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How to Set Up and Use iCloud on Windows

Even if you've decided to leave your Mac for a PC, you don't necessarily need to leave behind Apple's iCloud. Apple made an app for its users to access their iCloud drive and sync their precious photos and bookmarks with any PCs they may own. 

The iCloud for Windows utility helps PC users with iPhones stay with Apple's cloud service, so your cloud files are still accessible on your new computer. This way, you can set up folders to upload and download images from your iPhone, have one consistent set of bookmarks that syncs between Mobile Safari and the Windows browser your use (as long as you use Firefox, Internet Explorer or Chrome).

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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. Navigate 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. Click Yes to restart.

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

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.

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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.