Set up your Apple ID to use with iCloud on Mac
You use iCloud settings to turn iCloud and iCloud+ features on or off and manage iCloud storage.
On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Settings, then click [your name] at the top of the sidebar.
If you don’t see your name, click Sign in with your Apple ID to enter your Apple ID or to create one.
Click iCloud on the right, then do any of the following:
iCloud storage: Click Manage to manage your iCloud storage. You can change your iCloud storage plan, remove an iOS or iPadOS device backup, delete all photos and videos from iCloud Photos on your Mac, and permanently remove all documents and data for an app.
Optimize Mac Storage: Turn on to store the full contents of iCloud Drive on your Mac if there’s enough disk space. When disk space is needed, older documents are stored only in iCloud.
iCloud Drive: If iCloud Drive is on, click iCloud Drive, then click Options to select whether to store your Desktop and Documents folders in iCloud Drive. See Use iCloud Drive to store documents on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. You can also select which apps use your iCloud storage and which apps let other people look you up by your Apple ID.
iCloud Mail: Create a free @icloud.com email address and send and receive mail on your devices and on the web at iCloud.com. Learn more about Mail and iCloud in the iCloud User Guide.
Private Relay: You can use iCloud Private Relay to hide your IP address and browsing activity in Safari and protect your unencrypted internet traffic, allowing you to browse the web in a more secure and private way. You must subscribe to iCloud+ to use iCloud Private Relay. See Use iCloud Private Relay.
Hide My Email: You can use Hide My Email to generate unique, random email addresses that forward to your personal email account, so you don’t have to share your real email address when filling out a form on the web or signing up for a newsletter. You must subscribe to iCloud+ to use Hide My Email. See Use Hide My Email.
Find My Mac: If asked to allow Find My Mac to use the location of your Mac, click Allow, enter the name and password of an administrator of your Mac, then click Allow.
Location Services must be on to use Find My Mac. To turn it on, click Privacy & Security in the sidebar (you may need to scroll down), then click Location Services on the right. Turn on Location Services, enter the name and password of an administrator of your Mac, then click Unlock.
Note: If you set up your Mac with multiple user accounts, Find My Mac can only be used by one user at a time. Turning it on for one user will turn it off for any other user that had it turned on.
You can also turn on Find My network to locate your device using a Bluetooth connection, even when your device isn’t connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network. See Set up Find My.
Photos: Turn on to sync your photos and videos between iCloud Photos and the Photos app on your Mac, and access them on any device where you’re signed in with your Apple ID. When you turn on this option, you can also create Shared Albums and collaborate on a Shared Library with iCloud Shared Photo Library.
Password & Keychain: If your Apple ID is set up for two-factor authentication and your Mac requires a login password, you’re done setting up iCloud Keychain when you turn on Password & Keychain in iCloud settings. Otherwise, when you turn on Password & Keychain, you’re prompted to upgrade to the latest account security. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up two-factor authentication, and make sure your Mac is set up to require a password.
Apps on your Mac using iCloud: Turn on the apps you want to use with iCloud on your Mac. For more information about how each app uses iCloud, see Change iCloud settings for your Apple ID.
For information about changing your Apple ID account information on the Apple ID website, see your Apple ID account page.
For information about combining your Apple subscriptions, including upgrading to iCloud+, see the Apple Support article Bundle Apple subscriptions with Apple One.
For information about changing Apple ID account settings using an iOS or iPadOS device, see “Manage Apple ID settings” in the user guide for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.