What is iCloud?
iCloud is a service that provides you with 5GB of free storage space in the cloud. You can use this space to store your photos, videos, documents, notes, contacts, and other data that you want to keep safe and accessible. iCloud also syncs your data across all your devices, so you can access them from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or even a web browser. iCloud also backs up your data automatically whenever your device is connected to power and Wi-Fi, so you can restore your device or set up a new one from your iCloud backup.
How does iCloud work?
iCloud works by uploading your data to Apple’s servers and downloading them to your devices when you need them. You can choose which data you want to store in iCloud and which data you want to keep only on your device. You can also manage your iCloud storage space and delete any data that you don’t need anymore. To use iCloud, you need an Apple ID and a compatible device with the latest software version. You can sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID on any device or on iCloud.com.
How to use iCloud?
To use iCloud, you need to enable it on your device and select the data that you want to store in iCloud. You can do this by going to Settings > [your name] > iCloud on your iPhone or iPad, or by going to System Preferences > Apple ID > iCloud on your Mac. You can also go to iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID to access your data from any web browser. Here are some of the features that you can use with iCloud:
- iCloud Photos: This feature keeps your photos and videos securely stored in iCloud and syncs them across all your devices. You can also share them with other people using Shared Albums or Shared Photo Library. You can access your photos and videos from the Photos app on your device or from iCloud.com.
- iCloud Drive: This feature lets you store and access your files and folders from any device. You can also share them with other people using links or invitations. You can access your files and folders from the Files app on your iPhone or iPad, the Finder on your Mac, File Explorer for Windows PCs, or iCloud.com.
- iCloud Backup: This feature automatically backs up your device data to iCloud whenever your device is connected to power and Wi-Fi. You can use this backup to restore your device or set up a new one from your iCloud backup. You can manage your backups from Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Backup on your iPhone or iPad, or from System Preferences > Apple ID > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups on your Mac.
- iCloud+: This is a premium subscription that gives you more storage space and additional features such as iCloud Private Relay, Hide My Email, Custom Email Domain, and HomeKit Secure Video. You can choose from different plans starting from $0.99 per month for 50GB of storage up to $9.99 per month for 2TB of storage. You can also combine an iCloud+ subscription with Apple One for even more total storage.
- Other apps: Many other apps use iCloud to store and sync your data across your devices. For example, you can use Notes, Calendar, Safari, Passwords, Contacts, Reminders, Mail, and more with iCloud. You can access these apps from your device or from iCloud.com.
iCloud is a great way to keep your data safe, up to date, and available wherever you are. You can use iCloud to store and access your photos, videos, documents, notes, contacts, and more from any device. You can also use iCloud to back up your data automatically and restore it if needed. You can also upgrade to iCloud+ for more storage space and additional features. To use iCloud, you need an Apple ID and a compatible device with the latest software version. You can sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID on any device or on iCloud.com.