Set up and use iCloud for Windows

With iCloud for Windows, the photos, documents and bookmarks on your PC are updated automatically on your Apple devices.

Before you begin

Make sure you set up iCloud on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, or Mac and that you're signed in with your Apple ID. Then follow the steps below to download and set up iCloud for Windows. 

Want to access iCloud's latest features? See the recommended system requirements. iCloud requires an Internet connection. iCloud may not be available in all areas and features may vary. If you use a Managed Apple ID, iCloud for Windows isn’t supported.

Set up iCloud for Windows

  1. Download iCloud for Windows on your PC. 
  2. Restart your computer.
  3. Make sure iCloud for Windows is open. If it doesn't open automatically, go to Start, open Apps or Programs, and open iCloud for Windows.
  4. Enter your Apple ID to sign in to iCloud.
  5. Choose the features and content that you want to keep up to date across your devices.
  6. Click Apply.

* Find out how to work out which Windows system you use.

Download and share your photos

When you turn on Photos, iCloud for Windows will create a Photos folder in File Explorer called iCloud Photos. iCloud Photos uploads new photos and videos that you add to the iCloud Photos folder on your PC so you can see them in the Photos app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac, and on iCloud.com. New photos and videos you take will be downloaded from iCloud Photos automatically.

Share your photos

You can also share your photos. Shared Albums lets you view, share and comment on the photos and videos you share with other people. And if you're using the latest version of iCloud for Windows, you can pin photos to keep them local to your device. When you unpin them, they be uploaded to iCloud instead.

Find out how to set up and use iCloud Photos

See your files and folders with iCloud Drive

When you turn on iCloud Drive, iCloud for Windows will create an iCloud Drive folder in File Explorer. You can find documents that you’ve stored in iCloud in this folder. After you've created a file on your PC and saved it to the iCloud Drive folder, it will also appear on your other devices.

If you want to work on files with friends or colleagues, you can share individual files or create a shared folder to share a group of files. You can also pin files and folders so you can use them offline, and easily check the status of a download or shared file. In iCloud for Windows 12, you can find and recover files deleted from iCloud Drive in the past 30 days in Recently Deleted in iOS, iPadOS or iCloud.com, in Bin in macOS and in Recycle Bin in Windows. If you use Delete or Delete All in Recently Deleted or empty the Bin in macOS, files aren't recoverable. If you can’t see the files you want to restore, you can recover files deleted within the last 30 days at iCloud.com.

You can also access your iCloud Drive files and folders on iCloud.com.

If you encounter an error when you try to move a file from iCloud for Windows, you may need to download the file to your Windows PC. After you've downloaded the file, try moving it again. 

Keep your apps up to date

When you use iCloud on all of your devices, you can keep your Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Tasks* updated, regardless of which device you're using. Just make sure iCloud is set up on your PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac using the steps below. 

* On a Mac or iOS device, you see Reminders instead of Tasks.

On your PC

  1. Open iCloud for Windows.
  2. Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Tasks, then click Apply. 
  3. You'll see your iCloud Mail account in the folder pane on the left-hand side of Microsoft Outlook 2007 to Outlook 2016.

If you sign in to iCloud using a third-party Mail app outside iCloud for Windows, find out how to create an app-specific password to keep information up to date on your devices.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Tap Settings > [your name], then select iCloud. 
  2. Turn on Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Reminders.

On your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Apple ID.
  2. Click iCloud, then select Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Reminders.

Save passwords across your devices

If you use two-factor authentication with your Apple ID and own a device running iOS 14 or later, you can save important web passwords and keep them up to date in Safari on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and in Chrome on your PC.

  1. Turn on Passwords in the iCloud for Windows preference pane.
  2. Download the iCloud Passwords extension in the Chrome Web Store. 

After it's been installed, simply click the iCloud Passwords Chrome extension icon when you visit a website where you've saved credentials. 

Manage your iCloud storage usage and account information

Manage your iCloud storage usage

  • To see your available iCloud storage, open iCloud for Windows.
  • To manage your storage, click Storage. Select an app to see how much storage you're using or click Buy More Storage to upgrade your storage plan.

If you're using iCloud for Windows 10 or later, you can pin files to keep them local to your device. When you unpin them, they be uploaded to iCloud instead.

Manage your account information

If you want to make changes to your Apple ID, including updating your email, postal address or other account information, open iCloud for Windows and click Account details. Click Manage Apple ID.

Update your version of iCloud for Windows

In iCloud for Windows 10 or later:

Go to the Microsoft Store to check for software updates. 

In earlier versions of iCloud for Windows: 

To check for updates, open Apple Software Update on your PC. To get notified when an update is available through Apple Software Update, choose Edit > Preferences and select when you'd like to check for updates. You can choose Daily, Weekly, Monthly or Never. 

Need more help? Find out what to do if you can't download or install iCloud for Windows

Turn off or uninstall iCloud for Windows

If you turn off a service in iCloud for Windows, your information won't be kept up to date automatically in iCloud and you won't see updates made on your other devices. Follow these steps to turn off a service or iCloud:

  • To turn off a service on your PC, Open iCloud for Windows, then select or deselect that service. To save your changes, click Apply. 
  • To turn off iCloud for Windows, open iCloud for Windows, then sign out. 

If you want to uninstall iCloud for Windows, remember to make a copy of your iCloud data and save it on your PC. Then sign out of iCloud for Windows on your PC and follow these steps:

Windows 8 or later:

  1. Go to the Start screen, right-click in the bottom left-hand corner or click, then select Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a Program.
  3. Click iCloud > Uninstall.
  4. When asked to confirm, select Yes.

Windows 7:

  1. Choose Start menu > Control Panel.
  2. Click Programs > Program and Features.
  3. Select iCloud > Uninstall.
  4. Click OK to continue.

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