Setup iCloud on a Mac or iDevice

Apple’s iCloud service has recently left the development stage and is now official. This is good news for many Mac and iDevice owners, because iCloud is now available to the public and not just Apple developers. In today’s article, we will review some basics of using iCloud, and demo how it works with different Apple products.

To get started with iCloud, you need to have an Apple ID. You probably already have one, but if not, you can create one here. The next step for initially setting up iCloud, is to access iCloud on a device that supports it. This could be an iMac, MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad, etc..

On a Mac product, such as a MacBook Pro, iCloud can be accessed via Finder > Applications > System Preferences > iCloud.

ICloud System Preferences

On an iDevice, such as an iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad, iCloud can be accessed via Settings > iCloud.

Once you have located iCloud on your Apple device, proceed to sign-in using your Apple ID. Here is an example for Mac products:

ICloud Sign in

Once you sign-in, you can choose which components you would like to import to the cloud. The iCloud component on your Mac or iDevice may seem minimal, but that’s all it needs to be. Remember, what you choose to import to the cloud will not only be backed up to iCloud for storage purposes so that you access your Apple data anywhere, but it will also be able to be available on all of your Apple devices that have iCloud enabled.

For example, if you send the Calendar on your iPhone to the cloud, it will also sync with your other Apple devices, such as MacBook, iPad, etc… Each function that you check within the iCloud settings, will be sent to iCloud.

Mac

ICloud Mac

iPhone

ICloud Setup

On a Mac, you can also check iCloud storage usage by clicking the Manage… button.

ICloud Storage

On an iDevice, you can also check iCloud storage using the Storage & Backup button.

IPhone Storage

From here, you can jump to iCloud.com, which is the basis for iCloud. At iCloud.com, you can access things like your Address Book, Calendar, etc… So, if you sync data to iCloud, but don’t have access to your Mac or iDevice, you can still access your information from any web browser.

ICloud com Sign in

ICloud com Apps

Overall, iCloud is a cloud service that is very user friendly. Apple has designed iCloud so that you don’t need to own a Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch to use it. You can simply use iCloud with just one device. However, the more Apple devices that you own, the more iCloud will likely be helpful, as one of it’s main features is to allow seamless integration between different Apple products. However, if you own, just a MacBook for example, iCloud.com can still be helpful for accessing your computer data from a web browser.

That’s all for our quick review of iCloud basics and setting up iCloud? Are you going to be using iCloud? Leave a comment!

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Comments [9]

  1. Minggus says:

    I need help. I have installed all the necessary iOS5 to Mac Lion for my iPad and Macbook pro. However, My macbook do not sync automatically with my iPad through iCloud. I have already making sure that settings are turned on.

    When I edited a contact from iCloud.com, It only synced with my iPad but not my macbook. Can you help me on this issue? Thanks.

  2. @minggus says:

    tutorial for Mac coming tomorrow.

  3. Willem says:

    I can't find "iCloud" its not there where it should be … Do we have iCloud allready in the Netherlands? my system is up to date it says…

    Please help?

  4. katerina says:

    I do not have iCloud in the System preferences menu on my MacBook Pro. Is it because it is two years old? Can I get it there somehow? thanks

  5. Shirley Breedon says:

    iCloud email not working on macbook pro but OK on iPhone 4 and iPad 2. Please help

  6. peter says:

    you need to have lion !

  7. Ti Fens says:

    I have a new iphone and a new ipad but I can't receive my normal mailbox on it only my mobile.me e-mail. The account is visible but not my emails. I like to have also my normal e-mail account on my iphone is that possible.

  8. deb says:

    HI, I HAVE NO ICLOUD ICON IN SYSTEM PREFERENCES ON MY MACBOOK PRO. WHY IS THIS?
    THANKS
    DEB

  9. Matt says:

    DEB – you need to have the latest operating system ‘LION’ running on your Macbook

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