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Set up and use iCloud for Windows

With iCloud for Windows, the photos, documents, and bookmarks on your PC are updated automatically on your Apple devices.

Set up iCloud for Windows

1. Download iCloud for Windows. If it doesn't install automatically, go to File Explorer and open iCloud Setup.

2. Restart your computer. Make sure iCloud for Windows is open. If it doesn't open automatically, go to Start, open Apps or Programs, and open iCloud for Windows.

3. Enter your Apple ID to sign in to iCloud. Choose the features and content that you want to keep up to date across your devices.

4. Click Apply.

Download your photos and share with friends

When you turn on Photos, iCloud for Windows creates a Photos folder in File Explorer called iCloud Photos. iCloud Photos uploads new photos and videos that you add to the iCloud Photos Uploads folder on your PC so you can view them in the Photos app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac, and on

New photos and videos you take automatically download from iCloud Photos and you can choose to download your entire collection by year. And Shared Albums lets you view, share, and comment on the photos and videos you share with other people.

Keep your mail, contacts, calendars, and reminders up to date on all of your devices

Make sure that you set up iCloud Mail on all of your devices: On your PC, open iCloud for Windows, select Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks, then click Apply.

You'll see your iCloud Mail account in the folder pane on the left side of Microsoft Outlook 2007 through Outlook 2016. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud and turn on Mail. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud.

See your files with iCloud Drive

When you turn on iCloud Drive, iCloud for Windows creates an iCloud Drive folder in File Explorer. Any documents that you've stored in iCloud will automatically download to the iCloud Drive folder in File Explorer. Files that you create on your PC and save to this folder automatically appear on your other devices.

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