iCloud Drive app icon

Starting with iOS 9, there is now a standalone iCloud Drive app available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This application provides you with the same file picker interface that you see when accessing iCloud Drive from within other apps.

The nice thing about having a native iCloud Drive app is that you can now access stored files, share them, and delete them, without relying on another app to act as a go-between.

The iCloud Drive app in iOS is quite limited, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction when it comes to making the iPad, and iOS in general, more productivity friendly. Watch our full video walkthrough to see more.

How to enable iCloud Drive

Upon initial setup of your iPad, you will be prompted to activate iCloud Drive. But don’t worry, if you decide not to and then change your mind, it’s extremely easy to enable the service.

Step 1: Open Settings.

Step 2: Tap iCloud.

Step 3: Log in with your iCloud account if you haven’t already.

Step 4: Tap iCloud Drive.

Step 5: Use the switch that says Show on Home Screen

If you’d like to disable iCloud Drive, simply use the switch referred to in Step 5.

As I stated, the iCloud Drive app is very limited. There’s not much to do besides viewing, sharing, and deleting files stored there. Watch our video above for more usage details.

What do you think about the iCloud Drive app in iOS? Are you happy about its potential?

  • edouardbirman

    hey guys, if you want to try iOS 9 and get your UDID registered,contact me at [email protected]

    • Kr00

      Why, when holding the option key whilst choosing “check for updates” in iTunes still works. Anyone can download iOS 9 from iMZDL

      • edouardbirman

        yeah but you will be stuck on the register page on the iphone

      • Kr00

        No, you won’t. Have you actually tried it? Go to iClarified, they have a great tutorial on it.

      • Jason Baroni

        Not if you backup and restore from iTunes before. I am running it with no problems.

    • Blip dude

      Or wait for the public beta in July, which will be A LOT less buggy than this beta. I signed up for the Beta, and I can wait patiently that’s for sure!!

  • ZeRoLiMiT

    or just update to ios9 didn’t register my udid FREE!

  • ZeRoLiMiT

    anyone else notice he has “Cydia” installed on this iOS9 device?

    • Chris

      Where? The only time the Cydia icon appeared was in the screenshot Jeff had taken of his iPhone 6+ before he upgraded to iOS 8.3 to use his  Watch.

  • Quang

    anyone notice when you tab a notification while you are in an app, the new app will open and there is a little “Back to…” on the left of status bar?

    • Chris

      Yep, it was shown in the keynote. It’s pretty much what some select Apple apps already did along with the majority of Google’s iOS apps.

      • Quang

        OHHH I probably missed that part…I should watch the keynote again haha

  • Nirvana

    was that the Air 2?

    • Chris

      Based on the shine of the home button, I would say, yes.

  • Rodney Coleman

    Yall tripping. IMZDL isn’t down I download 3 iOS firmwares last night. It uses MEGA. Noobs…

  • calenti

    my icloud option in settings is now disabled and I can’t select it. How do I turn on iCloud if it’s disabled in settings?