If you haven’t set up iCloud on all of your Apple devices and turned on iCloud Drive, you should. I find it handy because documents that you store in iCloud Drive stay up-to-date across your iOS and macOS devices, and you can easily access them. To set up iCloud in macOS:
- Make sure you have the latest version of macOS. Go to the
Applemenu () and choose App Store to see if there’s an update available.
- Go to the Apple menu () and choose System Preferences > iCloud. Enter your Apple ID. When you sign in, iCloud is turned on automatically.
- After you enter your Apple ID, go to System Preferences and click iCloud. Choose the apps you want to use with iCloud.
You automatically get 5GB of free iCloud storage for your photos, videos, files, and more. If you need more iCloud storage, you can upgrade from any of your Apple devices.
You can choose from a total of 50GB, 200GB, or 2TB. You can even share the 200GB and 2TB plans with your family. Your storage is upgraded immediately, and your monthly payment date reflects the purchase date for your plan.
You’re billed every month for your storage plan unless you downgrade your plan. Each month you’ll get an email to remind you of your upcoming payment. Pricing is: $0.99/month for 50GB; $2.99/month for 200GB; and $9.99 for 2TB.
To set up iCloud Drive:
- Go to the Apple menu () > System Preferences and select iCloud.
- Sign in with your Apple ID.
- Choose iCloud Drive.
- Click Options and select the apps that you want to store docs and data.
You can add files from your Mac Desktop and Documents folder to iCloud Drive, which we’ll cover in an upcoming article.