Change which apps sync and store data with iCloud

In your iCloud settings, you can choose which apps on your device sync and store data with iCloud. Find out how to change your iCloud settings or turn off iCloud completely. 

When you turn on iCloud for an app, its information is stored securely in iCloud and kept synced across your devices automatically. When you turn it off, the app no longer connects with iCloud, so your data exists only on your device.

You can choose which apps on your device you’d like to use iCloud with, or turn off iCloud completely

Choose which apps to use with iCloud

After you sign in to iCloud on your devices, find out where your iCloud settings are on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC.

On your iPhone or iPad

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

On your Mac

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Settings or choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Apple ID.
  2. Click iCloud.
  3. Tick or untick each app. If you don’t see an app, tap Show All to see the full list. 
    Under Apps Using iCloud, you can customise which apps sync to iCloud.

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

On your Windows PC

  1. Open iCloud for Windows.
  2. Tick or untick each app.
  3. Click Apply.

Some features aren't available on your PC or may be 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 remains available in Microsoft Outlook, but it isn’t updated in iCloud and on 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.

Turn off iCloud

If you sign out of iCloud, iCloud no longer syncs your data or backs up the information on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. To keep your information safe, back up your device from your Mac or PC

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

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