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iCloud may seem simple, but complexity lurks below the surface. In this essential title from best-selling author Joe Kissell, you'll learn how to set up and use iCloud successfully on Macs (running 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion), iOS devices, second- and third-generation Apple TVs, and Windows-based PCs. You'll also find advice on handling Apple IDs and solving problems with shared Apple IDs, non-email Apple IDs, multiple Apple IDs, and more.

With setup completed, Joe explains the key aspects--and hidden gotchas--of iCloud's core features: iTunes in the Cloud (including iTunes Match), iCloud Backup, Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud, Find My iPhone, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Notes, Reminders, and Back to My Mac.

You'll learn how to handle many aspects of iCloud, including:

  • iCloud Web site: The iCloud Web site is your go-to spot for configuring certain iCloud settings. And, in some cases, the Web apps available there--Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Reminders, Find My iPhone, and iWork--have different or expanded features from what you'll find in their counterparts elsewhere. Joe provides all the necessary directions for making the most of your time on the iCloud site. Features of special note that are covered include shared calendars, shared reminder lists, Mail rules, and Mail VIP lists.
  • App integration: All the iCloud Web apps listed in the above bullet item have counterparts in iOS and on the Mac. Joe describes how these apps are the same and different on different devices, and tells you how to turn on app-related services--such as synchronized calendars and contacts--on your devices. He also explains interactions within Reminders and Notes on various devices.
  • iTunes in the Cloud: Learn how to turn on automatic downloads so nearly anything you buy from Apple--music, apps, and ebooks, though not TV shows or movies--appears on all your devices. You'll also learn how to re-download previously purchased items, and you'll read about Apple's optional, $25-per-year iTunes Match music service.
  • iCloud Backup: Find out what data on your iOS device backs up, how to handle your backup, and--most importantly--how to restore after a problem!
  • Photo Stream: Having all your recent photos appear on all your devices sounds great, but there are gotchas. Joe explains the 1,000-photo and 30-day limits, shared photos streams, and how to delete a photo from a stream.
  • Documents in the Cloud: Start changing your habits as your documents begin living in the cloud and within apps instead of on a local disk. But beware, since Documents in the Cloud isn't always seamless!
  • Back to My Mac: With Back to My Mac, you can connect to your Mac at home or the office over the Internet and use both file sharing and screen sharing just as though you were on the same network. Joe explains the basics.

You'll find answers to questions such as:

  • How do I set up iCloud-based calendar and contact syncing on my iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch?
  • How do I share calendars with people who are not using iCloud?
  • How quickly should I expect iCloud to sync my data?
  • How do I configure my email software to use my iCloud email address?
  • How do I add files to my Photo Stream from Windows?
  • How can I configure my AirPort Extreme to work with Back to My Mac?
  • What should I expect iTunes to do immediately after I turn on iTunes Match?
  • How can I use Find My iPhone, to locate not only my iPhone but also any (recent) iOS device or even a missing Macintosh?

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Basics
    3. What’s New in Version 1.4
    4. What Was New in Version 1.3
  2. Introduction
  3. 1. iCloud Quick Start
    1. Get started:
      1. Get started:
        1. Get started:
        2. Use the core iCloud features:
        3. Take care of loose ends:
  4. 2. Get to Know iCloud
    1. What Is iCloud?
    2. Major iCloud Features
    3. About iCloud System Requirements
    4. About Your Apple ID
      1. What If I Have Multiple Apple IDs?
      2. What If I Share an Apple ID with Someone?
      3. Which Apple ID Should I Use for iCloud?
    5. About iCloud Storage
  5. 3. Set Up and Explore iCloud
    1. Migrate from MobileMe
    2. Make a Backup
    3. Upgrade Your Software
    4. Set Up iCloud on a Mac
    5. Set Up iCloud under Windows
    6. Set Up iCloud on an iOS Device
    7. Set Up iCloud on an Apple TV
    8. Navigate the iCloud Web Site
    9. Work with Safari Bookmarks, Tabs, and Reading List
  6. 4. iCloud Downloads
    1. Understand Automatic Downloads
    2. Understand Re-downloads
    3. Activate Automatic Downloads
      1. Activate Automatic Downloads on a Mac or PC
      2. Activate Automatic Downloads on an iOS Device
    4. Re-download Previous Purchases
      1. Re-download on an iOS Device
      2. Re-download in iTunes
    5. Use iTunes Match
      1. Activate iTunes Match on a Mac or PC
      2. Activate iTunes Match on an iOS Device
      3. Interact with iTunes Match
        1. Use iTunes Match in iTunes on a Mac or PC
      4. Use iTunes Match on an iOS Device
      5. Learn More about iTunes Match
  7. 5. iCloud Backup
    1. Understand How iCloud Backup Works
    2. Activate and Configure iCloud Backup
    3. Restore an iOS Device from a Backup
  8. 6. Photo Stream
    1. Understand How Photo Stream Works
      1. Syncing Photos the Old Way
      2. Syncing Photos with Photo Stream
      3. Photo Stream Limitations
        1. The 1,000-Photo Limit
        2. The 30-Day Cloud Storage Limit
        3. The No-Video Limit
        4. The Wi-Fi-Only Limit
      4. Shared Photo Streams
    2. Use Photo Stream with an iOS Device
      1. View and Share Photo Stream Photos
      2. Save Photo Stream Photos on an iOS Device
    3. Use Photo Stream with a Mac or PC
      1. Use Photo Stream on a Mac
      2. Use Photo Stream on a PC
    4. Stream Photos to an Apple TV
    5. Delete Photos from Your Photo Stream
  9. 7. Documents in the Cloud
    1. Understand How Documents in the Cloud Works
    2. Use Documents in the Cloud
      1. Use Documents in the Cloud in iOS
      2. Use Documents in the Cloud on a Mac
      3. Use Documents in the Cloud in a Web Browser
  10. 8. Contacts
    1. View Contacts
    2. Search for Contacts
    3. Edit, Add, and Delete Contacts
    4. Work with Contact Groups
    5. Perform More Contact-Related Tasks
    6. Set Contact Preferences
  11. 9. Calendar
    1. View Events
      1. Choose a Calendar View
      2. Navigate to Another Date
      3. Use the Notification Box
    2. Edit, Add, and Delete Events
      1. Add an Event
      2. Set Event Details
      3. Change Event Details
        1. Move an Event
        2. Change an Event’s Duration
      4. Delete an Event
    3. Manage Your Calendars
    4. Share Calendars
      1. Activate Sharing
        1. Share a calendar privately:
        2. Share a calendar publicly:
      2. Modify or Stop Sharing
    5. Set Calendar Preferences
      1. General Preferences
        1. Appearance:
        2. Formats:
        3. Scheduling:
      2. Advanced Preferences
        1. Time Zone:
        2. Old Events:
        3. Event Updates:
        4. Invitations:
  12. 10. Reminders
  13. 11. Mail
    1. Understand iCloud Mail Benefits
    2. Access iCloud Mail on the Web
      1. Mail Overview
      2. Work with Incoming Messages
      3. Compose a New Message
        1. Address a Message
        2. Use Other Composing Tools
      4. Work with Folders on the Server
      5. Configure iCloud Mail Preferences
      6. General Preferences
        1. Viewing:
        2. Forwarding:
        3. Mailboxes:
        4. Accounts Preferences
        5. Composing Preferences
        6. Composing:
        7. Send From:
        8. Signature:
        9. Rules Preferences
        10. Vacation Preferences
  14. 12. Notes
    1. Find Your Notes
    2. Make Notes
  15. 13. Find My Nouns
    1. Understand What Find My Device Can and Can’t Do
    2. Activate Find My Device
    3. Find Your Device with a Browser
    4. Find Your Device with an App
    5. Find Your Friends
  16. 14. Back to My Mac
    1. Understand What Back to My Mac Can Do
    2. Configure Your Devices
      1. On each Mac (local and remote):
        1. On each Mac (local and remote):
        2. Then, on any Mac(s) you’ll access remotely:
        3. To share a Time Capsule or AirPort Disk:
    3. Configure Your Router
    4. Get Back to Your Mac
  17. 15. Manage Your Account
    1. Change iCloud Web Site Settings
    2. Change Payment Settings
      1. Change Payment Settings on a Mac or PC
      2. Change Payment Settings on an iOS Device
    3. Manage Your Storage
      1. Check and Modify Storage Usage
        1. Check and Modify Storage Usage on a Mac or PC
        2. Check and Modify Storage Usage on an iOS Device
      2. Upgrade Your Storage
        1. Buy More Storage on a Mac or PC
        2. Buy More Storage on an iOS Device
  18. 16. Troubleshoot iCloud Problems
    1. Fix (Some) Sync Problems
    2. Prevent Data from Disappearing after Restoration
    3. Find Additional Help
  19. A. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. Author’s Acknowledgements
    4. Shameless Plug
    5. About the Publisher
      1. Production credits:
  20. About the Author
  21. Copyright