FIX: Not all files are showing in iCloud Drive

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • If your iCloud is not displaying all the files you have on Mac, this will stop you from using the service fully.
  • To remediate this problem, you should start by modifying your iCloud Drive options, and then follow this guide.
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iCloud drive isn't showing all files on Mac

Cloud storage can be incredibly useful, but many users reported that iCloud Drive on Mac isn’t showing all files. This can be a problem, especially if you use cloud storage frequently, but there’s a way to fix it.

What to do if iCloud Drive on Mac isn’t showing all files?

1. Change iCloud Drive options

According to users, you can fix the problem with iCloud Drive simply by changing a few options. To do that, you just need to follow these steps:

  1. Go to System Preferences.
  2. Navigate to iCloud > iCloud Drive Options.
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  3. Check Keynote, Numbers, Pages, and Preview.

After doing that, the missing folders should appear.

2. Just wait it out

Many users reported that iCloud Drive isn’t showing all files on Mac simply because the files aren’t synced. It’s worth mentioning that the synchronization process can take hours if you have a large number of files.

The only solution is just to wait for the process to finish. As we mentioned, this can take hours, sometimes even days, so it might be best to leave your Mac running overnight and check if that solves the problem.

3. Use the Terminal

Another way to fix this problem is to use the Terminal. Before we start, we advise you to back up your files that you plan to store in iCloud, especially the ones that are modified but not updated to iCloud. After doing that, you just need to do the following:

  1. Open the Terminal.
  2. Now run the following commands:
    • killall bird
    • cd ~/Library/Application Support
    • rm -rf CloudDocs
  3. Restart your Mac.

Once your MacBook boots, the syncing process should start immediately. We have to mention that a syncing process can take a couple of hours, so be patient. If you want, you can monitor the syncing process by using the brctl log -w command.

There you go, these are just a couple of simple solutions that should help you out if the iCloud Drive on your Mac isn’t showing all files. If you found our solutions helpful, feel free to leave us a comment below.

FAQ: Learn more about iCloud issues on Mac

  • Why is my iCloud not connecting to my Mac?

The most common reason for iCloud not connecting to your Mac is a conflict with the accounts that you use. To fix this, navigate to System Preferences, click on Apple ID, and re-enter your credentials.

  • How do I connect iCloud to my Mac?

To connect your iCloud to your Mac, you can simply click the Apple logo, select System Preferences, and then enable the toggle next to iCloud, and sign in to your account.

  • How do I reset my iCloud on my Mac?

To reset your iCloud on Mac, you will need to click the Apple logo from the top-left corner of your screen, click System Preferences, and press the Sign out button next to iCloud, then press Delete in the pop-up window.