What Is Apple’s iCloud Service?

ICloud is Apple’s umbrella term for cloud-syncing feature. Basically, anything that is backed up or synced with Apple’s servers is considered a part of iCloud.

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ICloud is Apple’s umbrella term for cloud-syncing feature. Basically, anything that is backed up or synced with Apple’s servers is considered a part of iCloud.

The purpose of iCloud is to store data securely on Apple’s remote servers. All your data is backed up and synchronized between all your devices. This allows you to retrieve your data in case you lose your smart device.

If so, you simply log into iCloud.com to retrieve your data or sign in with your Apple ID to automatically restore your data on your new smart device.

This is for smart devices and desktop/laptops. Screenshots are from iPhone and PC

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Sign In On Your Apple Device

Visit iCloud.com on your smart device and sign in with your Apple account to see what services are cloud synced.

When you sign in you can access most of these features:

  1. Photos
  2. Notes
  3. Reminders
  4. Find My iPhone

Refer to below image:

Your iCloud services on a smart device

Your Account Settings

From your smart device, you can also access your Accounts Settings by clicking the blue link. Here you can view your Storage. See below image:

Your smart device storage

To see everything that your iCloud account is backing up, open the Settings app on your smart device, select your Profile at the top of the list, then navigate to the iCloud section. Here you can enable or disable app data backup. See following image;

Enable/disable apps to be backed up

Manage Storage

To manage your iCloud storage. Click on the Manage Storage section. Refer to below image:

Manage your storage

Here you can upgrade to a monthly storage plan for more storage by clicking on Change Storage Plan. See below image:

Change your storage plan

You can purchase 50GB for $.99, 200GB for $2.99 or 2TB for $9.99 per month. See following image:

Set or upgrade your storage plan

Sign In On Your Desktop

Visit iCloud.com on your iPad, Mac or desktop and sign in with your Apple account to see what services are cloud synced.

When you sign in on your iPad, Mac or desktop you gain access to most of these features:

  1. Photos
  2. iCloud Drive
  3. Notes
  4. Mail
  5. Calendars
  6. Contacts
  7. Settings
  8. Reminders
  9. Pages, Numbers, or Keynote*
  10. Find My iPhone
  11. Find My Friends

See below image:

Your iCloud services from a desktop/laptop

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Author: Raymond

I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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