This is how you use iCloud Drive in Windows

With iCloud Drive, Apple is launching a competitor for services such as Dropbox and OneDrive. iCloud was already a storage service, of course, but never before was it possible to explore those files. iCloud Drive changes that. But what about when you work in Windows?

Activate iCloud Drive

Before you can get started with iCloud Drive, you must first enable the service on your iOS device (for example, your iPad). During the installation of iOS 8, you were already asked if you wanted to update iCloud Drive. If you have chosen not to do so, you can still do so via Institutions. Navigate to Settings / iCloud and then press iCloud Drive. When you press Update to iCloud Drive, your account will be converted. Also read: Which cloud service is right for you?

Note: this cannot be reversed. Please note that you will only be able to share with other iOS devices if they are running iOS 8.x, Windows or OS X Yosemite. Many people don't realize that if they have an iPhone 4 with iOS 7, they can no longer share documents in Pages with Pages on an iPad Air with iOS 8 (that was possible with iCloud 'old style'). That is something to dwell on.

Activate iCloud Drive on your iOS device, but think twice about it.

Download iCloud for Windows

Once you've enabled iCloud Drive, you'll need to download iCloud for Windows (or update the software if you've already done so). You download the program from the Apple site. After installing you need to restart your computer. click on Start, tick iCloud and select the option iCloud that appears in the start menu or home screen. To use iCloud Drive, check iCloud Drive and click To apply.

Before you can use iCloud Drive, you must first download and install associated software.

Share files with iCloud Drive

Sharing files with iCloud Drive is now as easy as sharing with Dropbox, for example, because on the side in Windows Explorer (under the heading Favorites) an option iCloud Drive has been added, where you can simply drag and drop files and folders. And even though Apple has held back file management on its cloud service for a long time, you can finally create folders, drag and drop files, and so on in iCloud. Unfortunately, photos are not automatically synced to iCloud Drive, so another heading is added for that iCloudphotos created under Favorites.

iCloud Drive is now an option under Favorites, just like Dropbox for example.

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