How to Keep iPhone Documents in iCloud

By Joe Hutsko, Barbara Boyd

Documents in the Cloud lets you save documents directly in iCloud and then access them from all your devices, like your iPhone, that have the same app installed, and from your computer either in the app or from the iCloud website.

Documents in the Cloud works with iCloud-enabled apps, such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, as well as iA Writer, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Preview, and Day One. Pages is used as an example of how Documents in the Cloud works, but you could use another iCloud-enabled app in the same way. Follow these steps:

  1. Tap the iCloud-enabled app on your iPhone.

    The first time you open the app, a message asks if you want to use iCloud to store documents from this app rather than storing them on your iPhone. Tap Use iCloud.

  2. Create a new document or open an existing one from those shown.

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  3. Type, draw, edit, whatever you want with the document.

  4. Close the document.

    You may see the words “Updating 1 Document” or something similar at the top of the screen.

  5. Press the Home button to exit the app.

On other iOS devices such as an iPad or iPod touch, follow the same steps as for your iPhone. On your computer, do the following:

  1. Open the iCloud-enabled app that you used to create or edit your document.

  2. Click the iCloud tab.

    The documents stored in iCloud for that app are listed in a window.

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  3. Double-click the document you want to open.

  4. Edit the document.

  5. Save the document as you normally would, but save it to iCloud.

    You have the option to replace the existing document with the same name or save the edited document as a new document