Using Surface with iPhone, iCloud, and iTunes

Your iPhone and Surface work great together. Just set up iTunes and iCloud on your Surface, and then connect your phone.

Note

This page doesn’t apply to Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S.

If you use iCloud already, keep using it with Surface

If you already use iCloud to sync your files and photos, just keep using it. Download and install iCloud for Windows on your Surface, and then sign in with your Apple ID.

Note

You might want to check out OneDrive for backing up and syncing your photos and files between your iPhone, Surface, and other devices. Plus, get 15 GB of free storage, on us!

Here’s what’ll sync between iCloud and your Surface:

Photos

Your iCloud photos (both new and old) are added to an iCloud Photos folder inside the Photos folder on Surface. To download your iCloud photos to your Surface, follow these steps:

Step 1:  Download and install iCloud for Windows on your Surface.
Step 2:  Restart Surface.
Step 3:  iCloud will prompt you to sign in. If you don’t see the pop-up window, type icloud in the search box on the taskbar, and then select iCloud.
Step 4:  In the app, next to Photos, select Options. The default settings will upload, store, and sync your photos between your PC and iCloud, but you can change these settings if you’d like. For help with settings, see iCloud help.
The iCloud for Windows Photo Options screen

Surface comes with the Photos app, where you can see all your photos and videos from your devices, edit them, and even draw on them.

A brief animation shows a super hero-type cape appear drawn on a swimming sea turtle.

To open the Photos app, type Photos in the search box on the taskbar.

Your favorite websites

Your Safari favorites are added to Microsoft Edge (or another web browser of your choice).

Did you know…

Microsoft Edge was designed for Windows 10 and helps save battery life—up to 32% more than Chrome and up to 75% more than Firefox. Microsoft Edge is also faster than Chrome, according to Google’s own benchmark. To try it out, select Microsoft Edge on the taskbar, or type Edge into the search box on the taskbar, and then select Microsoft Edge.

Mail, contacts, and calendar

Download and install Microsoft Outlook on your Surface. When you sign in to iCloud, your mail, contacts, and calendars sync with Microsoft Outlook.

And if you use web mail, like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, or Outlook.com, just browse to the site and sign in.

Your other files will sync, too

An iCloud Drive folder, with any files you have stored on iCloud, is added to the Quick access section in the left pane of File Explorer. File Explorer is like Finder on a Mac. To open it, select File Explorer on the taskbar, or type File Explorer in the search box on the taskbar.

Use iTunes on your Surface

If you use iTunes on your Mac, download and install iTunes for Windows on your Surface.

Here’s what you can do with iTunes and Surface:

Use iTunes to manually sync your iPhone

Plug your iPhone into your Surface, just like you did on your Mac. iTunes will open automatically.

Sign in to iTunes to access purchases you’ve made from the iTunes Store

Of course, you can get to the music, movies, and anything else you’ve purchased from iTunes on your Surface. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Open iTunes on your Surface, and then select Account > Authorizations > Authorize this Computer.
Step 2:  Enter your Apple ID and password in the new window, and then select Authorize.
The Account menu is open in iTunes, with Authorization highlighted and a flyout menu giving access to the Authorize and Deauthorize commands

Songs, videos, and other purchases you’ve made from the iTunes Store will be there.


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