How to Set up your Mac and iOS Devices for iCloud

We’re here to signpost a quick guide to setting up your Mac and iOS devices for iCloud. we found a great article on Tech Radar with a step by step guide showing how easily you can back up your documents to the web and sync devices.

1. Update your Mac

You need to be using OS X Lion version 10.7.2 or later, running Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, i5 or i7, or Xeon processor. It needs a minimum of 2GB of RAM, 7GB of hard drive space

2. Update iPhoto/Aperture

This will enable you to automatically copy all of your photo’s (over the last 30 days) and back them up to iPhoto or Aperture. Make sure you are running the latest edition of these applications. For iPhoto, it’s iPhoto 11 version 9.2 or later, and for Aperture it’s version 3.2 or later.

3. Update iTunes

iCloud will enable synchronisation of any purchase you make on iTunes via your phone, iPad, iPod etc as long as you have upgraded to iTunes 5 or later.

4. Update iOS devices

Your iPhone, iPad and iPad 2 and third and fourth generation iPod touch must be running iOS 5 in order to access iCloud features. The easiest way to update your device is to connect it to your Mac by a USB cable and launch iTunes. Then all you have to do is click ‘Download and Update’ to proceed.

Once iOS 5 is downloaded, all future updates can be accessed by tapping Settings-General-Software Update.

5. Update Apple TV

You can update Apple TV by clicking Select Settings-General-Software Update. When Apple TV locates the installer, click ‘Download and Install’ the click ‘Update Now’.

That should have all of your devices up to date. For tips on what to do next, click on the links to the Tech Radar article below:

Setting Up iCloud.

Setting Up Photo Stream.

Back Ups and Storage.

February 5, 2012