Access and manage files in your iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive lets you securely access all of your documents from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Windows PC.

When you create an iCloud account, you have access to iCloud Drive. With iCloud Drive, you can keep files and folders up to date across all of your devices, share files and folders with friends, family, or colleagues, create new files and folders from iCloud-enabled apps, and more.

You can store files* in iCloud Drive as long as they're 50GB or less in size and you don't exceed your iCloud storage limit. If you need more iCloud storage, you can buy more. If you choose a 200GB or 2TB plan, you can share iCloud storage with your family, without sharing your files. Learn more about prices in your region.

*Avoid storing app folders, libraries, .tmp, .vmdk, .vmware, .vbox, .vm, and .pvm files in iCloud Drive.

Access your files in iCloud Drive

Sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices. Then you can access your files in iCloud Drive in a number of ways.

On your Mac

You can access iCloud Drive in Finder on your Mac.

When you add your Desktop and Documents to iCloud Drive, all of your files move to iCloud. On your Mac, you can find the files on your Desktop and in your Documents folder in Finder under iCloud. If you add a second Mac Desktop, you'll find those files in the Desktop folder in iCloud Drive. A folder is created with the same name as your second Mac.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

If you're on a device with iOS 11 or later, you can access your files from the Files app.

If you're on a device with iOS 10 or earlier, you can access your files directly from the iCloud Drive app.

On iCloud.com

From a supported browser, sign in to iCloud.com with your Apple ID.

On your PC

On your PC with Windows 7 or later and iCloud for Windows, you can go to iCloud Drive in File Explorer.

Work with iCloud Drive files offline

If you're about to go offline, you can save iCloud Drive files locally to work on while you're not connected to the internet.

On your Mac

  1. Click iCloud Drive in the sidebar of any Finder window. 
  2. Press and hold the Option key and drag the file to a new location.
  3. After making changes to the file, upload the saved copy back to iCloud Drive.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

In iOS 11 or later:

Learn how to save files locally in the Files app

In iOS 10 or earlier:

  1. Open the iCloud Drive app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  2. Touch the file to open it.
  3. Tap the Share button in the lower left corner.
  4. Choose the way you want to send a copy of the file.
  5. After making changes to the file, upload the saved copy back to iCloud Drive on a computer.

On iCloud.com

  1. Sign in to iCloud.com.
  2. Open iCloud Drive.
  3. Find and select the file.
  4. Click Download at the top of the page or double-click the file. The document downloads to your default downloads location.
  5. After making changes to the file, upload the saved copy back to iCloud Drive on a computer.

On your PC

If you turned on iCloud Drive using iCloud for Windows on a PC, you can copy your files from the iCloud Drive folder in File Explorer. You can also copy your files from iCloud.com. After making changes to your files, upload the saved copies back to iCloud Drive.

Recover deleted files

If you need to access a file that you deleted within the last 30 days, follow these steps to get it back.

On your Mac

  1. Click Trash in the Dock.
  2. Select the file that you want to keep.
  3. Drag it to the desktop or another folder.

If you delete files from your Trash via the Empty Trash option, the files can't be recovered.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

On iCloud.com

  1. Sign in to iCloud.com.
  2. Go to iCloud Drive.
  3. In the bottom-right corner, select Recently Deleted items.
  4. Browse the list of files.

You can also go to Settings > Restore Files. After 30 days, files are removed from Recently Deleted and Restore Files.

On your PC

  1. Go to the Recycle Bin.
  2. Drag the file or folder to your desktop or another location.

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