• Pros Slick app and web interfaces. Compatible with Windows as well as macOS and iOS devices. Account includes 5GB storage when you buy an iOS or macOS device. • Cons Less straightforward than competing services. No search in web interface. No Android app.

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Collaborative editing lacks expected capabilities. Nags to upgrade storage. • Bottom Line Apple's iCloud Drive file-syncing and storage service is worth using, especially if you're committed to Apple's ecosystem, but it doesn't quite measure up to the competition from Google and Microsoft. Apple's service, iCloud Drive, mostly concerns itself with Apple devices and apps, but you can use it in a web browser and on non-Cupertino-designed computers, too.

ICloud Drive is the folder syncing component of iCloud—Apple's overarching cloud service. The files automatically sync to all devices signed in to your account, including iOS devices, Macs, and Windows PCs, but not Androids. ICloud Drive lets you create folders for your files and provides online storage for Apple's productivity apps, including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

ICloud Drive is Apple-slick when it comes to design, but it's less capable than the competition from Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, our PCMag Editors' Choices. Pricing and Plans If you own an iOS device, Apple iCloud starts you off with 5GB of space, the same as OneDrive offers to all comers. Not only iCloud Drive files, but also other iCloud services count against your iCloud allotment, including photos and backups of your iPhone or iPad. If you don't own an Apple device, you get a paltry 1GB free. The higher-end paid plans have gotten more generous: The 99 cent-per-month option still offers just 50GB, but $2.99 now gets you 200GB, and $9.99 buys a whopping 2TB.

Google recently equaled those options with its Google One pricing plans. For comparison, Dropbox starts you out with only 2GB of space for free, while Dropbox Pro offers 1TB for $9.99 per month or $99 per year. SugarSync offers less space, 250GB, for $9.99 per month. Gives away a generous 10GB of space, and its paid plans (which are more suited to business users) start at $5 per user per month and come with 100GB of shared storage.

Apple iCloud Drive is more closely comparable to and Microsoft OneDrive because it is part of a larger platform. Google's storage allotment starts with a free 15GB, but options and pricing plans get tricky because there are so many rules about what counts against your quota. The exceptions are mostly in your favor. Spotify premium for free mac. Google-created documents, such as Google Docs and Sheets, don't count toward your space limit; nor do photos under 16 megapixels if you store them with Google Photos. Should you need more space in Google Drive, you can get 100GB for only $1.99 per month, 200GB for $2.99, or 2TB for $9.99—the same monthly price that iCloud charges.

OneDrive offers 5GB of storage for free. You only pay $6.99 per month for 1TB, and with that, Microsoft throws in an subscription to boot. That's an outstanding deal, since it lets you download the full Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications. The Family Plan, at $9.99 per month, gives you five accounts, each with their own 1TB of storage and Office application downloads.

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Getting Started With Apple iCloud Drive The current version of Apple iCloud requires or later on Mac, iOS 11 or later on Apple mobile devices, and Windows 10 (there is still a legacy Windows 7 client available). Apple doesn't offer iCloud Drive apps for Android, so it's less of a cross-platform solution than Google Drive and OneDrive. Setting up iCloud Drive on a Windows computer is as simple as setting up any other syncing service. You download and install the iCloud control panel program, which creates folders under your main user folder for iCloud Drive and iCloud Photos. To start syncing, you create an account or sign in with an existing Apple ID.

A system tray icon is also installed, from which you can open the special folders, which use custom icons rather than the standard folder icons. Any files you add to the iCloud Drive folder or its subfolders appear on all your other computers and iOS devices where you have iCloud Drive enabled and signed in to the same account.

On Macs, iCloud works a little differently, and it's less straightforward than more standard syncing services. There is no app to install, for example, because iCloud Drive is baked into the operating system itself. To enable it, you must go to System Preferences > iCloud and sign in with an Apple ID, and then select iCloud Drive. Once you've done this, an icon shows up in Finder under Favorites, similar to a folder or connected drive. You can drag files into this iCloud Drive, create sub-folders, and manage your local documents. If you use Pages, Numbers, or other Apple apps that leverage iCloud Drive for storage, you see folders for those apps' documents as well.