For a while now I have been wanting to rest my Mac laptop for a while and push all the work to my Windows PC since I find it more easy to find my way around the Windows environment. Funny enough, my panic has been the fact that I didn’t want to leave all my photos and bookmarks stored on the iCloud service. Interestingly though, I found that there is actually a unity that answers my question.
So if you haven’t decided to make the leap to a new cloud service that matches your new PC (OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox all come to mind), here are instructions for setting up and using iCloud on Windows.
How to Set Up and Use iCloud on Windows
1. Head over to the iCloud for Windows page and click Download.
2. Open icloudsetup.exe.
3. Accept the terms of the license agreement.
4. Select Install.
5. Select Finish.
6. You will get a screen requesting you reboot your computer. So Click Yes to restart.
7. Enter your Apple ID and password and select Sign In.
8. Decide whether to share usage information with Apple.
Your PC has been signed into iCloud on Windows!
How To Configure iCloud Photos on Windows
1. Select Options next to Photos to check your photo settings
2. Select Change to switch the directories iCloud uses to store your photos.
You’ll find the photos you take on your iPhone in the folder you selected under “Download new photos…”
How To Configure Bookmarks in iCloud on Windows
1. Click on Change button next to Bookmarks, unless you use Internet Explorer.
2. Select the PC browser you want to sync bookmarks with your iPhone. If you select Chrome, follow the instructions for setting up the iCloud Bookmarks extension.
Chrome will now share the bookmarks you used on your previous Mac and your iPhone.
A link to your iCloud Drive folder has also been placed in File Explorer’s Quick Access List. Here you can find the files you’ve saved in iOS apps.
Currently, Windows 10 users need to visit iCloud.com or use Microsoft’s own Mail and Calendar programs to access iCloud Mail and Calendars. Hopefully that’s resolved in a future release.
I hope this post was easy to understand?