How to reset or restart iCloud Drive Sync

The iCloud Drive Sync is a cloud-sharing service from the Cupertino giant that gives users the perfect platform to store and sync their data across numerous Apple devices.

Whether it is the built-in Apple apps, settings, contacts, and files can be shared or collaborated with others. However, some people are having a tough time using this feature. Many users are experiencing that the process gets stuck at syncing and they aren’t able to get a hold of the current file or data getting synced.

If you are getting this error, then this guide is perfect for you. In this guide, you will get to know how to reset or restart iCloud Drive Sync.

How to reset or restart iCloud Drive Sync

How to reset or restart iCloud Drive Sync

Reset iCloud Drive Sync

You can easily do this either through Activity Monitor or by using Terminal. Here are some of the methods that you can refer to –

Method 1: Using Terminal

  • First, you’ll have to open Launchpad
  • Now, go to Others before opening Terminal
  • After that, execute the following command in the Terminal –

killall bird

Method 2: Using Activity Monitor

  • First, you’ll need to open Launchpad
  • Open “Others” before opening Activity Monitor
  • After that, search bird in the top right before selecting it from the results
  • Double-click to open it before clicking on Quit -> Force Quit
  • That’s it, you’ve reset the iCloud Drive Sync

Restart iCloud Drive Sync

Similar to reset, you can restart the iCloud Drive Sync using two methods as mentioned below –

Method 1: Restart Mac

  • Click on the Apple icon located at the top left before selecting Restart
  • Once the PC reboots, you should try the sync process once again and check if it works

Method 2: Re-sign into your Apple account

  • Open System Settings before selecting the username from the top
  • Click on the Sign-out button at the bottom left
  • Proceed with the on-screen instructions for logging out
  • Once it is done, you need to re-sign into the account from the System Settings
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