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Configuring on an iPad

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Video: Configuring on an iPad

If you have followed these movies in order, you've seen iCloud set up a couple of different times; on a Macintosh; and on a Windows PC. Now let's turn to the first of our portable devices: the iPad. Setup is similar to what you've seen, although there's naturally a different avenue for getting there. As with configuring the Mac, it's possible that you're already well on your way, because you entered your Apple ID when you initially set up your iPad, but we'll do it from the beginning as if you haven't. So we start by tapping on Settings, and then we tap on iCloud in the Settings pane.

Configuring on an iPad

If you have followed these movies in order, you've seen iCloud set up a couple of different times; on a Macintosh; and on a Windows PC. Now let's turn to the first of our portable devices: the iPad. Setup is similar to what you've seen, although there's naturally a different avenue for getting there. As with configuring the Mac, it's possible that you're already well on your way, because you entered your Apple ID when you initially set up your iPad, but we'll do it from the beginning as if you haven't. So we start by tapping on Settings, and then we tap on iCloud in the Settings pane.

You'll see this iCloud screen, where you can enter your Apple ID and Password. If you don't have an Apple ID, just tap on the Get a Free Apple ID button, and you'll be walked through the process of getting an Apple ID. In this case, I have an Apple ID, so I can tap on Cancel. It's already grabbed my Apple ID, I just have to enter my Password now, and then I tap on Sign In to do just that. At this point, you'll be asked if you'd like to allow iCloud to use your iPad's location services. You need to enable this if you want to use the Find My iPad feature.

I recommend doing that, so let's tap on OK. You'll see that by default, you'll synchronize Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari data, Notes, Photo Stream, and Documents & Data. Also, because you've allowed iCloud to use location, Find My iPad is also enabled. You're welcome to turn off any of these options by tapping on the On or Off toggle switch. Now, in the case of Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Safari data, you'll be asked what you want to do with that currently synced information. So for example, I'll tap on Contacts, and here's the little notice asking me if I'd like to keep my contacts on my iPad, or delete them.

It's up to you to decide which is the better choice. You might, for example, choose to wipe the contacts off your iPad if you find the iPad choked with duplicate contacts, which can happen sometimes. In that case, you might want to start over with a fresh sync. I don't want to do that, so I'll tap on Cancel. Tap on the Account button, and you'll see details about your account -- your Apple ID, a Password field, and the description. You'll also see a Storage Plan option. If you want to upgrade your storage, tap on that, and you'll see your storage options. I'm just fine for now, so I'll tap on Cancel.

If you tap on Payment Information, you'll see just that. You'll see the e-mail account that's associated with your Apple ID, as well as some of the numbers from your credit card. And then tap on Mail, and you'll see options for configuring your mail; which accounts you're allowed to send from, and which you wish to receive to. We won't look at that right now, because we're going to look at Mail in another movie, so I'll tap on Cancel. Tap on Storage & Backup, and you'll see how much storage your current iCloud plan offers, and how much is available. In my case, I have a total storage of 5 gigabytes, and I've barely used any of it, so it's still reads 5 gigabytes.

Tap on Manage Storage, and you'll see any apps that have iCloud data associated with them. So I'll tap on Keynote, for example, and you see that I have my two Keynote documents. If I wish to delete one of them, I just swipe its title to the right, and the Delete button appears. I'll tap on the screen to make that go away. Otherwise, tap on Edit, and when you do that, you'll see that you have the option to delete all your associate documents. Again, I don't care to do that; I'll tap on Done, and back to Manage Storage, back to Storage & Backup. Here you find Change Storage Plan, and yes, it looks exactly as it did before.

This is just another way to get to it. Tap on Cancel. Finally, there's iCloud Backup. With this switched on, your iPad will automatically back up your camera roll, accounts, documents, and settings to the cloud when your iPad is plugged into power, and yes, that can be the powered USB port on your computer, locked, and connected to wifi. Let's backup one window. Finally, if you wish to delete your iCloud account, just tap on Delete Account. You'll be asked if you're sure you want to do that. In this case, let's tap Delete, and see what happens.

When you do that, you are asked if you want to keep your contacts, calendars, reminders, and Safari data on your iPad. You can choose to either keep it or delete it. Now, in this case, I don't want to do any of that stuff, so I'm going to tap on Cancel, and we're back to the iCloud window. And that's it; iCloud is now set up on my iPad, ready to go.

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