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Diary of a Switcher: Using iCloud (I)

With the new iCloud the synchronization problems of our devices are over. In this article we show you how to take the first steps with it and in the next one we will explain how to advance a little more in its use. We hope you find it useful.

Since OS X Lion came to our computers, one of the things that has attracted the most attention and facilitated our tasks has undoubtedly been iCloud. It was also the most awaited news in the keynote of last June. This is a tool through which we can synchronize all our Mac devices “in the cloud” , that is, the changes we make in one of them will be reflected in the others (applications bought in iTunes, photos taken with the iPhone, documents created and uploaded, etc …), without us doing anything on our side. iCloud offers 5 GB of free storage, if you need more space you can buy it.

What do we need?

Diary of a Switcher: Using iCloud (I)Diary of a Switcher: Using iCloud (I)

The first thing we need is to have our devices updated to version 10.7.2 for Macs. Remember you can check what your version is at on this Mac and if it’s not the one you need click on software update and iTunes 10.5 on iPhone and iPad. You should have this updated if you regularly connect your device to your computer but you can update it in iTunes. Once you have made this adjustment, in system preferences you will have, within the wireless connections, an icon with a cloud.

You also need an Apple ID, but if you’re using iTunes normally, you can use that one.

Now you’re ready.

How to start?

  • Open iCloud in the cloud icon, remember you have it in System Preferences.
  • Use the Apple ID you have or create a new one.
  • Decide if you want to use a free @me.com account or another one you decide.
  • On the next screen you can decide, by checking the options, to synchronize all your data in the cloud and also be able to locate your Mac in case it’s lost or stolen.

Accept the terms of service and you’re ready for iCloud. All you have to do is decide what you want to have synchronized in the cloud by checking the corresponding boxes.

To keep in mind

Something that not all users know and therefore do not use is the possibility that iCloud has to be used from a non-Mac device. It’s very simple: you only have to connect to www.icloud.com , from any device, or computer with an internet connection, identify yourself with your Apple ID and from there you can manage your space as well as your files and emails . If you do this from your iOS-enabled device, you’ll get a screen like the one shown in the image below that will allow you to configure iCloud on your iPhone or iPad as well.

This is a first approach to the use of the new cloud service. In the next issue we will tell you how to configure mail, streaming photos, how to upload documents, etc. We hope to have your opinions and experiences. Remember that we all do Applesupportphonenumber.