10/24/11
9:45 am

Forum Question: Must I Change App Preference To iCloud Once iCloud Is Installed?

After I install iCloud (not as a move from MobileMe), do I also have to change the preference of the apps chosen to iCloud?
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Peter Nolan

Comments: 6 Responses to “Must I Change App Preference To iCloud Once iCloud Is Installed?”

    10/24/11 @ 9:50 am

    Not sure what you mean. Which app preferences, exactly?

    Peter F. Nolan
    10/24/11 @ 10:17 am

    Actually, I think the preference I am referring to is an account preference. For example, I am currently using a CalDAV account to sync iCal with Google Calendar. (MobileMe did not sync well with my calendar in Outlook 2010 on my PC.) Assuming I install iCloud, I would like to sync iCal with it. To do that I wanted to know if I needed to also change the account preference in iCal to iCloud before iCal would work with iCloud. Another site seems to indicate that I do. See http://www.switchingtomac.com/tutorials/icloud/use-mac-apps-with-icloud/. Thanks.

      10/24/11 @ 10:26 am

      If you are using Google Calendar, then that is independent of iCloud. It is another service like it, at least where calendars are concerned. You can ADD an iCloud calendar if you like, but there is nothing for you to do in relation to your Google Calendar account. Keep it there.
      So your options are: just keep using Google Calendar and never use an iCloud calendar, keep using your Google Calendar and also add an iCloud calendar, or stop using Google Calendar and switch to an iCloud calendar. You can do it any way you want.

    Peter F. Nolan
    10/24/11 @ 11:05 am

    Many thanks, Gary, for your answer. It was most helpful.
    Two more related questions. Once I install iCloud on my MacBook, will it automatically upload the calendar events onto iCloud without me having to do anything? Also, if I get a new Mac desktop and install iCloud on it, will the events then automatically download to iCal from the iCloud service? Thanks.

      10/24/11 @ 11:09 am

      As long as you set it up correctly, yes. You’d create a new iCloud calendar and that new one would sync with iCloud. Your old one would still sync to Google Calendar.
      If you get a second Mac then you can add both your Google Calendar and iCloud Calendars to iCal.

        Peter F. Nolan
        10/24/11 @ 11:14 am

        Many thanks.
        I love your website. It is most helpful.
        Peter

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