How to set up and use iCloud Drive on Windows 10

iCloud Drive

Apple would like people to use its devices and platforms exclusively, but it does at least acknowledge the sheer number of Windows users around the world. Using an iPhone or iPad and a Windows machine isn’t at all uncommon, and as such iTunes and the core iCloud services are available on Windows 10.

One of those services is iCloud Drive. It’s pretty easy to get up and running with Apple’s cloud storage on your Windows PC. Here we show you how.

1. Download, install and set up iCloud for Windows

iCloud on Windows 10

Before you do anything you need to have iCloud for Windows installed and set up. The good news is it’s an easy enough process. The even better news is we’ve got a complete guide to walk you through it, step-by-step. Find it at the link below.

2. Enable sync on Windows 10

iCloud on Windows 10

If you didn’t take care of it already in the first step, the next thing you need to do is to enable iCloud Drive in iCloud for Windows.

  1. Open the Start Menu and navigate to the “iCloud” folder.
  2. In there you need to open the “iCloud” application.
  3. In the box that pops up, check the box next to “Photos.”

That’s all you need to do to turn it on.

3. Pin to Quick Access and Start Menu

iCloud on Windows 10

Once enabled, your iCloud Drive folder is a little buried. You’ll find it in Users Your User Folder, which isn’t much use for getting to it quickly. For that, pin it to quick access or the Start Menu or both.

  • To add to Quick Access in File Explorer, right click on “iCloud Drive” and select “Pin to Quick Access.”
  • To pin to the Start Menu, right click on “iCloud Drive” and select “Pin to Start.”

4. Using the iCloud Drive folder

Once you’ve followed the steps above you can use iCloud Drive like any other folder on your Windows 10 machine. Drag and drop files and other folders or save things directly into it. You’ll see a whole bunch of folders already in there potentially with files you may or may not be able to open. Any apps on iOS or Mac which make use of iCloud to store data will show up, for example.

But so long as you’ve got a data connection anything you add to any of the folders in your iCloud Drive on your Windows 10 computer will automatically sync allowing you to access them on other enabled devices.

For more Windows 10 tips be sure to visit our dedicated help page here

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