iCloud users just got this brilliant free upgrade

iCloud on the Web has been given a massive makeover, and you can try it right now

iCloud Web beta 2022
(Image credit: Future)

Apple has been pretty busy lately, with new software for iPhones, iPads and Macs. And now there's another new product to play with: a completely transformed iCloud on the Web.

I've been using iCloud for a very long time, and I think this is the best version of its interface yet: it looks more like my iPhone 14's Home Screen than a web app, and it's much easier to find your way around. You can try it for yourself at beta.iCloud.com.

iCloud beta layout

(Image credit: Future)

What's new in iCloud on the web?

It's not just a pretty redesign. The new interface features customisable tiles so you can change the layout to suit your own requirements, and it's much easier to move between apps – it feels much more like using an iPhone, iPad or Mac than before, although I suspect the main target audience here is going to be Windows users: iCloud is so integrated into Apple's latest operating systems that this is something we'll only need to use occasionally.

That said, there's some really good stuff here for Apple ecosystem addicts too. I particularly like the new Data Recovery tool, which makes it easy to restore deleted files, bookmarks, contacts and calendars, and the updated Photos browser feels faster than the app on my Mac.

Apple hasn't said when the new iCloud is going to come out of beta but I don't think we'll have to wait very long; this feels very stable, very fast and very sorted, and if it has any earth-shattering bugs I've yet to find them.

Carrie Marshall

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written more than a dozen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote seven more books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (havrmusic.com).