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How to save iPhone and iPad files to iCloud Drive

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How to save iPhone and iPad files to iCloud Drive

Overview

Moving files from your mobile device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) into iCloud Drive has twofold benefits: It can help save space on your mobile device by storing files in the cloud instead; It allows you to access those files on any device which you can access your iCloud Drive from.

There are a couple of ways to move files from iPhone to iCloud Drive. For the most efficient method, we recommend using TouchCopy on your computer, as this allows you to access and copy all kinds of content from your devices!

Before we begin...

Ensure that iCloud Drive is set up on all devices you wish to access your files from.

On your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, go to Settings > your username > iCloud. Here, select iCloud Drive and tap "Sync this [device]".

If using iOS 15 or earlier, go to Settings > your username > iCloud. Then, tap "Turn on iCloud Drive" and select the apps you want to store data in iCloud Drive.

See Apple's guide for how to set up iCloud Drive on Windows PC and Mac.

How to copy iPhone files to iCloud using your computer

As well as saving files from your iPhone, iPod and iPad to your local computer, you can use TouchCopy to save your files to your iCloud Drive. Saving to the iCloud Drive means all of these files will be accessible by your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac or PC, as long as the iCloud Drive App is active on each device.

TouchCopy enables you to save all file types from your iOS device to iCloud Drive - your music, photos, messages, contacts, calendars, notes, call logs, voice mails and more.

To save Files from your iPhone to iCloud Drive using TouchCopy, follow these steps...

  1. Download, install and launch TouchCopy.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer via the USB cable.
  3. In TouchCopy, select the type of file you wish to save iCloud Drive, by clicking on the appropriate icon. To copy files and folders to iCloud Drive click on the Files icon in TouchCopy.
  4. Select the files that you wish to copy, then click Copy to PC/Mac.
  5. You'll then be prompted to choose where you would like to save your selected files to.
  6. Navigate to your iCloud Drive, then click Save.

If you have not done so already, you can download TouchCopy from here:

Download TouchCopy (PC) Download TouchCopy (Mac)

How to copy files from iPhone to iCloud with TouchCopy

Copy certain iPhone files to iCloud without computer

You can even copy files from your iPhone to iCloud Drive on your device itself. This method is great if you only need to move a few files at a time.

However, if you need to move lots of files, we recommend using the TouchCopy method above. You can only share certain file types using the iPhone itself - but with TouchCopy you can share all kinds!

To save Files from your iPhone to iCloud Drive using iPhone, follow these steps...

  1. Open the app on your iPhone from which you want to move files (you can copy files from apps like Photos, Files and Contacts).
  2. Select the files you want to move.
  3. Tap the Share button.
  4. Choose "Save to Files".
    How to copy files from iPhone to iCloud with TouchCopy
  5. Select iCloud Drive if it is not selected by default, and choose the folder you wish to save your selected files to.
  6. Tap Save.
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