iCloud Drive is a useful tool for Apple users, which is similar to other online storage services such as Dropbox or Google Drive. But not many people know how this application works on your own device.
iCloud Drive is Apple’s solution for managing documents and files on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. If you have an iCloud account, you can use iCloud Drive and experience its useful features. It can be said that iCloud Drive is a part of the iCloud ecosystem, similar to the standard virtual directory format of other cloud storage providers.
What is iCloud Drive?
Introduced with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, iCloud Drive is like having a hard drive or memory stored on the Internet. Files in iCloud Drive will automatically sync with the cloud. The edited files are also synchronized as soon as you save. iCloud allows users to save photos, videos, documents, music, and application data to iCloud.
It not only allows you to store all your document in one place, but you can also access all files and data from your iOS, Mac, and Windows devices. After that, these files and folders are kept updated on all your devices. Moreover, it lets you create new files and folders from iCloud-enabled apps and work on the same file across multiple apps.
iCloud Drive also works with iCloud.com. You can use it to create, save, and share documents using Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. There is more information on this page, you can visit iCloud.com to use.
When you sign up for iCloud, you will get 5 GB of free storage for Mail, Backup, iCloud Photo Library, and iCloud Drive. The backup section includes backing up your iOS device. If you need more iCloud storage, you can upgrade to 50 GB for 0,99 USD / 0,79 USD), 200 GB for 2,99 USD / 2,49 USD), or 1TB for 9,99 USD / 6,99 USD).
How does iCloud Drive work?
On the Mac
To access iCloud Drive from a Mac device, click the Finder icon in your Mac then choose iCloud Drive in the sidebar and click iCloud Drive. You can also find iCloud Drive from the Go menu in the Finder window. By default, there are folders for each of your Apple iWork app (Keynote, Pages, and Numbers), along with folders for apps like Preview, QuickTime Player, Script Editor, TextEdit, and Automator.
You can create any folder and keep it in iCloud Drive. You can also store anything you want, as long as it is no larger than 15 GB and does not exceed your iCloud allotment storage. iCloud Drive also allows you to create new folders, drag and drop data into iCloud from a Mac and you have the option to save files and data.
iPhone or iPad
To use iCloud from an iPhone or iPad, add the app to your phone’s home screen. Open Settings, iCloud, and touch iCloud Drive. Turn on “Show on home screen”, return to the main screen, and find the iCloud Drive app. If you cannot find it, swipe down then tap Spotlight Search, and enter “iCloud” to find.
Make sure you are running the latest version of iOS. You can upgrade to the latest version if needed by opening Settings (gear icon), choose General, and look for Software Updates if available. Turn on iCloud, open Settings, and click iCloud. Enter your Apple ID and then select the services you want to use.
To access iCloud Drive from your computer and iCloud for Windows, go to iCloud Drive in File Explorer. The Windows versions of iCloud Drive allow users to sync everything, from mail and documents to contacts and calendar (between iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, and Windows PC).
You can also store any file in iCloud by dragging your documents and photos into the iCloud folder on your computer. This feature will even keep IE, Firefox, or Google Chrome bookmarks on Windows in sync with Safari bookmarks on iPhone or iPad.
Apple is launching many useful products and applications for users. The devices and applications help users to store and secure information in an effective way. iCloud Drive is no exception. If you are using an Apple device, do not forget to learn all of its applications, especially iCloud and iCloud Drive to optimize the function of the device.