How to Use iCloud and Why It’ll Change Your Life

iCloud is the term used to describe Apple’s cloud-based storage service. As a very useful service which has many advantages, we recommend using iCloud to anyone who owns one or more Apple devices. This blog is our very own iCloud guide; we will explain exactly what iCloud is and how you can use it to get the most out of your Apple devices.

The benefits

iCloud allows you to store your documents, data, pictures, backups and much more on Apple’s remote computers which are known as cloud servers. There are a number of benefits to using iCloud. One of the key advantages is that it allows for the syncing of data, documents and files across devices. This means that a user can easily go from using one Apple device to another, accessing and working on the same files and documents without having to transfer these from one to the other as was necessary in the past.

iCloud is also useful for saving device storage space. Previously all data (including files, photos, music etc) would have been stored on the device, whether that was your iPhone, iPad or Mac device. Now data can be stored remotely on the iCloud, freeing up valuable storage space on your device to keep it performing at its optimal level.

Setting Up

To ensure your devices are synced not only to the cloud but to each other you’ll need to create an iCloud account then enable the settings in your system preferences. Head into the Apple ID section (you can log in or register here if you haven’t already) then press iCloud and make sure your toggles are set to green.

Moving over to your Mac you’ll need to head into systems preferences and Apple ID once again, log in or create your account then ticket to enable all of your Apps so that they sync with the cloud.

The most notable iCloud features

Photos

With iCloud photos users can easily sync multiple devices to their iCloud account, allowing them to edit and access all of their photos from any of their Apple devices.

iCloud photos also allow for the creation of a shared library. This means groups can easily share a photo library to their friends and family, where each invited user can add and edit memories and special moments captured in priceless photos and videos.

iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive is a magical place where you can store all of your files. Any type of file can be stored in your iCloud Drive and is seamlessly accessible from any Apple device that is logged into your iCloud account. E.g. Using the “Files’ app you can save and store a Word document on your Macbook and access the same Word document from your phone using iCloud Drive.

Find My iPhone

If you have a habit of misplacing your iPhone then this is the feature for you. In fact, the “Find My iPhone” name has been changed to “Find My”, while the name change is an improvement it would be more accurate as “Find My Apple Device”, but that doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. When enabled, the useful feature allows you to track your Apple device. This means that if you’ve lost your iMac, Macbook, iPhone, iPad or you believe it to have been stolen you can easily track its location via the “Find My” map. To do this you simply login to your account on another device or online. Once logged in to your account you can remotely play sound on your device using the feature to help track its location, as well as lock the device or even erase all data. To find out more about how to enable “Find My” on your device read here.

Calendar, Reminder & Notes

All of the above are very useful applications, so useful that it only makes sense that you can access all of them from multiple devices, with any edits, additions, deleting of events and data being synchronised across all of your devices. With such harmony amongst all of your Apple devices, these 3 apps and the iCloud combine to keep you as organised and efficient as possible.

Keychain

Keychain is another useful feature of iCloud. If you have keychain enabled it will save your password across devices so if you login on your iPhone your iPad and Mac will also know your login if you save it. This means that you won’t forget your password or have to go looking for it when you want to log in to one of your other Apple devices.

Can update storage

Have you ever bought an iPhone or iPod and experienced the pain of low storage? Those days are long gone with iCloud. Apple gives every iCloud account 5gb of free storage and further storage options at very affordable prices. Upgrade your iCloud storage to 50GB for only 0.79p per month, 200GB for £2.49 per month or a mighty 2TB for only £6.99 per month. That’s definitely a lot cheaper than buying a new device or making any hardware upgrades.

The iCloud has no doubt connected our Apple devices in multiple ways using multiple applications. For us, we see the synchronization of existing devices as only the beginning, with the iCloud having the potential to go even further, with storage capabilities that far outperform our regular Apple devices, the possibilities of what Apple can do with iCloud in the future are limitless. A future where our day to day tasks and even home is controlled remotely through iCloud technology is definitely not a far fetched prospect.