How to upload files to iCloud Drive

You can upload documents and all types of files to iCloud Drive from Mac or PC and access them on any device in your iCloud account. Below are the steps to upload files to iCloud Drive.

Upload files to iCloud Drive

As mentioned above, you can use Apple’s iCloud Drive to upload and store all types of files, including images, videos, documents, spreadsheets, and presentation files.

Once files are uploaded to iCloud Drive, they can be accessed from anywhere in the world across multiple devices and easily shared with others.

While Apple starts users with 5GB of free iCloud Drive storage, that storage is only good enough to store automated iCloud backups and a few photos.

To get the most out of iCloud Drive, you need to consider upgrading to a paid iCloud account.

You can upgrade to 50GB of iCloud storage for just $0.99/month and scale up to 200GB for $2.99/month and 2TB for $9.99/month.

If you change your mind, you can always downgrade to a lower option or even go back to the free 5GB option.

1. iCloud Drive structure

The structure of iCloud Drive is pretty simple and very easy to understand. They basically look at 4 main symbols that do their job perfectly.

iCloud Drive structure

As you can see in the image above, the folder-shaped icon (1) allows you to create folders. The two cloud-shaped icons (2 and 3) allow you to upload and download files, while the trash can icon (4) helps you delete files and folders.

2. Sign in to iCloud Drive

You can log in to iCloud Drive from your Mac or PC as long as it’s connected to the internet.

1. Visit on your Mac or Windows computer

2. Sign in to your iCloud account by entering your AppleID and password.

Sign in to iCloud

3. Once you are logged in, click on the iCloud Drive icon to access your iCloud Drive storage space.

Sign in to iCloud Drive

4. When you first log into iCloud Drive, it may be empty with no files or folders.

Empty iCloud drive

When you log in from a Mac, you may find empty Documents, Desktop, Downloads, and other folders.

3. Create folders on iCloud Drive

While you can start uploading files to iCloud Drive by clicking the cloud-shaped upload icon, it’s better to keep your files organized on your iCloud Drive storage space by creating folders for different file types.

1. Click on that folder icon and an unnamed one will be created immediately empty folder.

Create folders on iCoud Drive

2. Enter a description Surname for the folder.

Once the folder is created, you can access the folder by double-clicking on it.

4. Upload files to iCloud Drive

Now that you have created a folder in iCloud and given it a proper name, you can start uploading files to that folder by following the steps below.

1. Double-click the folder to which you want to add files.

2. Once in the folder, click on the upload cloud icon.

Upload files to iCloud Drive

3. On the next screen, navigate to the location of the file you want to upload > select it file and click Choose.

Upload file to iCloud Drive

If the file is small, it will appear on iCloud Drive immediately. If you upload a large file, it will be uploaded to iCloud Drive.

Note: The current size limit for files you can upload to iCloud Drive is 15 GB or less.

5. How to delete files on iCloud Drive

When you start using iCloud Drive, you may need to delete files from iCloud Drive.

1. Double-click the folder where the file to delete is located.

2. Once inside the folder, select file you want to delete by clicking on it.

Delete files on iCloud Drive

3. Once the file is selected, click on the trash can icon to delete the selected file.

6. How to delete folders on iCloud Drive

Deleting folders on iCloud Drive is as easy as creating one.

1. Choose folder you want to delete by clicking on it.

2. Once the folder is selected, click on the recycle bin icon to delete the selected folder.

3. A confirmation popup may appear. Click on the Delete option to confirm.

7. Download files from iCloud Drive

Follow the steps below to download files from iCloud Drive to your computer.

1. open that folder which contains files to be downloaded.

2. Once inside the folder, Select the file or files you want to download by clicking on it.

Download files from iCloud Drive

3. After selecting files, click Download cloud icon.

The selected files will be downloaded to your computer.


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