Apple’s iCloud is a great way of storing and syncing pictures and data across all of your devices.
Not only does iCloud automatically sync photos, videos, documents, music and app data across all of your Apple devices, but it also allows you to upload files to the cloud — which you can later access on iOS, Mac, or even Windows PC.
To use iCloud, you’ll need to create an Apple ID. To create an account on Mac or Windows PC:
1. Go to appleid.apple.com.
2. Click on the Create Your Apple ID.
3. From here, you need input a valid email address, a password, your name and birthday, and several security questions.
4. Once you do that, you’re all set to start using iCloud services.
From an iPhone or iPad, you’ll usually be prompted to create an Apple ID when you first set it up. But you can also create a new Apple ID from an already registered device.
1. Open Settings on your iOS device.
2. Tap on iCloud.
3. Tap the Create a new Apple ID option.
4. Enter a birthdate, first and last name, and email address.
5. Enter your first and last name.
6. Create a password, and verify it.
7. Choose several security questions and answers which will be used to verify your identity if you’re ever locked out of your account.
8. Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions, if you choose.
9. Tap on Merge or Don’t Merge to decide whether to sync app data from your iPhone.
10. Tap OK to turn on Find My iPhone, which can be used to locate your device remotely if it’s ever lost or stolen.
Similarly, if you’ve skipped the setup process, you can create an Apple ID by going to Settings > iCloud.
Once you create an Apple ID, you can start using iCloud to sync and store data. But you can go further customize how iCloud syncs your data.
To set up the full iCloud experience for a Mac:
1. Go to System Preferences
2. Click on iCloud.
3. Toggle iCloud on, and select the iCloud services you want.
4. To toggle photos sharing, go to Photos, click on preferences and click Use iCloud.
5. To toggle iTunes syncing, go to Preferences, click on Store and toggle the options you want.
From an iOS or Mac OS device, you can decide which apps automatically sync data to the cloud.
To set up your iCloud to sync iTunes downloads for all of your devices:
1. Go to Settings.
2. Tap iTunes & App Stores and toggle automatic downloads for Music, Apps, Books and Updates.
Similarly, under the iCloud option in Settings, you can decide which apps automatically sync their data to iCloud — including Photos, notes and Contacts.
As another perk, you can view much of this data on a browser at icloud.com. From there, you can even create documents, presentations and spreadsheets — all of which will be synced to your devices.