When you install the iCloud client on your Windows computer, it configures the shared folder in a specific location. You can, however, move this folder to another location, even another shared cloud folder or backup drive.

Update: As of early 2021, the latest versions of iCloud from the Windows 10 Store won’t allow you to change the location of the folder where it stores your photos. You could try setting up a symbolic link to change this, instead. Here’s a guide from the Apple discussion forums.

We talked about installing iCloud on Windows, which will then allow you to sync your photo stream and use iCloud Photo Sharing, manage your iCloud storage, and even sync your Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer bookmarks.

The iCloud folder is initially installed in your Windows’ Photos folder, which is a special folder that itself can be moved. That said, if you want to simply move your iCloud photos folder, then you can relocate it to another location other than your Photos folder.

To move your iCloud Photos folder, first open the application. Notice next to “Photos” there’s an “Options…” button, which you need to click.

Click “Options…” in the Photos section.

Here you can turn off “My Photo Stream” and “iCloud Photo Sharing” but what we want to focus on is the “iCloud Photos location:” at the bottom of the dialog box. Click “Change…” to move the iCloud Photos folder to a new location.

The iCloud Photos folder in its original location. Note, the folder is already in our Dropbox because we already moved the Photos special folder previously.

Those comfortable using Windows will be more than familiar with the next step. You will need to browse for a new folder where you want to relocate your iCloud Photos folder. In this case, we’re moving our photos folder from our Dropbox location, to our iCloud Drive folder, in our user folder.

If you need to create a new location, click “Make New Folder” and name it.

Once you click “OK” you will be taken back to the Photos Options. You will still need to click “OK” again to completely confirm your location change. Once you do, your iCloud Photos folder will be moved to the new folder or drive.

The iCloud Photos folder in its new location.

If you actually pay for iCloud, then you’re surely going to have a lot more photos to store on it. While iCloud is ideal for Apple-centric households, you may also still want to share items from your PC with it.

In that sense, it makes perfect sense to move the folder to something like a Dropbox or OneDrive folder so you can then access your iCloud photos on multiple devices. If you’re unsure which cloud service is right for you, we recommend you read our breakdown on the subject.

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