Share iCloud Drive Folder on iPhone

iCloud Folder Sharing on Mac

Step 1: Open Finder and navigate to the iCloud Drive folder you want to share.

Step 2: Click the sharing icon in the upper taskbar and choose “Share Folder” in the dropdown menu.

Step 3: Choose how to share this folder and adjust the sharing settings. Then, click “Share” to start the iCloud folder-sharing process.

iCloud Share on Mac
iCloud Share on Mac

Sharing an iCloud Folder on Windows PC

Step 1: Enter and navigate to iCloud Drive.

Step 2: Choose the folder you want to share with others and click the sharing icon.

Step 3: Select to share through email or by copying this link and pasting it to others. Then, adjust the sharing options and click “Share” in the pop-up window to finish iCloud folder sharing.

Share iCloud Drive Folder on Windows PC
Share iCloud Drive Folder on Windows PC

Share iCloud Folder with Non-Apple Users via MultCloud

If you want non-Apple users to access your shared file or folder, you can use MultCloud share as a workaround. MultCloud is a cloud-managing service and you can share iCloud files or folders on its website. Therefore, the iCloud folder-sharing link is created by MultCloud, not Apple. Anyone who gets the shared link can access the files or folders. In addition to common sharing, you can also allow others to upload files to your shared folder on MultCloud. Let’s see how to use MultCloud Share.

Step 1: Enter MultCloud and create a new account.

Step 2: Click “Add Cloud” and the iCloud Drive icon. Then, sign in to iCloud Drive and go through the 2-factor authentication to add your iCloud Drive account to MultCloud.

Add iCloud Drive to MultCloud
Add iCloud Drive to MultCloud

Step 3: Open iCloud Drive on MultCloud and select the folder you want to share. Then, click “Share” in the upper taskbar and choose “Share with MultCloud”.

Step 4: Check “Private Share” if you want to put a password to your shared link. Otherwise, check “Public Share”. Finally, you can copy the iCloud folder-sharing link and send it to others.

iCloud Drive Private Share
iCloud Drive Private Share

Step 5: If you need others to upload files to this shared folder without your account, you can: Enter the “Shares” page > Find the sharing record > Switch on the button beside it.

Switch on the Button
Switch on the Button

Bonus Tip: Transfer Files from Another Cloud to iCloud by Cloud Transfer

Additionally, if you decide to use iCloud Drive as the main cloud to save files and need to transfer files from other clouds to iCloud Drive, you can also turn to MultCloud. But this time, you will use Cloud Transfer. It is specially designed for cloud-to-cloud transfer.

Step 1: Add iCloud Drive and another cloud to MultCloud after having a MultCloud account.

Step 2: Select “Cloud Transfer” in the left bar and choose another cloud in the FROM box and iCloud Drive in the TO box. Then, click “Transfer Now” to start transferring.

Transfer Files from Google Drive to iCloud Drive
Transfer Files from Google Drive to iCloud Drive

Note: There are some features you can use to customize your task:

  • Schedule: You can let the task automatically run at your preferred time.
  • Filter: Select the files that you want to transfer or ignore with their extensions.
  • Options: You can decide whether to skip or rewrite the repeated files, whether to delete the transferred files in the source cloud, and whether to keep the file modification date.


In this post, you can learn different ways to do iCloud folder sharing on iPhone, Mac, and Windows PC. If you want to share an iCloud folder with non-Apple users and make sure they can access the shared folder, MultCloud Share can achieve that. You can even share an iCloud folder with a password when using MultCloud Share.

Moreover, MultCloud Cloud Transfer is introduced to you if you want to transfer files from another cloud to iCloud Drive. But more functions on MultCloud are helpful, such as Cloud Sync, Cloud Backup, Email Migration, and Remote Upload. For example, if you would like to save files on both iCloud Drive and Dropbox, you can use Cloud Sync to automatically update your iCloud Drive files to Dropbox.

Can you share iCloud folders with non Apple users?
Yes, you can use MultCloud Share to create a MultCloud shared link and non-Apple users can access your shared folder through this link. You can also add a password to this link.
Do you need an iCloud account to access shared folder?
If you use the common way to share, the answer is yes. To access a shared folder on iCloud, you typically need an iCloud account. This account allows you to securely store, sync, and access files across Apple devices, including shared folders that may be created or accessed through iCloud Drive.
How do I share a folder between users on Apple?
To share a folder between users on Apple, use iCloud Drive. If you want to share a folder on your iPhone or Mac, you can just access iCloud Drive on your device and click the sharing icon. If you want to use a Windows PC to share, you can go to, navigate to iCloud Drive, and select the sharing icon.
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