I’m a motivational speaker and I need to have my presentations work correctly. Every time. After seeing this error, I was worried that my Keynote presentations would blow up during, well, a keynote speech. While standing in front of a huge audience isn’t the time for a technical problem. Of course I started looking for a solution. As I’m still on Mavericks until Yosemite is more stable, I need to keep annoying an problematic errors at bay.
Reason for the iCloud drive isn’t compatible with Mavericks error
After the usual few hours wasted searching for a solution online, people claimed there was no fix. In fact, there is a fix for the iCloud drive isn’t compatible with Mavericks error. This error affects all iWorks programs:
The problem occurs when you have upgraded any of your Apple iCloud accounts to work with iCloud Drive. This is Apple’s attempt to nix Google Drive. Once you’ve done this, this error will pop up unexpectedly with any Mavericks or pre-iOS8 phones.
The reason this happened to me is I am using an Apple Wireless Keyboard with my iPhone 6. I like this setup for working on the road rather than taking my laptop. That’s a subject for another blog, entry, though.
Fix the iCloud drive isn’t compatible with Mavericks error
Before you start fixing this error, make sure to close Numbers, Pages, and Keynote. Otherwise you won’t be able to see if the error was fixed or not.
In order to fix the error, you have to go into System Settings to put things in order. In the very upper left hand of your screen, there is the Apple icon. Click that. Then go into System Preferences…
Once you are in there, you’ll have to look around for the iCloud icon. It’s in the same group as:
- Internet Accounts
There are a lot of options available with iCloud. They can be pretty overwhelming. Don’t worry. All you need to do is scroll down to:
Documents & Data
and click the Options… button.
Once you’re in this new window, scroll down until you find the iWork set of applications.
As you can see in the picture on the right, I’ve unchecked the box next to:
Now, close all of these System Preferences windows.
Now, open a presentation in Keynote. You shouldn’t have the iCloud drive isn’t compatible with Mavericks error. If you have the same problem with Numbers, Pages, GarageBand, and the like, follow the above procedure.
Most of the time, Apple products are easy to use. But when there are errors, they really cause you heartache. When I’m preparing my motivational speaking presentations, the last thing I want are errors. Apple is good. Most of the time.
But when it goes wrong, it almost takes an engineer to figure it out. That’s why I also bring my presentation in PDF format on a memory stick.
You never know when your computer will catch on fire.