As the name suggests iCloud is a cloud service which provide secure cloud storage and cloud computing from Apple Inc. It was introduced on October 12, 2011. It can be used with devices such as iOS, macOS or Windows in order to store data such as photos, documents and music.
Users can share and send data to each other, track the location of their iOS device or Mac using iCloud. It acts as a data syncing center and can back up iOS devices directly to iCloud wirelessly.
iCloud is device friendly and family sharing tool. It automatically makes daily backup data from your iPhone, iPad and all your Apple devices. and the integration into mobile Apple devices is great. Also, it can store unlimited data automatically from our devices. The previous part of MobileMe is now a part of iCloud. iCloud also allow Photo Stream which allows users to store the most recent 1,000 photos on the iCloud servers up to 30 days free of charge.
iCloud also include Find my friends feature. It allows users to share their locations with friends and family. Another feature of iCloud is i-Tunes match. i-Tune is a media player, media library, Internet radio broadcaster and mobile device management application developed by Apple. It is used to play, download and organize digital multimedia files, including music and video on PC.
Another feature of iCloud is iCloud Keychain. In this feature Apple made an attempt to provide password management to mainstream. So, using this you can save account names, passwords and credit card numbers safely on your iPhone and Mac devices. For supporting iCloud services apple had eleven company owned and operated data centers which includes six data centers in the US, two in Denmark and three in Asia.
The program used to access the files in iCloud are iCloud drive. It is a file hosting service (designed to host user files) provided by iCloud. This feature of iCloud provides users to store any kind of file, including photos, videos, documents, music, and other apps’ data, in iCloud Drive and access it on any Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Windows PC.
iCloud provides 5GB free storage automatically when a person signs up. If extra space is needed, they can upgrade to large storage plan from their iPhone, iPad touch, Mac or PC. The large storage plan includes 50GB, 200GB or 2TB. The larger plans like 200GB and 2TB can be shared with your family. The billing of this will be on monthly basis. The steps for sign in iCloud are:
- Go to www.iCloud.com
- A window appears, in that you can see an Apple ID tab. In that type the ID and press arrow button.
- Then follow the instructions to verify the identity.
The backup in iCloud means it will make a copy of information on your iPod touch, iPad and iPhone. So, when your device is backed up, you can easily set up a new device or restore information on device which is already in use. But the thing you need to backup files in iCloud is Wi-Fi connection in order to transfer data. But there are many other tricks and tips for backup files without using Wi-Fi. The steps for backup in iCloud are given below:
- Connect the device to Wi-Fi network
- Then, tap Settings >iCloud> Backup
- Turn on iCloud Backup if it isn’t already turned on.
- Tap Back Up Now.
- Check your backup by tapping Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage, and then select your device.
One of the features of iCloud is the e-mail. Here the e-mail account provided by iCloud is an optional part of iCloud account which means the user can choose to use a non-iCloud e-mail address as their iCloud apple ID. This e-mail can be accessed using web browser at iCloud.com. So, using iCloud we don’t have to worry about the space problems in our devices.