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How to Access iCloud on Mac, Windows and iOS

April 2 2014 , Written by Shirley Published on #iOS Tips

How to Access iCloud on Mac, Windows and iOS

iCloud makes it possible to share all the most important things in your digital life, from your photos and music to your personal and business documents. You can buy a song from iTunes on your iPhone, and it'll automatically download to your computer and your iPad at the same time. Access is quick, easy, and with a short setup, ready for you to start sharing. This article will show you how!

Part 1: Setting Up iCloud on a Macintosh


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    Verify you have the latest OS. iCloud requires OS X v10.7.4 or later, and runs best on the latest version (currently v10.8). If you need to upgrade your software, it's available at Apple's Mac App Store.
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    Open iCloud. From the Apple menu, select "System Preferences," and from the resulting window, click on "iCloud" in the "Internet & Wireless" section.
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    Sign in to iCloud. Enter your Apple ID and password to activate iCloud, and choose the services you want to share in the cloud.
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    Enable iCloud services. Select the iCloud services you want to access. As you enable them, it will take a couple moments as information is uploaded to the cloud.
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    Turn on Photo Stream and share your photos. Launch iPhoto (version 9.2 or later), then click on the Photo Stream item in the left-hand column. At the bottom of the window, click "Turn On Photo Stream."
    • Once you click the button, iCloud will start loading images from the last 30 days into Photo Stream, where you can access them on all iCloud-enabled devices.
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    Turn on iCloud in iTunes. Open iTunes, and from the iTunes menu, select "Preferences." Click the checkboxes to automatically download music, apps, and books to all your iCloud devices.
    • Note that apps will not be downloaded onto incompatible devices. For example, a music application that requires an iPad will not load onto your iPhone unless it's specifically designed to do so.

Part 2: Setting Up iCloud on a Windows PC

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    Download the iCloud Control Panel. From your browser, navigate to www.icloud.com/icloudcontrolpanel. Download and install the iCloud Control Panel for Windows.
    • Note: iCloud requires Windows Vista with Service Pack two or later.
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    Turn on iCloud. Open the iCloud Control Panel from the Windows Start menu. Enter your Apple ID and password, and when logged in, click the checkboxes to enable the iCloud services you wish to use.
    • Note that for Mail, Contacts, Calendars, & Tasks, you can use either iCloud.com, or Outlook 2007 (or later).
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    Turn on iCloud in iTunes. Open iTunes, and from the Edit menu, select "Preferences." Click the checkboxes for Music, Apps, and Books to enable automatic downloads from those services.
    • Note that this requires iTunes version 10.5 or later.

Part 3: Setting Up iCloud on iOS Devices

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    Make sure you have the latest iOS version. From the Settings menu, tap "General," then tap "Software Update." This will check to see if there's an update available for your device, and if so, gives you the option to download and install the update.
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    Activate iCloud. From the Settings control panel, tap "iCloud." If you're not already signed in, enter your Apple ID and password.
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    Select the services you want to share in the cloud. From the iCloud control panel, tap the On/Off buttons to toggle them to the desired position.
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    Turn on Automatic Downloads. From the Settings control panel, tap "iTunes & App Stores," then enable Automatic Downloads for Music, Apps, and Books.
    • If you've subscribed to iTunes Match, you can enable it here as well. You can also choose to view all the music stored in iCloud. It won't be stored on your device, but you can play any tune in your library!

Part 4: Accessing iCloud

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    Use a browser. In addition to instant, automatically-shared access to your photos, music, books, and documents on your iOS devices, iCloud services are accessible from your browser. Navigate to www.icloud.com, and sign in with your Apple ID and password.
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    Access the iCloud services from the control window. Whether you're on a Mac or a PC, what you are sharing in the cloud—contacts, calendars, mail, etc., will be accessible from the iCloud window. Any changes you make using a browser-based version of iCloud will be reflected across all your devices.
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    Use iCloud to share your files. Many applications have the ability to share files through iCloud. Look in the Preferences of your favorite Apps, and if iCloud is available for sharing, there will be a check or a toggle for you to tap. This will enable you to share documents across all iOS devices, and if there's a desktop version of the app, with those as well.
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    View your Photo Stream with Apple TV. From the Main window of Apple TV, scroll to Photo Stream, then click to access all your photos. With iTunes Match enabled, all your cloud-based music is accessible on Apple TV as well.

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