How to Share and Store Video With Apple iCloud

It's fun and easy to use iCloud to share and store video

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Apple introduced file sharing capability in iCloud Drive beginning with macOS High Sierra and iOS 11. The new sharing option is called Add People, and it lets you send a link to a file you've uploaded to iCloud Drive. So, you can upload a video and set the options in Add People, and iCloud sends a link to the people you would like to view it. They don't download the file. It stays where it is. 

You can only share one file at a time, and you can't share entire folders.

Who Can Have an iCloud Account?

ICloud accounts are free to anyone with an Apple ID, which is also free. You can create and access an iCloud account on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac computer. If you have a Windows PC, you can get web-only access to iCloud anywhere you have an internet connection.

ICloud comes with 5GB of free iCloud storage, which is shared with other Apple services. If you plan to upload many videos, 5GB may not last you long. Apple offers several tiers of paid storage beginning with 50GB for $0.99 per month. Plans go as high as 2TB and are shareable with your family.

How to Upload a Video to iCloud

Whether you make home movies in iMovie or short videos for posting on social media, you can upload the video file to your iCloud account.

  1. Log in to your iCloud account with your account name and password.

  2. Select the iCloud Drive icon from the icons on the screen.

  3. Drag a video file from the desktop to the iCloud Drive window.

You have two options for sharing a file with other people from iCloud Drive: emailing it or sending a link. A file can be emailed from iCloud Drive only if it is smaller than 20MB. Most videos are larger than that, so the best way to share your video is usually to send a link to the people you want to share it with.

How to Share a Video

Open your iCloud Drive in any browser. Then:

  1. Select the video by clicking or tapping its icon in the iCloud Drive screen.

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  2. Click the Add people icon at the top of the screen to open the Add People window. The icon resembles a person's head with a plus sign next to it.

  3. Select Copy Link. Add the email addresses or phone numbers of the people you want to share the video with in the field provided. Click or tap Share Options to expand the window.

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  4. Next to Who can access, select either Only people you invite or Anyone with the link. Next to Permission, select View only. The other option allows viewers to make changes.

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  5. Click or tap Share to send the link to your recipients.

How to Turn on iCloud

ICloud is a great resource for macOS and iOS users. You can store and share files easily. It provides online storage for Apple's productivity apps, including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. There is no app to install for Macs and iOS devices because iCloud in included in their operating systems. You just go to System Preferences, select iCloud and sign in with an Apple ID. ICloud Drive is just one of the folders available on iCloud.

Windows users need to download the iCloud control panel program. It places folders in your main user folder for iCloud Drive and iCloud Photos. Any file you put in the iCloud Drive folder or its subfolders appears on your other computers and iOS devices if you have iCloud Drive enabled.

Currently, iCloud Drive is not supported by the Android operating system.