Apple has redesigned iCloud The website is now live, allowing users to quickly and easily access stored data from their devices on any web browser, but they will first want to customize the experience to better suit their needs. For years, it was possible to access files, photos, and other data stored with a user’s Apple ID on iCloud through a web browser. However, compared to Apple’s other software experiences, the previous iteration of iCloud.com felt limited and underdeveloped. Because of this, users likely accessed their files through other means, such as AirDrop’s wireless file sharing technology, instead of accessing them through the web.
The company, in a somewhat unexpected move, began testing a beta version of the iCloud web client in early fall 2022. At the time, it seemed like a significant upgrade to the current iCloud website, combining a attractive design with additional features. However, since this was a beta testing period, there was always a risk of bugs or security issues that could appear before a public release. The brand new version of iCloud.com went live in November 2022, with new features and customization options for users to try.
When users first log into the new iCloud.com, they’ll be greeted by a colorful homepage made up of customizable tiles. Each user’s iCloud web client will already have a few tiles configured, which are essentially block-based widgets, but more can be added or removed. At the bottom of the home page, users will see a rounded button that says “Customize the home page.’ Clicking this button will reveal a customization UI similar to what is found on iOS and iPadOS. When this UI is open, users can add, remove, or swap thumbnails with just a few clicks.
Customize tiles on iCloud Web
To remove a tile, click the circular minus icon at the top right of the tile. Each tile can be deleted or swapped, except for the user’s Apple ID tile which displays their name, Apple ID email address, and iCloud or iCloud+ status. To swap a tile, click on the ‘Edit‘ in the upper right corner of the tile, then select the app or feature that will replace it. Finally, to add a thumbnail, navigate to the top left corner of the screen and click ‘Add a thumbnail.’ Next, select the app or tool that will become a standalone tile.
To change the order or size of the thumbnail found on a user’s homepage, simply click and hold on a thumbnail and drag it onto the homepage. The tiles will move and resize automatically. Continue dragging the thumbnail until the desired home page sizes and layout are found. Available tiles include Photos, Mail, iCloud Drive, Notes, Calendar, Numbers, Pages, Reminders, Keynote, and Apps. For iCloud+ or Apple One subscribers, there will also be Hide My Email and Custom Domain options. Although users can remove the “Apps” tile, their apps will still be accessible from the quick access menu in the upper right corner of the screen. Apple has redesigned iCloud The web client is more visually appealing and customizable than its predecessor, and is good enough for more people to start trying it out.
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Source: iCloud, Apple