What is ICloud Drive?
ICloud drive is an expandable cloud computing service created by Apple which replaces MobileMe. It allows you to store your data and access them from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC, any time and any where you want.
As the beloved Job Steve explained, this is a digital revolution, taking the place of the computer as the central place of data collection in all its forms: applications, music, photos, calendars, Address book, and documents.
Master your iCloud Drive
Indeed this is a great File Sharing and Storage service allowing you to easily keep your files up to date on all your devices and obtain them whenever you want. But you need some basics to be able to successfully use it. With this article you will learn how to find and edit your documents, open and save your files, and get the most out of this cloud-based, document-oriented file-storage service.
1. How do I view my files on my iPhone, iPad or iPod touch?
On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 9 or older version, you can easily retrieve your iCloud Drive files from the iCloud Drive app. If the app is not installed on your device, go to the App Store to download it. This is the first step to take to have and familiarize yourself with the service.
2. What if all my files do not appear at iCloud.com?
When you enable iCloud Drive, all documents already stored in iCloud are automatically transferred to it. At any time you can see your files on iCloud.com in the iCloud Drive and in iWork apps.
If your files do not appear in the app, make sure it is configured on all your devices. If the files on your Mac Desktop and your Documents folder do not appear on iCloud.com, go to System Preferences> iCloud and click Options next to iCloud Drive and verify that this app is enabled. If after all you still cannot see your files there must be a communication issue between your device and the Apple server. You can reboot your device to see if the problem will not solve. If it persists the best action would be to get necessary support.
If, however, you want to access a deleted file within the last 30 days, you can restore it by taking these 4 simple steps:
- Log in to iCloud.com
- Click Settings
- Under Advanced, click Restore Files
- Browse through the list of files that appear in the Restore Files window.
The files are removed from the Restore Files window after 30 days. That is, if you retrieve the file it must have been deleted more than 30 days ago.
3. What if my files are not synchronized with iCloud?
Documents stored in iCloud Drive are synchronized on all your devices and accessible on your iPad, iPhone, Mac or PC, iPod touch, or iCloud.com. The windows version allows you to automatically sync photos, documents and bookmarks between your PC and your Apple devices. In case of malfunctioning, you can perform the following checks:
- Make sure you have enough storage. When you subscribe to iCloud.com, you get 5GB of storage. If you need more space, you can buy more from your device. Packages start at 50GB at about $1 per month.
- Connect to iCloud on all your devices and enable iCloud Drive.
- Make sure you have an active Internet connection on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- Install the latest version of Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
- Create a document and save it to see if it appears in iCloud. If so, check if your other documents are also loading in it.
If you followed these instructions, but your files are still not loaded, follow these steps:
- Stay connected to iCloud
- Save the files you have changed to a different folder on your Mac or PC
- Contact Apple Support.
4. Can I edit Pages, Numbers and Keynote files from my PC?
Yes you can. When you open these files, your browser opens iCloud.com. Log in to edit your files in the Pages, Numbers and Keynote applications available online.
5. If I am amending a document when will the changes be reflected in iCloud?
The answer depends on the app being considered. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote applications load files into iCloud on a regular basis, so you do not lose any changes you make. Other apps only load your files after they are saved to the iCloud Drive folder.
To view your saved files on a Mac, please select Finder > iCloud Drive. On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, go to the iCloud Drive app. On a PC with iCloud for Windows, go to File Explorer> iCloud Drive.
If your last changes still do not appear, or if the “Editing in progress” or the iCloud Drive icon appears in the notification area (system tray), try to save a new document in The iCloud Drive folder. Then check if the changes appear in the new folder you have just created.
6. What should I do if the “Solve Conflict” message appears when I open a file?
Select the version of the document you want to keep, and click Save to update it in iCloud. This message means that the file has been modified on another device, or on iCloud.com, since your last connection to iCloud.