3 Simple Methods to Access iCloud on iPhone, PC, and Mac

iCloud is a service offered by Apple that allows you to store your data on the cloud. The data can be accessed from any of your devices if you have the login details with yourself. If you happen to use an Apple device, you can even back up your device to the cloud with iCloud. If you have already created an iCloud account and are wondering how to access iCloud, the following guide will help you out.

Creating an iCloud account is easy and then what follows is the question how do I access my iCloud. Well, it's extremely easy and the following guide shows how you can get access to your iCloud from various devices including iPhone, Windows PC, and Mac.

Part 1. How to Access iCloud on iPhone

If you want to learn how to access iCloud on iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6S/6/SE/5s/5, this section is going to help you. We have put together steps on how you can go about getting access to your iCloud account on your iPhone.

iCloud is usually accessed using the iCloud Drive app on your iPhone. You need to first enable the iCloud Drive option on your device before the app appears on your springboard and the following shows how to do it.

Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on your name. Then, tap on iCloud and make sure the iCloud Drive option is turned on. If it is not, turn it on.

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After you have enabled the option, head back to your springboard and find and tap on the app named iCloud Drive.

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The app will open letting you access all your iCloud files on your iPhone. If you are on the latest version of iOS, you should be able to use the Files app on your iPhone to get access to your iCloud files.

Part 2. How to Access iCloud on Windows PC?

Although the makers of iCloud and Windows are different, they seem to have some kind of integration and thus you have a way to get access to your iCloud account from your Windows PC. You even have an iCloud app for your Windows PC and the following shows how to download it to your computer.

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Head over to the iCloud for Windows website and download and install the app on your computer. Launch the app, log-in, and checkmark the option that says iCloud Drive and hit Apply. The iCloud Drive folder should become available in your Users folder giving you access to all your files stored in your iCloud account. That's how to access iCloud on PC.

Part 3. How to Access iCloud on Mac?

If you are a Mac user and want access to your iCloud account, do not worry as you are not left out. There's an effortless way to get access to iCloud from your Mac and the following shows that way.

Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and select System Preferences to open the Mac settings panel.

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When the settings panel opens, find and click on the option that says iCloud as that's where you can enable iCloud Drive for your Mac.

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After you have clicked on iCloud, you will see a screen that looks like the following. Put a tickmark in the box that says iCloud Drive and wait for it to finish loading.

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Once it has loaded-up, open a Finder window on your Mac and look for iCloud Drive in the left sidebar. Click on it to open your iCloud Drive and to view and download your files.

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So that's how you can access iCloud from a Mac.

Extra Tip: How to Access iCloud Backup on PC/Mac?

The above methods show how you can get access to the file stored on your iCloud account, but they don't' teach you how you can access files inside iCloud backups. To access files inside your iCloud backups, you are going to need to use an app and the following shows what app and how to use it.

The app that you will be using to perform the task is called Tenorshare UltData and it allows you to restore data from iCloud backups on your Windows PC or Mac. It's easy to use the app and the following shows how:

Download and run the app on your computer. Click on Recover from iCloud Backup File at the top and sign-in to your iCloud account.

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Choose the backup you want to restore data from and click on Next.

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Select the type of data you would like to recover and click on Next.

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Select the actual data you want to recover and click on Recover.

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Selected data will soon be downloaded to your Windows PC or Mac.

We hope the above guide answers your how to access my iCloud question. You now know how to access the service on all your devices. In case you ever need to extract data from an iCloud backup, you've got UltData at your disposal.

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to iCloud Follow @Jerry Cook