iCloud Drive on iPhone

Syncing with iCloud is a great way to back up your data so you can easily access it across all your devices, but it's not necessary for every app.

Apple's iCloud Drive is like a little puff of magic that stores and syncs your data across all your devices. Your important files are safely tucked away if something should happen to your iPhone or iPad. Your journal entries are available to continue working on whether you're on your iMac or MacBook. It's convenient and easy to use. But the more apps you allow to use iCloud Drive to store your data, the more data you'll use up. Not every app needs to be backed up and synced in iCloud. You can give and revoke permission to apps that want to store content in your iCloud Drive account with just the flick of a switch. Here's how.

How to give iCloud access to third-party apps

If you use an app that you like being able to access the data across multiple devices, it's a good idea to let it do its syncing thing in iCloud Drive.

How to give iCloud access to third-party apps on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap your iCloud Banner.

    Open Settings, then tap your iCloud banner

  3. Tap iCloud.
  4. Scroll down the list and toggle the switch on for any app you want to give access to iCloud Drive. It's green when it's on.

    Tap iCloud, then toggle the switch

How to give iCloud access to third-party apps on Mac

  1. Click on the Apple menu icon in the upper left corner of your Mac's screen.
  2. Click on System Preferences.

    Click on the Apple menu icon, then click on System Preferences

  3. Click on iCloud.

    Click on iCloud

  4. Click on Options next to iCloud Drive.
  5. Tick the box for any app you want to give access to iCloud Drive.
  6. Click Done to close the window.

    Click on Options, then toggle the switch

Any app that supports iCloud syncing will be able to send data to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac (depending on which devices they support).

How to revoke iCloud access from third-party apps

Just as awesome as it is to be able to sync your data across devices, there are some apps that just don't need to do that. For me, that's calculator apps. Storing data you won't ever need to have saved or synced on other devices just eats into your iCloud data, which might be limited, depending on your plan.

How to revoke iCloud access from third-party apps on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap your iCloud Banner.

    Open Settings, then tap your iCloud banner

  3. Tap iCloud.
  4. Scroll down the list and toggle the switch off for any app you want to revoke access to iCloud Drive. It's white when it's off.

    Tap iCloud, then toggle the switch

How to revoke iCloud access from third-party apps on Mac

  1. Click on the Apple menu icon in the upper left corner of your Mac's screen.
  2. Click on System Preferences.

    Click on the Apple menu icon, then click on System Preferences

  3. Click on iCloud.

    Click on iCloud

  4. Click on Options next to iCloud Drive.
  5. Untick the box for any app you want to revoke access to iCloud Drive.
  6. Click Done to close the window.

    Click on Options, then toggle the switch

Those apps will no longer have access to iCloud Drive and won't sync across your devices, but you'll have a few more megabytes of data in your iCloud storage.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about giving or revoking access for third-party apps to iCloud? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.