Understanding iCloud Drive

How to Add iCloud to File Explorer
How to Add iCloud to File Explorer

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.

iCloud for Windows Sign in
iCloud for Windows Sign in

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.

Apply the iCloud for Windows Settings
Apply the iCloud for Windows 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.

Access iCloud Drive in File Explorer
Add iCloud to Windows Explorer

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  • Update iCloud for Windows: Outdated software can sometimes cause compatibility issues.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.

Add Files from PC to iCloud
Add Files from PC to iCloud

Move Files from iCloud to PC

Step 1: Open File Explorer and navigate to the iCloud folder.

Step 2: Drag the files from iCloud and drop them into your desktop or other folders outside iCloud. Then, the selected files will be removed from iCloud and saved in another place on your Windows PC.

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.

Add iCloud Drive and Google Drive
Add iCloud Drive and Google Drive

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.

Transfer iCloud Drive to Google Drive
Transfer iCloud Drive to Google Drive


  • 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.
Cloud Transfer Schedule
Cloud Transfer Schedule
Cloud Transfer Filter
Cloud Transfer Filter


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.

How do I share iCloud Drive with Windows?
If you want to share iCloud Drive files with others on your Windows PC, you can also use MultCloud. MultCloud Shares allows you to share iCloud Drive files with people who are even non-Apple users.
Where is the iCloud folder?
The iCloud folder is typically located within the Finder on macOS systems. By default, it should be found in your user directory. You can access it by opening a Finder window and looking for "iCloud Drive" in the sidebar. If it's not there, you can enable it in your Finder preferences under the "Sidebar" tab. If you are a Windows user, the iCloud folder is in File Explorer. You can see it after your download iCloud for Windows and launch it with your credentials.
Why can't I access my iCloud Drive on my PC?
You may not have iCloud for Windows installed or configured properly. Ensure the software is installed and logged in with your iCloud account for access. Also, you should make sure that you download the latest version of iCloud for Windows.
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