Set up iCloud Drive

Files and folders stored in iCloud Drive stay up to date across all of your devices, and can be accessed from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC, and on

iCloud Drive files

Before you begin

  1. Update your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the latest iOS or iPadOS, and your Mac to the latest macOS.
  2. Set up iCloud on all of your devices.
  3. Make sure you’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices.
  4. If you have a Windows PC, update to Windows 7 or later and download iCloud for Windows.

If you have a device that can't be updated to the latest iOS or macOS, take a look at the minimum system requirements to use iCloud Drive.

Get started

Set up iCloud Drive wherever you want to access and edit your files.

On your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name].
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Turn on iCloud Drive.
    iCloud on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

You can find your iCloud Drive files in the Files app

On your Mac

  1. Go to 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. Select iCloud.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID if you need to.
  4. Select iCloud Drive.
    iCloud on Mac Setup

To add the files from your Mac Desktop and your Documents folder to iCloud Drive, turn on Desktop and Documents

  • You can then find your Desktop and Documents folder in the iCloud section of the Finder sidebar. 
  • If you add a second Mac Desktop, you'll be able to find the files in your Desktop and Documents folders in iCloud Drive, in a folder with the same name as your second Mac. The files from your second Mac won't merge with the files on your first Mac automatically.

If you're already using a feature from another cloud provider that syncs or manages your Desktop and Documents folders, you'll need to turn it off to use Desktop and Documents. Desktop and Documents requires macOS Sierra or later. 


  1. Sign in to
  2. Select Pages, Numbers or Keynote. 
  3. Click Upgrade to iCloud Drive if you are asked to upgrade. 

On your Windows PC

iCloud on Windows PC

After you've set up iCloud Drive on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac, you can set it up on your Windows PC.

  1. Go to Start, open Apps or Programs and open iCloud for Windows.
  2. Enter your Apple ID to sign in to iCloud.
  3. Select iCloud Drive, then click Apply.

What's next?

After you've set up iCloud Drive, any documents that are already being stored in iCloud will be moved to iCloud Drive automatically. Your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch keep your files in the Files app in addition to the Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps. If you can't see your files in these apps, they may be on a device that doesn't have iCloud Drive turned on.

Find out more about using iCloud Drive.

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