Apple’s cloud service, called iCloud, is the perfect storage container for all of the content located on one device, or many devices of the same owner. iCloud allows users the chance to access their photos, music, notes, contacts, and more from all of their devices seamlessly.
Apple’s cloud service securely stores your photos, videos, documents, music, apps — and keeps them updated across all your devices.
And iCloud is automatically built-in to all new iOS devices, including iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone, as well as newer Mac computers. And for Windows users, iCloud is just a download away.
- 1 iCloud Features
- 2 Automatic Sync and BackUp
- 3 iCloud Photo Library
- 4 Apple Music
- 5 iCloud Drive and The Files App
- 6 Family Sharing
- 7 Find My iPhone
- 8 Safari and iCloud Keychain
- 9 Privacy and Security
- 10 iCloud Site
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When space permits, iCloud stores full-size versions of all your photos and videos and keeps smaller, optimized versions on all your devices and Macs.
Email, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Reminders, and iWorks Suite
iCloud stores everything to keep you on track. All your contacts, email messages and any notes or reminders are accessible from your iCloud Account.
With iCloud, you have your inbox, calendar, contacts, and other valuable information in your pocket and on your desktop. When you delete an email, add a calendar event, update a contact, or check off a to-do item, iCloud makes the changes everywhere.
Your iCloud storage keeps all your valuable content safe, secure, and always available — even if you lose or replace a device. When you set-up an Apple ID, you automatically get an iCloud storage account.
Customers automatically receive 5GB of free storage, and Apple provides monthly plans for larger amounts of storage starting at $.99 USD/month for 50GB–plenty of space for all content that needs protection.
Automatic Sync and BackUp
Apple understands that there is important data on individual’s mobile devices; therefore, iCloud backs it up each day when the iCloud Backup option is turned on.
If needed, iCloud restores all lost music, photos, device settings, app data, messages, and books. Just connect your device to a WiFi connection, signing into with your Apple ID, and restore all your personal information back.
Backup What Matters
When connected to WiFi, plugged into power, screen locked, and has sufficient storage available, iCloud syncs and backs up your iDevices. These backups come in handy when you lose, replace, or have performance issues with your iDevice(s.)
iCloud Photo Library
When iCloud Photo Library is on, iCloud uploads every photo and video you take and makes that media available on your other devices, computers, and even your Apple TV.
iCloud protects all your media when you store your entire Photo library in iCloud. And you have more space available on your iDevice.
If you want to share some photos or a photo album with friends, family, or co-workers, turning on iCloud Photo Sharing lets you share just the photos and videos you want to.
If you’re an Apple Music member, your entire music library lives in iCloud, so not only will you always be able to access all your music, but it won’t take up any space on your devices.
When iCloud Music Library is turned on, access your entire music collection on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Mac, or PC as long as you sign into all of your devices with the same Apple ID and iCloud Music Library is turned on.
And iCloud Music Library makes your Apple Music songs and playlists available on all your devices, immediately. And with an Apple Music family membership, everyone gets full access to Apple Music, too!
iCloud Drive and The Files App
With macOS, iCloud Drive stores all your Desktop and your Documents folders, so every file you add is accessible anywhere. Your iCloud Drive App is the hub of this partnership.
iCloud gives up to six members of your family shared access to everyone’s iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases.
Additionally, set-up photo and home movie albums to share with everyone, even share your calendars and locations. Being in the know is good!
Find My iPhone
Safari and iCloud Keychain
Browse with Safari on your iPad and pick up where you left off on your iPhone, Mac or iPod Touch. And with iCloud Keychain, you don’t need to worry anymore about remembering all those passwords for websites or apps.
iCloud Keychain keeps track of everything for you–from your account names and passwords to your credit card numbers. Best of all, iCloud Keychain protects your data with industry-standard encryption techniques on all of your devices, both in transit and in the cloud.
Privacy and Security
Apple designed iCloud with your privacy in mind. All your iCloud content is encrypted when sent over the Internet and, in most cases when stored on Apple’s servers.
Security enhancements like two-factor authentication help you ensure that your most important data is accessible to you alone.
Access your information when you’re away from your computer or iDevice(s) by signing into the iCloud site. View your photos and videos, documents, iWork files, and even your Desktop and Documents folder on your Mac.
Review your Apple ID Account and manage features like Find My iPhone, Notes, Mail, Calendar, Contacts, and others. With the iCloud site, you always have access to what you want, wherever you want it.
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