Apple® iPhone® - Set iCloud® Preferences

Note Notes:

  • The steps below apply to the following models:
    • iPhone X / XS / XS Max / XR
    • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
    • iPhone SE
    • iPhone 6 / 6 Plus / 6s / 6s Plus
    • iPhone 5s
  • For other models, click the applicable link for instructions:
  • For more info, view these recommended system requirements for iCloud.


  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings Settings icon.
  2. Tap your Apple profile at the top of the Settings menu.
    Note If prompted, enter your Apple ID and Password then tap Sign In.
    Note Tap Merge if prompted.
    iCloud profile
  3. Tap iCloud.
    If prompted to allow iCloud to use the location of your iPhone, tap an option:
    • Don't Allow
    • OK
  4. Tap Photos then tap the following switch(es) to turn on Switch On or off Switch Off:
    • iCloud Photos
      Note Automatically uploads and stores entire library in iCloud to access photos/videos from all your devices.
    • Shared Albums
      Note  Create albums to share with other people.
  5. Tap Back Arrow iCloud (upper-left) to return to the previous screen.
  6. Tap the preferred switch(es) to turn options on or off:
    • Mail
    • Contacts
    • Calendars
    • Reminders
    • Notes
    • Messages
    • Safari
    • News
    • Stocks
    • Home
    • Health
    • Wallet
    • Game Center
    • Siri
  7. Tap Keychain then tap the iCloud Keychain switch to to turn on or off.
    Note If prompted, enter the iCloud password then tap OK.
  8. If prompted, tap the iCloud Keychain option then follow the appropriate screen prompts.
    Note Screen prompts could include entering existing security code or creating a new one.
    • Use Passcode
    • Create Different Code
  9. Tap Find My iPhone then tap the Find My iPhone switch to turn on or off.
    Note If desired, tap the Send Last Location switch to turn on or off then tap Back Arrow iCloud (upper-left).
  10. Tap iCloud Backup then tap the iCloud Backup switch to turn on or off.
    Note To manage iCloud backup options, click here.
  11. Tap Back Arrow iCloud to return to the previous screen.
  12. Tap iCloud Drive switch to turn on or off.
    Note If prompted, tap Upgrade to iCloud Drive.
  13. If not on main iCloud screen, tap Back Arrow iCloud to return.
  14. Tap Look Me Up. . . then tap any of the app switches to allow or not allow.
    Note Apps that request permissions to allow others to look you up by email appear.