What is iCloud?
iCloud is a free service to anyone using an iOS 5 (or later) device.
- Email (an iCloud.com email address)
- Sync contact, calendars, reminders, notes, Safari bookmarks and reading list.
- Stream photo’s
- Store documents in the “cloud”
- Find my iPad
- 5 GB of storage space. More space is available if you choose a subscription.
Setting it up:
Go to Settings > iCloud. Apple will have already entered the email address of the Apple ID you use you make purchases from the iTunes store. You can use that ID to sign in – or if you don’t want to, select the ‘Get a Free Apple ID‘ link at the bottom of the screen.
Once signed in, you’ll be asked to agree with Apple’s terms and conditions. They will then send a verification email to your inbox. You will need to follow the link they send you to complete the process. Once it is verified it, iCloud should automatically turn syncing on. It will also ask you for permission to merge or replace data on your device.
Merge means that your content (contacts, calendar events, bookmarks, etc) from both your iCloud account and your iPad will exchange information.
For example: if you have one contact on your iPad and four contacts on your iCloud account, both iCloud and the iPad will end up with the same 5 contacts.
If you choose “Don’t Merge”, content from iCloud will replace what you have on your iPad. “Don’t Merge” will overwrite the one contact on your iPad and you will end up with the four contacts from iCloud and lose the one that was on the device). It is always recommended to “Merge”.
You can then choose which data to sync – your options include contacts, calendars, mail and so on – once you have iCloud set up on your device. You can also choose to back up your device to iCloud, allowing you to remotely store settings, information and some content. However, if you find you need to restore from an iCloud backup, you’ll have to reinstall apps manually.
Once iCloud has been set up it then becomes simple to transfer data between your IOS devices, whether this is between your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
Also remember that as long as you have iCloud enabled on all your Apple devices any purchases you make from the App Store will automatically be downloaded on each machine.