iCloud is a cloud storage service powered by Apple. You can store whatever you desire on it as long as it complies to Apple’s storage policies. On initial setup, you are on a free tier which includes 5GB of storage for free. You can increase the storage capacity by moving to the next tier for which you will be paying monthly. Below, we listed 4 main benefits of iCloud setup and, in the end, gave step-by-step descriptions of the actual setup process for different devices.
Effortless Automatic Backups
iCloud automatically backs up your data when you are connected to the internet. Remember that if you don’t back up your device to iCloud for 180 or more days, Apple reserves the right to delete your data. Therefore, before the iCloud setup, carefully read terms and conditions.
Data Synchronization Across your Devices
It synchronizes your data for you across your devices, so there is no need of manually updating the data. For example, if you add or edit a contact or take a picture on your iPhone, it will also be on your iPad, considering that both are synchronized and use the same iCloud account. If a person buys a new iPhone, iCloud allows copying all the data, apps, contacts, messages, media, games, etc. from the old device to the new device.
Find your lost Apple device
When you sign up for iCloud you could also set up Find My iPhone app, which lets you locate your lost Apple device (iPhone, iPad or Mac, etc.). You can send an alert message to the missing device. If things get out of hand, you can remove all your data from your lost Apple device and make it unusable. Remember that this app cannot be turned off without entering your iCloud password. Hence, we suggest you protect your device and data by setting up “Find My iPhone” app.
How to set up iCloud?
We hope that 4 benefits of iCloud setup convinced you to use the service. First, you need an Apple ID to set up your iCloud Account. First, you need to set it up on an iOS or a MacOS device. When you complete the setup process then you can turn on iCloud on your other devices, such as iMac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, etc.
If this is your first time of setting up iCloud, follow these steps:
- On your Mac: Click on Apple menu -> System Preferences -> iCloud and enter your Apple ID and password. Now you can turn on the features that you want to use.
- On your iOS device (iOS 10.3 or later): Go to Settings -> [your name] -> iCloud and enter your Apple ID and password. Now you can turn on the features that you want to use.
- On your iOS device (iOS 10.2 or earlier): Go to Settings -> iCloud and enter your Apple ID and password. Now you can turn on the features that you want to use.