Many of us use a variety of gadgets and gizmos, not to mention home and work computers, and it can be annoying to fi nd you’ve got fi les, folders and other important digital information stored in different places. However, thanks to iCloud that’s no longer an issue, since you can call upon it to help sync all your prized digital possessions.
It’s now possible to sync everyday content, such as music, apps and books effortlessly using the convenience of wireless connectivity. So, if you use iTunes, for example, this means that once iCloud has been activated, you can be sure the album you purchased will be available on all your devices, not just the iPad you downloaded it to.
That makes keeping things in order much easier – plus you’ll be a lot less stressed knowing that stuff you need is easily accessible, no matter where or what you’re using to access it. Best of all, iCloud is free to use up to a storage level of 5GB.
1. Find the Cloud You’ll fi nd iCloud listed inside the regular Settings area of your device. If you have an Apple ID, it will be shown at the top of the page and will look like this when tapped on. By default, the majority of the sliders underneath are set to Off, so you’ll want to switch on any you wish to sync.
2. Protect your investment While you’re at it, you may want to turn on the Find My iPad option towards the bottom of the page. This will allow you to locate your device on a map and lock it remotely or erase all the data if it gets lost or stolen. This handy option takes seconds to set up.
3. Start to sync Next, work your way down the list of On/Off slider options, switching on those you want. Email, for example, will ask you to create a email@example.com email address, which lets iCloud sync all your messages. Meanwhile, Contacts and Calendars can be merged with iCloud by toggling the on switch.
4. Sharing your data For both Photo Stream and Documents & Data a little more is involved. The former lets you upload new photos and distribute them between all your iCloud devices. You can also create and share photo streams with other people and subscribe to any photo collections they may have, too.
5. Chart position Meanwhile, the Documents & Data option is handy if you work with applications such as Pages, whereby you quickly accumulate lots of word processing fi les, or perhaps database fi les generated within the Numbers app. Anything edited will be instantly updated and synced via iCloud.
6. Storage solution The iCloud option for syncing your data makes a lot of sense because it’s free up to 5GB. Anyone who generates large volumes of data is also catered for thanks to the ability to tap in a new data allowance inside your account settings, right up to a chunky 55GB for a year.