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
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.
Open iCloud. From the Apple menu, select "System Preferences," and from the resulting window, click on "iCloud" in the "Internet & Wireless" section.
Sign in to iCloud. Enter your Apple ID and password to activate iCloud, and choose the services you want to share in the cloud.
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.
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.
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.