iCloud is Apple's online storage service. To more easily share and store your files, you can set it up and use it on a Mac, Windows computer, iPhone, or iPad. iCloud is also accessible as an online service.
Method 1 of 4: Use iCloud on a Mac
Step 1. Open the Apple menu
In the upper left corner of the screen, click the Apple logo to open a drop-down menu.
Step 2. Click System Preferences
This option is in the drop-down menu and opens the System Preferences window.
Step 3. Select iCloud
The option iCloud is to the left of the window. Click on it to open the iCloud window.
Step 4. Log in if necessary
If you're not automatically signed in, enter your Apple ID and password in the middle of the window.
Step 5. Select the apps to sync with iCloud
In the middle of the iCloud window, you'll find a list of apps next to boxes. Check the box to the left of an app to sync its data with iCloud.
- All apps are checked by default when you sign in with your Apple ID.
- Anytime you use a synced app, any data you enter or edit will also be in iCloud and on all other devices synced with iCloud (like your iPhone, etc.).
Method 2 of 4: Use iCloud on Windows
Step 1. Download the iCloud for Windows installer file
In your computer's web browser, go to this page then click on the blue button To download. If prompted, select a save location.
Step 2. Install iCloud for Windows
To install iCloud on your computer, follow the steps below.
- Double click on the file iCloudSetup.
- Check the box I accept.
- Select To install.
- Click on Yes when prompted.
- Wait for the installation to complete.
- At the command prompt, click To end.
Step 3. Open iCloud for Windows
At the bottom right of your computer screen, click
then on the iCloud application icon
from the pop-up menu that appears. Click on Log in to open the iCloud for Windows login page.
Step 4. Sign in with your Apple ID
In the main iCloud for Windows window, enter the email address and password linked to your Apple ID, then click Log in.
Step 5. Select the applications to synchronize
Check the box next to the apps you want to use with iCloud.
Most of the applications in this window should already be checked by default
Step 6. Click Apply
The option To apply is located at the bottom right of the window and allows you to synchronize files on your computer (for example your photos) with iCloud. These files will be accessible on all other platforms connected to iCloud.
- You may need to follow the on-screen instructions after clicking To apply.
Method 3 of 4: Use iCloud on iPhone
Step 1. Go to your iPhone settings
Tap the app icon Settings which looks like a gray box with notched wheels.
Step 2. Tap on your Apple ID
This is the card with your name and photo at the top of the screen.
If you are not signed in with your Apple ID, skip this step
Step 3. Sign in with your Apple ID if necessary
If you are not signed in to the account associated with your Apple ID, follow the steps below.
- Press on Connect to your iPhone at the top of the screen.
- Enter the email address and password associated with your Apple ID.
- Select To log in.
Step 4. Tap iCloud
This option is at the top of the page.
Step 5. Review your iCloud apps
On the page that opens, you'll see a list of apps synced with iCloud, which are apps whose data is automatically accessible on all iPhone, iPad, or Macs where you're signed in with the same Apple ID.
Step 6. Activate or deactivate the applications
Enable iCloud sync of an app by sliding the gray switch
next to the application in question. The switch will turn green
to indicate that the synchronization with iCloud is now effective.
If the switch is green, it will mean that the app data is already synced with iCloud
Step 7. Enable other iCloud services
In addition to apps that sync online, you can also connect other services with your iCloud-connected devices.
- Keychain: This service allows you to store your passwords and make them accessible on your devices connected to iCloud. To activate it, scroll down to the option Clothing then slide the gray switch ICloud Keychain.
- Find my iPhone: in case of loss or theft, Find my iPhone will allow you to locate your iPhone (or your iPad, Apple Watch, iPod or Mac). Drag the page to the option Find my iPhone then press the gray switch Find my iPhone.
- ICloud Backup: This service enables iCloud backups for your iPhone, however, you may need more storage than is available for free in iCloud Drive. Look for the option ICloud backup then slide the corresponding switch to enable backups.
Step 8. Turn on iCloud Photos
To avoid losing your photos if your iPhone is damaged or lost, you can store your entire photo library in iCloud.
- Make sure you have enough storage space in iCloud Drive to hold all of your photos (typically 5GB or more is needed).
- Select Pictures at the top of the iCloud page.
- Slide the switch ICloud Photo Library.
- Follow the directions on the screen.
Step 9. Activate iCloud Drive
iCloud Drive is Apple's online storage application. You can use it from the app Files on your iPhone to access files you added from a computer. You can activate it by sliding the switch iCloud Drive in the list of applications.
- iCloud Drive is already on if the switch is green.
- Although some apps (like Pages) allow saving to iCloud Drive, it is not possible to add files to iCloud Drive from the iCloud Drive folder on an iPhone.
Step 10. Review the contents of your iCloud Drive
You can view files added from a computer to iCloud Drive using the Files app on your iPhone.
- Open Files
- Select To explore at the bottom right of the screen.
- Tap the option iCloud Drive. If you don't see it, press the header first Pitches.
- Review the contents of your iCloud Drive.
Method 4 of 4: Use iCloud Online
Step 1. Open the iCloud login page
In your computer's web browser, go to this page to open the iCloud login page.
Step 2. Enter your email address and password
In the login form in the middle of the page, type in the email address and password you use to sign in to iCloud.
Step 3. Click →
This button is at the bottom of the form. Click on it to sign in to your iCloud account and open the tool's dashboard.
Step 4. Review the available applications
In the iCloud dashboard, you'll find a list of apps that displays each of the information from any iPhone, iPod, iPad, Mac, or Windows-based computer that's connected to iCloud.
- Mail: Displays activity from the Mail application.
- Contacts: list all the contacts saved on your connected devices.
- Calendar: displays the activities of the application Calendar.
- Photos: View photos from all your connected devices.
- iCloud Drive: Stores all transferred or saved files in iCloud Drive.
- Notes: displays all notes saved in the folder iCloud of the Notes application.
- Reminders: displays the content of the application Reminders.
- Pages: View Pages files saved in iCloud.
- Numbers: Displays Numbers files saved in iCloud.
- Keynote: View Keynote files saved in iCloud.
- My friends: displays activities from the app My friends.
- Locate: displays the geographic location of all devices connected to iCloud on which the service Locate is activated.
- Settings: View and change iCloud settings.
Step 5. Select an application
In your iCloud dashboard, click one of the app icons to open the app in question.
Step 6. Review the contents of the application
The content of the app will depend on what you've synced with iCloud.
- For example, if you regularly use Calendar on an iPhone synced to iCloud, you will see your phone's calendar content in the app Calendar.
Step 7. Save files to iCloud Drive
If you want to move files from your computer to your iPhone, iPad, or other computer connected to iCloud, you can transfer the files in question to iCloud Drive.
- On the dashboard, click iCloud Drive.
- At the top of the page, click on the transfer icon that looks like a cloud with an arrow pointing up.
- Select the files to transfer.
- Click on To open.
- If you ever run out of space on your iCloud Drive, delete the files you no longer need before purchasing more storage space.
- With Family Sharing, you can share your iCloud storage space with other users of your Apple ID.