iCloud is Apple’s exclusive cloud storage system that competes with the likes of Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. iCloud gives Apple users the ability to sync data between all of their Apple devices, which includes contacts, emails, bookmarks, reminder, notes, etc. In addition to that, photos can be synced using iCloud Photos, files can be synced using iCloud drive and more.
It has such a deep integration with Apple devices that many users think it can only be accessed on an Apple device. That’s not the case. iCloud can also be used natively on a Windows PC through the application “iCloud for Windows” that was developed by Apple. This is very useful for Windows PC users who own an iPhone or iPad and want to quickly sync data using iCloud.
This article walks through how to download, install, and set up iCloud on your Windows PC. iCloud requires an Apple ID, as the two are associated, so make sure you have one. If you don’t, you can create a new Apple ID on Apple’s website.
Follow the steps below to download and set up iCloud on your Windows device:
1. Download the iCloud setup file on your Windows device. iCloud for Windows is available for Windows 7 and Windows 10 or later. You can download it either from the Microsoft store or directly from Apple.
2. Run the installer to install iCloud for Windows. Reboot your device after the installation finishes.
3. iCloud for Windows should automatically start on reboot. If it doesn’t, you can open it from the Start menu.
4. Log in with your Apple ID to sign into iCloud on Windows.
5. Select the features (iCloud Drive, iCloud Photos, Contacts, Calendar, Mail, Notes, etc.) that you’d like to sync with the device by checking the boxes next to them.
Once done, iCloud will sync with your PC, and the selected items will be downloaded to your PC. After the sync, you’ll be able to find all your data in your PC.
The iCloud for Windows app functions almost similar to its counterpart in Apple. You’ll find that many features are integrated into the system applications themselves (for example, bookmarks are integrated into your default browser). It can also be helpful to have this installed on a Mac running Bootcamp, as it will save you the time from switching operating systems whenever you need to access your iCloud data.
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