Upload files to iCloud Drive with iOS 8

Apple’s new cloud storage service is set to rival Dropbox and Google Drive... but where is the app?


The new iCloud Drive service gives you a sizable amount of cloud- based data storage on which you can save files and images – not only from iOS devices but Yosemite-powered Macs and PCs running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. Although similar to Dropbox and Google Drive, there isn’t an iCloud Drive app available on your iOS device. Instead, iCloud Drive is accessible from within a growing number of apps that support it.

In order to save files from your iOS device to iCloud Drive, you need to use a compatible app to create documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, images and presentations. The files are then stored automatically in iCloud Drive. If the file is compatible with another app, it can be imported. As more apps come on board, it will allow for a better workflow: iCloud Drive works across computers and iDevices, so you could create an image in a drawing app on a Mac, save it to iCloud Drive and import it into a presentation on an iOS device.


1 Upgrade to Drive

When you first install iOS 8 to your device or turn on a new iOS 8 device for the first time, the set-up procedure will ask if you wish to upgrade to iCloud Drive. Tap to upgrade.


2 Alternative steps

If you decided not to upgrade during set-up, you can do so now. Go to Settings>iCloud and turn iCloud Drive on. Any docs already stored in iCloud will be moved to iCloud Drive.


3 Compatible apps

You can determine which apps installed on your iDevice can access iCloud Drive by going to Settings>iCloud>iCloud Drive and using the slider next to the individual apps displayed.


4 Accepting iCloud

When you launch many apps, they will ask if they can make use of iCloud. If you would like that to happen, then simply indicate Use iCloud when you are prompted to do so.


5 Create a document

We are going to create and upload a spreadsheet file to iCloud Drive. Open Numbers, tap Create New and produce your spreadsheet in the usual way. It will automatically save.


6 Save file

When you have finished editing your document, you will be able to see that it has saved. How can we be sure this is in iCloud Drive, though? We can check to make sure it is.


7 Check iCloud Drive

Go to iCloud>Storage>Manage Storage. You will see a list of apps and view how much storage space each one of them is using. We want to see our file in Numbers so tap that.


8 Space left

There it is; our spreadsheet saved in iCloud Drive. You can see how much space is left on your iCloud plan by looking at the bottom of the screen. More space can be purchased.


9 Add more

As more apps use iCloud Drive – such as Scanner Pro here and in our main picture – importing and exporting files from the service will become a widespread option.