How to Set Up iCloud Cloud Storage

Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn How To:
  • Check if you have an Apple ID, and set one up if needed
  • Configure Apple iCloud on your Mac
Before We Begin:
  • Be at your Mac
  • Have your smartphone available for Apple ID verification
iCloud

1 macOS or iOS Requirement

Apple's iCloud service is restricted by Apple to be primarily used on Apple devices.

You can access some of the features of iCloud using a Windows computer, but setup of the service and actually starting and storing files requires the use of a computer running macOS, or an iPhone or iPad running iOS.

If you primarily use Windows-based computers, iCloud will not provide many useful functions. It is designed to work on Apple computers and Apple smartphones and tablets.

2 Account Check

iCloud uses the single sign-on service created by Apple called Apple ID. Your Apple ID ties together all your Apple Internet-related logins to one account, including iCloud.

macOS.

? Do you already have an Apple ID?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. I'm not sure

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In This Guide
You'll Learn How To:
  • Check if you have an Apple ID, and set one up if needed
  • Configure Apple iCloud on your Mac
Before We Begin:
  • Be at your Mac
  • Have your smartphone available for Apple ID verification
iCloud
Apple's iCloud service is restricted by Apple to be primarily used on Apple devices.

You can access some of the features of iCloud using a Windows computer, but setup of the service and actually starting and storing files requires the use of a computer running macOS, or an iPhone or iPad running iOS.

If you primarily use Windows-based computers, iCloud will not provide many useful functions. It is designed to work on Apple computers and Apple smartphones and tablets.

iCloud uses the single sign-on service created by Apple called Apple ID. Your Apple ID ties together all your Apple Internet-related logins to one account, including iCloud.

macOS.

To sign on to your Apple ID, you will need your Email address (your Apple ID), as well as your Apple ID Password.

macOS.

  1. Select the Apple menu, then System Preferences.
    macOS Mojave Apple Menu with System Preferences highlighted.
  2. Select iCloud.
    macOS iCloud Preferences
  3. Enter your Apple ID, then select Next.
    iCloud Preferences with Apple ID and Next button highlighted.
  4. Enter your Apple ID password, then select Next.
    iCloud Preferences with Password and Next button highlighted.
  5. You'll be asked for a verification code, usually sent to the phone number you setup on your Apple ID account. Look at your smartphone for a code or text message with a code, enter that code here, and select Continue.
    iCloud setup with Verification code and Continue button highlighted.
iCloud is now setup on your Mac. It will begin backing up all your user settings, and any files you have created and stored on your Mac.

Once setup on your Mac, you can access your iCloud files from any computer, using your web browser.

  1. Open your preferred web browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. In the address bar at top, type in icloud.com, and press Enter or Return.
    Chrome browser with address entered and highlighted.
  3. Fill in your Apple ID and select the Right Arrow to continue.
    iCloud website with Apple ID and continue button highlighted.
  4. Enter your password, then select the Right Arrow to continue.
    iCloud website with password and continue arrow highlighted.
  5. You will be prompted for your Two-Factor Authentication code. Look at your smartphone for the code, then type it in to continue.
    iCloud Website with two-factor authentication code entry highlighted.
  6. You will be asked if you trust this browser. If this is a public computer (accessed by multiple people), select Don't Trust. If this is your own, private computer, select Trust.
    iCloud website Trusted browser with Don't Trust and Trust buttons highlighted.
  7. Select iCloud Drive to access your files.
    iCloud website desktop with iCloud Drive highlighted.
  8. You will be shown the files you have stored on your iCloud account. Double-click any to view or edit them.
    iCloud Drive showing files.
  1. Open the Safari browser.
    Apple Safari.
  2. In the address bar at top, type in appleid.apple.com and press Return.
    Safari browser with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Select Forgot Apple ID or password.
    Apple ID sign in with Forgot Apple ID or Password highlighted.
  4. Enter your Apple ID, then select Continue.
    Enter Apple ID with Apple ID and Continue button highlighted.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen to reset your Apple ID password.

    The questions you are asked may be very different from here, depending on what information is on your Apple ID account already.

  1. Open the Safari browser.
    Apple Safari.
  2. In the address bar at top, type in appleid.apple.com and press Return.
    Safari browser with address filled in and highlighted.
  3. Scroll down. Select Create your Apple ID.

    Apple ID page with Create your Apple ID highlighted.
  4. Read the page carefully, and fill in the information requested.

    This is your personal information, and will change from time to time. The page will walk you through entering your information and creating your account.

  1. Open the Safari browser.
    Apple Safari.
  2. In the address bar at top, type in iforgot.apple.com/appleid and press Return.
    Safari browser with address entered and highlighted.
  3. Enter your First Name, Last Name, and Email address, then select Continue.
    Find Apple ID with First name Last name Email address and Continue button highlighted.
Apple ID Found
If your Apple ID is found, it will be displayed. Apple ID Found
Make note of your Apple ID, you will need it going forward.
No Apple ID Found
If no Apple ID is found, it will let you know. Apple ID not found with Try again highlighted.
Try again with other Email addresses you use, to be sure.
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