What is iCloud Drive and How Can I Use It?

iCloud Drive lets you securely access all your documents from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Windows PC. So, no matter which device you’re using, you always have the most up to date documents when you need them.

Here’s what you can do with iCloud Drive:

  • Store all your documents in one place from any of your devices
  • Keep files and folders up to date across all your devices
  • Create new files and folders from iCloud-enabled apps
  • Work on the same file across multiple apps
  • Access the files from your Mac Desktop and Documents folder everywhere that you use iCloud Drive

What do I need to use iCloud Drive?

  • Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to thelatest iOS and your Mac to the latest macOS.
  • Make sure that you’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all your devices.
  • Set up iCloud on all your devices and turn on iCloud Drive.
  • Update your iWork apps (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) to the latest versions.
  • If you have a Windows PC, update to Windows 7 or later and download iCloud for Windows.

How do I access all my files in iCloud Drive?

There are multiple ways you can access your files in iCloud Drive:

  • Using any supported web browser, you can use iCloud Drive at iCloud.com.
  • On your Mac, you can go to iCloud Drive in Finder.
  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9 or later, you can access your files from the iCloud Drive app.
  • On your PC with Windows 7 or later and iCloud for Windows, you can go to iCloud Drive in File Explorer.

When you add your Desktop and Documents to iCloud Drive, all your files move to iCloud. 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, you’ll find those files in the Desktop folder in iCloud Drive. A folder is created with the same name as your second Mac.

What types of files can I store in iCloud Drive?

You can store any type of file in iCloud Drive, as long as it’s less than 15GB in size and you don’t exceed your iCloud storage limit. There’s no restriction on file type, so you can keep all your work documents, school projects, presentations, and more up to date across all of your devices.

How much storage do I have in iCloud Drive and how do I get more?

When you set up iCloud, you automatically get 5GB of storage. You can use that storage space for iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, iCloud Mail (your @icloud.com email account), and the information from your apps that use iCloud.

If you need more iCloud storage, you can buy more starting at 50GB for $0.99 (USD) a month directly from your Apple device.

How do I get back files that I deleted?

If you need to access a file that you deleted within the last 30 days, you can recover it from iCloud.com.

  1. Sign in to iCloud.com.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Under Advanced, click Restore Files.
  4. Browse the list of files in the Restore Files window.

After 30 days, files are removed from Restore Files.


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Source: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT201104