A Guide to Using iCloud Drive on iPhone

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A Guide to Using iCloud Drive on iPhone

Using iCloud Drive on iPhone is an ideal way to store all your files in a single location. You’re able to access them from most devices and maintain recent backups easily. Getting everything set up takes only a few minutes and you won’t have to worry about losing files if something happens to your phone. iCloud Drive is part of the iCloud family.

Setting Up iCloud Drive on iPhone

The main requirement to set up iCloud Drive on iPhone or other Apple devices is to have iOS 9 or later. Most iPhones already have the iCloud Drive app pre-installed, so there’s nothing extra to install. If you don’t have the app on your phone, download it for free in the App Store.

Protip: For iOS 10.2 and earlier, go to Settings > iCloud.

On your iPhone, ensure you’re signed in with your Apple ID and tap Settings > your name > iCloud. Tap iCloud Drive and swipe to turn it on. Once you’ve set up iCloud Drive, all your iCloud documents are moved to the new app.

Swipe to turn on which apps you want to use with iCloud Drive on iPhone. You can sync every available app or just the ones that are most important to you. If you have a limited cellular data plan, you may want to swipe the cellular data option off to only sync when you’re on Wi-Fi.

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Choosing Your Plan

You receive 5 GB of free storage with the entire iCloud family of services. You’ll have to upgrade to a premium plan for more storage. If you don’t want to upgrade, manage your storage by going to Settings > your name > iCloud > iCloud Storage. Delete older backups, files you no longer need, and old messages. This frees up space without having to upgrade.

In the United States, the pricing for iCloud storage plans are:

  • 50 GB for $0.99 per month
  • 200 GB for $2.99 per month
  • 1 TB for $9.99 per month
  • 2 TB for $19.99 per month

If you need to back up photos and videos often, upgrading is well worth the price to make sure you never lose an irreplaceable memory.

Backing Up Your Files

Any apps that support iCloud Drive will automatically prompt you to save and store files on iCloud Drive. You can also create backups of your device to store in iCloud. It’s important to remember that any files you already have stored separately on iCloud Drive and iCloud, such as My Photo Stream, Bookmarks, and Mail, aren’t included in backups.

Backups include information about iTunes purchases so you can download them easily again. Set up backups by tapping Settings > your name > iCloud > iCloud Backup. Swipe to turn on iCloud Backup. Tap Backup Now. You’ll want to make sure you’re on a Wi-Fi network.

Move individual files manually by opening a compatible app and saving the file directly to iCloud Drive.

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Accessing iCloud From Other Devices

The great thing about iCloud Drive is you’re able to access your files from any compatible device. Compatible devices include:

  • Mac OS X Yosemite or later
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Web version – Firefox 22 or later, Safari 6 or later, or Google Chrome 28 or later

On your Mac, go to Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud. Sign in with the same Apple ID that you use with your iPhone. Choose iCloud Drive to set the app up for your Mac. Open the iCloud Drive app at any time to access files between devices.

For Windows, download the free iCloud app. Use your Apple ID to sign in and upload files from your Windows PC. You’ll then be able to access those files from any iCloud Drive compatible device.

On the web, go to iCloud.com. Sign in using your Apple ID. If this is the first time using iCloud Drive via the web, you’ll be asked to upgrade to iCloud Drive. Follow the prompts to complete the process. You’ll then be all to add files or view files from other devices.

While using iCloud Drive on iPhone is useful, you’ll see the most benefits when you use iCloud Drive on multiple devices. Store documents, PDFs, photos, presentations, and much more for easy access anywhere.

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Contribution by Crystal Crowder

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