For those who are just now switching to iPhone, the iCloud concept might still be a bit unclear. iCloud is a service offered by Apple which helps users sync various files such as photos, contacts, messages, notes and more. These are stored in the Apple cloud server which means that you have a back up for them and you can access them whenever you want.
If you own a Mac OS or an iOS device you will automatically receive an iCloud account where you can store data. This way your files will be available on all your device. The iCloud client can also be downloaded on Windows PCs.
How to use it?
An Apple ID/ iCloud account will be needed in order to use iCloud. You just need a device that runs iOS, Mac OS or Windows and an Apple ID. You also have to make sure that the Internet connection works properly.
If you don’t have an iCloud account already you can create one on the official iCloud website. You should see a “Create yours now” button. Press it and enter your details in order to create an Apple ID.
Set it up
For Windows PC you just need to download the official iCloud client and use the Apple ID to log in. Meanwhile iOS and Mac OS X users already have iCloud. Head over to System Preferences and then enable iCloud. You might have to enter your Apple ID for that. If you want to have your purchases synchronized you can allow “Automatic downloads”.
You will get 5 GB of free storage space. However, if you need more you have to upgrade to a premium plan. There are multiple options available, and they are not expensive either. Here are the alternatives and their prices.
- 50 GB – $0.99
- 200 GB – $2.99
- 2TB – $9.99
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