About iCloud add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins for Windows browsers

To use some iCloud features with Windows, you might need to install add-ons, extensions, or plug-ins for your browser. 

iCloud Bookmarks add-on for Firefox

Use iCloud for Windows to keep your Firefox bookmarks up to date across your devices.

Turn on iCloud Bookmarks and install iCloud Bookmarks add-on

  1. Make sure that your PC and browser meet the iCloud system requirements.
  2. Close Firefox, then download and install iCloud for Windows.
  3. Open iCloud for Windows.
  4. Select Bookmarks > Options.
  5. Choose Firefox > OK > Apply.
  6. Click Merge to share your current PC bookmarks data with iCloud.
  7. Click Download. The Add-ons store page for the iCloud Bookmarks add-on will open.
  8. Select Add to Firefox > Install Now. The Add-ons Manager will show that iCloud Bookmarks is on.

If you install Firefox after iCloud for Windows, you won't see it in the Options list until you close and reopen iCloud for Windows. 

Turn off iCloud Bookmarks for Firefox

Before you start, make copies of your bookmarks so you don't lose them. 

  1. Close Firefox. 
  2. Open iCloud for Windows.
  3. Deselect the Bookmarks checkbox, then click OK. If you use multiple browsers with iCloud Bookmarks, click Options next to Bookmarks, deselect the Firefox checkbox, then click OK.
  4. Click Apply > Remove. The Firefox Add-ons Manager will open.
    • Click Disable to temporarily stop updates to your iCloud Bookmarks with Firefox.
    • Click Remove to delete the add-on and stop updates to your iCloud Bookmarks with Firefox. If you later decide to turn automatic updates back on, you will need to reinstall the add-on.

If you delete bookmarks while the iCloud Bookmarks add-on is disabled, then decide to turn automatic updates back on again:

  • If you enable the add-on directly within Firefox, the deleted bookmarks are removed from all of your devices that use iCloud Bookmarks.
  • If you enable the add-on using iCloud for Windows, the deleted bookmarks aren't removed from your other devices and the bookmarks on your other devices are added back to Firefox.

iCloud Bookmarks extension for Google Chrome

Use iCloud for Windows to keep your Google Chrome bookmarks up to date across your devices.

Turn on iCloud Bookmarks and install iCloud Bookmarks extension

  1. Make sure that your PC and browser meet the iCloud system requirements.
  2. Close Chrome, then download and install iCloud for Windows.
  3. Open iCloud for Windows.
  4. Select Bookmarks > Options.
  5. Choose Chrome > OK > Apply.
  6. Click Merge to share your current PC bookmarks data with iCloud.
  7. Click Download. The Chrome Web Store page for the iCloud Bookmarks extension will open.
  8. Select Add to Chrome > Add. The Chrome Web Store will show that iCloud Bookmarks is added to Chrome. 

If you install Chrome after iCloud for Windows, you won't see it in the Options list until you close and reopen iCloud for Windows.

Turn off iCloud Bookmarks for Chrome

Before you start, make copies of your bookmarks so you don't lose important information. 

  1. Close Chrome.
  2. Open iCloud for Windows.
  3. Deselect the Bookmarks checkbox, then click OK. If you use multiple browsers with iCloud Bookmarks, click Options next to Bookmarks, deselect the Chrome checkbox, then click OK.
  4. Click Apply > Remove. The Extensions tab will open in Chrome.
    • Deselect the Enable checkbox next to the iCloud Bookmarks to temporarily stop updates to your iCloud Bookmarks with Chrome.
    • Click the trash icon to delete the extension and stop updates to your iCloud Bookmarks with Chrome. If you later decide to turn automatic updates back on, you will need to reinstall the extension.

If you delete bookmarks while the iCloud Bookmarks extension is disabled, then decide to turn automatic updates back on again:

  • If you enable the extension directly within Chrome, the deleted bookmarks are removed from all of your devices that use iCloud Bookmarks.
  • If you enable the extension using iCloud for Windows, the deleted bookmarks aren't removed from your other devices and the bookmarks on your other devices are added back to Chrome.

If your bookmarks don’t update

Learn what to do when you make changes in your web browser and they don't update on your other devices.

iCloud Web App Plugin for Internet Explorer

When you use Internet Explorer 9 to access iCloud.com, you might need to install the iCloud Web App Plugin:

This website wants to install the following add-on: iCloud Web App Plugin from Apple, Inc"

If you don't install the plug-in, you can still use iCloud.com without these features:

  • Add or edit a contact photo
  • Add or edit your account's photo
  • Drag and drop to add attachments when you write an email
  • Drag and drop to add attachments when you create a calendar event
  • Drag and drop to upload documents to the iWork for iCloud apps
  • Add images to your documents in iWork for iCloud

If you upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer, you don't need to install the plugin. Internet Explorer 9 doesn't support dragging more than one attachment at the same time (only one file is uploaded). Add attachments one at a time to email or a calendar event, or when you upload to iCloud.com.

You can drag these file types to the Pages app on iCloud.com:  

  • Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx)
  • Text (.txt) files

You can drag these file types to the Numbers app on iCloud.com

  • Numbers
  • Microsoft Excel (.xls or .xlsx)
  • CSV (.csv) files
  • Text (.txt) files

You can drag these file types to the Keynote app on iCloud.com

  • Keynote
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx)

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