Have you ever heard of iCloud? It is a service offered by Apple that allows users to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, MacOS and even those who use a PC Windows to create backup copies of their data on an online hard drive, called iCloud Drive, and synchronize them between all devices. Thanks to it, you can have all your data, contacts, calendars and the latest photos taken with iPhone and iPad always and in any case at hand, even from Web browser. How do you say? This sounds interesting to you but you have no idea how to go about it use iCloud? Well, you don't have to worry… I can give you all the explanations you need.
With today's guide I will in fact go to illustrate, step by step, everything that needs to be done in order to use iCloud on your devices in such a way as to be able to take full advantage of this famous Apple service without problems. Before you can get scared and think about who knows what I want to tell you right away that contrary to appearances using iCloud is not at all complicated. Everyone, even the less tight in new technologies, can in fact take advantage of this service in a simple way as much as drinking a glass of water, you have my word.
That said, if you are really interested in finding out how to use iCloud I suggest you get comfortable, give yourself a few minutes of free time and focus on the information I'm about to provide you. I am sure that in the end you will be able to say that you are more than satisfied. Ready? Yes? Very well, then stop the chatter and let's get started.
To understand how to use iCloud it is essential that you have a Apple ID. If you don't already have an Apple ID, you can create one in a few moments by following the directions in my guide on how to create an Apple ID. Basically, you need to click here to connect to Apple's official website, fill out a short sign-up form, and confirm your identity by clicking on the link that was emailed to you.
Alternatively, you can sign up for Apple's online services through the free program iTunes (on Mac it is pre-installed while on Windows you must first download it by clicking here), by clicking on the item first Account placed top left, then up Login ... and finally on Create a new Apple ID. You will find illustrated the whole procedure to follow, step by step, in my article on how to register on iTunes.
In addition to having an Apple ID, in order to use iCloud it is then essential that you set it as default system to back up the data on your device. To find out how to do this and, subsequently, to understand how to use iCloud, follow the instructions below.
Use ICloud on IPhone, IPad and IPod Touch
To set iCloud as the default system to back up data on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch just select the appropriate option during the activation procedure of these devices. If you don't know how to do it, you will find everything explained in my guide on how to activate iPhone.
If, on the other hand, you have already activated your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch without activating iCloud as well, you can remedy this by accessing the home screen of the device, pressing on Settings, by tapping on the item relating toaccount iCloud, going up iCloud and carrying his ON all levers referring to the options present on the screen that opens: mail, contacts, calendars, photos, documents, etc .. It's very easy.
If you are using an iOS version earlier than 10.3, to adjust iCloud settings you have to go directly to Settings> iCloud.
After having activated iCloud on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch you can also view the status of the service, manage the stored data, modify them, delete them and save others by pressing the Settings present on the home screen, by tapping on the first you don't know, then on iCloud, then on the chart relating to the space available on your account and infine your voice Manage space. If you are using a version of iOS prior to 10.3, you can reach the same screen by going to Settings> iCloud> archive.
In the new screen that will be shown to you at this point, you can view and manage the space available on iCloud as you see fit by checking all the data and backup files stored on the service.
Once iCloud is activated on your iDevice, all system data and application files will be saved online and synced across all devices, but there are also the following additional services you can rely on and highly recommend that you consider.
- ICloud Photo Library - This is a service that is added to Streaming Photo, which is active by default on all iPhones and iPads, and thanks to which you can permanently store all the photos and videos made with your device on iCloud (and then also access them directly online from the iCloud.com site). Unlike Streaming Photos, it affects the space on iCloud Drive, so to use it you must necessarily subscribe to one of the paid plans of the service. You can learn more by reading my guide on how to store photos on iCloud.
- Backup - This is the system made in Apple that allows you to use the storage space available on iCloud Drive also to create full backups of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, such as those you do locally on your computer with iTunes. I told you about it in depth in my tutorial on how to backup iPhone.
Using ICloud on MacOS
If you have a Mac and are interested in understanding how to use iCloud, you must first activate the service on your computer. To do this, press the magnifying glass icon located at the top right of the menu bar, type system preferences in the search field that is shown to you, double-click on the first result displayed and then press on the item iCloud attached to the window that will open.
Once these steps are done, add a check mark next to each item in the right part of the window (Contacts, Bookmarks, Photos, Calendar etc.). To confirm the changes made, simply close the displayed window. Contacts are synchronized with the app Contacts of macOS, photos with Photos, calendars with the app Calendar, favorites with Safari, etc..
If instead you want to view the status of your iCloud with the details of the data saved in it from the window iCloud di System Preferences click on the button Manage ... which is located at the bottom right.
To view the data already stored on iCloud Drive, edit it, delete it and save others, just open the Finder, press on the voice iCloud Drive attached to the left sidebar and select the elements on which you intend to go to act.
Using ICloud on Windows PC
Do you have a Windows PC and are you going to understand how to use iCloud? Yes? Well, to begin with, proceed by downloading and installing the appropriate client on your computer and then proceed to configure it. To download the iCloud client for Windows PC click here so that you can immediately connect to the reference web page. Then, press the button Download and wait for the download procedure to be started and completed on your computer.
He then accepts to restart the computer and presses the button when he accesses Windows again Start, type iCloud in the search field that is shown to you and then click on the first result in the list in order to open iCloud on your PC.
Now that you see the iCloud window, log in to the service using your Apple ID login information. Then put the check mark next to the items on the PC that you want to synchronize with the cloud service (Mail, contacts, calendars and tasks, Bookmarks, Photo stream etc.) and click on the button OK to save the changes. The favorites are synchronized with Internet Explorer or Chrome, the photos are saved in the folder that can be selected by clicking on the button options while contacts and mail can be viewed directly online at iCloud.com.
Eventually you can view and edit all files stored on iCloud by clicking on the icon depicting a yellow folder attached to the taskbar, by clicking on the item iCloud Drive from the left sidebar of the window that is shown to you on the desktop and then selecting the elements on which you intend to act.
Use ICloud from a Web Browser
Don't have your iDevice handy and can't even use the computer you usually need to use iCloud? No? Well, do not panic… the famous Apple service can also be used from any web browser. How? I'll explain it to you right away. To begin with, start the web browser and then type www.icloud.com in the address bar and press the button Submit on the keyboard. If you prefer to speed things up you can also click directly here.
Now, log in to your iCloud space by filling in the fields visible on the screen with your Apple ID and the password associated with it, then press the arrow button located on the right. If the two-step verification is active on your account, also provide any code requested on the screen, after which you will find yourself in the "presence" of the main iCloud online screen.
At this point, click on the icon of Mail to access your iCloud e-mail account, press the icon of Contacts to access all your contacts and to manage them, on that of Calendar to view and edit your calendars, click on the icon Photos to view your photos in the cloud or click on the icon iCloud Drive to view and manage all the data occupying your storage space. You can also click on the icon Notes to access and edit your notes and the icon of reminder to do the same with Reminders.
By pressing the icon instead Pages, Numbers e Keynote you have the opportunity to access the online version of the Apple productivity apps of the same name while clicking on Find Friends you can use the service for locating your contacts from a web browser (if you remember well, I talked about it in my guide on how to locate a mobile number). By clicking on Find iPhone you can instead take advantage of the famous service from the Web that allows you to locate your iDevices (I explained how this service works in my guide on how to track down a stolen mobile phone).
To manage everything related to your Apple ID, storage space and your devices just click on the icon Settings.
When you no longer need to use iCloud from a web browser, remember to click on your name located in the upper right part of the displayed web page, then on the item Logout attached to the menu that is proposed to you then once again on Logout to exit the service and prevent any unauthorized third parties from putting their hand to it.
Expand the Storage Plan
Now that you finally understand how to use iCloud on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, macOS and Windows PC, however, there is one very important thing you need to know and which I think you should take into account. At present iCloud can be used free only and exclusively in its basic version it offers 5 GB of online space.
This amount of space is generally sufficient for the most diverse needs. However, you may need to have more storage space. In this case, you can exceed the limit imposed by the free version of the service by subscribing to a paid subscription. The solutions and prices available are as follows.
- 50 GB of space a 0,99 euro / month
- 200 GB of space a 2,99 euro / month
- 2 TB of space a 9,99 euro / month
To subscribe to an iCloud paid plan on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch you just need to access the section Settings of iOS and first press on you don't know, then on the item relating to iCloud, then on the chart relating to the space available on your account and finally on the option Change storage plan. Then, choose the plan you think may be more congenial to your needs and then tap on the item Buy which is located in the upper right part of the displayed screen.
If you are using a version of iOS prior to 10.3, to reach the same screen you must go to Settings> iCloud, you need to select the item archive and then tap on Buy more space o Change storage plan.
To sign up for an iCloud paid plan on Mac you need to sign in to instead System preference, press on iCloud, click the button Manage ... and click on the button Buy more space ... for two consecutive times. Then choose the plan you think may be more suited to your needs and then press on the item Buy.
To subscribe to an iCloud paid plan on Windows you need to log in to iCloud, click Manage ... and then press on Buy more space .... Choose the plan you think may be more suited to your needs and then press on the item Buy.
If you need more information about the storage space available on iCloud, the various plans available and the upgrade and downgrade methods, you can click here in order to immediately connect to the information web page on the official Apple website.