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All About iCloud Drive

The iCloud Drive by Apple comes along with the iOS 8 and it is compatible with the Mac OS X Yosemite. The drive is the easiest to configure and work on the cloud. With numerous additional features and tools, things have changed. You need to know all about the drive before you can use it to your benefit.

Looking at other drive services like Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive, the drive by Apple is different. With the addition to file system, a user will be able to work with file management in a better way. Let us understand all about it.

How to Enable the iCloud Drive

When you are about to set up iOS 8 on an iPhone or iPad, you will be prompted to migrate the account to the drive. Similarly, when you are using it with Mac on OS X Yosemite, you need to migrate the account to the drive. When you convert the account to the drive, it will be difficult to access using your iOS 7 system. Any system that dates back from OS X would not be able to access the files.

You will require to enable the option of drive during the time of installation. If you have skipped the process at that time, then you should do it now. Go to Settings-> iCloud, and then turn on the option of iCloud Drive.

You will need to enable the Photo library and the photo option from the same menu. It is essential to store and work with pictures in your camera roll.

On your Mac go to iCloud Preferences and enable the option. If you are using the Windows PC, then go to iCloud application for Windows and turn it on.

How Apple Drive is Different

The earlier version of the drive was designed to hide file system. Using a TextEdit on a Mac was essential to save it on the drive. The file can be viewed within the TextEdit app only. Additionally, no common location was available to view all the stuff.

With the new version of the drive, the trouble of viewing the files was eliminated. The drive is already enabled and automatically stores your data on the cloud. Everything is synchronized with the Apple servers via your iDevices. A total of 5 GB storage space is available for free that is tagged with your Apple ID.

Accessing Drive Files

You can view the files that are stored on the drive, here is how it is possible:

If you are using iOS 8 and above system

First you need to remember that you cannot use one single app for the entire system. Apple drive is different from Dropbox and other such unified apps. You will specifically need an app that is compatible with the drive. It should be able to choose the file system in the similar fashion as the drive. You should open pages of documents or use the iWork app for viewing documents. The app should be able to help you with files stored in the cloud. You should be easily able to work around with the file chooser and access the entire file system.

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and above

If you are using Mac, then the drive is available in the Finder sidebar. Click the iCloud Drive, and you will be able to view the documents neatly organized in different folders. The folders will depict the app data stored in it. You can make changes to the folders and customize it accordingly. Any changes that you make within the drive or the folder are automatically saved, as it is synced to the iCloud.

Windows: Windows computers require the Windows 4.0 or newer version installed. After the relative software is installed, iCloud Drive will be shown as an option in the File Explorer or Windows Explorer file browser windows. Click the option of Favorites to access your iCloud files.

Web Browser: Your iCloud files can be viewed on iCloud website from any location through a web browser. For this, go to the page of iCloud Drive and use your Apple ID to log in.

Accessing Photo Library Photos

The iCloud Photo Library comes bundled with iOS 8 that stores your pictures. It gives you the ability to access your pictures from any device and from anywhere. However, you will need to access your pictures to be able to view them.

If you are using iOS 8 and above then:

Go to the Photos App on your device, and you will find all the pictures there.

If you are using Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and above then:

Go to Mac App Store to install the iPhoto app. Launch iPhoto-> iCloud and then turn on the option-> Shared-> iCloud.

For Windows users:

Go to the Settings panel and view the copies of the pictures that are downloaded on the Windows PC. You will find the pictures in the Windows Explorer-> Favorites.

If you are not able to work with the drive, then call for an online tech support helpdesk to seek help.

Author: Brooke M. Perry

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