How iCloud Drive works

Have you recently switched to Apple and discovered the iCloud service but you still don’t know how iCloud Drive works and what can you use it for? Then you’ve come to the right place; without getting too lost in useless preambles I will explain to you what icloud is and what it is for, illustrating the infinite possibilities of use and making you realize how useful it can be. So no more chatter and let’s get straight to the point!


  • How iCloud Drive works
    • Data security on iCloud
    • ICloud plans
    • How iCloud Drive works

How iCloud Drive works

First of all let’s clarify what iCloud Drive is, have you ever heard of cloud storage ? In practice, these are services (free and paid) for storing data on the network on remote servers; you have to imagine them as big disks that you rent and to which you can access wherever you are because they are connected to the internet. Obviously, icloud storage will guarantee the security of the data they host through complicated raid and backup systems so that you never lose any files. iCloud Drive is precisely the cloud storage service offered by Apple ; it is, as we shall see, a limited free service that can be extended by paying a monthly fee.

The really interesting thing about iCloud is that you can access it from any device, iphone, mac, windows and even via the web.

In iCloud drive you can store any type of file, the only restriction is that the file is not larger than 50GB.

Data security on iCloud

If the idea of ​​storing all your data worries you, know that the data is protected by encryption with a minimum 128-bit AES encryption and no one but you will be able to access your data. For data transfer, security is guaranteed thanks to end-to-end encryption ; then there are other data protection systems that you can consult directly on the Apple support pages .

On iCloud drive, if you mistakenly delete a file, you can recover it with a simple click within 30 days

ICloud plans

Now that you understand what icloud is, let’s see what plans it offers and which plan is right for you. iCloud offers 4 different plans that differ from each other exclusively for the space made available:

Space Price
5GB Free
50GB 0.99 euros
200GB 2.99 euros
2TB 9.99 euros

The 5GB plan is the smallest and is free; this plan is perfect for synchronizing data (for example the address book), photos and small backups of iOS devices (which obviously contain less than 5GB); for more consistent backups and photo archives you can use the 50GB plan at a cost of 0.99 euros per month or even the 200GB plan for 2.99 euros per month.

The 2TB plan, on the other hand, is ideal for those who want to have an archive of all data (files, documents, photos) always available wherever they are.

Please note that you can upgrade to the upper floor or downgrade to the lower floor at any time; this means that, for example, you can start using a 5GB plan and when it is full move to a higher plan.

How iCloud Drive works

Now that you have a clearer idea of ​​what iCloud is and how much this service costs, let’s see how iCloud Drive works and in particular how to access iCloud Drive. As I told you, you can access the iCloud Drive space from any device and also via the web. You can then:

  • Use iCloud from Windows
  • Use iCloud from Mac
  • Use iCloud from Iphone and Ipad
  • Using iCloud via the web

From Iphone to browse the iCloud content you will have to use the Files app which will allow you to perform practically any operation on files and folders. On Mac and Windows computers the iCloud folder behaves like any folder and you can move files and folders inside it simply by dragging them.

From web icloud is slightly more boring to use but still simple and even in this case you can perform practically all operations on files and folders.

Now that you know roughly how iCloud Drive works, you should also know that with iCloud you can share files to any contact you want. To share a file you will have to press the share button and then add the contact; iCloud will use the email address to send an email with the file sharing line.

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