Change your iCloud settings

iCloud settings lets you choose which apps on your device use iCloud to stay up to date. Find out how to change your iCloud settings or turn off iCloud completely. 

When you turn on iCloud for an app, its information is safely stored in iCloud and automatically kept in sync across your devices. When you turn it off, the app will no longer connect with iCloud, so your data will only exist on your device. You can choose which apps on your device you'd like to use iCloud, or you can turn off iCloud completely. 

Choose which apps to use with iCloud

Find out how to find your iCloud settings on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, Mac or PC.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > your name. 
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Tap to choose which apps you want to use iCloud.
    Choose apps for iCloud on your iPhone

On your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Apple ID. If you're using macOS Mojave or earlier, you don't need to click Apple ID.
  2. Click iCloud.
  3. Tick or untick each app.
    Choose apps for iCloud on Mac

Some features aren't available or are listed differently in earlier macOS versions. 

On your Windows PC

  1. Open iCloud for Windows.
  2. Tick or untick each app. Find out more below. 
    Choose apps for iCloud on PC
  3. Click Apply.

Some features aren't available on your PC or are listed differently, depending on whether your computer has Microsoft Outlook 2016 or earlier installed.

iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Reminders

If you have Outlook installed, use iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Tasks in Outlook. If you turn off Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Tasks, the iCloud information will remain available in Microsoft Outlook, but it won't be updated on iCloud and your other devices.

If you don't have Outlook installed, use iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Reminders in your web browser on

iCloud Reminders are called Tasks in Outlook 2016 or later.


If you select Bookmarks, and your computer has Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox installed, click Options. Here you can select the Windows browsers with bookmarks you want to keep up to date with bookmarks in Safari on your iOS, iPadOS and macOS devices. Find out which browsers you can use with iCloud for Windows.

Turn off iCloud

If you sign out of iCloud (or delete iCloud), iCloud will no longer back up the information on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Find out more about what iCloud backs up. You can still back up your device from your computer.

To stop using iCloud on your devices, find out how to sign out of iCloud

If you've turned on automatic downloads for music, app or book purchases, your purchases will still be downloaded to your devices.

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