iCloud is Apple’s cloud-based storage system. It allows you to save all your important things, like documents, notes, contacts, apps, and photos, and access them from anywhere, with any device, notes, contacts, apps, and photos, and access them from anywhere, with any device, even your computer. You can set your device(s) to back up to iCloud and even find your devices when lost. iCloud includes 5GB of space for free, but you can pay to upgrade to more space if you need it.

iCloud is easy to set up on your devices. You’re asked to set it up when you first begin using your device.

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If you chose not to use iCloud at that time, you can access this by going to Settings, then iCloud, and enter your Apple ID. Remember that all of your iCloud Drives and settings are tied to this one Apple ID, so you must use the same email for everything.

Once set up on your device, you can also set up iCloud on your computer. On a Mac, you can simply turn it on, as long as you have updated your version of OS X (OS X Yosemite is required). Go to System Preferences, click iCloud, and enter your Apple ID, then enable the services you’d like.

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On a Windows PC, you need to download iCloud to your computer.

Allow the file to download, then install the program. You’ll need to enter your Apple ID to link up your accounts. Then you can enable the services you’d like.

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Once it’s set up to your liking, you can view your iCloud drive as a separate drive on your computer.

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To view the iCloud app on your phone, go to Settings and turn iCloud on. Then choose Show on Home Screen.

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Just tap the app to view the files.

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~ Cynthia