The great mystery of iCloud begins with logging in. It can be an absolute nightmare if you lose your password, but there are ways to work around this, but make sure you keep it logged somewhere safe (to be on the safe side). We have various pages to help support you with using iCloud, and one of the most important, with respect to logging in, has got to be our iCloud Password page, which you can access by clicking here. We also highly recommend using a Password manager to increase your online security. Our favourite is LastPass, and we wrote a post about why we recommend this over all other password managers, which you can access here.
First of all you want to set up iCloud properly and this page is designed to help you do that as quickly and effortlessly as possible.
To make the most of iCloud, you want to make sure it’s set up on all your devices and that all are running on the most recent updates. This link will take you to the most recent updates for each device.
How to Set up and Use iCloud Video Tutorial
In each of your devices, go into settings, make sure you are online and click on iCloud. From here you can manage your iCloud settings – choosing which apps to back up to your iCloud Storage. Make sure you have Backup switched to on. If you don’t, then nothing will be backed up automatically when you are connected to the internet, only if and when you remember to plug your device in manually to your computer and back up via iTunes – the oldschool way. Make life simple for yourself and turn this on!
Have a look at this video if you prefer to see a visual step by step guide on how to set up and use iCloud:
Log in to iCloud on your iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad
- To make sure you are running the latest software, go to Settings>General>Software Update.
- Activate iCloud – If you are doing this on a brand new device, just follow the set up assistant instructions on your device. If you’re returning to this after skipping the Set Up Assistant previously, go to Settings>iCloud and insert your Apple ID.
- Activate automatic downloads – this will allow your device to automatically download any music, movies, apps and books you have purchased using your Apple ID to this device. Go to Settings>iTunes and App Store
- Switch on iCloud on your Other Devices (see below)
Log in to iCloud on your Mac
- To ensure you are running the latest software on your Mac go to Apple menu>Software Update. Run the update if there is an available update
- Activate iCloud by going to Apple Menu>System Preferences>iCloud and enter your Apple ID
- Choose which services you want to be enabled
- Activate iCloud Photo Sharing and My Photo Stream
- Activate automatic downloads which will allow you to sync downloads from iTunes across all your devices. To do this, open iTunes>Preferences>Store>Music, Apps and Books and select which you want to enable automatic downloads for.
[Photograph courtesy of support.apple.com]
Log in to iCloud on your PC
If you want to integrate the photos and files on your PC with your Apple devices, then installing iCloud for Windows is a great way to do this. You will need to already have an Apple ID and iCloud account for your other devices. Make sure you have already installed iCloud on your Mac and other Apple devices before following these steps.
- Download iCloud for Windows here.
- If it doesn’t open automatically, you can open it by going to File Explorer>iCloud Setup
- Once installed, restart your computer.
- Open iCloud for Windows (Start>Apps/Programs>iCloud for Windows)
- Sign into your account using your Apple ID
- Choose which items you want available across all your devices – photo’s, music, book marks and/or mail
- Select photos – my Photostream is set up by default. If you don’t want it on, go to Options>turn off My Photo Stream
- To put iCloud Photos in a different location, you can select Options>Change (then choose the folder you want them to save to>Click OK
For more information on using iCloud in Windows, there is a great article at Ars Technica about it.
If you want to keep your photos, bookmarks and music up to date, you should turn on iCloud Drive, and we have a page dedicated to telling you everything you need to know about doing that here.