How to Disable/Enable iCloud Collaboration Folder on Mac

Last Updated on Jun 19, 2021

Like Google Drive, Apple has introduced an iCloud Drive that lets you share files, documents, and many more things over iCloud File Sharing. You or the people with whom you’ve shared the documents can view, edit and share the files across the iCloud File Sharing without sending each user personally. Any Apple user can share the file and invite other users to access the shared files, download, and even edit it anytime. Besides, when the file is edited, you can see the updates made by other people who have the right to edit them.

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With the latest macOS Update, a new collaboration folder, “Shared,” is added right below the iCloud section in the sidebar. That Shared folder is stocked with shared documents, files, invitation status, last modified time with the name of a person, and much more metadata helpful to you. However, the iCloud Collaboration folder needs to be enabled in Mac, MacBook.

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How to Enable iCloud Collaboration Folder in Mac

Ensure the Mac is running macOS Monterey (macOS 12) or later version, and then proceed with the below steps to turn on the iCloud collaboration folder on any Mac MacBook.

If you wish to keep the Hide Shared folder on Mac Finder, follow the same steps and Uncheck Shared Folder in Finder Preferences’s Sidebar settings.

  • Open Finder on your Mac.
  • Click on the Finder option in the top menu bar.
  • Choose
  • From the Finder Preferences, select the Sidebar tab.sidebar-settings-for-finder-on-mac-and-macbook
  • Under iCloud, check the box of the Shared option.
  • Now, We can quickly Access and Open a Shared Folder from the finder sidebar on Mac. and manage Sharing Documents and Data from your iCloud account.shared-folder-on-mac-finder
  • That’s it.


Earlier, the shared files and documents were hard to find, but now with macOS Monterey or newer, Apple has brought all these shared files under one folder. All the shared data can now be fetched from the Shared folder right from the Finder sidebar, that you’ve enabled following the aforementioned steps.

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