Written by Hans

How do I set up Synology Cloud Station?

With Synology Cloud Station on your Synology NAS, you can create a personal cloud service in which you store all your files. You can access this anywhere from your computer, tablet, and smartphone. In addition, Cloud Station synchronizes your files, so if you adjust one, this change will occur on every device. If the installation itself isn't really working, I'll help you with a step-by-step plan for setting up Synology Cloud Station.

What do you need?

  • A Synology NAS
  • QuickConnect ID
  • The most recent version of DiskStation Manager (DSM)
  • Windows or Mac computer
  • Optional: smartphone

Step 1: Install and set up Cloud Station on your NAS

  • Log in to your Synology NAS and go to the 'Package Center',
  • Search via the search bar or in the overview for 'Cloud Station',
  • Click on install. After installation the program will be in the menu,
  • Open the 'Cloud Station' app and click on 'Cloud Station' in the left menu,
  • Check the option 'Enable Cloud Station',
  • Write down your QuickConnect ID, since you'll need this in the next step.


Do you want to decide for yourself who can use the Cloud Station software?

  • Select 'Rights' in the left menu,
  • Click on the boxes on the right side of the screen to enable or disable access per user,
  • Then click on 'save'.

Do you want to choose which folders you share with other users?

  • Click on 'Share' in the left menu,
  • Choose per folder if you want to share it with multiple users,
  • Click on 'save'.

2. Install Cloud Station software on your Windows or Mac

  • Go to the Synology website and enter the model number of your Synology NAS,
  • Search for Cloud Station Drive in the screen that appears,
  • Click on 'exe' if you use a Windows PC or click on 'dmg' if you use a Mac,
  • Save the installation file in a place of your choice and start the installation,
  • Choose 'English' as the language, then select a location to save the Synology Cloud Station Drive software.
  • Complete the installation.

3. Set up the Cloud Station Drive software on your Windows or Mac

  • Start the Cloud Station Drive software,
  • Enter your QuickConnect ID, username, and password of your Synology NAS,
  • Then enter a self-selected computer name so that you can recognize it if you use multiple devices,
  • In the same screen, choose a folder where your Cloud Station files will be saved.
  • Click on next and complete the setup.
  • You now have Cloud Station set up on your Synology NAS and the software installed on your Windows or Mac computer.

4. Optional: Use Cloud Station on your smartphone

  • Do you want to use Cloud Station to synchronize files from your phone?
  • Download the DS Cloud app on your iPhone or your Android phone,
  • Open the app,
  • Choose a device name and enter your QuickConnect ID, along with your username and password from your Synology NAS.
  • Complete the setup.
  • You can now use your own cloud service on your smartphone via your Synology NAS.
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Hans NAS Expert.

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