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!