Using iCloud for Windows, photos, documents, and bookmarks stored on your Windows computer are automatically updated on your Apple devices.
Necessary software and hardware
Before downloading iCloud for Windows, iCloud must be configured on all of your Apple devices. You can sign in to iCloud using your Apple ID. Follow the setup instructions for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5 or later, or Mac with OS X Lion 10.7.4 or later.
Want to access the latest iCloud features? See recommended system requirements. If you don’t know what version of Windows you have, you can find out here. ICloud requires an internet connection. Availability of iCloud and features may vary by region. If you are using a managed Apple ID account, iCloud for Windows is not supported.
Configure iCloud for Windows
- Download iCloud for Windows. If the installation did not start automatically, go to Explorer and open the iCloud configuration file.
- Reboot the computer.
- Make sure iCloud for Windows is open. If it does not open automatically, go to the "Start" menu, open "Applications" or "Programs" and select "iCloud for Windows."
- Enter your Apple ID to sign in to iCloud.
- Select the features and content that you want to keep up to date on all devices.
- Click the Apply button.
Upload photos and share them with friends
When you turn on the Photo program, iCloud for Windows creates a folder in the explorer named iCloud Photos. ICloud Photos uploads new photos and videos that are added to the Uploads (iCloud Photos) folder on a Windows computer so that they can be viewed in the Photos program on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac, as well as on the iCloud website. com. As you shoot, new photos are automatically downloaded from iCloud Photos, and you can choose to download the entire collection by year. And in the "General Albums" section you can view, send and comment on photos and videos that you give access to other users.
To find photos on a Windows computer, you can also do the following:
- Windows 10: In the lower right corner of the Windows taskbar, click the up arrow. Click the cloud icon (for iCloud) and click Upload Photo.
- Windows 8.1: on the home screen, click the down arrow in the lower left corner, and then click the iCloud Photos icon.
- Windows 8: From the Start screen, select “iCloud Photos”.
- Windows 7: Click the Windows Start button and select Images. Select “iCloud Photos” or “Photo Stream” in the Favorites menu in the left pane. To view photos, double-click the My Photo Stream album. In the window that appears, it will also be displayed as a folder.
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My Photo Stream is not available in iCloud for Windows 10 and later.
View files in iCloud Drive
When iCloud Drive is enabled, iCloud for Windows creates a folder with the corresponding name in Explorer. All documents saved in iCloud will be automatically downloaded to the iCloud Drive folder in Explorer. Files created on a Windows computer and saved in this folder are automatically displayed on your other devices.
Files in iCloud Drive can also be accessed at iCloud.com.
To ensure that Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks are updated on your devices, make sure iCloud is configured on all devices.
- On a Windows computer, open iCloud for Windows, select Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks, and then click Apply. Your iCloud Mail account will appear in the folders pane on the left side of the Microsoft Outlook 2007–2016 window.
- On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to the Settings menu > [your name] > iCloud and turn on the Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders options.
- On a Mac, go to the Apple menu > "System Settings" > Apple ID > iCloud and check the Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders boxes.
On a Mac or iOS device, the Reminders option will be displayed instead of the Tasks option.
Manage iCloud storage and account information
ICloud storage can be managed by switching to an advanced tariff plan or freeing up storage space. If you need to make changes to your Apple ID, you can update your email address, postal address, or other account information.
- To view the available storage capacity, open the iCloud for Windows program.
- To change the settings, click "Storage". Select a program to see how much space it uses, or click Buy Space to expand storage.
- To change your Apple ID account information, open iCloud for Windows and click Account. Then click Manage Apple ID.
In iCloud for Windows 10 or later, you can attach files so that they remain locally on the device. When unpinning, files are uploaded to iCloud.
Updating iCloud for Windows
To check for updates, open Apple Software Update on your Windows computer. If you want to be notified of new updates using Apple Software Update, select Edit > “Settings” and indicate how often you need to check for updates. You can select Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Never.
Before upgrading, log out of your iCloud account on your Windows computer and install iCloud for Windows.
Disabling or uninstalling iCloud for Windows
If you disable any service in the iCloud for Windows program, your information will not be automatically synchronized in iCloud and you will not see updates made on other devices. To disable a service or iCloud, follow these steps:
- To disable a service on a Windows computer, open iCloud for Windows and select or clear the check box next to the desired service. Click the Apply button to save the changes.
- To disable iCloud for Windows, open it and exit your account.
Before uninstalling iCloud for Windows, back up your iCloud data and save it on your Windows computer. Then log out of your iCloud for Windows account on this computer and follow these steps:
OS Windows 8 and later:
- Go to the start screen and right-click in the lower left corner, or left-click and select "Control Panel".
- Click the “Uninstall a program” link.
- Choose iCloud > "Delete".
- When a confirmation message appears, click Yes.
- Select the Start Menu > "Control Panel".
- Click Programs > "Programs and components."
- Choose iCloud > "Delete".
- To continue, click OK.
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