iCloud is not an application, but an application package that is directly packed into almost all Apple products. It has been designed as a repository of your digital life, a place to store and backup photos, personal files and application data, so you never lose anything. Can I backup my Windows PC to iCloud?
If you have an Apple ID, you can use iCloud on Windows, which means you can access email, photos and other data from your computer – useful when you’re at your desk or traveling without an Apple device, or if you’re inside Boot Camp on a Mac.
Before you start
You will need to download iCloud for Windows to your computer. Before you do this, you’ll need to set up iCloud on all of your Apple devices. Log in to iCloud using your Apple ID, and then follow the instructions for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac.
Configure iCloud for Windows
- Download iCloud for Windows on your computer.
- Windows 10: Go to the Microsoft Store to download iCloud for Windows.
- Earlier versions of Windows *: Download iCloud for Windows from apple.com.
- If it does not install automatically, go to File Explorer and open iCloud Installer.
- Restart your computer.
- Make sure iCloud for Windows is open. If it doesn’t open automatically, go to Start, open Applications or Programs and open iCloud for Windows.
- Enter your Apple ID to log in to iCloud.
- Select the features and content you want to update on your devices.
- Click Apply.
What are the system requirements?
iCloud for Windows requires having Windows 10, iCoud for Windows 7, iTunes 12.7, Outlook 2010-2016 and a web browser (Microsoft Edge, Firefox 45 or newer, Chrome 54 or newer) to be installed. Some iCloud services will work with slightly older versions of Windows, as described here.
After installing and opening the software, you’ll be asked to enter your Apple ID to log in to iCloud, and then you need to choose which iCloud features you want to use: iCloud Disk, photos, mail, contacts, calendars, Tasks and Bookmarks. Here’s how to use each of these features.
How do photos work?
When enabled, iCloud for Windows creates the iCloud Photos folder in File Explorer. All movie images added to this folder will be synced on all devices that are logged in to this Apple ID. You can share photo galleries using iCloud Photo Sharing.
How to backup in iCloud
Step 1: Go to iCloud Memory Settings – Tap Settings> Your Apple ID at the top> iCloud
Step 2: Enable iCloud backup – at the bottom of the iCloud page you can enable the iCloud backup option to allow the software to automatically back up your camera roll, accounts, documents and settings after connecting the device in, locked and connected to Wi-Fi. Alternatively, tap Create a backup now option to manually back up your device when connected via Wi-Fi.