How to hide or show the iCloud Drive app on your Home screen

By , Jan 25, 2016

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iCloud Drive is a feature that comes with iOS 9 and allows you to view and edit files in iCloud that have been saved there via your apps, whether they’re native apps or third-party App Store apps.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to hide or show the iCloud Drive app from your iOS device’s Home screen.

Showing the iCloud Drive app on the Home screen

If you’ve never used iCloud Drive before, or you’ve always had the feature turned off since the initial setup of your iPhone or iPad, then chances are you don’t have the iCloud Drive app on your Home screen.

Showing the iCloud Drive app on your Home screen is actually a very simple process if you’ve had it hidden. You can follow these steps to display the iCloud Drive app on your Home screen and access your files within:

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Step 1: Launch the Settings app and navigate to iCloud > iCloud Drive.

Step 2: Turn the “Show on Home Screen” switch on if it’s off and you want to show the app on the Home screen, or turn the switch off if it’s on and you want to hide the app from the Home screen.

Step 3: Go to the Home screen and verify that the app is there – you should see what looks like the icon below.

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Why enable iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive stores all of your app data in one place, sort of like a Dropbox account. It allows your apps on your iOS devices and Macs to interact with the same files, allowing you to have a seamless integration between machines.

iCloud Drive is great for storing your documents, presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, and other files that apps on your iOS device or Mac can edit and view. Any changes that you make on any of your devices are automatically synced in iCloud and will appear in iCloud Drive on the rest of your machines and devices too.

Should I use iCloud Drive or Dropbox?

iCloud Drive is made by Apple, so you get a more seamless experience between your iOS devices and your Macs. Although Dropbox and other cloud-based services integrate very well with the OS X operating system, iOS is a very closed operating system and Apple are the only ones that can build cloud services into it.

You can accomplish a lot of the same tasks in iCloud Drive that you can with Dropbox and other cloud services, but since iCloud Drive is hard-coded into iOS, you may find it could work much more fluidly than a third-party app would. On the other hand, a third-party app may have more features to offer depending on the platform, so it’s a hard call.

The APIs that Apple offers in its latest operating system do give third-party cloud services a fighting chance, so it ultimately comes down to preference on whether you should use iCloud Drive or a third-party cloud service like Dropbox. One of the largest moving factors might be storage space, which can be had a lot cheaper from third-party cloud services.

Conclusion

If you had iCloud Drive enabled already, and it’s being shown on the Home screen, you can use this tutorial as a means of removing the app from the Home screen too. Whether or not you want to use iCloud Drive on your iOS device is up to you and whether or not you can find a better deal for cloud storage elsewhere.

Do you use iCloud Drive or another type of cloud service? Let us know in a comment below!

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  • haridsv

    I have no iCloud Drive show up as an option under iCloud. What am I missing?

    • Anthony Bouchard

      Are you on iOS 9?

    • Marcus

      You must be running iOS 9 in order to do this.

      • haridsv

        I do have some 9.1.x, not sure which (don’t have it in my hand right now) and it is NOT jailbroken. I have it bugging me to update to some 9.2.x version for the last two weeks or so, but I haven’t had a chance to backup so putting it off. I recently had whatsapp give me the option of backing to iCloud, so tried to follow instructions, but again whatsapp wasn’t listed under iCloud so I can toggle. I will upgrade and see if it makes any difference.

      • Marcus

        That’s really strange. I have no idea what must’ve happened on your end. Did updating fix it though?

      • haridsv

        I finally managed to update to 9.2.1 and still there was no difference. When I go to the iCloud settings, it shows my email id and gives the option to signout, so I am logged in, but Drive is missing. Interestingly, Backup is showing up as “off” and the slider to turn it on is disabled.

      • Marcus

        I have a feeling that it has to do with what device you have. I have an iPhone 5s and it works for me. If you’re using an iPhone 4s or an older iPad I bet that the option is probably just gone. It’s not a big loss at all though, so I wouldn’t worry about it.