Dave Farrington unveils a problem in iCloud Drive’s files, even though he uses both Dropbox and iCloud.
Why Dropbox? It’s fast and syncs files between devices within minutes. Why iCloud? It works on all my Apple devices and it’s priced right.
What about iCloud’s dirty rotten mess?
iCloud Drive is a repository for hidden files and folders left over from various applications that may have been deleted on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Those folders are orphans, abandoned. They’re hidden in the Finder and you cannot see them in the iOS Files app. But they are there and they cannot be deleted (or, at least, I cannot find a way to delete those orphaned files).
Use a Mac app that displays hidden files and you’ll see the mess. Ugly, indeed.