Set up iCloud for Windows
Download your photos and share with friends
When you turn on Photos, iCloud for Windows creates a Photos folder in File Explorer called iCloud Photos.
iCloud Photo Library uploads new photos and videos that you add to the iCloud Photos Uploads folder on your PC so you can view them in the Photos app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac, and on iCloud.com. New photos and videos you take automatically download from iCloud Photo Library and you can choose to download your entire collection by year. And iCloud Photo Sharing lets you view, share, and comment on the photos and videos you share with other people.
You can also use these steps to find your photos on your PC:
See your files with iCloud Drive
When you turn on iCloud Drive, iCloud for Windows creates an iCloud Drive folder in File Explorer. Any documents that you’ve stored in iCloud will automatically download to the iCloud Drive folder in File Explorer. Files that you create on your PC and save to this folder will automatically appear on your other devices.
Keep your mail, contacts, calendars, and reminders up to date on all of your devices
Make sure that you set up iCloud Mail on all of your devices:
You can manage your iCloud storage by upgrading your storage plan or reducing the amount of storage that you’re using. If you want to make changes to your Apple ID, you can update your email, mailing address, or other account information.
- To see your available storage, open iCloud for Windows.
- To manage your storage, click Storage. Select an app to see how much storage you’re using, or click Buy More Storage to upgrade your storage.
- To manage your Apple ID, open iCloud for Windows and click Account details. Then click Manage Apple ID.
Update your version of iCloud for Windows
To check for updates, open Apple Software Update on your PC. To get notified when an update is available through Apple Software Update, choose Edit > Preferences, and select when you’d like to check for updates. You can choose Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Never.
Sign out of iCloud on your Windows PC before you upgrade and install iCloud for Windows.
Uninstall iCloud for Windows
If you turn off a service in iCloud for Windows, your information won’t automatically stay up to date in iCloud, and you won’t see updates made on your other devices. Follow these steps to turn off a service or iCloud:
If you want to uninstall iCloud for Windows, remember to make a copy of your iCloud data and save it on your PC.
Then sign out of iCloud for Windows on your PC, and follow these steps:
Windows 8 or later