System requirements for iCloud

These are the recommended system requirements and minimum system requirements for iCloud.

Recommended system requirements

iCloud1 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 at the bottom of this page.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

  • iOS 14 or iPadOS 14
  • iWork for iOS (Pages 2.5 or later, Numbers 2.5 or later, Keynote 2.5 or later)2

Mac

  • macOS Big Sur
  • Safari 9.1 or later, Firefox 45 or later, Google Chrome 54 or later, or Opera
  • iWork for Mac (Pages 5.5 or later, Numbers 3.5 or later, Keynote 6.5 or later)2

Watch

  • watchOS 7

PC

  • Microsoft Windows 10*
  • iCloud for Windows 11 or later
  • iTunes 12.7
  • Outlook 2016 or later
  • Firefox 45 or later, Google Chrome 54 or later (desktop mode only), Microsoft Edge, or Opera

* Windows 10 May 2019 Update or later is recommended for iCloud for Windows 10.

Apple TV

  • tvOS 13 or later


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 10.7.5 on a Mac.

Backup and Restore

Backup and Restore is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

  • iOS 5

Bookmarks

Bookmarks is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Mac, and PC.

  • iOS 11
  • macOS Sierra 10.12 and Safari 11
  • Windows 7 with iCloud for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 22, Google Chrome 28 in desktop mode only, or Opera

Calendar, Contacts, Mail

Calendar, Contacts, and Mail are available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Mac, and PC.

  • iOS 5
  • OS X Lion 10.7.5
  • Windows 7 with iCloud for Windows 7 and Outlook 2010 - Outlook 2016 3 or an up-to-date web browser

FaceTime

FaceTime is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and Mac.

  • iOS 6
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9

Family Setup for Apple Watch

Family Setup is available on iPhone and Apple Watch with two-factor authentication.

  • iOS 14 
  • watchOS 7

Family Sharing

Family Sharing is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV.

Files app

The Files app is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

  • iOS 11
  • iPadOS 14 (upgraded features)

Find Friends

Find Friends is available on Apple Watch. 

  • watchOS 3 - watchOS 5

Find My

Find My is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and Mac.

  • iOS 13 or iPadOS
  • macOS Catalina

Find my [device]

Find my [device] is available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.

  • iOS 5
  • iOS 6 (for Lost Mode)
  • iOS 7 (for Activation Lock)
  • OS X Lion 10.7.5

Find my iPhone and Find my Friends apps

Find my iPhone and Find my Friends are available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and web browsers.

  • iOS 8 - iOS 12
  • On macOS: Safari 7, Firefox 27, Google Chrome 35, Opera
  • On Windows: Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 27, Google Chrome 35, Edge, Opera

Find People

Find People is available on Apple Watch. 

  • watchOS 6

iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Mac, and PC.

iCloud Drive folder sharing

iCloud Drive folder sharing is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Mac, and PC.

iCloud Photos

iCloud Photos is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Mac, and PC.

iCloud Tabs

iCloud Tabs is available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.

  • iOS 11
  • macOS Sierra 10.12 and Safari 11

iMessage

iMessage is available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.

  • iOS 6
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9

iTunes Match

iTunes Match is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Mac, PC, or Apple TV.

  • iOS 5.0.1
  • On macOS: iTunes 10.5.1 
  • On Windows: iTunes 10.5.1
  • tvOS 4.4

iWork for iCloud

iWork for iCloud is available in web browsers on macOS and Windows.

Keychain

Keychain5 is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and Mac with two-factor authentication.

  • iOS 8.4.1
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 

Mail Drop (send attachments)

Mail Drop is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Mac, or PC.

  • iOS 9.2
  • OS X Yosemite (for Mail app)
  • iCloud.com/mail from an up-to-date web browser (Safari 7.2 to upload packages, such as iWork files)
  • An email account that supports IMAP 
  • Windows 7

Messages in iCloud

Messages in iCloud is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and Mac with two-factor authentication and Keychain enabled.

  • iOS 11.4 
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.5

My Photo Stream

My Photo Stream6 is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV.

  • iOS 5.1
  • OS X Lion 10.7.5  with Photos 1.0 or iPhoto '11 9.2.2 or Aperture 3.2.3
  • Windows 7 with iCloud for Windows
  • tvOS 5.0

Notes (upgraded features)

Notes is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and Mac.

  • iOS 9
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11

Reading List

Reading List is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and Mac.

  • iOS 11
  • macOS Sierra 10.12
  • Safari 11

Reminders (upgraded features)

Reminders is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and Mac.

  • iOS 13 or iPadOS
  • macOS Catalina 

Screen Time

Screen Time is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and Mac.

  • iOS 12
  • macOS Catalina with iPhoto '11 9.5 or Aperture 3.5, or Photos 1.0 
  • Windows 7 with iCloud for Windows
  • tvOS 5.3

Shared Albums

Shared Albums is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV.

  • iOS 7
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9 

Shared Notes

Shared Notes is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and Mac.

  • iOS 9
  • OS X El Capitan

Shared Notes Folders

Shared Notes Folders is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and Mac.

  • iOS 13 or iPadOS
  • macOS Catalina

Sharing Suggestions

Sharing Suggestions is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

  • iOS 12

Siri Shortcuts

Siri Shortcuts is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

  • iOS 12

Two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Mac, and PC.

  • iOS 9
  • OS X El Capitan
  • iCloud for Windows 5

Two-step verification

Two-step verification7 is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and Mac.

  • iOS 7
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9

Voice Memos

Voice Memos is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and Mac.

  • iOS 12
  • macOS Mojave

If you use a Managed Apple ID, iCloud for Windows isn’t supported.

Some Android devices can use iCloud.com, but the site works best when using supported browsers on macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and Windows.

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

  1. Learn how iCloud operates in China mainland.
  2. You can get iWork for iOS and iWork for Mac from the App Store if they didn't come with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.
  3. Outlook 2010 Personal Edition isn't supported.
  4. To share iCloud storage with your family, you need iOS 11 or later, or macOS High Sierra or later. You can participate in a shared iCloud storage plan using iOS 8 or later, or OS X Yosemite or later.
  5. If you have two-factor authentication and you use iCloud Keychain, you need iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan or later.
  6. In some cases, My Photo Stream isn't available for new accounts. Learn how to use iCloud Photos to store your photos and videos in iCloud.
  7. If you don’t meet the minimum system requirements, your data is still protected by two-step verification.

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