Tips Center: How to Use iCloud, iCloud Backup and iCloud Storage
iCloud, Apple launched it as the easiest way to manage your content: share files among iPhone, iPad, iPod and computer, backup important data on iPhone, iPad and iPod, restore iOS device with backup files and locate and wipe data on lost iOS device remotely. If you have an iOS device, iPhone, iPad, or iPod, you should learn how to use iCloud. This article mainly focuses on 3 parts.
From the above, you can see the structure of this article. To take a look at each part, please click the navigation bar on the left.
It’s free to sign up with iCloud. Your Apple ID will do. For people who do not have any preference for a special iCloud ID, an Apple ID could be your iCloud account. So, in this case, you don’t need to sign up a new account for iCloud, but sign in iCloud with your Apple ID. If you haven’t had an Apple ID yet, don’t worry, there are so many accesses to the sign up window for Apple ID I’ll mention below. Let’s take a look at how to set up iCloud on your computer and iOS devices first. Only after successfully setting up iCloud on your computer and iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, you can use iCloud fully.
*On iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with Wi-Fi or a stable network.
Step 2. Tap Settings > General > Software Update to see whether there is an update available on your iOS device. If there isn’t, it means the software is the latest one. If there is, you should update your iOS to the latest one.
Step 3. Tap Settings > iCloud > enter your Apple ID. If you haven’t had an Apple ID yet, tap “Get a Free Apple ID” in the same window and follow the setup assistant to create an Apple ID with your email address.
Step 4. Enable iCloud services for apps by swiping the button to ON besides each app: Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Notes, Passbook, Keychain, Photos, Documents & Data, Find My iPhone, etc.
Step 1. Click the little apple icon on the very top left of your Mac computer and select Software Update. If there is an update available, click UPDATE to update the OS X to the latest version. If there isn’t, skip to step 2.
Step 2. Click the little apple icon again and choose System Preferences. Click iCloud and sign in with your Apple ID (haven’t gotten one? Just spend a few minutes to create one). Select the services you like to enable by checking the box for each service respectively.
Step 3.(Optional) Launch iPhoto or Aperture on your Mac. Click the Photo Stream icon on the left sidebar to turn it on.
*On Windows PC:
Step 1. Download iCloud Controal Panel on Windows and install it on your Windows PC. Step 2. Open iCloud Controal Panel and sign in with your Apple ID. Check the box before the iCloud services you like to enable. Click Apply to finish the settings.
Below are detailed information about how to setup and use, iCloud services:
Brief Introduction: Photo Stream allows users to share photo albums with people, store photos in iCloud for 30 days, and access to photos on any iCloud-enabled device.
How to Set up:
How to Use:
Brief Introduction: iCloud allows you to share your contacts, mail, calendars, notes and reminders among iPhone, iPad, iPod, and computers in real time.
How to Set up:
How to Use: After setting up, whenever you make an update for Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Notes, or Reminders, the update will appear on your iPhone, iPad, iPod and computer.
Brief Introduction: Automatic Downloads in iCloud will add any item you’ve purchased to your iPhone, iPad, iPod and iTunes on computer wherever you purchase the item.
How to Set up:
How to Use: After enabling Automatic Downloads on your iPhone, iPod, iPad and iTunes on computer, whenever a download occurs, it will be downloaded to all of your devices and computer automatically.
Brief Introduction: Find My iPhone (iPad or Mac) makes it easy for you to locate your device when you lost it (hate to say it, but it’s true we always lose things). Even when you can’t get them back, you can use Find My iPhone to erase all data remotely, preventing other people peeping at your personal data.
How to Set up:
How to Use: Whenever you need to track your iOS device or Mac, open iCloud webpage on any computer with a web browser > log in iCloud with your Apple ID > click Find My iPhone > Click the Devices option and select your device from the drop-down list. Next, additional options for forcing your device to play a sound, initiating Lost Mode and remotely wiping the device will appear. Choose the option that’s right for you.
Brief Introduction: After setting up Safari, you can view all the webpages once you have opened on any of your devices.
How to Set up:
How to Use: After setting up, Safari will syncs the reading list items and bookmarks you created on any device to all devices. To refresh Safari bookmarks on iOS device, launch Safari > click the book icon at the button. On Mac, launch Safari > click the books icon on the very top left.
Brief Introduction: On iCloud, your documents, like Pages, Numbers, and Keynotes are shared via the Documents & Data. It’s integrated with iWork and Microsoft Office suites.
How to Set up:
How to Use: Open iCloud web pages with a web browser on your computer > log in with your Apple ID > choose the file type you’re going to upload (Pages: word, RTF, Text documents, Numbers: Excel spreadsheets, Keynotes: presentations files). Drag and drop a file from your computer local hard drive to the webpage.
Part 2: How to Use iCloud Backup
This page covers the following parts:
Taking the data security issues into consideration, if you’ve enabled iCloud services, you should backup your iOS device to iCloud regularly. Whenever you find some important data on your iCloud is missing, you can get it back by restoring your device from iCloud or selectively pick up data from iCloud backup. Below are the simple steps to backup iOS to iCloud:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod with Wi-Fi.
Step 2. Tap Settings > iCloud > Storage and Backup on your iOS device.
Step 3. Swipe iCloud Backup to ON. Click OK to the infor “Your iPhone will no longer backup to your computer automatically when you sync with iTunes”. Tap Backup Now.
Whenever you need some old data from iCloud backup to your iPhone, iPad or iPod, you can follow the steps below to restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod from iCloud backup.
Step 1. Tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings on your iOS device.
Step 2. Choose Restore from iCloud Backup, sign in with your Apple ID and choose an iCloud backup to restore.
Besides getting your missing data back by restoring your iOS device, you can also selectively recover data from iCloud backup by Dr.Fone - Data Recovery (iOS). This way is especially useful when you decide to ditch iOS device to Android phones (tablets) or lost your iOS devices while wanting to pick data from your iCloud backup.
Selectively recover data from iCloud backup.
- Highest recovery rate in the industry.
- Recover photos, videos, contacts, messages, notes, call logs, and more.
- Preview and selectively restore iCloud backup files.
- Export and print what you want from the iCloud backup to your computer.
- Supports iPhone 8/iPhone 7(Plus), iPhone6s(Plus), iPhone SE and the latest iOS 11 fully!
Steps to selectively recover data from iCloud backup
Step 1. Download and install Dr.Fone on your computer. Select the "Recover" function and click “Recover Data from iCloud Backup File”.
Step 2. Sign in iCloud with your Apple ID and download iCloud backup file.
Step 3. Click Scan to let this program scan your iCloud backup file, sort all data into categories. And then, you can select wanted data, like contacts, photos, videos, notes, calendar, etc. and click Recover to save them to your computer.
Want to see how much of your iCloud Storage is left? Check iCloud storage:
Each Apple ID grants you with 5GB space for iCloud for free. However, you’ll find that after backing up your iOS to iCloud for a few times, the storage is too small to store anything. In this case, if you don’t have any plan for upgrading iCloud storage, the only way to free iCloud storage is to delete old iCloud backup files:
Step 1. Tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > choose Manage Storage on your iPhone, iPad or iPod.
Step 2. Select the old backup you want to delete and tap the red Delete Backup option. And then confirm the deletion by tapping Turn Off & Delete. (Note: just remember not to delete the most recent backup.)
If you find the iCloud storage is too small to use, besides the above mentioned to delete iCloud backup files, can also upgrade iCloud Storage by paying for it. You can upgrade iCloud storage on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, and computer.
Below is a chart for iCloud upgrade. You can check the price.
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