If you are using an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or even a PC, you can make use of Apple’s iCloud Drive. It’s like Microsoft’s OneDrive, but with way less storage space and a simplified UI. We have a few tips to help you get the most out of the service whether you are on your iPhone or even on your PC.

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Sync it all

Using your Mac or other Apple devices, you can sync your contact, calendars, mail, notes, and even upload your photos to the 5GB storage space you get by default.

On an iPhone, this is accessed in the iCloud section in the Settings App. Here you can choose to sync it all to your drive by turning on and off the specific things you want to sync.


On a Mac you will need to enable the iCloud option in Finder. Navigate to System Preferences, and click on iCloud icon. If you have not logged in before, log in now using your Apple ID. Once that is done you will be able to choose what you want to sync to the cloud.

On a PC you will need to download the iCloud desktop application. It’s fairly simple to get going and all you really need to do is log in and choose what you want to sync.

Upload from anywhere

Say you have a picture that you really need to send to a friend on WhatsApp, but it’s on your Windows 10 PC, and to get it on your iPhone just seems like a mission. You can just upload it directly to the iCloud Drive.

Open your web browser and visit iCloud.com and log in with your Apple ID. From here you can access many things like Keynote documents that you have uploaded, contacts that are on your iPhone, and even photos that you have set to upload. But the main attraction here is the iCloud Drive.


Click on the arrow pointing upwards to the cloud. This is the upload button. From here you can navigate through your PC or Mac and find the file you want to manually upload to the drive. Let the file upload and when it’s done it will be viewable on your iPhone’s iCloud Drive app. From here you can save  it and do what you want with it straight from your iPhone.

Save files straight to iCloud from a Mac


Instead of saving a file and then manually uploading it, you can select to automatically save the file onto your iCloud Drive. In the ”Where” field when saving a file, just choose Preview > iCloud. This will save the file to the preview folder in your drive.

Delete old iPhone Backups

If you have ever backed up your iPhone or iPad onto your iCloud account, you might be low on space due to the backup taking up so much space on the drive.

Apple iCloud Drive

To delete these backups head on over to the iCloud tab in the Settings app. Click on Storage and Manage Storage. Here you will see exactly what is taking up all your space. Look for anything that is under the “Backups” tab, and delete it.

This does not mean that you will never be able to back up your device again, it just means that your older backups are gone and you should make a new one whenever you see fit. Keep in mind that the storage space is pretty low so choose what you really need backed up before you do so.