If you’re the proud owner of iPhone and iPad using Windows 10 PC, then you can grab great much better compatibility using iCloud. The good thing is that Apple iCloud client for Windows platform is also available. Here in this article, you will find a detailed guide on how to install and use Apple iCloud on Windows 10 PC.
iCloud is cloud storage and computing service by Apple. Using it, you can securely keep your photos, videos, music, document, apps and more. It keeps all your data updated across all your iOS device. so that you can get access to your data from where ever you want.
Apple iCloud client is also available for Windows 10 that means you have access to all your photos, videos, music, mail, and other data also from Windows 10 PC too.
In case, you don’t know how to download, install, and manage iCloud on your Windows 10 PC, then here is what you need to do:
1. Download the Apple iCloud client for Windows 10 from the official site. It will be around 125 MB in size, depending upon the version.
2. Run the iCloud installer to continue the installation.
3. License Agreement window will appear. Select “I accept the terms in the license agreement“. Click on the Install button.
When UAC dialog box appears, click Yes to continue. It may ask for your confirmation 2-3 times during the installation.
4. Once the installation is completed, click on the Finish button to close the installer.
5. iCloud installer may ask you to reboot the system. You must reboot so that configuration changes made to iCloud to take effect.
6. Launch the iCloud app for Windows 10. You can find it under Start -> All Apps -> iCloud -> iCloud.
Alternatively, Search the Apple iCloud desktop app using the Start menu search bar. When it appear in the search results, click to launch it.
7. Once installed, iCloud app login window will appear. You need to fill the credentials (Apple iD & Password) to login into your iCloud account.
You can also click on “Forget Apple ID and password” link if you have forgotten your credentials.
8. As soon as you logged in, iCloud app interface will appear but above it, you will get another window which reads”Do you want to send diagnostic and usage information to Apple“. Select the appropriate option.
8. Now you will able to see the iCloud app main interface will come from where you can manage your iCloud data which include iCloud Drive, Photos, Mails, Contacts, Calendar, task, and Bookmarks.
You might not want to sync all the data to your Windows 10 PC, so tick the relevant boxes next to the options and then click on the “Apply” button. And it will sync all your data to your computer depending on the size of the data.
In my case, I only want to sync photos, so I have selected the Photos option only. You can click on the option button in the Photos. A new window will appear, here you can select what you want to sync as well as manage iCloud photo location.
9. Like Dropbox when you install the iCloud app on your Windows 10, it will automatically add the iCloud Drive to Quick Access panel in the Windows 10 File Explore.
In case, you want to Pin iCloud app to Start menu, then make a right click on the app and from the context menu “Pin to Start”
Alternatively, iCloud will add the drive in the File Explorer as well as in the System tray so that you can get access to your photos stored in iCloud quickly.
iCloud Drive in File Explore
iCloud app icon in System Tray
So these are some of the basics steps which you need to follow to download, install and manage the iCloud app on Windows 10.
Soon I will cover some more detailed guides of each featured offered by the iCloud client for Windows 10.
Why don’t you try this basic iCloud installation guide and let me know if you need any assistance?