Set up iCloud Drive

Documents that you store in iCloud Drive stay up to date across all of your devices, and you can access them from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC, and on iCloud.com.

Before you begin

  1. Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest iOS, and your Mac to the latest macOS.
  2. Set up iCloud on all of your devices.
  3. Make sure that you’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices.
  4. If you have a Windows PC, update to Windows 7 or later and download iCloud for Windows.

If you have a device that can't update to the latest iOS or macOS, see the minimum system requirements to use iCloud Drive.

Get started

Set up iCloud Drive everywhere that you want to access and edit your files.

        

On your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name].
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Swipe to turn on iCloud Drive.

You can find your iCloud Drive files in the Files app

If you're using iOS 10 or iOS 9, tap Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive. Turn on iCloud Drive, and tap Show on Home Screen. Then you'll find your files in the iCloud Drive app.

On your Mac

  1. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences and select iCloud.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID, if you need to.
  3. Select iCloud Drive.

If you want to add the files from your Mac Desktop and Documents folder to iCloud Drive, update your Mac to macOS Sierra or later then turn on Desktop and Documents. 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, the files from your second Mac won't automatically merge with the files on your first Mac. Go to your Desktop and Documents folders in iCloud Drive, then look for a folder with the same name as your second Mac.

On iCloud.com

  1. Sign in to iCloud.com.
  2. Select Pages, Numbers, or Keynote. You'll be asked if you want to upgrade to iCloud Drive.
  3. Click Upgrade to iCloud Drive.

On your Windows PC

After you set up iCloud on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, you can set it up on your Windows PC.

  1. Go to Start, open Apps or Programs, and open iCloud for Windows.
  2. Enter your Apple ID to sign in to iCloud.
  3. Select iCloud Drive, then click Apply.

What's next

After you set up iCloud Drive, any documents that you've already stored in iCloud are automatically moved to iCloud Drive. Your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and iCloud.com keep your files in the Files app in addition to the Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps. If you don't see your files in these apps, they might be on a device that doesn't have iCloud Drive turned on.

Learn more about using iCloud Drive.

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