Installing and Using iCloud on Windows PC

Having iCloud on your PC makes it possible for the images, docs, and bookmarks on Windows computer automatically update on all Apple devices.

Things a user will need

Do not hurry to install iCloud on your Windows PC – make sure you have everything necessary for that. Check whether you have iCloud on all Apple devices. It is possible to log in to iCloud at any time using personal Apple ID. Stick to the installation instructions for the iOS device. You will need Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 or later versions of the operating system.

Think about the information you would like to have up-to-date in iCloud. Keep in mind this list of must-have things: documents, bookmarks, and more. To be more specific, a user should have:

Mail + Contacts + Calendars + Reminders. Make sure that you possess something in the range of Outlook 2007-Outlook 2016.

As for the documents, a user should install iCloud Drive on every device. In case you wish to add the items from Mac Desktop or Documents folder to iCloud Drive, it is important to run macOS Sierra or High Sierra. Do not forget to switch on Desktop and Documents.

Finally, for bookmarks, make sure you have Safari 5.1.7 or up; Firefox 22 and up, IE 10 or up, or Chrome 28 or the one released later.

Install iCloud on Windows PC

  1. Download iCloud for Windows operating system. In case it refuses to set up by itself, move to File Explorer. Launch iCloud Setup feature in there.
  2. Reboot your personal computer.
  3. Check if iCloud is opening on your PC. In case it refuses to launch automatically, choose Start, launch Apps/Programs, and then launch
  4. Type Apple ID to log in to iCloud.
  5. Select the options/content you wish to be informed about on all your devices.
  6. Then, pick Apply.

Get your images and share them with other people

If you switch on Photos, iCloud automatically develops a Photos folder in File Explorer. That location is iCloud Photos. Each time a user adds some files to the iCloud Photos Uploads folder on the personal computer, Photo Library adds these new items as well. It means a person may then see them in the Photos tool on any type of iOS/Apple device: from iPhone to MacBook. Moreover, these files are available at iCloud.com. New images and video files download from iCloud Photo Library so that a user may select to get everything he uploaded by year. iCloud Photo Sharing allows exploring, sharing, submitting, and leaving comments on the images and movies a user wants others to see too.

It is possible to take the steps described above to discover images on the personal computer:

  • Windows 10. Go to the Start menu. Then, scroll down to launch the iCloud folder. Choose iCloud Photos.
  • Windows 8.1: The Start menu will do again. Just click the lower arrow in the bottom left. Pick iCloud Photos app.
  • Windows 8: Pick iCloud Photos. It is located on the Start screen.
  • Windows 7: Push the Windows Start button. Choose Pictures. Select iCloud Photos/Photo Stream. It is located below the Favorites menu. Double-click My Photo Stream to see the pictures.

Observe the files using iCloud Drive

Each time you switch on iCloud Drive, the application develops an iCloud folder in File Explorer. Any files that you have saved in iCloud will auto-download to the iCloud Drive folder. Mind that any docs saved in iCloud will download to the iCloud Drive immediately. Those items developed and stored on the personal computer will show up on the rest of the user’s devices.

It is possible to access iCloud Drive items at the official website: iCloud.com.

Make sure your contacts, mail, reminders, and calendars are ‘fresh’ on all devices

A user should check whether he installed iCloud Mail on all devices.

Launch iCloud for Windows. Pick Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks. Press Supply. Discover iCloud Mail account. It will appear in the folder pane of Microsoft Outlook 2007 through Outlook 2016.

What about iOS devices? Just pick Settings, then enter your name. After that, pick iCloud and switch on Mail. It works for iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone. In case a user has iOS 10.2 or even an older system, he/she should pick Settings and go to iCloud immediately.

Finally, it is important to discuss the actions of Mac owners. They must select Apple menu by pushing the small logo on the top. Select System Preferences. There, you will see the iCloud option. Pick Mail.

Take control over iCloud storage as well as personal account info

A user has an opportunity to control the iCloud storage by updating the plan. Another option is to minimize the amount of applied storage. In case a user would like to change anything about Apple ID, it is important to update email or other account data.

  • Launch iCloud if you wonder about the available amount of storage.
  • If you wish to control the storage, pick Storage and choose an application to find out the amount of storage you use. Another way is to select Buy More Storage. This way, you will get more space for the money.
  • Now, if you have a desire to control Apple ID, launch iCloud for Windows. Pick Account information. That is how you can reach the button Manage Apple ID.

Update iCloud for Windows

Scan the web for any available updates. Launch Apple Software Update on a personal computer. If you would like to receive notifications each time updates are available, select Edit and Preferences. Decide when you want to obtain any information regarding the updates.

Log out before upgrading and setting up iCloud for Windows.

Switch off/uninstall iCloud for Windows

Now, the only thing left to discuss is the process of uninstallation or turning off. Even if you do that, mind that your data remains in iCloud. You will just stop receiving the notifications about the updates. Stick to these steps to switch off a service or iCloud.

If you would like to switch off a service on a personal computer, launch iCloud for Windows. Pick or remove the tick from that service. Then, choose to Apply to confirm.

If you want to switch iff the app, launch iCloud for Windows and log out.

In order to uninstall the application, mind that you will need to clone iCloud information and save it on the PC. Log out of the app and stick to the following steps:

Windows 8 or higher:

  1. Move to the Start screen. Right-click in the bottom-left edge. Pick Control Panel.
  2. Choose to Uninstall a Program.
  3. Select iCloud. Then, do Uninstall.
  4. Verify the actions when prompted.

Windows 7:

  1. Select the Start screen. Choose Control
  2. Move to Programs. Pick Program and Features.
  3. Go iCloud → Uninstall.
  4. Push OK button to go on with the process.
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