Using the iCloud Drive App

A new app in iOS 9 called iCloud Drive gives you the ability to access all of the files in your iCloud Drive. Even files for apps such as Preview which has no equivalent in iOS can be accessed. The iCloud Drive app acts as a simple viewer for images and PDFs, and can show previews of other document types. You can then share those documents with other apps on your iPhone or iPad.

Comments: 20 Responses to “Using the iCloud Drive App”

    Steven
    4 years ago

    Wait I have an iPhone 6+ with iOS 9 but I don’t have that app wtf?

      4 years ago

      When you updated to iOS 9, it asked if you wanted the app on your Home screen. If you selected no, then you can still turn it on later by going to Settings, iCloud, iCloud Drive, and selecting “Show on Home Screen.”

    Shawn
    4 years ago

    Gary,

    Can we lock iCloud Drive with Touch ID? If not, is there any way to incorporate some type of security option?

    Thanks!

      4 years ago

      You can lock your iPhone with Touch ID. With your iPhone locked, no one can get to the apps, including the iCloud Drive app.

    Pam
    4 years ago

    Is there a way on this iCloud app to access my contacts and specifically my contact groups from my iMac?

      4 years ago

      You access your iCloud contacts through the Contacts app, not iCloud. But iOS doesn’t support groups.

        Pam
        4 years ago

        I must be confusing it with iCloud.com access. I cannot seem to access that on my iPad. On a pc, I can use that to access my contacts and groups.

          4 years ago

          Do you mean the website iCloud.com? You can certainly do that on an iPad (or anywhere).

    Wendy Farkas
    4 years ago

    Thanks for mentioning “settings / show on home screen”. When I went into the app to explore, I found two Keynote presentations I made last year. But (sheepishly, she says) I can’t remember how to get files into the iCloud storage. Can you remind me, please? Thanks.

      4 years ago

      From where? If from your Mac, just open iCloud Drive (left sidebar of any Finder window) and drag files into there.

    Donald Geiling
    4 years ago

    I see my numbers files in iCloud drive but when I click on a file, I can see the contents but not edit it even though I have Numbers on my iPad. Is this the way it is supposed to work?

      4 years ago

      It seems so. Wouldn’t be surprised if they changed it. But for now it is easy enough to simply access it from Numbers, which was your only choice before.

    Peter Eckle
    4 years ago

    Gary,
    I’m using I-Cloud photo, but why do these not show up in the I-Cloud Drive app when I open it up?

      4 years ago

      iCloud Photo Library is how you share photos between Photos apps. The photos do not show up as files on iCloud Drive. You access them in the Photos app.

    Eric Aird
    4 years ago

    Can I use the iCloud Drive App without having iCloud Photo Library in the App?

      4 years ago

      Not sure what you mean. iCloud Photo Library accessed through the Photos app. Files stores in iCloud Drive are accessed in the iCloud Drive app. You don’t need to use one to use the other.

    Eric Aird
    4 years ago

    What I meant was do I have to put my photos in the iCloud Photo Library to use the iCloud Drive App when I install ios9?

      4 years ago

      They are separate things. Using iCloud Photo Library (or not) will not affect your documents stored on iCloud Drive.

    Jon Norris
    4 years ago

    I see my numbers file (Household) in the numbers folder. But I had moved it into a folder I made called Finances, where I also keep a couple of Pages docs. Question is, are these two files (as they still appear in both folders) the same, do they both get updated etc.? Thanks

      4 years ago

      If you see it in both places, then you probably copied the file to the second location instead of moving it there.

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