How does iCloud for Windows work?
Apple’s iCloud is very similar to the Microsoft OneDrive service, but it’s exclusive to Apple devices. When you download and set up iCloud on your Windows PC, your photos, videos, mail, files, and bookmarks are accessible on all of your devices.
How to use iCloud for Windows
Things you’ll need:
- Apple iCloud account information
- Windows 10 computer
- Microsoft Outlook app
First, download the iCloud app from the Microsoft Store on your computer.
To do this, press the Windows button on your keyboard or type Microsoft Store in the Windows Search box, then select open.
In the Microsoft Store, select Search and type iCloud in the Search box.
You’ll be taken to the iCloud application page. To check that you’ve selected the right app, make sure that Apple Inc. is listed as the publisher. When you’re ready to download, select the Get button to start installing.
After installation is complete, select Launch to open the app.
Type in your Apple iCloud username and password, then select Sign In.
This will take you to your iCloud dashboard, where you can select the information you want to sync with your Windows 10 PC. Uncheck any items that you want to exclude and select Apply when you’re ready to start syncing.
You can also select Options… next to Photos and Bookmarks to customize the settings for those options.
Once you’ve customized the settings for iCloud, select Apply and start syncing.
Using Outlook to view Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks
Now that we have set up our sync from iCloud to our Windows PC, let’s take a look at how we can manage that information.
First, find Outlook by typing Outlook in the Windows Search box, then selecting Open.
Once Outlook opens, you’ll see a new folder called iCloud on the left bar of your Outlook application. You can open the folder by selecting the arrow next to the word iCloud. If you use iCloud as your daily email service, you’ll see your inbox and sent items. The bottom left of the Outlook window will display icons for Email, Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks.
If you select the Calendar icon, you’ll see iCloud here as well. Check the box next to iCloud to view your calendar items. iCloud syncs your appointments in real time, which means that if you make any changes to your calendar here, they’ll show up on your phone as soon as you save them.
If you select the Contacts icon, you’ll see the same iCloud section with the contacts group you’ve created.
Lastly, you can click on the Tasks icon and look at any tasks you’ve created in iCloud.
Syncing documents and photos from iCloud to Windows
To view documents from iCloud, open File Explorer by selecting the folder icon on your task bar or typing “File Explorer” in the Windows Search menu. With File Explorer open, you’ll see iCloud Drive in the navigation.
Select iCloud Drive to see the data you synced from your iCloud Drive.
You can access the photos you have on iCloud by selecting Pictures. Here, you’ll see a folder called iCloud Photos that’ll hold all of your pictures from iCloud. If you have them organized in folders, they’ll show up that way here as well.
You’re now ready to start syncing your information from your iPhone or Mac computer to your Windows devices. This is a quick and easy way to manage your photos, contacts, calendars, tasks, and emails between devices.