System requirements for iCloud

These are the recommended system requirements and minimum system requirements for iCloud.

Recommended system requirements

iCloud1 requires an Apple ID, an active Internet connection, and up to date software. If you meet the recommended system requirements below, you can take advantage of the latest iCloud features and get the best overall experience. To see the minimum requirements for each feature, you can review the minimum requirements table at the bottom of this page.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

  • iOS 11
  • iWork for iOS (Pages 2.5 or later, Numbers 2.5 or later, Keynote 2.5 or later)2

Mac

  • macOS High Sierra
  • iTunes 12.7
  • Safari 9.1 or later, Firefox 45 or later, or Google Chrome 54 or later
  • iWork for Mac (Pages 5.5 or later, Numbers 3.5 or later, Keynote 6.5 or later)2

PC

  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • iCloud for Windows 7 
  • iTunes 12.7
  • Outlook 2010 - Outlook 20163
  • Microsoft Edge, Firefox 45 or later, or Google Chrome 54 or later (desktop mode only)

Apple TV

  • Apple TV software 11.0 or later

Minimum system requirements by feature

To use iCloud, you need at least iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPad, or iPad mini; or at least OS X Lion 10.7.5 on a Mac.

Review this table for specific requirements of each iCloud feature.

iCloud minimum requirements
Feature: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch Mac Windows Apple TV
Back to My Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 (Back to My Mac is only available on macOS High Sierra and earlier, and for a limited time.)
Backup and Restore iOS 5
Bookmarks iOS 5
  • OS X Lion 10.7.5
  • Safari 5.1.1
  • Windows 7 or later
  • iCloud for Windows
  • Internet Explorer 9 or later
  • Firefox 22
  • Google Chrome 28 in desktop mode only
Calendar, Contacts, Mail iOS 5 OS X Lion 10.7.5
  • Windows 7 or later
  • iCloud for Windows
  • Outlook 2010 - Outlook 2016 or an up-to-date web browser
Family Sharing4 iOS 8
  • OS X Yosemite
  • iTunes 12
tvOS 7.0
Find My Friends
  • iOS 5 
  • iOS 6 (for location-based alerts)
  • iOS 8 (for Family Sharing)
  • Safari 7
  • Firefox 27
  • Google Chrome 35
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Firefox 27
  • Google Chrome 35
  • Edge
Find My iPhone
  • iOS 5 
  • iOS 6
    (for Lost Mode)
  • iOS 7
    (for Activation Lock)
  • OS X Lion 10.7.5 (Lost Mode and Activation Lock aren't available on macOS.)
Find My iPhone app iOS 8
iCloud.com
  • Safari 7
  • Firefox 27
  • Google Chrome 35
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Firefox 27
  • Google Chrome 35
  • Edge
iCloud Drive iOS 8 OS X Yosemite
iCloud Photos iOS 8.3 OS X Yosemite 10.10.3
iCloud Tabs iOS 6
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10.3
  • Safari 6
iTunes Match iOS 5.0.1 iTunes 10.5.1 iTunes 10.5.1 tvOS 4.4
iWork for iCloud
  • Safari 9
  • Google Chrome 50
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Google Chrome 50
Keychain 5 iOS 8.4.1 OS X Yosemite 10.10.5
Mail Drop (send attachments) iOS 9.2
  • OS X Yosemite (for Mail app) or iCloud.com/mail from an up-to-date web browser (Safari 7.2 or later to upload packages, such as iWork files)
  • An email account that supports IMAP
  • Windows 7 or later
  • iCloud.com/mail from an up-to-date web browser
  • An email account that supports IMAP

Messages in iCloud

iOS 11.4 macOS High Sierra 10.13.5
My Photo Stream 6 iOS 5.1 
  • OS X Lion 10.7.5
  • iPhoto ’11 9.2.2 or Aperture 3.2.3
  • Photos 1.0
  • Windows 7 or later
  • iCloud for Windows 
tvOS 5.0
Notes (upgraded features) iOS 9 macOS 10.11
Reading List iOS 5 Safari 5.1
Screen Time iOS 12
Shared Albums iOS 7
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9
  • iPhoto '11 9.5 or Aperture 3.5
  • Photos 1.0
  • Windows 7 or later
  • iCloud for Windows
tvOS 5.3
Sharing Suggestions iOS 12

Siri Shortcuts iOS 12
Two-factor authentication iOS 9 OS X El Capitan iCloud for Windows 5
Two-step verification 7 iOS 7 OS X Mavericks 10.9
Voice Memos iOS 12 macOS Mojave

 

If you use a Managed Apple ID, iCloud for Windows isn’t supported.

Some features aren't available in all countries and regions. Access to some services is limited to 10 devices.

  1. Learn how iCloud operates in China.
  2. You can get iWork for iOS and iWork for Mac from the App Store if they didn't come with your iOS device or Mac.
  3. Outlook 2010 Personal Edition isn't supported.
  4. To share iCloud storage with your family, you need iOS 11 or later, or macOS High Sierra or later. You can participate in a shared iCloud storage plan using iOS 8 or later, or OS X Yosemite or later.
  5. If you have two-factor authentication and you use iCloud Keychain, you need iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan.
  6. In some cases, My Photo Stream isn't available for new accounts. Learn how to use iCloud Photos to store your photos and videos in iCloud. My Photo Stream isn't supported on Windows 10.
  7. If you don’t meet the minimum system requirements, your data is still protected by two-step verification.

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