Lack of cross-platform compatibility between iOS and Windows devices can be the cause of major headaches. In the past, we have shown how you can accessed iCloud on Android, but the process is not so simplified on the computer. However, it is entirely possible to upload files from your PC to iCloud.
As web browsers are incorporated into all major operating systems, synchronizing with a web server and making applications and data accessible through websites has become a solution to many cross-compatibility issues. This is true in this case and in many others.
While available on all major platforms, Dropbox is an example. If you go to the official Dropbox website, you can access and even modify all the files that are currently being shared and synced between your devices.
Fortunately for Mac and iPhone users, iCloud has followed this same path. You can also access Apple’s proprietary cloud storage service through your browser icloud.comand in this article, we’ll explain how you can upload files to iCloud from a PC.
What is iCloud for the web?
In navigating a icloud.com, you can sign in to your Apple iCloud account from any browser-supported device. For iCloud accounts associated with iOS 13 devices, you’ll have access to the following 12 services: Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Photos, iCloud Drive, Notes, Reminders, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Find Friends, and Find iPhone. Accounts associated with earlier versions of iOS may have less access.
For people who don’t work at the desktop who aren’t fond of having their phone on hand all day, access to these apps is very useful. It is a much simpler solution to connect your iPhone directly to your computer to retrieve photos, videos and more.
While there are currently no native browser integrations that interact with the iCloud web interface, such as plugins to alert you to reminders or updated notes, this is a great way to manage your iPhone if you’ve never of writing something especially long.
The most obvious example is with the Notes application. If you have several Apple devices that you carry with you on the go and you have something very long that you can write that you may not find it more convenient to do on an iPhone, access iCloud through its web interface and write the note with a keyboard will allow you for immediate and automated synchronization. Grab your iPhone after typing it, and you should see it right away in the Notes app.
How to upload files to iCloud from PC
One of the most common use cases of the iCloud web interface is to take pictures, videos, and other files from your iPhone and your computer, or vice versa. This is possible with iCloud Drive, Photos, Numbers, and Pages apps, and the process is the same in each.
In this example, we will use the Numbers app to show you how to upload a file to iCloud from a PC.
At the top of this page and any other page where you can upload files to iCloud web interface apps, you’ll see a cloud-shaped icon with an up arrow flowing through it.
This is the upload icon, and if you click on it, a prompt will appear to search the system and upload a new file or several new files. In Windows, Windows Explorer is used.
Click the upload icon and select one or more files. For Pages, they will need to be spreadsheets, but file limitations will be different from other iCloud apps.
One specific example is that Photos will not allow you to upload PNG, which is a very common type of screenshot file. In Windows, you can keep the file Ctrl to select and upload multiple files at once.
A few seconds after uploading the files, you can check the Numbers app on your iPhone or Mac to see if synchronization has occurred.
It’s that simple. Again, this same procedure is valid in all other iCloud apps that allow uploading. All these applications also allow you to download, rename, duplicate and other options.
In Pages, hover over an item to show ellipsis (…), which you can click to display options to download, duplicate, delete, rename, and send a copy. These options are different from other applications, but the general procedure is to hover over them and left-click or right-click with the item. Options should appear in the menu or at the top of the page.
Accessing the iCloud web interface and uploading files to the various apps that support it is extremely easy and can save a lot of time compared to doing these tasks from your iPhone.
While there are no indications that Windows and iOS apps ever have cross-compatibility, web apps bridge the gap and allow us many conveniences that would not otherwise be possible.
Do you have any tips and tricks to share about the iCloud web interface? Do you have any questions or comments on how to upload files to iCloud from a PC? Send us a comment below and let us know.