3 ways to sign in to iCloud

3 ways to sign in to iCloud
3 ways to sign in to iCloud
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Know how to view, store and access your files and data on iCloud, which is the cloud-based application and storage solution offered by Apple. Anyone with an Apple ID automatically gets 5 GB of free storage.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Connect to iCloud on the Internet

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Step 1. Go to the iCloud website

You can sign in from any browser, including from a Windows computer or from a Chromebook.

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Step 2. Enter your Apple ID and password

Step 3. Click ➲

This button is located to the right of the field dedicated to the password.

  • If 2-factor identification is enabled, click To allow on another device and enter the 6-digit identification code you receive in the spaces of the browser window.
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Step 4. Access your data

You can access or work with the data that you have stored or synced with iCloud.

  • Only data and files that you have synced or stored in iCloud are available in iCloud.
  • Backups from your iPhone, iPad or computer made to iCloud are not accessible. They are only used to restore your settings and data to your device.
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Step 5. Click Photos

You will be able to view, download, or delete the photos you uploaded from your iCloud-connected devices.

  • Click on Albums to see your photos. This option is at the top of the window.
  • Click on All the pictures. This is one of the albums displayed on the screen. It is at the top left. After you sync your devices with iCloud, the photos they contain will appear in this folder.
  • To download a photo, click on the one you want to retrieve and then click on the download button. It is a cloud icon with an arrow pointing down. This button is at the top of the window.
  • Select the destination folder for the photos in the window that appears.
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Step 6. Click iCloud Drive

This opens the iCloud Drive interface which allows you to upload and download your documents and files.

Click and drag the documents you want to save onto the Drive window. Now your documents will be available on any synced device, including your iPhone or iPad

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Step 7. Click Contacts

These are the contacts that you have synced from your devices. Any addition or change made in the iCloud app will be visible in your synced devices.

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Step 8. Click Calendar

Events and appointments that you add to Calendar from a synced device appear here. If you add or edit an event in the iCloud app, the changes will also be visible on all your synced devices.

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Step 9. Click Find My iPhone

When you activate Find my iPhone on an Apple device, its location is displayed in iCloud. This service and app can be used to locate your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and even your AirPods.

Method 2 of 3: Sync iCloud to iPhone or iPad

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Step 1. Go to Settings

This is the app that contains cogwheels (⚙️) and is usually found on the home screen.

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Step 2. Tap on your Apple ID

This is the section at the top of the menu that contains your name and photo if you've added one.

  • If you are not logged in, press Connect to (your device), enter your Apple ID and password, and then tap To log in.
  • If you're using an older version of iOS, you probably won't need to go through this step.
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Step 3. Tap iCloud

This option is found in the second section of the menu.

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Step 4. Select the types of data you want to store in iCloud

Simply slide the switch next to the apps listed on the screen to the On (green) or Off (white) position.

Scroll down to see the full list of apps that can access iCloud

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Step 5. Tap Photos

This option is at the top of the list of applications.

  • Turn on iCloud Photo Library to automatically upload and store your photos in iCloud. All your photos and videos will be accessible from any desktop or mobile platform.
  • Activate the option To My Photo Stream to automatically send your new photos to iCloud whenever you are connected to Wifi.
  • Activate the option ICloud Photo Sharing if you want to create photo albums that your friends can view on the Internet or on their Apple device.
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Step 6. Tap iCloud

This option is in the upper left corner of the screen.

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Step 7. Scroll down and tap Keychain

This option is at the bottom of the list of apps that use iCloud.

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Step 8. Slide the iCloud Keychain switch to the On position

It will turn green and your saved passwords or payment information will be available on all devices signed in with your Apple ID.

Apple does not have access to this encrypted information

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Step 9. Tap iCloud

This option is in the upper left corner of the screen.

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Step 10. Scroll down and tap Find my iPhone

This option is at the bottom of the list of apps that use iCloud.

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Step 11. Slide the Find my iPhone switch to the On position

This will allow you to locate your device by logging into iCloud from a computer or mobile platform and clicking Find my iPhone.

  • Activate the option Send last position to allow your device to send its last location to Apple when the battery reaches a critical level.
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Step 12. Tap iCloud

This option is in the upper left corner of the screen.

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Step 13. Scroll down and tap on iCloud Backup

This option is at the bottom of the list of apps that use iCloud.

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Step 14. Slide the iCloud Backup switch to the On position

This will automatically save your files, settings, app data, photos, and music to iCloud whenever your device is plugged in, locked, and connected to WiFi. ICloud Backup allows you to restore your data from iCloud if you replace or format your device.

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Step 15. Slide the iCloud Drive switch to the On position

Applications will be able to access and store data on your iCloud Drive.

  • All applications listed under iCloud Drive will be able to access this storage space if the button next to it is in the On position.
  • Now you can access iCloud from any enabled app like iCloud Drive, Photos, Calendars, or Pages.

Method 3 of 3: Sync iCloud to Mac

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Step 1. Click on the Apple menu

It's the apple-shaped icon in the upper left corner of your screen.

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Step 2. Click System Preferences

This option is in the second section of the drop-down menu.

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Step 3. Click iCloud

This option is on the left of the window.

If you're not automatically signed in, enter your Apple ID and password

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Step 4. Check the box next to iCloud Drive

It is at the top of the list on the right. Now you can access and edit your files and documents in iCloud.

  • Choose iCloud Drive in all "recording" windows or drag files into iCloud Drive to the left of the Finder window.
  • Select the apps allowed to access iCloud Drive by clicking the button Options near iCloud Drive in the dialog box.
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Step 5. Select the types of data to sync with iCloud

To do this, check the boxes under iCloud Drive. For example, check Pictures if you want to backup and access your photos in iCloud. Now your data will be stored and available on iCloud.

  • You may need to scroll down to see all of the selections.
  • Now, whenever you use a synced app like Photos, Calendar, or Pages on your Mac, all of that information will be available and synced with iCloud.

Advice

  • You start with 5 GB of storage space in your iCloud account. If you want to buy more space, go to the section Storage of the application Settings.
  • If you took photos with Live enabled, you will be able to play their live version by clicking the Play triangle in the upper right corner of each photo.

Warnings

  • If your iPhone, iPad, or Mac is not running the latest version of its operating system, you may be having issues with iCloud functionality.
  • Some types of files that you can store in iCloud Drive are not compatible or visible on an iOS device.

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