The iCloud is currently one of the most widely used cloud storage and cloud competing service in the world. The service, was first launched on October, 2011 by Apple Inc. iCloud was initially available only for iOS devices, but can also be accessed in Microsoft windows computer with operating system Windows 7 or later. iCloud provides an easy way to keep your mail, documents, calendars and contacts synced between your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac and Windows PC.
Although, Windows is not the product of Apple incorporation, due to the wide use of Microsoft PCs, Apple has provided iCloud service for Windows, which uses iTunes to connect with the cloud storage. The service has proven to be extremely helpful for users who own iOS devices and windows computer.
It is a fairly simple process to set up iCloud on your Windows computer. But, there are some things you need to remember before you can set up iCloud for Windows.
- You need an iCloud account. If you don’t have one you will need to create one. For this, you will need an Apple ID and either any of the Apple devices; iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 5 or later, or a Mac with OSX Lion v10.7.5 or later.
- If you want to connect with mail, contacts, calendars etc. install Microsoft Outlook.
- Upgrade your iCloud account to iCloud Drive.
To set up your iCloud for windows, you can follow these instructions.
- Download and install iCloud for Windows. You can use the following official Apple download link, https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1455?locale=en_US. If your download doesn’t start automatically, go to the windows explore – locate the setup file for iCloud and open it.
- Once the installation is complete, restart your computer as guided by the installation menu.
- Now, open the iCloud program you just installed. You can find it in the Programs of your Start Menu.
- In the sign in box of iCloud, enter your Apple ID and sign in.
- You will have the option to choose the types of contents, which you want to keep updated across your devices. Once you are done, click apply.
After you turn on iCloud Drive and Photos, you will see different folders for iCloud for Windows in your Windows Explorer. To sync your files automatically over all your devices, just save files in those folders. If you already have documents or photos in your iCloud Drive, these files will be automatically saved in the folders once you set up iCloud for Windows.