iCloud is a wireless glue that connects all Apple devices and services. It not only keeps backups of documents and devices, but also syncs device data, shares purchases with family, and more.
Here are 15 of the best iCloud tips and tricks to use it like a pro to get the most out of Apple’s online services.
- How to access iCloud on different devices
- Control iCloud backup
- Free up iCloud space
- Sync passwords with iCloud Keychain everywhere
- iCloud Family Sharing
- Access iCloud content from multiple devices
- Share your photo albums with non-Apple devices!
- Sync documents and data on your Mac with iCloud
- Sync Safari browsing and browsing lists across devices
- Use iCloud Drive on iPhone and iPad
- Automatically download what you purchased using iCloud
- Use iCloud Mail on your iPhone or iPad
- Configure a new iPhone with iCloud backup
- Restore deleted files from iCloud
- Set up a private iCloud library on your Mac
- 1 1. How to access iCloud on different devices
- 2 2. Control iCloud backup
- 3 3. Free up iCloud space
- 4 4. Sync your password with iCloud Keychain everywhere
- 5 5. iCloud Family Sharing
- 6 6. Access iCloud content across multiple devices
- 7 7. Share photo albums with non-Apple devices
- 8 8. Sync your Mac documents and data with iCloud
- 9 9. Synchronize Safari browsing and reading lists across devices
- 10 10. Use iCloud Drive on iPhone and iPad
- 11 11. Use iCloud to automatically download your purchases
- 12 12. Use iCloud Mail on your iPhone or iPad
- 13 13. Configure your new iPhone with iCloud backup
- 14 14. Restore deleted files from iCloud
- 15 15. Set up a private iCloud library on your Mac
1. How to access iCloud on different devices
You can access iCloud through a web browser on any computer or mobile device, but your options for mobile use are severely limited. Here’s how to access iCloud on Apple and non-Apple devices:
- click Apple logo Select in the upper left System Preferences..
- click Apple ID..
- Choose iCloud..
- From here, enable the options you need.
For iPhone and iPad
- Open Configuration Tap Your name At the top.
- Tap iCloud..
- You will see various options that you can switch on or off.
On Windows PCs, download the official iCloud app from the Microsoft Store.
2. Control iCloud backup
You probably already know that you can backup your iPhone to iCloud by going Configuration → your choice name Top → iCloud → iCloud backup..
But did you know that you can choose the exact app to back up? This is especially useful if you have a free 5GB plan and are thinking about ways to save iCloud space.
You can prevent apps such as Facebook and Instagram from backing up to iCloud and consuming space. Facebook, Instagram, and such apps already have everything on the server, so there are no drawbacks to that.
Here’s how to prevent unwanted apps from being backed up to iCloud.
- Open Configuration App and tap Your name From above.
- Tap iCloud → Storage management..
- Tap backup..
- please choose Terminal Under backup.
- From below Please select the data to back up, Turn off unwanted apps. The following iCloud backups will not include data from these apps.
3. Free up iCloud space
Enabling iCloud Photos and iCloud backups on your device can fill up 5GB in a few weeks. You can now free up space or subscribe to paid plans.
If you’re used to backing up your photos using iCloud alternatives, like me, you may not need to buy a subscription plan. I use Google Photos to back up my photos. Unlike Apple’s 5GB, it offers 15GB of free storage (included with all Google accounts).
In addition, if you choose to back up only your important apps to iCloud (the method described above), you can easily manage it with the 5GB free iCloud plan.
4. Sync your password with iCloud Keychain everywhere
iCloud Keychain is magic! Sure, there are many third-party password managers, but if I have one made by Apple, I’ll rarely use one from another developer.
iCloud Keychain encrypts and stores usernames, emails, passwords, and more for use on all Apple devices.
Can be enabled from iPhone Configuration → Tap Your name Top → iCloud → key ring.. On Mac, the same thing System Preferences → Apple ID → iCloud → key ring.. Learn more about iCloud Keychain.
Note: There is an iCloud Passwords Chrome extension that is also available on Windows.
5. iCloud Family Sharing
Apart from paid apps, music and movies, Family Sharing also allows you to share iCloud storage with your family using your Apple device. This means that your family doesn’t have to pay for an iCloud subscription more than once.
In addition to sharing purchases, you can also share locations, find devices that are misplaced by each other, and remotely set screen time limits and communication limits on your child’s devices.
To enable family sharing Configuration → Tap Apple ID Profile → Set up family sharing → Follow the screen procedure..
6. Access iCloud content across multiple devices
iCloud is my go-to place for storing contacts, notes, Siri data, photos, wallets, calendars, emails and more. I have enabled iCloud on all Apple devices. This allows you to make changes on any device and everything is easily synced via iCloud on your iPhone and Mac.
To do the same, make sure the other device has the same Apple ID and follow these steps:
- Open iPhone or iPad Configuration Tap Your name At the top.
- Tap iCloud..
- Switch apps to sync with iCloud.
- For Mac System Preferences → Apple ID → iCloud Check out these options.
Tips: You can also add and sync contacts and calendars from Gmail on your iPhone.
Did you know that iCloud makes it easy to share your photos and video albums with anyone? It doesn’t matter if they are using an iPhone, Android, or computer! This makes it perfect for sharing office photos taken with your iPhone with everyone on your team, regardless of the device you’re using.
8. Sync your Mac documents and data with iCloud
You can set up iCloud on your Mac to store all your documents and files on your desktop in the cloud.
To do this, start System Preferences → Apple ID → iCloud → Confirm iCloud drive,Click option the next one.From here, enable Desktop and document folders If it is not yet enabled.
If you’re using apps like Pages, Keynote, Numbers, you can see them as well. (I’m using Pages on my iPhone and Mac. When iCloud Drive is enabled, everything on both devices is synced!)
9. Synchronize Safari browsing and reading lists across devices
Safari is one of the best browsers compared to Chrome and other popular choices. If you have multiple Apple devices, you can choose to sync your history, bookmarks, reading lists, and more.
- For iPhone: invite Configuration Tap your name.Tap iCloud Turn on Safari.
- For Mac: Open System Preferences → Apple ID → iCloud → Confirm Safari..
10. Use iCloud Drive on iPhone and iPad
Are you familiar with Google Drive, One Drive, or Dropbox? iCloud Drive is a similar tool by Apple, an online cloud storage service. You can use it to store any kind of file, including data from apps such as WhatsApp.
To enable iCloud Drive on your iPhone or iPad Configuration → Tap your name at the top → Tap iCloud → Scroll down to enable iCloud drive..
In addition, you can select apps that allow you to save data to Drive. For example, if you want to access your voice memos from anywhere, enable iCloud Drive sync on all your devices.
To enable iCloud Drive on your Mac System Preferences → Click Apple ID → Select iCloud → Enable iCloud drive → Click option Tweak which apps can store data in iCloud Drive.
11. Use iCloud to automatically download your purchases
With iCloud, you can automatically download music, books, apps and more. This will automatically download new apps and music to other devices when you purchase them using another iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
Automatic downloads must be enabled for this to work. Here’s how to do this on your iPhone or iPad:
- Open Configuration Tap App Store..
- valid App Under automatic download.
- Tap back music..
- Enable now Automatic download..
- You can repeat the same Book..
12. Use iCloud Mail on your iPhone or iPad
Enabling iCloud Mail is just a few steps! Start by booting your iPhone Configuration → Tap Your name Top → tap iCloud → Switch on Post.. Finally, open the Stockmail app and you’ll find it there.
Professional tips: You can also add your iCloud email account to your Android phone!
Enabling two-factor authentication for your Apple ID enables the same for iCloud Mail, adding an additional security barrier.
13. Configure your new iPhone with iCloud backup
When you buy a new iPhone, you have the option to restore all your data from your old iPhone via iCloud backup. You can learn step by step with this guide.
14. Restore deleted files from iCloud
If you accidentally delete an important file, don’t worry. In most cases, you can restore files from iCloud.com (if you act within 30 days).
15. Set up a private iCloud library on your Mac
Finally, here’s a secret handy trick if you want to have multiple photo libraries in your Mac’s Photos app. I’m not talking about albums, I’m talking about separate libraries.
The great thing is that only the main system photo library syncs to iCloud. Other libraries will remain unobtrusive. You can use it to save photos locally that you don’t want to sync with other Apple devices.
To do this, press the alt key to open it. Photo From the Dock or Launchpad. Hold down the key until you see the screen above.Then click Make new..Once that is done, in the future, click Select a library Select it.
Now you have iCloud tips and tricks to become an iCloud master. Which one was the most useful for you? Please let us know in the comments below.