The could-based storage service provided by Apple allows you to back up and synchronize files, photos, contacts, calendars, and email. It’s possible to access and use the iCloud features from iPad, iPhone, a Windows PC by using the free iCloud through the app and a Mac through System Preferences.
However, there’s also an iCloud web page where you can manage the synced files, find missing mobile devices, check your mail, set up new passwords, and more.
If you are interested in using Apple iCloud or just want to learn more about it, keep reading. Here are some important things you should know.
1. You Can Configure iCloud Like Dropbox
You can “trick” iCloud into working as a virtual folder to store any type of file you want. If you currently use Dropbox, you are likely familiar with the idea.
To make iCloud like Dropbox, be sure Documents & Data is turned on in the iCloud System Preferences.
Open the Finder window with the “Command + Shift + G” prompt. When the dialogue box opens, type “~/Library.”
With this command, you can get into the hidden Library Folder.
Once you access this, scroll to Mobile Documents. Don’t mess with anything inside the folder because these belong to apps currently using the iCloud storage. While you don’t want to remove iCloud files in this folder, you can add more to it.
The items dropped here are sent to the same folder on your other Apple devices that have Documents & Data enabled.
2. Access iCloud Apps Through iCloud.com
If you want to access your iCloud account online, visit icloud.com. If you have set up two-factor authentication using your Apple ID, you must enter a verification code.
The iCloud page will show all the tools and applications that are supported by the service.
The items you will see here include:
- Find iPhone
- iCloud Drive
You will also see a link to the Account Settings option.
If you want to access the apps and see the data online, you must ensure the data is synced with iCloud.
Using your iPhone, you can navigate to “Settings, your name, and iCloud.” Under the apps using iCloud, turn the switch on for those you want to sync.
3. Sync Your Reading Lists to Safari
Reading Lists is a unique feature that syncs articles you find online to every device you have. For example, if you leave your computer without finishing an article, you can continue where you left off on another device.
You can enable this on all your Apple devices.
Making the Most of Apple iCloud
As you can see, Apple iCloud offers many unique features. If you want to make the most of these features, keep the information above in mind.
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