iCloud is built into every Apple device. That means all your stuff — photos, files, notes, and more — is safe, up to date, and available wherever you are. And it works automatically, so all you have to do is keep doing what you love. Everyone gets 5GB of free iCloud storage to start, and it’s easy to add more at any time.

Apple.com/icloud

There are so many great reasons to use iCloud, this guide will include a basic setup with more in-depth guides to follow. What iCloud can do for you and your productivity is amazing, here are some examples:

  • Access to pretty much everything across all your Apple devices:
    • Photos
    • Contacts
    • Messages
    • Mail
    • Music
    • Pages (Word processing)
    • Web Browser history and bookmarks
    • Apps
    • Notes
    • Numbers (spreadsheets)
    • Keynotes (presentations)
  • The ability to share Photos and more with Family members
  • All files available in one place across all devices
  • Share files and folders easily with others
  • Automatic backups
  • Move to a new device seamlessly
  • Ability to purchase more storage if needed, first 5gb are free
  • Using iCloud also gives you the opportunity to use Family Sharing which we will look at later “Family Sharing makes it easy for you and up to five family members to share Apple Books and App Store purchases and an iCloud storage plan.3 And everyone can access an Apple Music family plan and subscriptions to Apple TV+, Apple News+, and Apple Arcade.” – Apple.com

How to setup iCloud (iPhone/iPad)

  • Make sure your device is updated to the latest version
    • SettingsGeneralSoftware Update
  • Once the update is complete (this may take some time)
  • Go back to Settings
  • Sign into your device with your Apple ID, this will automatically turn ON iCloud
  • Once logged in, in the Apple ID Screen, click on iCloud to edit your preferences
  • Use the sliders to select and deselect those Apps whose data you want to save to iCloud
  • Repeat the setup instructions on all your other devices

How to setup iCloud (Mac)

  • Make sure your device is updated to the latest version
    • System PreferencesSoftware Update
  • Once the update is complete (this may take some time)
  • Go back to System Preferences – Internet Accounts
  • Select iCloud from the list
  • Sign into your device with your Apple ID, this will automatically turn ON iCloud
  • Once logged in, in the Apple ID Screen, click on iCloud, in the list on the left, to edit your preferences
  • Tick or untick to select and deselect those Apps whose data you want to save to iCloud
  • Repeat the setup instructions on all your Apple Mac devices

Edit iCloud Preferences

  • On your iPhone and iPad, go to SettingsClick on your Name (at the top)
  • On your Mac (Laptop or computer), go to System Preferences Internet AccountsiCloud (in the list on the left)

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