iCloud is a brilliant (and free) bit of software that is on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It backs up all your content to the internet automatically once it is configured on your device.
iCloud also includes other things such as ‘Find My iPhone’ as well as some web based applications that lets you send email or update contacts when on the move via any web browser.
Before you can use iCloud you need:
- Apple ID – this is the username and password you use to download stuff from iTunes
- An iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with latest version of the operating system installed on it (or at least iOS5)
Set up iCloud from an iPhone or iPad with iOS
1. Tap on the Settings app
2. Tap on “iCloud”
3. Type in your Apple ID and password that you use for iTunes. Alternately, you can create a new account if you don’t have one by selecting “Get a free Apple ID”
4. Tap the “ON” switch for the types of data and services you want to sync with iCloud: Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Bookmarks, Notes, Photo Stream, etc
By default you get 5GB for free, but the iCloud plan prices are reasonably cheap if you require more storage.
Once you have configured iCloud, you can visit www.iCloud.com to access your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Find My iPhone and Find My Mac, and iWork online. Just login with your Apple ID you created (above) and you’ll be able to login.
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