How to Show the iCloud Drive App on an iPhone

Your free iCloud account includes access to iCloud Drive. This is a cloud storage service where you can store files so that they can be accessed by any device with access to iCloud Drive. iOS 9 allows you to access these files through an app that can be selectively enabled on your iPhone.

But the iCloud Drive app is not turned on by default, so you will need to navigate to the setting in order to gain access to your iCloud Drive files on your device. Our tutorial below will show you where this setting resides so that you can enable the iCloud Drive app and start managing your files.


Display the iCloud Drive Icon on Your Home Screen in iOS 9

The steps in this article were written using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9. Note that this option is not available without updating to iOS 9. If you haven’t yet installed the update, then you can read here to learn how.


  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. open the settings menu



  3. Scroll down and select the iCloud option.
  4. open the icloud menu



  5. Tap the iCloud Drive button.
  6. select the icloud drive option



  7. Tap the button to the right of Show on Home Screen. The app icon will displayed when there is green shading around the button. For example, I have activate the iCloud Drive app option in the image below.

turn on the show on home screen option



Note that your iPhone will treat the iCloud Drive app as a default app, which means that you will not be able to delete it in the same way that you would delete a third-party app. To remove the iCloud Drive app icon, you will need to return to the menu in Step 4 and turn off the Show on Home Screen option.


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