iCloud is Apple’s new cloud service for users to backup and sync their devices. When I first set up iCloud, I did it simply because I wanted to protect my personal data, but then I discovered that it’s so much more useful than just this – it automatically syncs your contacts, calendars, photos, music, books, apps and more between your devices, so that you’re always completely up to date, whether you’re using your iPhone or Mac. I got my first iPhone about a year ago and wanted to find out as much as I could about its many features and utilities. I created an iTunes account and then decided to backup my data on iCloud. Even though it seems really easy for me now, at the time I didn’t know how to do it. I asked my colleague Andrei to help, and he patiently talked me through the setup process. I thought I’d share it with you now, so that you can do so too! It’s really worth everyone doing. In particular, I’m thinking of the many customers who come to see us at Lovefone with water damaged iPhones or iPads, begging us to do our best to revive their devices so they can recover their photos, important contacts, priceless memories that weren’t backed up! Setting up iCloud You can sign up for iCloud on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 5 or later. iCloud video: http://www.apple.com/icloud/#video 1.Check and see if your device has the latest version of iOS The Apple geniuses recommend that you have the latest version of iOS on your device – so just go to the Setting menu > General > Software Update – and check if there is any update available. 2. Switch your iCloud setting from Off to On Enter your Apple ID (the one that you used to register for your iTunes account) and password, and tap Sign In, and then your ID will be verified and accepted. 3. Activate the settings you want to use Go into the Settings icon and tap iCloud. There you can turn on or off all the individual iCloud services: Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Notes, Photos, Passbook, Documents & data, Find My iPhone and Storage and backup. To enable the last one you need to tap on it and then turn it on. This way, your iPhone will automatically backup all your data, accounts and settings that were turned on when the device is plugged in, locked and connected to Wi-Fi. Here you can create a free iCloud email account as well, if you want. You just need to turn on Mail in the iCloud settings and follow the steps that are given. 4. Do you use iTunes very often? If so, it’s worth turning on the automatic downloads in Settings. To do this, and enable automatic downloads for your music, books & apps just go into Settings and select iTunes & App Stores. 5. Now all you have to do is to turn on iCloud on all your devices to have them synchronized As I said at the beginning, iCloud syncs loads of your content and data, so you can access your content on all your devices. Here’s a quick recap on some features that you can use and enjoy. iTunes iTunes is in the Cloud – all your songs and TV shows can be accessed wirelessly and without syncing. Photo Stream If you are a photo addict, with Photo Stream you can take photos on your device and it automatically appears on all your other devices! Or you can do it the other way around – import new pictures to your computer from a camera and iCloud sends copies through wifi to your iOS devices. So no syncing, no email attachment and no file transfers. iCloud will do everything for you! Documents If you create a document on one of your devices, you can update it from another iCloud device. They will be stored in your apps, so they will automatically be everywhere where your iCloud is activated. Safari Do you have bookmarks saved on your Safari pages? iCloud will keep them and update them on all your devices. It also syncs the pages that you have open on each device, so you can continue where you left off if you change devices. Personal organisation Are you very organised and like to have access to your calendar, agenda, notes, reminders, contacts and email? iCloud stores all of them! Apps and iBooks And of course, all your apps and iBooks are on all your devices as well. As soon as you download one, it will automatically go into the other device as well (either on the screen for apps, or in the iBooks library for books). Find My iPhone When you activate Find My iPhone you can locate your device on a map from any device with iCloud. You can activate Lost Mode – which will lock your device immediately with a passcode and sends it a message with a contact number and that way the founder cand call you and return your device. Find My Friends And last, but not least Find My Friends is the way in which you can share your location with friends and find the ones who shared their locations, see where they are and what are they doing. So I guess that’s all you need to know about the iCloud account. Trust me, it is so easy to set up, and then is so smart that it takes care of your data all by itself!