In iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia, Apple has added a new “Keep Downloaded” option when browsing items in iCloud, allowing users to designate which files and folders should remain permanently available locally on their device.

In previous versions of iOS and macOS, users had limited control over which files and folders were kept offline. iCloud’s automatic management system would offload files from the device to free up space, potentially removing files that you might want to keep available at all times.

Apple offered no straightforward way to prevent this – until now. In macOS Sequoia, when browsing iCloud Drive in Finder, right-clicking a file or folder reveals the new “Keep Downloaded” option. When enabled, the cloud symbol next to the item is opaque instead of transparent, indicating that it will remain on the device.

In iOS 18 and iPadOS 18, the same option can be found in the Files app when a file or folder is long pressed to bring up the contextual menu. Users can now explicitly mark files to remain on their device, regardless of how much storage they take up.

The ability to prevent iCloud items from being offloaded should be particularly welcomed by users who need to frequently access documents or files during travel or in areas with poor connectivity. macOS Sequoia, iOS 18, and iPadOS 18 are available in a beta capacity right now, and are limited to developers. The new option should be available to all users when the software launches to the public this fall.

See also  Microsoft's latest Windows update breaks VPNs, and there's no fix

Popular Stories

Everything New in iOS 18 Beta 2

Apple today released the second betas of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 to developers, and the software adds support for new features that Apple is working on, plus it tweaks some of the interface changes that have been made in the updates. Apple will refine iOS 18 over the course of the next few months, with multiple changes and refinements expected from now until September. We’ve highlighted…

Apple Releases New Firmware for AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max and More

Apple today released new firmware update for several products, including the Lightning and USB-C versions of the AirPods Pro 2, the first-generation AirPods Pro, the AirPods Max, the second and third-generation AirPods, the Beats Fit Pro, and the PowerBeats Pro. The second-generation AirPods Pro models, the PowerBeats Pro, and the Beats Fit Pro now have firmware version 6F8, up from 6F7,…

Apple Explains iPhone 15 Pro Requirement for Apple Intelligence

With iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia, Apple is introducing a new personalized AI experience called Apple Intelligence that uses on-device, generative large-language models to enhance the user experience across iPhone, iPad, and Mac. These new AI features require Apple’s latest iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models to work, while only Macs and iPads with M1 or later chips will…

Top Stories: Apple Watch X Rumors, New Final Cut App for iPhone, and More

The avalanche of news coming out of WWDC earlier this month is finally starting to slow, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t still lots to talk about in Apple news and rumors this week. This week saw some additional rumors about the upcoming Apple Watch models, the release of major Final Cut Pro updates, the launch of Apple’s annual Back to School promo in the U.S. and Canada, new…

See also  Apple Seeds Third Beta of macOS Sonoma 14.6 to Developers