Signing in to iCloud is the first step you need to overcome in learning how to manage your iCloud account. There are a range of places you need to sign in from to manage your iCloud account, and various reasons why you might need to sign in. This page is dedicated to telling you how to do it. If there’s anything missing on this page, you’re likely to find it over at our iCloud Login page here.
iCloud Sign in Online
To sign in to your iCloud account online is very simple. Just go to www.iCloud.com and sign in using your Apple ID and password. This is where you can set up an iCloud account if you don’t already have one and it’s where you should go if you have any issues with having lost, misplaced or damaged your device. From this online account, you will be able to access any data and documents you may have lost. It’s also the place to go to activate Find My iPhone, Find My iPad, Find My Mac, etc, and you should make sure these features are switched on before anything happens to your device.
We have a page dedicated to using your iCloud password here if you want to find out more about password security.
iCloud Sign in on Your Device
Just follow these simple steps to sign into iCloud on your device:
- First, make sure you’re using the most up to date version of your software
- You can do this by going to Settings>General>Software update on your device
- Next make sure iCloud is active. If you’re doing this on a brand new device, you will be prompted to acvtivate iCloud during set up, but just in case you skipped this step, all you have to do is go into Settings>iCloud and put in your Apple ID.
- We’d recommend you activate automatic downloads, which will let all your devices access new music or movie, application or book downloads from the iTunes store – but it’s not essential.
- Do this in Settings>iTunes and App Store then switch on Music, Apps, Books and Updates by moving the slider to the green setting.
- Make sure you have activated iCloud on your other devices, such as iPad, Mac or PC.
For an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, use the above instructions. Otherwise, use the instructions below.
iCloud Sign in on your Mac
As with the steps above, first of all make sure you are running the latest software.
- To do this click on the Apple Menu in the top left and select Software Update. Follow the instructions to update to the latest software before proceeding with the next steps.
- To check iCloud is active, go to the Apple Menu>System Preferences>iCloud and enter your Apple ID
- From there you can select the services you want to be backed up and synced using iCloud
- Here you can also choose to set up My Photo Stream and iCloud photo sharing
- You can activate automatic downloads in iTunes to sync across all your devices by opening iTunes then selecting Preferences>Store>Music, Apps and Books and choose the ones you want to allow automatic downloads for.
iCloud Sign in on your PC
To sign into iCloud on a PC you absolutely have to have the iCloud for Windows application installed on your PC, which you can download here.
- Presuming you have already installed iCloud for Windows on your PC, you need to open it by going to the Start menu, choosing Apps or Programs and click on iCloud for Windows.
- Sign in with your Apple ID.
- Choose the items you want to sync across all your devices including movies, photo’s, bookmarks etc.
- Hey presto, you have iCloud on a PC.
If you want some more guidance on accessing iCloud on a Mac or PC check out this Youtube video:
Managing Your Storage
We have a page dedicated to this here, but in short, you want to be able to manage the storage options within each of your devices when you set them up.
On your device, go into Settings>iCloud and from there you can switch on or off the apps you want backed up in iCloud. You will need to do this for each individual device you have. This is the place where you want to make sure Find My iPhone, Mac, iPod Touch or iPad is switched to On. Because if you lose it, this very clever little programme will be able to show you on a map where it is. It’s a fantastic piece of kit which can help you to locate your device if it is lost, and send round the heavies (the police) if it has been stolen.
To manage your storage on your Mac, just select the Apple menu and System Preferences and choose iCloud.
Managing your Password
One of the key reasons people may struggle to sign in to iCloud is because they have forgotten their password. Our most important piece of advice is this; don’t forget your iCloud password. It’s the most important piece of information you will need to have access to as it’s the only way for you to sign in to your account and access any of the best features available to you when your device is lost, stolen or damaged.
We would highly recommend you use a password manager with local encryption and decryption abilities – which means your device has the key to unlocking the encryption, not the provider, so it’s basically a whole lot more secure, and will help you to manage and remember all of your passwords very securely indeed. We recommend using LastPass. Click here for a free trial.
We have a page dedicated to everything you need to know about iCloud Password here should you need more tips on password security and management.
Sign In If You’ve Forgotten your Apple Password
The first place you should go if you’ve forgotten your Apple Password is visit Apple’s aptly named iForgot page. You will need to know your Apple ID, but this page will be able to help you if it’s only your password that you’ve forgotten.
Sign In If You’ve Forgotten your Apple ID and Password
Again visit the Apple iForgot page, but this time click on the ‘Forgot your Apple ID’ button under where you would enter your Apple ID (if you hadn’t forgotten it). Enter your details here and Apple will help you reset your Apple ID and password.