iCloud is an application on iPads and iPhones that allows its users to store and share data online, like music or pictures, for example. When you use this site, you can access any data you have stored in iCloud through your computer by signing into iCloud.com on your web browser. You can use a Windows or Mac computer; it just needs to be a desktop web browser.
Setting Up iCloud
This happens because Apple doesn’t want you to access the site from your iOS device when you can easily sign into your iCloud account already. You can sign in by going to your Settings then selecting iCloud.
You toggle the button from “Off” to “On” to begin using iCloud. Then you can easily turn off and on the different features and services iCloud offers.
You should also be using the latest version of iOS or Mac OS when using iCloud to make sure it works properly.
Logging into iCloud
This is pretty simple to do on both your mobile devices and your computer.
To login on your iPhone or iPad:
- Go to Settings; select iCloud
- Enter your Apple ID and password
To login on your desktop computer:
- Open your web browser
- Enter in iCloud.com in your address bar
- Sign in with your Apple ID and password
You can also use two-step verification for additional security, where you follow the onscreen instructions then enter a code sent to a trusted device.
Accessing iCloud Files
There are two places you can access iCloud: through your iCloud app and through the iCloud website.
However, you can also check the data and storage available by going to Settings, then iCloud. It is an easy way to toggle which apps will save into iCloud and manage your files.
Recovering Deleted Files
Sometimes it’s easy to mess up and accidently delete a file. Luckily, you can recover files deleted in the past 30 days on iCloud. Here is what you do:
- Sign in on iCloud.com
- Click on Settings
- Under the Advanced option, select Restore Files
- Browse the file list in the Restore Files window and select the files you want back
Keep in mind files are automatically removed from Restore Files 30 days after they have been deleted.
How Much Storage Is There?
You automatically start off with 5GB of storage on your iCloud once you set it up. You can use the storage for any of your apps or files, like your photos.
If you ever need more storage, you can buy more from your Apple device. This starts with 50GB at USD$0.99 a month.
Here are a few tips if you are struggling with your iCloud account:
- Make sure you are entering your complete Apple ID when you log in
- You can reset your password if you have forgotten it
- Check the iCloud support website to see if there are any common issue showing up they are working to fix
That’s all the information I have on iCloud for you today. Hopefully this will be enough information to carry you through your use of iCloud. If not, the Apple support website is always an option to look at!