Understanding iCloud Drive
Before we go to the steps of how to add iCloud Drive to File Explorer, let’s learn something about iCloud Drive first.
iCloud Drive is Apple's cloud storage service that allows users to store their files, photos, videos, and other data on the cloud. It provides a seamless experience across Apple devices, enabling users to access their files from their iPhones, iPads, and Macs. iCloud Drive also offers automatic synchronization, ensuring that any change made to a file on one device can be reflected on all other devices connected to the same iCloud account. But sometimes iCloud may be not syncing with your Windows PC.
How to Add iCloud Drive to File Explorer
It is not difficult to sweep out how do I get iCloud Drive on my Windows 10 confusion. You can follow the steps below.
Step 1: Download and install iCloud for Windows from the Microsoft Store.
Step 2: Launch iCloud for Windows by entering your Apple ID and password.
Step 3: Check the box next to "iCloud Drive" and other iCloud features you want to enable on your PC. Then click the "Apply" button to save your settings.
Step 4: Open File Explorer on your Windows PC. In the left sidebar, you will see "iCloud Drive" listed and you can click on it to access your iCloud files.
Troubleshooting Common Issues with 7 Solutions
If you encounter any issues while adding iCloud Drive to File Explorer, try the following troubleshooting solutions.
- Check Your Internet Connection: A stable internet connection is necessary to set up and access iCloud Drive.
- Update iCloud for Windows: Outdated software can sometimes cause compatibility issues.
- Restart iCloud for Windows: Close iCloud for Windows completely and then relaunch it.
- Check Your Apple ID: Verify your credentials and ensure that your Apple ID has iCloud Drive enabled.
- Disable and Re-enable iCloud Drive: In iCloud for Windows, uncheck the box next to "iCloud Drive" and click "Apply." Then, recheck the box and click "Apply" to re-enable it.
- Restart Your Computer: A simple restart of your Windows PC can help resolve temporary software issues and ensure a fresh start for iCloud Drive integration.
- Reinstall iCloud for Windows: If the above steps do not work, you can try uninstalling iCloud for Windows and then reinstalling it.
Possible Actions after Adding iCloud to File Explorer
After you successfully add iCloud to your Windows PC and enable it by the "How to add iCloud Drive to File Explorer" guide, there may be more actions that you want to such as adding iCloud to the desktop, pinning iCloud to Quick Access, adding files to iCloud, and moving files from iCloud to your PC. In this part, you can learn how to achieve the above actions with detailed instructions.
Add iCloud to Quick Access
Step 1: Open File Explorer on your Windows PC.
Step 2: Right-click the iCloud folder and choose "Pin to Quick Access". Then, you will see iCloud in the "Quick Access" list.
Put iCloud on Windows Desktop
Step 1: Open File Explorer and find the iCloud folder.
Step 2: Right-click the iCloud folder and choose "Send to" in the dropdown menu. Then, choose "Desktop (create shortcut)" and you will see an iCloud shortcut on your Windows desktop.
Add Files to iCloud
Step 1: Open File Explorer and drag the files you want to add to iCloud.
Step 2: Drop the files into your preferred folder in iCloud. After waiting for seconds, you will see those files saved to iCloud.
Move Files from iCloud to PC
Step 1: Open File Explorer and navigate to the iCloud folder.
How to Transfer Files from iCloud to Another Cloud on Windows PC
After you add iCloud Drive to Windows PC, if you also have Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, or other cloud desktop apps, you can easily transfer files between them by dragging and dropping. But if you don't have those desktop apps and are not willing to download them? Using MultCloud Cloud Transfer instead! MultCloud is a free service that aims to manage all your cloud drives in one place. It supports 30+ popular cloud storage services to be added so that you can seamlessly connect iCloud Drive/iCloud Photos with Google Workspace, OneDrive, Dropbox, NAS, pCloud, and more without downloading them.
Cloud Transfer is one of the MultCloud main functions which is specially designed for cloud-to-cloud file transfer. The operations to use Cloud Transfer to move files are as easy as dragging and dropping since you also only need to choose which files to transfer and which folder to save these files.
Step 1: Get a free account on the MultCloud website.
Step 2: Click “Add Cloud” and the iCloud Drive/iCloud Photos icon, then go through the two-factor authentication to connect your iCloud Drive/iCloud Photos account to MultCloud. Also, choose another cloud (Google Drive for example) to add to MultCloud with these operations.
Step 3: Tap on the “Cloud Transfer” button in the left bar and choose iCloud Drive/iCloud Photos and another cloud in the boxes. At last, click “Transfer Now” to start the transfer process.
- You may want to filter some files that you don't want to move from iCloud Drive/iCloud Photos. "Filter" in "Options" is used for that. You can enter the file extensions in the box and choose to transfer or not transfer these files.
- If you want to begin this cloud-to-cloud transfer task regularly, you can use the "Schedule" feature to set a preferred frequency.
After reading the step-by-step guide on how to add iCloud Drive to File Explorer, you must master the method. If you encounter any trouble during the installation process, don’t forget to check the 7 solutions in the post to solve it. Besides, if you want to further integrate iCloud Drive with another cloud, using MultCloud Cloud Sync will be a quite good attempt.
Of course, MultCloud has more functions like Cloud Transfer, Cloud Backup, and Email Migration. Once you find yourself needing to transfer your Gmail emails to Dropbox, OneDrive, Evernote, or other clouds, MultCloud deserves a try.
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