iCloud is the cloud storage for Apple Devices. It runs on iOS 5 and above. iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch are the compatible devices for this application. You can even run this app on your Windows and Mac PC. You need to have Windows 7 & above to run and install the iCloud control panel. For Mac users, the iCloud control panel will come pre-installed in OS X and above. You can even access your iCloud Files from the web address – www.icloud.com. First, you will need to setup your iCloud account on the platforms. Learn how to from our iCloud Setup article.
How to Sync iCloud Files from Your iOS Devices:
You must know that you are syncing your files from iOS devices to iCloud. That means the files are already on your iOS devices. You would know how to access them. First thing is that you must know how to sync those files to the iCloud cloud storage.
- First, launch the Settings app on your iOS device.
- This Settings app can be found on either your Home Screen or the App drawer.
- You will see the iCloud icon under the Settings header.
- Tap on it to reveal the iCloud Menu.
- Then, Toggle on to sync those files to the iCloud server. The blue colour is the On indication.
- You will be able to view iCloud files from iCloud.com or the iCloud Control Panel application.
You can also view how much storage you have used up in iCloud from that Menu. Simply click on Storage & Backup below. From there, you can Manage Storage. Or you can Change Storage Plan from there. Basically, upgrading cloud storage plans in iCloud varies in different countries.
How to Access iCloud Files from Windows:
You must have the iCloud Control Panel application installed first. Look through Download iCloud Application for Windows for assistance. Then, sign in to access those files.
- Run the iCloud application on your desktop.
- Then type in your Apple ID email address and password. Click on Sign In.
- iCloud Drive: This will create Directory in your Computer. This will appear in your Profile directory. The Directory will appear alongside your Documents, Pictures, Downloads, etc.
- iCloud Photos: This will show all the photos you have saved on the iCloud server. You can also add more photos into this directory from your PC. You can also download those photos from the iCloud server from this folder.
- Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks: Basically, you will sync all your iCloud contacts, mail, calendars and tasks to your default email clients. This can be your Microsoft Outlook or other email clients you use.
- Bookmarks: You can access and sync your Bookmarks with your default browser. If you use more than one browser, you can sync to all of them. The iCloud control panel will detect them on its own. Such browsers which uses incognito or IP hiding mode will not sync those bookmarks however.
If you have Apps, books and music purchased on your iPhone, you can also sync them to iCloud.com. To view them on your computer, you need to enable automatic downloads on iTunes. First, sign into iTunes with your Apple ID. Click Edit, then Preferences. Click on the Store when a window pops up. You should then tick the boxes next to contents you want to automatically download and access on the iTunes.
How To Access iCloud Files from Mac:
Activate the iCloud feature from accessing it from the Apple Menu. Then, click on System Preferences from that Apple Menu. You will see the iCloud feature there. Then, turn it on. ~/Library/Mobile Documents is the default File directory of your iCloud files on Mac.
- Click the Finder Icon on the Mac dock.
- Next, click Go and Go to Folder which is ~/Library/Mobile Documents.
- This is the default folder for your iCloud files on your Mac.
- You will find sub folders of apps that are accessible or also not accessible.
- But those like pages can be accessed from. You will need to go to /com~apple~Pages.
- Make sure you know what you want to access from your apps.
- If you have synced Mail and contacts, they will be automatically updated to your default Mac’s email client.
The thing about Mac’s inbuilt iCloud Control Panel is that it will show files that you might not have synced to the server. You can also use that application to sync from your Mac to iOS devices with the same Apple ID. Do by drag and dropping files from your Mac to iCloud.
How to Access iCloud Files from iCloud.com:
- Go to www.icloud.com on your browser.
- Then, the login option will appear as soon as the page loads.
- Then, enter your email address of your Apple ID. Next, enter your password.
- Either hit the Enter key or click the arrow to get signed in.
- You will see all your synced data from your iOS device there.
- For instance if you have only synced Contacts and Mail, you will only see those files. You will only see what you have synced from your device.
- There will be other features like Find My Phone. You can use it to recover your misplaced phone. But if you never used it, you won’t see it.
These are the ways you can store your files on Apple’s cloud storage. You can also access them in the above three mentioned ways. So make the best of Apple’s technologies and always be sure you will never lose important stuffs like contacts and mails.