- Go to iCloud.com and log in.
- Open a browser, such as Chrome or Safari.
- Go to iCloud.com. If you are using a friend’s Mac, you may need to click “Use a different Apple ID.” Sign in with your Apple ID.
- If you have set up two-factor authentication, you may need to verify on your iPhone (or another device).
- Tap “iCloud Drive.” If you don’t see the iCloud Drive option, go to the upper left corner of the iCloud page, where it says something like “iCloud Photos,” and click on it.
- Find the folder where the file you want is and double-click on it. To move around your files and folders, you can:
- Near the top right of the page, next to your Apple ID username, you will see “Sort by Name.” Click this to change the order of your files.
- In the upper left corner, next to iCloud Drive, you’ll see an arrow and the name of the folder one level above where you are. If you click on this name, you’ll leave the folder you’re in.
- When you double-click on certain file types, like PDFs, the browser will open them. You may be asked if you want to allow downloads for other types of files. Click “Allow” to let the file download so you can open it.
How to Access iCloud Drive on iPhone
You can sync your media between Apple devices using iCloud, but you can also use iCloud on a PC to get to your music, books, movies, contacts, calendars, and emails. On a PC, you can access iCloud by downloading the iCloud Control Panel or by using a Web browser.
If you can’t install software on your device, you can easily access your iCloud Photos online from any web browser (except for Android devices, which we’ll talk about later). Sign in to your account at www.icloud.com. The website for iCloud is like an iPhone or iPad.
Click iCloud Drive to see and open any files you’ve saved in iCloud Drive, Apple’s service for storing and syncing files. You can also email, download, and delete any file, as well as upload new files and make new folders to hold them.
Open File Explorer or Windows Explorer on your Windows computer. Then, in the Navigation pane, click iCloud Drive. Find the file you want to open and double-click it. You can only open a file on your computer that you have downloaded. The download status of an item is shown by the icon next to its filename.
Consider iCloud as a filing cabinet, with iCloud Drive serving as one of the cabinet’s drawers for storing files. It’s for storing files that don’t fit in any of the other drawers. iCloud Drive is a storage area on iCloud for documents that don’t fit anywhere else.
Open File Explorer on your Windows computer, then click iCloud Photos in the Navigation pane. If you don’t see iCloud Photos, go to the Navigation pane and click Pictures, then double-click iCloud Photos. To download and view a thumbnail, double-click it.