iCloud allows us to share the most essential things in our digital life; these may include everything from music files to photos to business and personal documents. Having access to iCloud means, the user can get a song purchased from iTunes on his/her iPhone downloaded automatically to another Apple device (it might be a desktop computer or an iPad). The process of getting access to iCloud is absolutely simple and quick; in addition, a short setup is enough for gaining access and starting to share. Read on to find out how you can access iCloud on your devices.
Your first job would be ensuring that the device you are using is currently up to date. For having access to iCloud Drive, your device should run on iOS 8 or greater. Every iOS version launched before iOS 8 can let you access iCloud just for device backup and settings.
For seeing whether there’s any available update, tap on “Settings”, tap on “General” and select “Software Update”. If there’s any update, clicking on the option “Download & Install” will allow you to get the updated version of the software on your device.
The next step would be logging into your personal Apple ID; for that, you will again need to tap “Settings”, pick iCloud, and log into the ID. The iCloud account of every user remains linked to his/her Apple ID.
Now, you’ll need to pick the services that you want to be enabled on your device. You’ll have to make the selections from a plethora of iCloud services. The moment the services are enabled, their content will get synced to your iCloud; this would immediately make the content accessible on each of the connected devices. The options you’ll come across when picking services include the following:
- iCloud Drive – By getting this service enabled, you’ll gain the right of saving files into the iCloud Drive and access them on any of your connected devices. For enjoying this facility on mobile devices, having iOS 8 or a more advanced operating system would be enough. However, if you want to enjoy the privilege even on your Mac, you’ll have to install Yosemite on the Mac.
- Contacts, Mail, Reminders, and Calendars – Enabling these options would mean that you’ll have access to related content irrespective of which connected device you are using.
- Photos – This is possibly the most commonly used option among all the services available on iCloud. Picking the option “Photos” would allow you to decide how exactly you would want your photos to be uploaded on ICloud. There’s a default option by the name of “My Photo Stream”; it would ensure that you have your recent images available on each of the connected Apple devices for a period of 30 days. If you want you can also enable the beta version of iCloud Photo Library; this option will allow you to get all your photos uploaded onto iCloud and keep them stored permanently.
- Backup – Select Backup, if you don’t want to lose data stored in a connected Apple device even if it crashes. This option would allow you to use iCloud for storing backups of your iOS devices. If you have a free iCloud account, you might not be able to enjoy this privilege; that’s because most part of the free storage will be consumed by your device’s backup.
- Safari – Pick Safari to get all your bookmarks on the connected devices.
- Find My iDevice- Selecting this option would mean that you are enabling “Find My iPad/iPhone/iPod” service; the service would assist you in tracking down your missing Apple device when required.
- Keychain – Pick Keychain for getting all the saved passwords stored on each of the connected devices. This option will ensure that you don’t need to type your passwords again and again.
Access iCloud Files From Your Devices
Begin by understanding how your iCloud Drive is working on the iOS devices. Earlier, iCloud was used to sync the users’ contacts and back up their settings. However, things changed drastically with the introduction of iOS 8 and iCloud Drive. This new combination allows users to use iCloud for storing files, which can be accessed from all the devices they have logged into. However, you’ll have to remember that you’ll not be able to access files stored on your iCloud directly; iCloud would be hooking into your apps and allow them to access iCloud for saving and opening files.
Users are not allowed to manage their iCloud files from any of their iOS devices; they are allowed to open and save the files so that each of them remains synced across all the connected devices. For managing the stored files, however, you must have a computer.
Open Files Saved On Your iCloud Drive
The majority of the top apps have received upgrades for including iCloud functionality (of course only if that makes any sense of the apps in question). If you are looking to open any file on the iCloud Drive (what is this?), you’ll need to begin by opening an app capable of manipulating that particular file. Let’s explain with an example. Suppose, if you are looking to open any document stored on iCloud, you’ll first need to open the app called “Pages”. Next, click on the “Open From” or “+” option; this would take you to a list of sources. Upon selecting “iCloud” you’ll be taken to your iCloud Drive. Browse through all the folders saved on the drive. Once you find the document you are looking for, select it and open.
Insert Files Stored In iCloud
If the app you are using allows file insertion (for instance, the Pages app will allow you to insert images), pick files from the drive for doing the same. If your document is already open, tap “+” and select the option “Insert From; you’ll be take to the iCloud Drive for selecting the file you would want to insert.
Save Files On iCloud Drive
You’ll actually not need to put in any additional effort for saving the files on your iCloud drive. Using the app to open files from the iCloud Drive would mean that all the changes made by you on those files would remain saved even on your drive. Each of the apps connected to your iCloud will save your files automatically to the drive.