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Synology NAS vs Apple iCloud

Nowadays, many users are using NAS to store their data remotely and share data easily. Synology is one of the famous NAS manufacturers that offers a series of Synology NAS appliances. Synology NAS is designed to help users store data from various tools in the most convenient way possible. One of the tools they created is Synology Drive, which allows users to sync files from a computer to a Synology NAS.

As for Apple iCloud storage, it is online secure cloud backup storage that allows you to sync files and save them to the cloud. Like Synology NAS, Apple iCloud also offers apps to automatically sync your data from all devices to its cloud. In addition, iCloud also provides many other services. For example, if you want to share certain files with your family, you can enable "Family Sharing" to easily share the data they need.

Actually, both Synology NAS and Apple iCloud provide effective solutions to protect your files and store them remotely. It is not hard to see that Apple iCloud has more advantages in terms of price. The pricing plan can be flexible for different types of users. However, although the initial investment of NAS is relatively large, you can enjoy huge storage space at one time.

Can I backup Synology with iCloud?

“Hi, I am using iCloud to store my files far away from my local hardware. Recently, I bought a Synology NAS and I'd like to backup my iCloud drive to my NAS. Is there a way to backup my documents in iCloud to my NAS easily? Thanks for your help!”

As mentioned in the case, to take full advantage of different backup solutions, some users may use Synology NAS and public cloud storage like iCloud simultaneously. And for data protection or easier access, they may need to backup files from Synology NAS to iCloud or from iCloud to NAS sometimes.

Actually, to help users access their way easily, Synology Drive is also integrated with other cloud services, such as Google Drive, Amazon Drive, OneDrive, Microsoft Azure, Box, etc. However, although Synology supports so many mainstream cloud storage, iCloud is not listed as a service. So, some people may don’t know how to backup Synology to iCloud. If you need to achieve NAS and iCloud backup, you can try two workarounds in the following contents.

How to backup Synology NAS to iCloud?

There are three ways that you can follow to backup Synology NAS to iCloud, please check them carefully the choose the one that suits you best to follow.

Way 1. Backup Synology NAS to iCloud through iCloud website

If you need to move files between NAS and cloud storage, the most direct way is to download and re-upload files. If you need to backup Synology NAS to iCloud, you can download files from NAS first and re-upload them to iCloud manually. Here are the steps:

1. Download the files that you need from Synology NAS to your local computer.

2. Open a browser, enter icloud.com and sign in. Upload the files from the local computer to iCloud.

Icloud Web App

Way 2. Backup Synology NAS to iCloud via iCloud sync folder

Besides the manual way above, you can also take advantage of the auto-sync folder of iCloud Drive to sync files between Synology NAS and iCloud. Please follow the steps below:

On Mac

1. Map the Synology NAS to a network drive on your computer. Then, you can access your files in NAS just like accessing files on the local hard drive.

Map Network Drive

2. Click Finder, navigate to iCloud Drive on your Mac. You only need to copy and paste or drag and drop into this folder, and the data will be backed up to iCloud.

iCloud in Mac

3. Open the folders of Synology NAS and iCloud Drive, drag and drop files between cloud storage, they will be synced to iCloud or NAS automatically.

On Windows PC

1. Map the Synology NAS to a network drive on your computer. Then, you can access your files in NAS just like accessing files on the local hard drive.

2. Go to the iCloud website and download iCloud for Windows. If you are using Windows 10 OS, you can also go to the Microsoft Store to download it.

Microsoft Store Icloud

3. Install iCloud Drive on your Windows PC. After setting up, you can find a folder named iCloud Drive in File Explorer, where you can view the files backed up in iCloud.

Windows Icloud Drive

4. Open the folders of Synology NAS and iCloud Drive, drag and drop files between cloud storage, they will be synced to iCloud or NAS automatically.

Way 3. Backup Synology NAS to iCloud with a free tool

Actually, both the two ways above are not easy to operation, you need to download the corresponding apps or download files manually. Therefore, you can rely on a free third-party tool like AOMEI Backupper Standard to backup NAS to iCloud. It also supports backing up Synology NAS to OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and so on.

1. Download and install the iCloud desktop app on your computer to let AOMEI Backupper Standard detect it.

2. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install, and run it. Go Backup, and then click File Backup.

File Backup

3. Click the Add Folder or Add File button and then click Share/NAS in the pop-up window to add the network-attached storage device.

Add File

4. Click Add share or NAS device and input the IP address, username, and password of your Synology NAS.

Add Network Location

5. After selecting the source party, you need to choose the destination. Negative to the location where your iCloud folder is and choose this folder as the destination.

Backup Destination

Conclusion

Follow the three ways above, you can backup Synology NAS to iCloud with ease. Each of the way is feasible, you can choose the way that suits you best and follow the detailed steps to achieve your goal.