How to Disable Icloud Drive

With iCloud Drive, you get secure access to all your documents with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Windows computer. At the same time, regardless of the device used, the latest versions of documents are always available to you.

Using iCloud Drive, you can do the following:

  • Sync files and folders on all of your devices.
  • Create new files and folders in iCloud-enabled programs.
  • Work with the same file in different programs.
  • Access files stored in the Desktop and Documents folders on your Mac wherever iCloud Drive is used.
  • Share files with anyone.

What do i need to use iCloud Drive?

  • Upgrade your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS, and your Mac to the latest version of macOS.
  • Make sure iCloud is signed in with the same Apple ID that you use to sign in to all of your devices.
  • Set up iCloud on all your devices and enable the iCloud Drive service.
  • On a Windows computer, upgrade to Windows 7 or later and download iCloud for Windows.

How do I access my files in iCloud Drive?

There are several ways to access files in iCloud Drive.

  • In a supported browser, iCloud Drive can be used on
  • On a Mac, iCloud Drive can be opened in Finder.
  • In iOS 11 or iPadOS, you can use the Files program. In iOS 9 or iOS 10, you can use iCloud Drive.
  • You can go to iCloud Drive from the Explorer program on a computer with Windows 7 or later that has iCloud for Windows installed.
How to Disable Icloud Drive

When you add the Desktop and Documents folders to iCloud Drive, all files are moved to iCloud. On a Mac, files stored in the Desktop and Documents folders can be found in the Finder in the iCloud section. If you add a second Mac, these files will be located in the “Desktop” folder in iCloud Drive. A folder is created with the same name as the second Mac.

What types of files can i store in iCloud Drive?

With iCloud Drive, you can store any type of file up to 50 GB in size until the iCloud storage limit is exceeded. This allows you to synchronize all work documents, training projects, presentations and other materials on all of your devices. Learn more about iCloud Storage Management.

You should not store program folders, libraries, or files with the.tmp extension in iCloud Drive.

How much space is available in iCloud Drive and how to get more?

When setting up iCloud storage, you automatically get 5 GB of free space. This space can be used for iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, iCloud Photos, and iCloud Mail (with @ email account), as well as for data from programs that use iCloud.

If you need more iCloud storage, you can purchase it for as low as 0.99 for 50 GB per month. If you choose a volume of 200 GB or 2 TB, you can use iCloud storage with your family members without having to share separate files. Learn about pricing for your area.

How to recover deleted files?

If you need to access a file that has been deleted in the last 30 days, follow the instructions to restore it.


  1. Log in to
  2. Go to iCloud Drive.
  3. In the lower right corner, click Recently Deleted.
  4. Browse the list of files.

You can also go to the “Settings” menu “File recovery.” After 30 days, files from the Recently Deleted folder and the File Recovery section are deleted.

On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 11 or later

  1. Open the Files program.
  2. Choose Places “Recently deleted.”
  3. Select the file you want to save.
  4. Click Restore.

After 30 days, files from the Recently Deleted folder are deleted.

On a Mac

  1. Click the trash can icon in the Dock.
  2. Select the file you want to save.
  3. Drag it to your desktop or to another folder.

Additional Information

  • Set up iCloud Drive on all your devices.
  • Get help finding and editing documents or opening and saving files.
  • Set up iCloud for Windows so that iCloud Drive can also be used on a Windows computer.

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