How to Set-up iCloud Drive For iPhone and iPad

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Keep all of your files up to date across all of your devices with iCloud Drive. If you aren't sure where to start, learn how to setup and start making the most of iCloud Drive.

iCloud Drive is a file management system that syncs across all Apple devices, If you have an iCloud account, you can use iCloud Drive and automatically get 5GBs of storage for free.

.With iOS 11 and later installed on your iPhone and iPad, you can access your iCloud Drive files from the Files app. If you're using iOS 9 or iOS 10, you can use the iCloud Drive app.

Setting Up

When setting up your iPhone or iPad for the first time you should be prompted on whether or not you'd like to set up to iCloud Drive. If you didn't set it up at that point you can enable iCloud Drive from the Settings app.

  • Lauch Setting App
  • Tap on the Apple ID banner.
  • Tap iCloud.
  • Scroll down and toggle the On/Off button for iCloud Drive.

if you turn iCloud Drive off, nothing will save until you re-enable it.

Recovering Deleted Files

You can access deleted files within 30 days, you can recover them from the Recently Deleted folder in the Files app, or on After 30 days, files are removed from iCloud Drive.

On your iPhone or iPad:

  • Launch Files app
  • Go to Locations > Recently Deleted. 
  • Select the file that you want to access.
  • Tap Recover.


  • Sign in to from your Mac or PC.
  • Go to iCloud Drive and click Recently Deleted items in the bottom-right corner.
  • Select the file that you want to keep.
  • Tap Recover.

How To Increase Storage Space

iCloud Drive comes with 5GB of space for free. Storage can be expanded, choose from 50GB, 200GB, or 2TB for a monthly fee.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on the Apple ID banner.
  • Tap iCloud
  • Tap Manage Storage.
  • Tap Change Storage Plan.
  • Choose a plan that suits your requirements.
  • Tap Buy and follow the onscreen instructions.