In today’s world, the term “the cloud” gets thrown around quite a bit. However, not many people actually know what it is, or what the phrase means. Some people see it as an abstract space that Apple uses, while others think of it as a place to store information. The truth is, both are right to a certain extent.
The cloud refers to the iCloud, which is a space that securely stores all of your data, including photos, videos, iCloud email, documents, and apps, in one place. In this guide we will further break down the cloud to explain what it is and how it works.
Getting Started with the iCloud (Login and Set Up)
The first part of using the iCloud is setting it up on your IOS device or Mac. This is a simple process that requires an Apple ID. If you do not have one, all you need to do is sign up to get your iCloud email address and you’re ready to go.
Once that is done, you next want to use your iCloud login on your other devices and computers using the same Apple ID. This only has to be done once. Afterwards, your iCloud sign in should login for you every time.
From there, any changes you make on one device appear on your other devices. This helps sync everything up. For instance, if you create a new photo album on your Mac, you will also be able to access it on your Apple Watch, Apple TV, computers, and all of your iOS devices.
You can also use the cloud to access web versions of key iOS and Mac apps from any browser. Even if you have a Windows computer, you have the option of downloading iCloud web-only access to use Keynote, Pages, Numbers, iCloud Drive, Notes and Contacts from your browser.
The Many Features of the iCloud
Though there are several cloud-like services to choose from, the iCloud is particularly useful because it comes with free 5 GB of storage for anyone with an Apple ID account. If you have an iPad it will automatically back up on the cloud when you plug it in, and you can also manually back it up by opening the Settings app.
Another great feature of the cloud is using it to find your various devices. It is easy to lose or misplace things in today’s crazy world, and the iCloud helps make that a little easier. This helps you track down any phone or tablet you’ve misplaced, and it also allows you to remotely reset your devices to erase any data that is on there.
Furthermore, the cloud has an iCloud Photo Library, shared photo albums, and My Photo Stream. Stream uploads every picture you’ve taken to the cloud and then downloads it across all devices. That means you can always access your photos no matter where you are. This feature is particularly helpful for people who want to seamlessly transfer their photos from their phone to their iPad without doing any work.
However, as stream caps out at 1,000 photos, if you want to go bigger you can get the iCloud Photo library. This service permanently uploads photos to the cloud, which then gets allows you to store as much as you like. You also have the ability to download a much more storage friendly version directly to your device.
The cloud also lets you access most of the apps that come with the iPad on across different devices. For instance, if you want to access notes from your tablet to your phone, all you have to do is turn on Notes in the iCloud section of the iPad. This works with all features, including reminders.
The final aspect we will look at is (and one of the most important) is the iCloud mail. The cloud is all about connectivity. While having entertainment in one place is nice, being able to quickly access your email from is extremely handy as well.
ICloud Mail uses the Mail app on iOS devices and Mac computers to make sure you always have access to your files. As with the above examples, any changes are constantly updated across all devices.
All of your Files, Anywhere you Want Them
The iCloud may not be something that everyone understands, but it comes with some of the best features in the technological world. You have iCloud email, photo apps, great ways to listen to music, and more storage than you could ever handle. You can also customize your cloud to fit your personal preferences and lifestyle. Whatever you want or need, the cloud has you covered.