Manage iOS with iCloud (Part 1)

4/28/2012 9:11:10 AM

Make more of your iPad or iPhone with the brilliant back-up and sync service iCloud.

iCloud is the new service for owners of iPhone, iPads or iPod touches. It’s a back-up and sync service that’s designed to ensure you can access your files anywhere and at any time. It works mainly on the iOS devices themselves and through a web-based interface, but there’s also a handy Windows desktop tool that’s been created to make managing iCloud easier.

iCloud is much more than a hard drive in the sky, however. It makes accessing your favourite files a painless experience and you now no longer have to think about copying that photo or document manually. It gives you access to you music, apps, latest photos, and more from whichever device you happen to be using. And it keeps your email, contacts and calendars up to date across all your devices. No syncing required, iCloud does it all for you.

At a glance

Skill level: Anyone can do it

Time taken 15 mins

Suitablefor Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Description: Manage iOS with iCloud

Manage iOS with iCloud

iCloud account

You can use the iCloud Control Panel for multiple accounts, but only see one at a time. This area shows which account is currently being used. You can sign out at the bottom of the window.

Mail, Contact, Calendars & Tasks

Your most important iCloud data comes in the form of these three things. Just tick the items to sync with iCloud and get the same data across all your iOS devices.


iCloud makes bookmark syncing easier than ever and by choosing ‘Options…’ you can select a desktop browser to sync with.

Photo Stream

You can use this to sync photos across all your devices. Particularly good if you have and iPhone or iPod touch, which have the best iOS cameras.

Storage details

This bar shows you how much of your default 5GB you have used. If you are getting close to the end, buy more by selecting a package from the ‘Manage…’ option.

Cloud computing

It is the access and storage of data on a server-based system away from a PC. Typically cloud computing requires a password to access the data through a web browser.

Best tip

Quickly turn on or off what data you want to sync to iCloud in Settings >iCloud on your iOS device.

Step-by-step Master the many ways to access iCloud

Update to iOS 5

Description: Update to iOS 5 to use iCloud

Update to iOS 5 to use iCloud

To use iCloud you’ll need an iOS device that’s capable of running iOS 5. If you’ve got the hardware but don’t have this operating system yet, the update is free through iTunes. Many of the set-up procedures take place on the device itself though, such as shown here on an iPad. During the set-up of iOS 5 you’ll need to enter your Apple ID or set up a new account.

Enable iCloud backup

Description: Enable iCloud backup

Enable iCloud backup

Near the end of the set-up process you’ll see the option to use iCloud with your device. Choose ‘Use iCloud’ from the options given below the graphic. On the next screen that appears select ‘Back up to iCloud’. This will ensure that your iOS device is backed up to iCloud every day, as soon as it is connected to a wireless network.

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