How to Add and Sync Information Across Multiple Apple Devices Using iCloud
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Apple’s iCloud is a great feature that allows you to sync your data across all of your devices.
This means that your devices will exchange information with each other. For example, if you create a calendar event on your MacBook Pro, it will automatically be synced to your iPhone or iPad. Similarly, if you add a new contact on your iPhone, that contact information will appear in the Contacts app on your other devices.
This is a really handy way to keep all of your information with you, no matter which of your Apple devices you’re using.
Luckily, it won’t be difficult for you to start syncing all of your data across your network of Apple products.
As soon as you use your Apple ID to setup a device, it will automatically be added to your iCloud account. From that point, you’re basically done. But there are a few extra steps you can take to ensure that all of your data is synced properly.
1. When you first setup a device, login with your Apple ID.
2. Choose the Merge option. This will sync your Contacts, Calendar Events, Safari bookmarks, and other content to the new device.
3. Enable Find My iPhone. It’s strongly recommended that you use this option, because it will allow you to find, lock or delete the data on your device if it is ever lost or stolen.
Some features, like Notes and Mail syncing, only work on Apple IDs with an icloud.com email address. Luckily, you can do this for free from a Mac or iOS device.
1. On an iPhone or iPad.
2. Open the Settings app.
3. Tap on iCloud
4. Turn on Mail.
5. Choose an address to use for you iCloud account (this can’t be changed later, so pick a name carefully).
6. Once you create it, you get to decide whether to use the new email for iMessage and FaceTime.
7. Open Notes, and tap on the arrow in the left hand corner and select the Notes under the iCloud heading.
On a Mac, it’s a similar process. Just open Launchpad > System Preferences, click on iCloud, and select Mail. You’ll be brought to a similar screen where you can create a new email.
One caveat with iCloud is that you can only sync five computers — and 10 devices total — to a single account. Though you can’t currently manage your iTunes authorizations from an iOS device, you can use iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC to view and manage your devices.
1. Open iTunes.
2. Select the Store tab.
3. Click on the View Account button.
4. From here, you’ll be taken to a new page, scroll down until you see “iTunes in the Cloud.”
5. You should see how many devices you currently have authorized.
Authorizing a device will allow you to make iTunes and App Store purchases on that device. It’ll also allow automatic downloading of Music, Apps, Books and other iTunes content.