We’ve all heard of iCloud, Apple’s cloud storage service for macOS and iOS. If you use a MacBook, iPhone, or iPad, all of your photos, messages, and videos are automatically synced. What if you have an iPhone or iPad but use a Windows laptop? In such cases, you must have iCloud installed on a Windows laptop. Apple has been improving iCloud support for Windows by adding new features, such as the recently released password sync.
How to Access iCloud from Windows File Explorer:
iCloud is available for download, and the latest version of iCloud for Windows 10 or Windows 11 can be installed from the Microsoft Store.
- After installing the iCloud app on your Windows machine, launch it and sign in with your Apple ID.
- The screen shown below will be visible to you. This will display the options for synchronizing your iCloud drive, photos, emails, contacts, bookmarks, and passwords. If you want to sync your passwords, you must first install the extension.
- Now, check the box next to iCloud Drive and press the Apply button.
- After that, open Windows File Explorer and you should see iCloud enabled on the quick access menu on the left side.
- When you open this, the iCloud drive will appear in the Windows File Manager, and you will be able to add or access files in the drive directly from the File Manager in Windows. If you have Photos synced, you will be able to see all of your iCloud photos in your Windows File Manager.
iCloud storage comes with 5GB of free cloud storage by default, and you can upgrade the storage directly from the app if you need more.