How Does the iCloud Work?
If you have multiple Apple devices, then you know it can be a real pain if you have to switch from one device to another while you are in the middle of a project. Fortunately, Apple has the iCloud to make this process easier by keeping your projects in sync. The iCloud lets you keep projects in an online storage account that you can access from any Apple device. This means that when you set up your iCloud correctly, you can always have access to the most up to date version of your project from any of your iOS devices.
How to Set Up Your iCloud Access
In order to reap the benefits of using the iCloud, you have to know how to set up your iCloud account correctly. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at how it’s done!
Now, you want to install and set up the iCloud on all of your devices that you want to access the iCloud from. You always want to begin doing this on your iOS device or Mac before you try to do it from your Apple TV or Windows computer.
How to Set up the iCloud on Your iOS Device
The first thing you need to do is to make sure that your device is using the latest version of iOS.
Once you have done this, turn on the iCloud. Most new devices will ask you to setup iCloud when you first start using them, but if you skipped this section on startup, you want to go to the settings menu of your phone. From here, scroll down to the iCloud option and make sure that it is toggled on. You will now be asked to put in your Apple ID.
You want to use the same ID for all iCloud access whether you are using the iCloud website or accessing iCloud on your devices.
How to Access the iCloud on Your Windows Device
To use iCloud on your Windows device, you need to download the iCloud for Windows and then sign in with your Apple ID that you set up previously. If you did not set up your iCloud account on an iOS device first or if you don’t have an Apple ID yet, you can set up your account on the iCloud website.
How to Access the iCloud on Your Apple TV
To access the iCloud on your Apple TV, you just need to select the iCloud icon and use your existing Apple ID to login.
How to Maximize Your iCloud Settings
Even after being able to access the iCloud on each of your devices, you want to ensure that your iCloud settings are such that you are syncing and optimizing your iCloud service.
Enable Automatic Downloads
The first thing you want to do is to make sure that you always have access to the most up to date version of the iCloud app. To do this you need to enable automatic downloads. Start by going to the Settings icon on the home screen of your device. Scroll down to “iTunes & App Stores” and toggle on “Automatic Downloads”.
Enabling Sync in Various Programs
Depending upon the device you are using to access the iCloud, you will find that some program options are not available. For example, when you access the cloud from a Window’s device you will not get access to Mac only programs.
To set your iCloud sync for various programs, you want to open up the iCloud app. From here you can select of deselect the iCloud sync options that you want. For example, you can choose to sync your iCloud Drive, your photos, your mail/contacts/calendar/tasks, and your bookmarks to the cloud.
When you select all of these options, it means that by signing in to your iCloud device, you will have access to the most up to date projects on each of these programs.
If, instead, you only want access to documents that you have written and saved to the iCloud Drive, you only need to select the “iCloud Drive” to sync.
How to Use the iCloud
Say, for example, you are writing a Word document on your iPad when you are on the way to work on the train. When the train stops, save this document your iCloud Drive which you enabled on your iPad previously.
Now, you arrive at the office and you want to access this Word document on your Mac or PC. Since you saved it to your iCloud Drive, all you need to do is to sign in to access your iCloud drive on your Mac and you can get immediate access to the most up to date version of the document.
Things to Keep in Mind When Using the iCloud
When you use the iCloud, there are a few things that you want to keep in mind.
Apple only allows for 5GB of free iCloud storage. If you require more storage, you will have to pay a monthly fee which is established by GB intervals.
The iCloud requires access to the internet. If your power goes out and you need to access a document on the iCloud that you last accessed on another device, you won’t be able to download the recently updated document without internet access.
A single file uploaded to the iCloud cannot exceed 15GB or the storage limit of your iCloud account.
Although Apple permits “family sharing” on some aspects of their service, iCloud storage cannot be shared. The only way to share this storage space is to give your username and password to family members.
Like any online service, it is possible for the iCloud to be breached. This means that it isn’t recommended to upload sensitive materials to the cloud!