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System requirements for iCloud

This article provides the recommended system requirements and minimum system requirements for iCloud. 

Recommended system requirements

iCloud requires an Apple ID, an active Internet connection, and up-to-date software. If you meet the recommended system requirements below, you can take advantage of the latest iCloud features and get the best overall experience. To see the minimum requirements for each feature, you can review the minimum requirements table at the bottom of this page.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

  • iOS 8.1
  • iWork for iOS (Pages 2.5, Numbers 2.5, Keynote 2.5)1

Mac

  • OS X Yosemite v10.10
  • iTunes 12 or later
  • iPhoto ’11 version 9.6 or Aperture 3.6
  • Safari 8 or later, Firefox 22 or later, or Google Chrome 28 or later
  • iWork for Mac (Pages 5.5, Numbers 3.5, Keynote 6.5)1

PC

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or later
  • iCloud for Windows 4.0
  • iTunes 12 or later
  • Outlook 2007 or later2
  • Internet Explorer 10 or later, Firefox 22 or later, or Google Chrome 28 or later (desktop mode only)

Apple TV

  • Apple TV software 7.0

Minimum system requirements by feature

To use iCloud, you need at least iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPad, or iPad mini; or at least OS X Lion v10.7.5 on a Mac.

Review this table for specific requirements of each iCloud feature.

iCloud feature Minimum requirements
iOS OS X Windows Apple TV
Back to My Mac OS X Lion v10.7.5
Backup and Restore iOS 5
Bookmarks iOS 5
  • OS X Lion v10.7.5
  • Safari 5.1.1
  • Windows 7 or
    Windows 8
  • iCloud Control Panel 3.1
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Firefox 22
  • Google Chrome 28 in desktop mode only
Calendar, Contacts, Mail iOS 5 OS X Lion v10.7.5
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • iCloud Control Panel 3.1
  • Outlook 20072 or an up-to-date web browser
Mail Drop (send attachments)

OS X Yosemite (for Mail app) or iCloud.com/mail from an up-to-date web browser (Safari 7.2 or later to upload packages, such as iWork files)

Documents in the Cloud
  • iOS 5
  • iWork for iOS (Pages 1.5, Numbers 1.5, Keynote 1.5)
  • OS X Lion v10.7.5
  • iWork ’09 (Pages 4.2, Numbers 2.2, Keynote 5.2)
Family Sharing iOS 8
  • OS X Yosemite
  • iTunes 12
  • iCloud for Windows 4.0
  • iTunes 12
Apple TV software 7.0
Find My Friends
  • iOS 5 
  • iOS 6 (for location-based alerts)
  • iOS 8 (for Family Sharing)
Find My iPhone
  • iOS 5 
  • iOS 6 (for Lost Mode)
  • iOS 7 (for Activation Lock)
  • OS X Lion v10.7.5
  • (Lost Mode and Activation Lock aren't available on OS X)
Find My iPhone app

iOS 8

iCloud Drive iOS 8 OS X Yosemite
  • Windows 7 or
    Windows 8
  • iCloud for Windows 4.0
iCloud Photo Sharing iOS 7
  • OS X Mavericks v10.9
  • iPhoto '11 version 9.5 or Aperture 3.5
  • Windows 7 or
    Windows 8
  • iCloud Control Panel 3.1
Apple TV software 5.3
iCloud Photo Library beta iOS 8.1
My Photo Stream iOS 5.1 
  • OS X Lion v10.7.5
  • iPhoto ’11 (9.2.2) or Aperture 3.2.3
  • Windows 7
    or Windows 8
  • iCloud Control Panel 3.1
Apple TV software 5.0
iCloud Tabs iOS 6
  • OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2
  • Safari 6
iCloud.com
  • Safari 5
  • Firefox 21
  • Google Chrome 27 
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Firefox 21
  • Google Chrome 27 
iTunes in the Cloud3 iOS 5 
  • iTunes 10.3.1 (for Music, Apps, Books)
  • iTunes 10.6 (for Movies)
  • iTunes 10.3.1 (for Music, Apps, Books)
  • iTunes 10.6 (for Movies)
Apple TV software 4.4
iTunes Match iOS 5.0.1

iTunes 10.5.1

iTunes 10.5.1

Apple TV software 4.4
iWork for iCloud beta
  • Safari 6.0.3
  • Google Chrome 27.0.1
  • Internet Explorer 9.0.8
  • Google Chrome 27.0.1
Keychain

iOS 7.0.3

OS X Mavericks v10.9

Reading List iOS 5 Safari 5.1 —  — 
Two-step verification4 iOS 7 OS X Mavericks v10.9 —  — 

Some features aren't available in all countries. Access to some services is limited to 10 devices.

  1. You can buy iWork for iOS and iWork for Mac from the App Store if they didn't come free with your iOS device or Mac. 
  2. Outlook 2010 Personal Edition isn't supported.
  3. iTunes in the Cloud availability for music, movies, and TV shows varies by country. Previous purchases may be unavailable if they are no longer in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store. Not all previously purchased movies are available for downloading to your other devices.
  4. If you don’t meet the minimum system requirements, your data is still protected by two-step verification. However, if you change your Apple ID password while you're signed in to iCloud on devices that don't meet the minimum requirements, you might see these issues.

 

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Oct 16, 2014
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