How to access and manage iCloud Drive files from any device

Xiaobai Software  2023-10-27 15: 49  read 70 views

使用 iCloud Drive, you can save any type of file to your iCloud storage.but how to access iCloud Drive All files in storage will change depending on whether you are using an iPhone, Mac, Windows PC, or Android device.

We'll show you how to access iCloud Drive on any device.With it, you can edit documents, upload files, or free up some iCloud storage no matter where you are or what device you're using.


How to access iCloud Drive files on iPhone or iPad

On iOS or iPadOS, you can easily sync different types of data to iCloud, from backups to calendar events to photos.Most of these options are built into the device's operating system, so you can find iCloud Photos directly in the Photos app.

Likewise, you can access all your iCloud Drive files using the built-in Files app on your iPhone or iPad.

View iCloud Drive files on iPhone or iPad using the Files app

The Files app is an intuitive file browser that you can pair with a range of cloud storage services, including iCloud, Google Drive, or Dropbox.You can even use Files to view documents saved locally on your device.

Access iCloud Drive files in the Files app:

1. Open the file on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Go to the "Browse" tab from the bottom.You'll see a list of locations.

3. Tap iCloud Drive to view all files in the iCloud account.

4. Tap the file to download and open it.Or, tap and hold a file to see a pop-up menu with more actions, such as rename, copy, or delete.




How to manage iCloud storage on iPhone or iPad

Whether you want to clear some space or buy more storage, you can manage iCloud storage through Settings on your iPhone or iPad.Open Settings, tap [your name] at the top of the screen, then tap iCloud.

You can see an overview of iCloud storage usage at the top of the screen.Tap Manage account storage for more details, then tap Buy more storage or change storage plan if you want more iCloud storage.



Or, scroll through the list and tap each app to see the option to delete its iCloud data.This will delete the app data for every device connected to your iCloud account.

How to access iCloud Drive files on Mac

Just like on an iPhone or iPad, you need to use a variety of different apps to access iCloud data on your Mac.Open the Photos app to view iCloud photos, open the Notes app to view iCloud notes, and use Finder to access iCloud Drive files.

View iCloud Drive files on Mac using Finder

Finder is the best way to find and manage all the files in your Mac or iCloud Drive storage.You can even combine the two and enable the Desktop and Documents folders option in iCloud Drive settings to sync those folders from your Mac to iCloud.

To view the iCloud Drive folder on your Mac, open a new Finder window and select iCloud Drive from the left sidebar.


If you don't see the iCloud Drive option, go to Finder > Settings from the menu bar.Then, enter the "Sidebar" tab in the pop-up window and enable the iCloud Drive option.

Interact with other files or folders on your Mac the same way.

How to manage iCloud storage on Mac

To manage iCloud storage on your Mac, go to System Settings > [your name] and select iCloud.You can see which apps are associated with your iCloud account, as well as a storage usage graph at the bottom of the preferences window.

Click the Manage button under the storage details to delete iCloud data, purchase more storage space, or change the iCloud storage plan.


How to access iCloud Drive on a Windows computer

To manage iCloud storage on a Windows computer, you need to download and install iCloud for Windows from the Windows Store.With this free software, you can select apps to sync with your computer, view storage usage, and open iCloud Drive for File Explorer.

View iCloud Drive files using File Explorer

After installing iCloud for Windows, log in to your Apple account and enable the iCloud Drive checkbox.You may also want to enable any other applications you wish to sync with your computer.

Now, open a new File Explorer window and click on iCloud Drive in the Quick Access navigation menu.You should be able to view, edit, download, or delete any file in your iCloud Drive account just like any other file on your computer.


If you turn off iCloud Drive in the iCloud for Windows app, it will ask you if you want to delete iCloud files from your computer.This will not delete anything in your iCloud account.

How to manage iCloud storage on Windows computer

Open iCloud for Windows and view the details of iCloud storage in the main window.Click the "Storage" button to delete data in your iCloud account; you can also click the "Buy More Storage" button to upgrade storage.


How to access iCloud Drive on Android devices

It's not obvious how to access files on iCloud Drive from an Android device, as Apple doesn't offer an app that allows you to do so.Fortunately, you can still access some iCloud content by logging into the iCloud website through a browser.

Access iCloud using a web browser

Open any web browser on your Android device and visit and log in to your Apple ID account.After logging into your account, click the application icon next to your personal photo in the upper right corner.

To view iCloud Drive files, just tap the Drive option.You can then tap the file to preview it, or use the "Select" option in the ellipsis (...) menu in the upper right corner to download, move, delete, and edit it.




Return to the main menu and scroll all the way down to the end of the page to view the details of iCloud space.Tap your storage to see more information.You can't upgrade your storage through the browser, but hopefully Apple will add this feature in the future.

Accessing iCloud files doesn't require an Apple device

As you can see, you can easily access iCloud storage on almost any platform except Android.While you can still open iCloud Drive through a web browser on Android, it's nowhere near as easy as the official Apple app you use on other platforms.

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