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Something You Have to Know about iCloud and iCloud Drive

“Could someone please explain the difference between iCloud drive and iCloud? I am a little confused about them.”

Since Apple released iCloud service in 2011, it makes more convenient to backup iPhone, iPad and iPod data. If you have updated your iOS devices to iOS 8, you may find that Apple increase the iCloud Drive. Is it a replacement for iCloud backup or an extension of it? What’s the difference between iCloud and iCloud drive? How does iCloud drive work? If you're confused by the distinction between these two Apple services, well, you're not alone. Here, we will walk you through something you have to know about iCloud and iCloud drive.

Whats is iCloud?

iCloud, Apple’s online storage service which helps you sync photos, contacts, notes, reminders, calendar among different iOS devices, Mac and PC. It enables you to backup iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch data. In addition, it allows you to track the location of the lost or stolen iPhone with Find my iPhone feature and share purchased apps, music, books, etc. to other family member with Family sharing;

What is iCloud Drive?

In the simplest terms, iCloud Drive is Apple's version of Dropbox. It's a cloud-based, document-oriented file-storage service that keeps your data in sync between various devices: PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads and so on. You can picture it as the box of specific junk that’s shoved under that teenager’s bed. Everything else is a jumbled mess, but the stuff in that box is neat and organized. Like Drobox or Google Drive you can copy items in or out of the service, and the changes will sync up or down to all connected end points.

Difference Between iCloud and iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive is part of iCloud. The files you store on iCloud Drive will take up the storage of iCloud. Before iCloud Drive, iCloud mostly serves to backup your device and sync limited kinds of data to other device, while iCloud Drive more focuses on sharing across devices and co-working seamlessly among devices, which means that content in one device can be shared among other devices without copying, sending or transferring. For example, you start creating a Keynote presentation on your Mac at home. If you put the Keynote file on iCloud Drive, you can then find the file on the iCloud Drive of your iPad and continue to finish it.

How to Recover Deleted iCloud Drive Data

If these files are deleted within the last 30 days, you can recover them from iCloud.com.

Step 1. Sign in to iCloud.com.
Step 2. Click Settings> Advanced.
Step 3. Choose Restore Files.
Step 4. Browser the list of files in the Restore Files window.

How to Access and Extract iCloud Data without Restore

Restoring iPhone from the whole iCloud backup could help you allow you to access the data in iCloud, but it costs too much time and more importantly, you will need to erase all of these existing data on your device. So, if you want to extract iCloud data without restore, iRefone is the best iCloud backup extractor for you. You may sign in your iCloud account on the program, select the message, contacts or other items and choose "Recover" to get it back from the backup.

For detailed steps, go to>> How to Access and View iCloud Backup File
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