You’ve almost certainly heard of iCloud if you own an Apple device. However, Apple’s iCloud is a little difficult to grasp.
If you’re new to the Apple ecosystem, you’ve probably heard the term iCloud mentioned a few times. An iCloud account is required to use an Apple device because it controls many functions, including downloading new apps, syncing files, tracking your device, and more.
iCloud may appear to be a bit complicated at first, but don’t worry; it’s actually very simple and user-friendly, as we’ll explain below. We’ll also go over the various uses for iCloud so you can make the most of your account.
What Is iCloud?
iCloud is the umbrella term for all of Apple’s internet-based services, which are available for Mac, iPhone, and Windows-based PCs. iCloud is associated with your Apple ID, and you can access and use all iCloud features through your Apple ID account.
What are the features of iCloud?
iCloud has evolved from a simple online backup solution to one that includes data storage, media syncing, offline tracking, and other features. We’ve gone over each of these in depth below.
iCloud Backup lets you back up your iPhone or iPad to the cloud rather than a laptop or Mac. This eliminates the need for you to connect your mobile device to a computer because the backup occurs automatically in the background.
Every time you plug your iPhone or iPad into a charger while it’s connected to Wi-Fi, Apple backs up your device to a secure iCloud server. You can also back up your device to iCloud manually by going to Settings and selecting [Your Name] > iCloud > Backup > Back Up Now.
For your Apple ID account, iCloud offers 5GB of free online storage (additional storage can be purchased). This storage can be used for a variety of purposes, including backing up your device, storing photos, and more. Having an up-to-date backup in the cloud saves you time if you decide to buy a new iPhone because you can restore it from the iCloud backup.
Find My is a critical iCloud feature that allows you to track the location of your lost or stolen Apple device. It tracks your various devices in real-time and provides the last known position if the device is offline.
If you can’t seem to find your device at home, you can even use Find My to play a sound on it. If things get serious and you lose or steal your device, you can also remotely lock it down or reset all the data using the Find My interface in iCloud.
Find My is accessible on any device via the Find My app or the iCloud website. If you ever need to use it, accessing and locking your device remotely is simple.
Apple’s iCloud Drive is a cloud storage solution that works with the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It functions similarly to Dropbox and Google Drive, allowing you to store your data in the cloud and access it from multiple devices. This ensures that you always have the most recent version of your files, regardless of the device you’re using.
iCloud Drive is accessible via the Finder on your Mac and the Files app on your iPhone or iPad. When you make changes to a document, it is automatically synced to the cloud. iCloud Drive is also accessible from Windows, so you are not limited to Apple devices.
The ability to offload unused files to the cloud is a significant advantage of iCloud Drive on a Mac. This saves storage space on your Mac while also keeping all of your files accessible in case you need them.
iCloud Photos lets you upload your photos to the cloud and access them from any Apple device. You can use iCloud Photos to keep a copy of your photos while also viewing them in full resolution on the rest of your devices.
You can also use iCloud Photos to free up storage space on your devices by storing all of your full-resolution photos in iCloud while keeping thumbnails on your device. Don’t worry, when you view a photo, the full-resolution version will quickly download in the background and pop into focus.
iCloud Keychain allows you to securely save login information for various apps and websites, and the information is synced across all of your Apple devices. This eliminates the need for you to remember a large number of passwords. It also allows you to autofill your login information whenever you use an app or a website on your Apple devices.
Various apps, such as Calendar, Reminders, Mail, and Notes, can sync data via iCloud so that all of your Apple devices display the same information. This means you won’t have to worry about having duplicate copies of your data, and you’ll be able to use all of your Apple devices more seamlessly than ever before.
Hide My Email
Hide My Email is an iCloud+ feature that allows you to sign up for various online services using a custom-created, private email address. This email replaces your primary email address. When you select this option, iCloud will generate a personalized Apple email and save the login information to your Keychain, masking your true email address. The emails it receives will then be forwarded to your actual account.
How Do You Enable iCloud features?
The various iCloud features can be enabled via the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad or the System Preferences on your Mac. Simply go to [Your Name] > iCloud on an iPhone or iPad. Go to Apple ID > iCloud to enable and configure iCloud on your Mac.
Costs of iCloud Storage Upgrade
iCloud has a plethora of features. They all, however, have the same amount of storage, which is only 5GB for free. This means that if you use all of iCloud’s features, you’ll quickly run out of storage space.
Fortunately, Apple provides monthly storage upgrades for your iCloud. Upgrade to 50GB of storage for $0.99 per month, 200GB for $2.99 per month, or 2TB for $9.99 per month. Every iCloud feature will be available with the storage you upgrade to.
Should You Use of iCloud?
Absolutely! iCloud improves the way you use your Apple device by allowing you to keep all of your devices in sync so that all of your data, including notes, reminders, and more, is consistent across all of your devices.
You also don’t have to worry about transferring files from one device to another because everything is synced. Find My also allows you to track your device in case it is misplaced and to reset your data so that it does not fall into the wrong hands.
If you’re concerned about security, know that Apple is committed to user privacy, and iCloud is no exception. iCloud uses high-quality encryption protocols to secure data processing from start to finish. You can rest assured that your data is securely backed up to the iCloud servers, and you have nothing to fear.