How to Upload Files to iCloud from iPhone

Navigate the step-by-step process of uploading files to iCloud directly from your iPhone with our comprehensive guide, ensuring seamless data storage and accessibility.

Demi by Demi Updated May 22, 2024
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iCloud is a convenient tool that enables you to store and backup iPhone, iPad, and Mac files to the cloud, making the files easy to access, security, and seamlessly sync across all your Apple devices. This guide will walk you through the process of whether you'd like to upload files to iCloud from iPhone automatically or selectively upload files to iCloud to backup your data.

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Part 1. How to Upload Files to iCloud from iPhone Automatically

If you're not new to the iPhone, you must know how to backup iPhone to iCloud. Actually, you can upload files to iCloud with the way you used to backup your iPhone. Here's how you can set up automatic uploads to iCloud from your iPhone.

Enable iCloud Backup

iCloud backup requires you have enough iCloud storage, and iCloud will automatically backup your iPhone files when your iPhone is connected to a stable Wi-Fi with iPhone screen locked. Here are the steps you can follow to enable iCloud backup on iPhone.

Go to the iPhone Settings app > Tap [your name] > Go to iCloud > Scroll down and tap iCloud Backup > Make sure you've toggled on the switch next to iCloud Backup.

Turn on iCloud Backup

To generate an iCloud backup instantly, you can also tap Back Up Now. Do you have any queries - does iCloud backup everything?  Fret not, iCloud will backup almost everything on your iPhone, including app data, device settings, iMessages, photos, ringtones, passwords, and so on.

Upload Documents to iCloud Drive

For some documents you want to backup to iCloud, such as word, excel, PDF and other documents, you can upload them to iCloud Drive directly through Files app. The followings are steps you can follow.

Step 1. Locate the documents you'd like to upload to iCloud, and tap the three-dot icon > Scroll down to find and choose Save to Files.

Save PDF To Files

Step 2. Browse the folders in the Files app, and choose iCloud Drive > Choose or create a folder where you'd like to save the documents, click Save to confirm.

The Easiest Way to Upload Files to iCloud via FoneTool (Selectively)

Instead of worrying whether your iPhone files have been backed up iCloud, by using a professional iOS data management tool, you can preview and select wanted files to upload to iCloud. Here in this guide, we'll recommend FoneTool, one of the best software for you to upload files to iCloud.

👍 Selectively upload: Different from the way you backup iPhone to iCloud, you are able to selectively backup iPhone/PC files to iCloud using FoneTool.
👍 Real-time upload: FoneTool uploads to iCloud in real time, making sure you know which files have been uploaded to iCloud and which haven't!

Simply click the icon below to download FoneTool to your computer, and follow the steps below to upload files to iCloud via FoneTool.

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Step 1. To upload iPhone files to iCloud, connect your iPhone to computer, and use iPhone to PC transfer function in FoneTool to transfer data from iPhone to PC first.

Transfer to Computer

Step 2. Choose My iCloud on the homepage of FoneTool. Sign in with your iCloud account. You will be asked to enter the verification code to confirm your operation.

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Step 2. Choose Manage iCloud. Check each icon to upload files to iCloud, here we take Photos as an example. And tap the Upload button to preview the files on your computer.

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Step 3. Choose the files you'd like to upload to iCloud. Finally, click Open to start the uploading process.

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Advanced Function: Selectively Backup iPhone Data
Don't have enough iCloud space to save iPhone data? Don't worry, as an iCloud alternative for backup, FoneTool also provides you with excellent backup functions, enabling you to fully or selectively backup iPhone, iPad, iPod to computer.

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Uploading files to iCloud from your iPhone guarantees that your data remains securely saved and available from any Apple device. Whether you prefer automated uploads or need to selectively upload certain files, this tutorial will help you achieve your goals.

You may manage your data effectively and fully utilize iCloud's comprehensive features by following the instructions shown in this guide. For those seeking a more selective approach, FoneTool provides a simple and dependable method for ensuring your crucial data are safely kept in iCloud.

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