How to Use iCloud Drive on your iOS, Mac, and Windows

By Sai April 12, 2021 9:09 AM IST

How to Use iCloud Drive on your iOS, Mac, and Windows: The introduction of cloud storage has brought a whole new great concept of carrying important files and accessing them. Cloud storage is not what we were typically familiar with for carrying files or transferring. Portable drives and flash drives always have been beneficial for the very purpose. However, there are chances of losing the vital data that we stored on portable drives or the hard drive of our computer. Cloud store, on the other hand, Minimizes the chances of theft, data loss, file corruption, and the risk of carrying a device while traveling. Using a Cloud Storage, we can save our important data from one device and be accessing the same from another device. A cloud storage can be accessed from any computing device (Smartphone, Tab, or PC) that is connected to the Internet.

Imagine you have a vital data on your personal computer or Desktop that is kept at home. If you wish to access the same data from somewhere else, that is simply not possible unless you have carried it on a flash drive (chances of theft, loss, and virus corruption is high). But, If you have saved the same data on a cloud storage, you can access it from any device or any corner of the world. iCloud is one such cloud storage service that is widely been appreciated especially by the Apple device users. iOS devices as such iPhone, iPad, iPod touch have the facility to connect to iCloud drive. Mac and Windows computer are also provided the same facility of accessing iCloud drive.

iCloud Drive on iOS, Mac, and Windows Devices:

Important files in terms of spreadsheets, presentations, PDFs, images, or any kind of vital docs can be stored on iCloud safely. Once the files are completely stored, you may access to these files from your iPhone or iPad. All you need to do is the iCloud Drive App on your iDevice. If the iCloud app is installed on you iDevice, iOS is likely to store the files in the iCloud drive automatically. You may access them, organize, or share from your iOS device as well as Mac or Windows computer. Thus, even the files are removed from your device or computer, you still have the backup on the iCloud drive. Any changes made to these files are updated automatically.

For any editing is needed, you can start that from one device and if failed to finish the editing from the same device, you may still proceed the task from another device and finish it. And every single change you make to your file or documents will be automatically updated and saved thus you don’t need to start over from the beginning.

How to Use iCloud Drive?

Using iCloud Drive on your iOS, Mac, or Windows device is pretty simple. All you need to do is follow some basic requirements as such –

  • Keep you iOS device updated with the latest iOS or Mac with latest Mac OS X.
  • If you have the intention to access to iCloud Drive from multiple Apple devices, make sure that you are using the same Apple ID for signing in to iCloud.
  • All your devices need to set up the iCloud service and iCloud Drive must be turned on.
  • Windows PC users must update their OS version to Windows 7 or newer and must install the iCloud Windows version.

How to Access to Files Saved on iCloud Drive?

There is more than one way that allows you to access to your iCloud account from different devices using the same Apple ID.

  • If you are using Mac, go to Finder and then simply access to iCloud Drive.
  • iOS (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) with iOS 9 or above version users may simply launch the iCloud Drive App and access to the stored files or upload desired files to it.
  • Windows 7 or above version users may access to iCloud Drive through File Explorer.
  • Alternatively, from any of the mentioned devices, you may access to using a supported browsing tool.

Uploading the files or docs to iCloud is just a piece of cake. So to do editing or downloading them from any supported device. iCloud Login Sign in Guide here.

Any kind of files or docs that size less than 5GB can be uploaded and stored in the iCloud. 5GB free storage is a lot to keep your office or important docs stored safely. However, one should not store any App file, library, or .tmp file in the iCloud. If you require more iCloud Storage space, you may buy more space for 50GB at $0.99/month.