This video is a basic introduction to the types of tools and services that are included in an iCloud account.
- [Narrator] In this movie, I want to clarify exactly what iCloud is. iCloud is an online service offered by Apple, and really you can think of it as a collection of services all attached to the same login. The main focus of iCloud is making it so that you can access certain important information on multiple devices. You can access iCloud services directly on your computer, but iCloud also has a website interface so that you can even access your data on iCloud if you're using a computer that does not belong to you, just by signing into the iCloud website.
And iCloud also works with iOS devices, iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch. So, if you setup your iCloud account on your computer and your iPhone, you can access your iCloud information on both of them. So, what sort of information are we talking about? Well, let's think about your address book, your calendar, and the bookmarks you have in Safari. If you have multiple computers and iOS devices, then you probably want those things to be the same on all of those devices.
So, one of the core features of iCloud is synchronization. You can also synchronize data from the notes and reminders applications as well. By synchronizing your calendar, for example, if you make a change to your calendar on one machine, that information will be immediately synchronized with the iCloud server, sometimes just referred to as the Cloud. Then, that data will be synchronized from the Cloud to all of the other devices and computers that you have signed into your iCloud account.
The result is that any change you make to your calendar on one machine will automatically appear on all of your other machines, as long as all of those machines are signed into the same iCloud account and setup properly. And of course, any changes made on any of your devices will sync across all of the other devices. So, what else does iCloud synchronize? Well, let's talk about mail. Included in an iCloud account is a free email address. If you already have an email address through some other service, iCloud does not really do anything with that.
But, if you use the iCloud email address, you'll be able to access that on multiple machines as well. iCloud can keep a large collection of photos synchronized. With the iCloud Drive feature, you can store and access a collection of files and folders on multiple computers. There are also a handful of other services in iCloud that are not really about synchronizing, but can be really helpful if you are working with multiple computers or devices. Back to My Mac is a service that will let you use one computer to sign into another computer remotely over the internet.
You can access files or control that other computer screen remotely using Back to My Mac. Find My Mac and Find My iPhone are tools to help you locate a lost or stolen computer, or a lost or stolen iOS device. Finally, there's a component of iCloud called Family Sharing which will let you link up to six iCloud accounts together as a family so that you can share iTunes purchases, keep track of each person's location and more. So, that's the general idea of what iCloud does for you.
In the rest of this course, we'll go through the process of setting up an account and then looking at how to use all of these iCloud services.
- Creating an iCloud account
- Linking your Mac or Windows computer to iCloud
- Working with iCloud on iOS devices
- Managing storage space
- Syncing data
- Locating lost iPhones, iPads, and computers
- Working with iCloud Drive
- Setting up Family Sharing