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

You will need to download iCloud for Windows on your PC. Before you do that, you need to set up iCloud on all of your Apple devices. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID, then follow the instructions for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or Mac.

Want to access iCloud's latest features? See the recommended system requirements. iCloud requires an Internet connection. iCloud might not be available in all areas and features 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.

* If you're not sure which Windows system you use, find out.

Download and share your photos

When you turn on Photos, iCloud for Windows creates a Photos folder in File Explorer called iCloud Photos. iCloud Photos uploads new photos and videos that you add to the iCloud Photos Uploads folder on your PC so you can see them in the Photos app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac, and on New photos and videos you take automatically download from iCloud Photos. You can also choose to download your entire collection by year. 

Use iCloud Photos

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

Find your photos on your PC

On Windows 10: 

  1. In the notification area, click the up arrow in the lower-right corner of your screen. 
  2. Click the Cloud icon 
  3. Click Download Photos.

Windows 8.1:

  1. Go to the Start screen.
  2. Click the down arrow in the bottom-left corner.
  3. Click the iCloud Photos app.

Windows 8:

  1. Go to the Start screen.
  2. Select iCloud Photos.

Windows 7:

  1. Click the Windows Start button, then click Pictures. 
  2. Click iCloud Photos or Photo Stream under the Favorites menu in the panel on the left. 
  3. Double-click My Photo Stream to view your photos. This also shows up as a folder in the window that appears.

My Photo Stream isn't available on iCloud for Windows 10.

See your files and folders with iCloud Drive

When you turn on iCloud Drive, iCloud for Windows creates an iCloud Drive folder in File Explorer. Any documents that you've stored in iCloud will automatically download to the iCloud Drive folder in File Explorer. Files that you create on your PC and save to this folder automatically appear on your other devices. And 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 access your iCloud Drive files and folders at

Keep your apps up to date

To keep your Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks* updated on your devices, make sure iCloud apps are set up on all of your devices.

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 side of Microsoft Outlook 2007 through Outlook 2016.

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.

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

Manage your iCloud storage and account information

You can manage your iCloud storage by upgrading your storage plan or reducing the amount of storage that you're using. If you want to make changes to your Apple ID, you can update your email, mailing address, or other account information.

  • To see your available 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.
  • To manage your Apple ID, open iCloud for Windows and click Account details. Click Manage Apple ID.

If you use iCloud for Windows 10, you can pin files to keep them local to your device. When you unpin them, they upload to iCloud instead.

Update your version 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. 

Sign out of iCloud on your PC before you upgrade and 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 automatically stay up to date 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 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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