How to use iCloud


Learn what iCloud is all about..

iCloud enables you to sync all of your images, videos, music, apps, contacts, calendars and much more across your iOS devices and Mac or PC.

That means you can snap a photo on your iPhone then see it automatically appear on your Mac, PC or Television. It means you can purchase a song, movie or TV show in iTunes and see it appear on all of your devices. It means you can start writing a document on your Mac, edit it on your iPhone and see the changes appear across both devices. You can also backup your device wirelessly, see where your friends are on a map, sync bookmarks and much more.

Best of all, the majority of iCloud features are free. Only iTunes Match, which enables you to access all of your music at any time, costs anything. In this tutorial you’ll learn more about these great features…


1. iTunes

iTunes in the cloud enables you to automatically download purchased songs, TV shows and movies. You can enable this by opening the Settings app, tapping iTunes & App Stores then toggling the Automatic Downloads buttons. It’s also possible to download previously purchased items in iTunes. You’ll see a small iCloud icon next to an item that indicates it’s available to download for free.


2. iTunes Match

This additional, costed iCloud service will upload your entire music collection – even tracks imported from CDs – to iCloud, then enable you to download or stream any track to an iPhone, iPhone, Mac or PC. Visit to find out more.


3. Photo Stream

Photo Stream is amazing. Any photo taken on your iPhone or iPad is wirelessly uploaded to iCloud, then automatically downloaded onto your other iOS devices, Mac and/or PC. So you can take a photo during the day on your iPhone, then get home and view it larger on your Mac, all without having to sync or use wires. Click here to read more about Photo Stream.


4. Documents

iCloud automatically saves all your documents created in Pages, Keynote, Numbers and Notes, then wirelessly beams them to your other devices. So if you’re writing a letter or creating a presentation on your Mac, you’ll be able to continue editing it on your iPhone or iPad without having to worry about saving it or transferring the file. Edits are automatically updated across all of your devices. It works like magic.


5. Calendar, Contacts and Mail

Using iCloud, all of your emails, calendar entries and contacts are automatically synced across every iOS device and Mac. So if you update a phone number on your iPhone, the new number will automatically appear on your iPad and Mac.


6. Apps

iCloud enables you to automatically download new apps to both your iPhone and iPad. This is a great way to keep multiple devices in sync. It’s also possible to re-download previously purchased apps at no additional charge. To find them, open the App Store app, tap the Updates button, then tap the Purchased button at the top of the screen.


7. Safari

iCloud automatically saves your bookmarks, Reading Lists and open tabs. So if you’re reading a lengthy web article on your Mac but need to dash, you can continue reading it at a later time on your iPhone or iPad. Simply tap on the iCloud bookmarks icon to see open tabs, or tap on the Bookmarks button to see all of your Bookmarks and Reading Lists.


8. iBooks

With iCloud, any book purchased from the iBookstore is automatically sent to all your iOS devices. And if you highlight any text, add a bookmark or take any notes, these are also instantly synced. As a result, you can start reading a book on your iPhone, take a break for a while then continue reading from the same point on your iPad.


9. Backup

iCloud automatically backs up your iPhone when it’s plugged into a power source and connected to the web over WiFi. iCloud backs up the following things: music, movies, TV shows, apps, books, photos and videos in the Camera Roll, device settings, app data, ringtones, app organization and messages. And if you buy a new iOS device, you can restore all of the above by using an existing iCloud backup.


10. Find My iPhone

If you can’t find your iPhone or iPad, Find My iPhone will enable you to track it through iCloud. By signing into your iCloud account, either from or another iOS device, you can see your devices on a map, set a passcode lock, remotely wipe them or send a message to the screen. You can also enable Lost Mode, whereby the device is automatically locked, a message with a contact appears on the screen and the device automatically tracks where it’s been and reports it back to Find My iPhone.