How to download content from the cloud when using Optimized Storage

Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra can save space by storing your content in the cloud and making it available on demand. Here's how to download it on demand.

Download files and folders from iCloud Drive

Either open the file or click  next to its name to download the file from iCloud Drive. When you click  to download a folder, everything in that folder also downloads.

Download photos and videos from iCloud Photo Library

In Photos, double-click the photo or video to view it individually. The high-resolution version of that photo or video automatically downloads from your iCloud Photo Library.

Download your purchased movies and TV shows from iTunes

In iTunes, choose View > Media Kind > Movies (or TV Shows), then click  to download from iTunes.


Download email attachments

Open the email, then click the download icon  for the attachment. If you don't see a download icon, the attachment is already downloaded.


Learn more

After you download a file, folder, movie, TV show, photo, video, or email attachment, Optimized Storage keeps it on your Mac until more storage space is needed. 

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