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iCloud – How to Setup and Use with Mac OS X and iOS

The iCloud Drive allows you easy access to your content irrespective of the device you are using or your location.

It is like a hub from which documents, photos, music files and other items can be accessed and shared via your Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and not to forget that it backs up the data on all of these devices. In addition, it will help you find a lost device. Below are simple steps on how to setup and use iCloud on your Mac and iOS devices.

Pricing 

Before we move on to set up instructions, let’s have a brief insight into pricing options for Apple’s iCloud Drive. If you start using iCloud you will get 5 GB for free. The prices for 20 GB will be $0.99 per month, $3.99 per month for 200 GB, $9.99 per month for 500 GB and $ 19.99 per month for 1TB. Also note that users are now allowed to store any type of file on the iCloud drive unlike in the past where only files made from Apple Apps could be stored.

Setting up and using the iCloud drive on a Mac

The first thing you need to do is make sure your computer is running on the latest version of OS X. The most recent release is OS X 10.10 Yosemite; if you are using OS X Mavericks, you can update to Yosemite by clicking on the Apple Menu and choose software update.

After making sure that you are running on the latest release of OS X, turning on and using iCloud should not be a hassle. To turn, click on Apple Menu and select system preferences from which you can click on iCloud. After completing the above described steps, you will be prompted to enter your Apple ID and then select the services you would like to enable.

If you will need it, you can get a free iCloud email account. An iCloud email account is ad-free and is always up to date.

To enable iCloud Photo Sharing, all you need to do is open iPhoto and click on the use iCloud button.

Setting up and using iCloud on iOS devices

The steps for setting up iCloud on iOS devices are very much similar to those of a Mac. First of all, you need to make sure that your device is using the latest version of iOS. To update to the most recent version of iOS, all you need to do is go to settings menu, tap on general and then tap on software update to upgrade.

It so happens that when you complete and update or when you turn on a new iOS device, a setup assistant comes up which prompts you to activate the device and then set up iCloud. If you however skipped the process, you can tap the settings icon on the device’s home screen, click on iCloud and then enter your Apple ID to start using it.

To enable automatic downloads from content you purchase through the iTunes store, tap on the settings icon which can be accessed from the device’s home screen and tap on iTunes and App Stores.

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