iCloud is a cloud storage service offered by Apple to its user. It allows you to store contacts, photos, iWork documents, music, and lot more in the cloud and access it from any Apple device you are using. This means iCloud can be used from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS version 5 or later, or from Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.4 or later. iCloud enables its users to automatically back up the content stored on your device so that it is easily accessible for any device linked to your Apple ID. This iCloud article will guide you through how to set up iCloud mobile on your iPhone.
How to set up iCloud mobile on your iPhone
- Upgrade your iPhone to iOS 5 as iCloud storage service is offered free to all iOS 5 users.
- Slide the “Slide to set up” button after iOS 5 first starts.
- Enter your Apple ID when asked.
- Then, enter your associated password in the given field.
- Tap “Next” in the upper right corner of the page.
- Set the toggle to “ON” on the iCloud set up which will automatically set up and turn on your iCloud mobile services associated with your Apple ID.
- Finally, tap “Next” and you’ve successfully set up iCloud mobile.
If you’ve iOS 5 in your iPhone, then follow these steps to set up iCloud on your iPhone.
- On your home screen, tap the “Settings” button.
- Scroll down and tap “iCloud”.
- Now, touch “Account”.
- Next, in the iCloud mobile set up process, you’ll need to type in your Apple ID and associated password in the provided fields.
- Tap on “Done” to submit.
- Then, you can choose the applications you want backed up to iCloud by simply hitting the switch so that it says “ON” for each application you want to include.
- Finally, you can enjoy your iCloud service on your device.
With iCloud Family sharing, family members can now share their purchases from the App store, iTunes and iBooks and it can accommodate up to six family members. With the same credit card, you can also pay for your family’s purchases or approve of your child’s spending from your iOS device if you happen to be a parent. Basically, share all your private moments of photos, videos and a calendar to stay connected to your family with family sharing iCloud.
What is Family Sharing on iCloud?
- With iCloud Family sharing, share your purchases on the App Store, iTunes and iBooks and control your child’s spending by setting limits and boundaries in what he or she can purchase.
- It is an app that you can install free of cost and with that you can use it to get immediate access to all already paid apps, songs, etc to your device without any hassle or extra payment.
- Since iCloud Family sharing uses data location, you can locate your family members easily with the Find My Friends app but you can hide your location if you want to. The Find My Devices app is also another feature using data location and you can locate your devices or wipe clean all the information on your Apple device without having to hold it.
- Set up a shared family photostream which everyone can contribute to or become an author of it.
- Likewise, you can also set up a shared family calendar stream which you can share important events on the calendar with the whole family.
Requirements for iCloud Family Sharing:
- Make sure you have iOS 8 Firmware running on your device.
- You would need to be using the latest iCloud Drive which you can easily download and for instructions, you can click HERE.
- You need to be using Mac running the OS X Yosemite or uCloud for Windows 4.0 and above.
- Use the apps – Find My Friends 3.0 and Find My iPhone 3.1 for best results.
How to set up iCloud Family Sharing?
- On your Apple Device, go to Settings and click on “Setup Family Sharing”. This option will be located below your name and photo that will be displayed.
- You will then be given a preview of the features that you will find on Family Sharing iCloud and you can also click on the link below to get more information.
- To continue the setup process, tap on ‘Get Started’.
- If you happen to truly be the Head of the House – the Father or the Mother, tap on ‘Continue’.
- When you tap on ‘Continue’, you will make that Apple ID the administrator and the credit card credentials linked to that particular Apple ID will be charged for purchases done through family sharing icloud.
- Next, confirm to share purchases to family members included in family sharing iCloud.
- In the next setup, Agree to Pay for all purchases made by your family members. If you have small children, you can also setup the option ‘Ask To Buy’ which will require your sole permission before they make any purchases via this feature.
- You can opt out to share your Location with the Find My Friends app. However, this feature will enable you to locate family members or locate family members’ devices with the Find My Phone app.
- Last, start adding family members to this family sharing feature on iCloud and if your child does not have an Apple ID, you can tap on “Create an Apple ID for a child”. This link can be located on the bottom of the page.
- Creating an Apple ID for a child will require you to enter the validation code of your credit card which you will find on the credit card’s back. Then, create an email address for your child. By default, the Ask To Buy feature will be enabled but you can set it to ‘Ask To Buy’ to control your child’s purchases. You can opt to share the information of your child’s location and click on the ‘Agree to the Terms and Conditions’ and you will be done. You will then receive a notification once you have iCloud Drive enabled on your child’s device and this will mean that your child is added to Family Sharing.
- Tap on Setting > iCloud > Family to see the list of people on family sharing iCloud. You can also remove anyone you want at any time by tapping on remove on his or her name.
With the release of iOS 8.1 Firmware version, the iCloud Photo Library was one of Apple’s major feature that was showcased. You can access all of your synced photos and videos to iCloud on all your iOS devices. The new feature has now removed the 30 days or 1,000 photos for your online photo storage on iCloud.com. You can also create a shared album which you can invite your family and friends to add pictures and videos.
Features of the iCloud Photo Library:
- When you upgrade to iCloud Photo Library, all of your photos will get stored online and not in albums. Videos will be in separate folders and Favourites will display your favourite photos and videos on the iCloud.
- The iCloud Library supports the following file formats for your photos and videos and they are – .jpeg, .png, .raw, .gif, .tiff and .mp4.
- If you happen to accidentally delete your picture, you can restore your picture within 30 days of deletion by contacting Apple Support. Specify your reason which is deleting your image accidentally and you will receive the Help you need.
- Please take note that your device has iOS 8.1 or higher to enable the use of iCloud Library.
- To be fully warned, iCloud Photo library is still in its beta version.
How To Enable or Use iCloud Photo Library in Various Devices?
- For your iOS device, go to your Settings > iCloud > Photos & Camera. In Photos & Camera, tap to toggle on iCloud Photo Library. Note that a Toggle On indication will be the toggle switch turning green.
- On www.iCloud.com on your PC or Mac, sign into your ICloud account by typing in your email address and password of your iCloud Login. Click on iCloud Photo Library to access ‘All Photos’ of your synced photos and videos.
- Apparently, Apple hasn’t launched the application for your Windows or Mac and it will only be launched in the later half of the year.
- You can upload your photos and videos manually by going to iCloud.com followed by upload on the top, select the photo you wish to upload and click on OK. To simply prevent your photos to sync on other iOS devices click on Settings > iCloud > Photos and disable the Upload to My Photo Stream option on your specified iOS devices.