How To Set Up iCloud (On Your iPhone or iPad)

iCloud logo

iCloud is a brilliant bit of software that is available for all Apple devices – from Mac computers through to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

It backs up all your content to the internet automatically once it is configured on your device.

By default, Apple gives you 5GB of space to save your stuff – which is plenty if you only have a single device.

But how do you set up and configure iCloud on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch?

Luckily, the setup process is fairly easy. You simply need to perform the standard iCloud sign in on your device and go through each of the Apps deciding if you want the content saved to iCloud, or not.

The 5GB provided is ample for most people but it can be upgraded from your device for only pennies per month making it affordable for most people. [2]

iCloud storage plans

iCloud pricing is very reasonable

Apple also allows you to share your account with other family members – meaning you can have everyone use the same account for backups making it a very economical method of backing up your precious stuff. [1]. However, you have to commit to a much larger plan of 200GB to take advantage of this.

Don’t worry – even though you share the account you can’t view each others stuff. So you get the benefits of shared storage whilst keeping your privacy.

iCloud also includes other things such as ‘Find My iPhone’ [3] as well as some web-based applications that let you send an email or update contacts when on the move via any web browser.

If you don’t currently use iCloud – set it up immediately as it has several advantages:

  • All your stuff is backed up securely
  • When you upgrade to a new device you can automatically move all your contents, Apps, and settings
  • If you forget your passcode you can reset it and recover the data from the backup
  • It is free (unless you needs lots of space)
  • If you must buy a plan you can share it with your family keeping costs down

Set up iCloud from an iPhone or iPad

iCloud Requirements

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 the latest version of the operating system installed on it (or at least iOS 5)


1. Tap on the Settings app

tap settings

2. If your name appears at the top of the settings click it. If it doesn’t find out how to perform an iCloud log in.

tap your name

3. Tap on “iCloud”

tap icloud

4. Scroll down and find ‘iCloud Drive’. Tap it to turn it green and it will be turned on.

toggle iCloud drive

How to sign out of iCloud from an iPhone or iPad

If you want to sign out of iCloud, perhaps because you want to sell your device, then you can do so easily.

How to manage iCloud sync permissions on iPhone and iPad

If you are worried about running out of space on iCloud then you can manually adjust which Apps have permission to store data there. For example, some Apps may store settings or files – such as documents – without you realizing.

Some of the Apps that store data include:

  • Photos
  • Mail
  • Contacts
  • Calendars
  • Reminders
  • Notes
  • Messages
  • Safari
  • Stocks
  • Health
  • Wallet
  • Game Centre
  • Siri
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote

And that is just the Apple Apps.

You can decide what gets stored by configuring settings on your device.

It is very easy to do, simply follow these steps.


1. Tap Settings

tap settings

2. Tap your name.

tap your name

3. Tap iCloud.

tap icloud

4. Toggle the switch off (white) for the App you no longer want to sync to iCloud. Tapping the switch again switches it back on.

tap find my phone

What happens if you forget your Apple ID or password?

If you forget your Apple login details you can reset them. This works perfectly as long as you have the security details configured properly. If you don’t it can lock you out of your iCloud account and prevent you from using your devices.

Having an iCloud locked device can make your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch unusable so be careful to set your Apple ID up properly.

Can I remove the iCloud Activation Lock if I get locked out?

If you get locked out of your device due to forgetting your Apple ID then you need to know how to perform activation lock removal. The removal process is straightforward but you must be careful due to the number of scams online. Read this article to find out how to do an iPhone activation lock removal.

How to bypass Activation Lock on iPad

You can reset your Apple account password for your iPad as long as you still have access to the linked email account. However, I have heard from many readers who no longer have access to the linked email address and are unable to perform a reset leaving them locked out of their device. Therefore, I have produced a tutorial explaining how to bypass Activation Lock on iPad if you invoke the iCloud lock because you forgot or don’t know your Apple ID or password and can’t reset it.

Trusted iCloud removal services

If you are interested in removing an iCloud lock from your device you probably want to know which service is best. After reviewing the marketplace I have found a couple of trustworthy iCloud unlockers that I recommend.

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[1] Apple Support: Share an iCloud storage plan with your family

[2] Apple Support: iCloud storage plans and pricing

[3] Apple support: How to set up Find My iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, AirPods