What Is iCloud?

Learn about the basic features of iCloud and what the service provides. This video is a good starting point for those asking the question 'What Is iCloud.' It will tell you briefly about services like iCloud Drive, Contacts, Calendars, Note, Reminders, Mail and other features of Apple's iCloud service.

Comments: 19 Responses to “What Is iCloud?”

    Joel
    5 years ago

    Did you also skip over Safari?

      5 years ago

      The video was getting quite long. But you can read about the things I didn’t have time to cover by going to the page I mention at the end.

    Marty
    5 years ago

    I have iCloud turned on for Contacts and Calendar so all my devices are in sync. But when I go to Notes, it says I need to create a free @icloud.com email address which I’m hesitant to do and thus haven’t turned on iCloud for Notes. Nevertheless, with iCloud turned off for Notes, the Notes on both my iPhone and iPad synch automatically, but Notes on my iMac doesn’t synch to my two mobile devices. Very strange? Any way I can get Notes on my iMac to synch without adding a new email address?

      5 years ago

      Hard to say what might be going on there without a first-hand look. Is Notes turned on in the iCloud pane of System Preferences? I’d have them take a look at the Genius Bar if further investigation doesn’t turn up a solution. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to create an @icloud.com email address as they are a free part of iCloud.

    Nats
    5 years ago

    i lost all my notes on iCloud and I could’t get them back again.

    Carlos
    5 years ago

    I truly want to like iCloud but I have encountered on more than one occasion that I could not open a file that I had stored on iCloud. Somehow the file became corrupted – fortunately I had the original file on my iMac. As far as I can tell there is no way to restore a prior version of an iCloud file.

      5 years ago

      A very recent update to Yosemite added the ability to use Time Machine on the iCloud Drive folder. So you now can, indeed, go back and restore an old copy of a file in iCloud Drive. I haven’t run into any issue of a corrupted file. But the files are stored on your local drive just like any others, so it could be that the corruption had nothing to do with iCloud.

        Carlos
        5 years ago

        Thx Gary for heads up on 10.10.2 now supporting time machine and iCloud. As for not being able to open the file a quick Google search showed me that several others have encountered the same problem. E.g., https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6655696

          5 years ago

          That post showed that the person just had to log out and than back into again and it worked. So it wasn’t a file corruption issue for them, just some sort of connectivity issue.

    GregJo
    5 years ago

    Is there a definitive guide that you have on integrating outlook express/exchange with iCloud Gary? I’ve turned off practically everything iCloud related as duplicates, conflicts seem better resolved with outlook doing the sync. I am barely holding it all together, but would like iCloud to take over for all in seamless background!

      5 years ago

      I don’t use Outlook or Exchange. Not sure what would integrate between them or why. They are separate systems. If you have both turned on for something, like contacts, then you will see data from both.

    Jeff Widen
    5 years ago

    We have an iPhone 4 with limited storage space. I’ve been hesitant to use ICloud Drive for our other Apple products (which are newer) for fear “Drive” will cause the iPhone 4 to malfunction. Any thoughts?

      5 years ago

      I believe the iPhone 4 can only use up to iOS version 7. So it can’t use iCloud Drive at all. It is stuck using the old iCloud Documents system (storing Pages, Numbers, etc, documents each in a separate collection). Upgrading your newer devices to use iCloud Drive would mean they would be incompatible. But they probably already are, as you would be using older versions of those apps on those devices anyway. That’s assuming you use apps like those on your iPhone 4 at all. Your iPhone won’t “malfunction” it simply won’t be able to access documents stored on iCloud Drive.

    Nathan
    5 years ago

    I’d like to share some of my iCloud Documents on my iCloud Drive with a co-worker but not all of the documents. For back up purposes, I typically back up all of my documents. Is there a way to pass-protect the files that I do not wish to share?

      5 years ago

      iCloud Drive doesn’t really have a sharing option like that. You can share and collaborate on documents using functions inside of apps (like Pages), but you can’t just share a file or folder in iCloud Drive like you can with DropBox and other cloud storage services. iCloud Drive is a lot younger than other cloud storage services, so maybe we’ll see it in the future. Until then, I’d use something like DropBox for this. Nothing wrong with using multiple cloud storage solutions.

    Marsha Avery
    5 years ago

    Can I also store documents from a PC on iCloud?

      5 years ago

      For iCloud Drive, yes, but it isn’t easy. It doesn’t appear as a simple folder in Windows. You’d need to use iCloud.com to upload and download. If you occasionally need to access your iCloud Drive files on a Windows machine, it works. But if you use Windows regularly you will probably want to use a cross-platform cloud storage solution like DropBox.

    Steve Wittwer
    5 years ago

    Just got an iMac (no other devices except Apple TV) and am going to start storing some files on iCloud. Once they are on the “cloud”, i.e. on the Apple server, can they be TRASHED on the iMac to open up hard drive space? Also, I notice, on iCloud SYSTEM PREFERENCES page, there is no references to iTunes; so can I rip a CD onto my iMac and store the .mp3 in iCloud, like a big photo?

      5 years ago

      Think of your iCloud Drive as being a “place.” If you trash something, it is gone. It is a single place “in the cloud.”
      There is a separate product for iTunes music called iTunes Match. It works great and is different than iCloud Drive which is for documents and files. http://macmost.com/itunes-match.html

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