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Take Control of iCloud, 4th Edition

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Understand its features and limitations, get set up, and enjoy iCloud!

iCloud is a simple idea -- all your data on all your devices, via the cloud -- that becomes complex in the real world when you want everything to work efficiently so you can spend your time enjoying your media or doing actual work, instead of just fiddling with your computer.

In this best-selling title from Joe Kissell, you'll start by learning what iCloud can do, how it differs from other cloud services, and how to set it up on Macs, iOS devices, Apple TVs, and Windows-based PCs. Joe then explains the key aspects -- and hidden gotchas -- of iCloud's core features, including iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, iCloud Photo Sharing, Family Sharing, iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library, iCloud Drive, Mail and Mail Drop, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Notes, iCloud Keychain, the iCloud Web site, Find My iPhone, Find My Mac, Find My Friends, two-factor authentication, activation lock, Back to My Mac, and backing up and restoring iOS data.

You'll be flying high with iCloud as you learn how to use:

  • iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Sharing: Move your photos around with iCloud Photo Library and/or My Photo Stream, and understand the many differences between these two services. Plus, share photos with iCloud Photo Sharing.
  • iCloud Storage: Apple gives you 5 GB of free storage space, and is happy to take your money if you want to pay for more. Find out what of your iCloud holdings counts in your storage allocation and what does not, and how to delete unwanted data.
  • iCloud Drive: Understand the iCloud Drive folder in the Finder, find the iCloud Drive app in iOS, get a grip on iCloud Drive peculiarities, and read real-world directions for using iCloud Drive to sync files.
  • Family Sharing: Quickly set up a group to share a calendar, photos, Find My iPhone map, apps and media, and more. Also, take control of what a child may purchase with Ask to Buy.
  • Mail: Understand what's on offer with an iCloud email account, and a get a grip on using Mail Drop for large attachments.
  • Calendar, Contacts, and other bits: View and manage calendar and contact data, share calendars, and send invitations to events. Plus, get going with browser bookmarks, iCloud Safari tabs, Safari Reading List, Reminders, and Notes.
  • iCloud Keychain: Store and sync login credentials and credit card details within Safari so you can access them later from any of your Apple devices.
  • iCloud Web site: Use iCloud's Web interface for apps such as Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Find My iPhone, and Find My Friends.
  • Find My...: Look in Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Mac to locate a device that's gone missing, and keep tabs on friends and family with Find My Friends.
  • iCloud Backup: Manage your iOS backups in iCloud, and find steps for restoring your backup after a problem!
  • Apple TV: Get more out of your Apple TV with iTunes Match, iCloud Photos, and iMovie Theater.
  • Back to My Mac: Connect to a far-away Mac over the Internet and use file sharing and screen sharing just as though you were on the same network.
  • Two-factor-authentication: Find savvy advice about setting a good password, and discover how to further secure your account with two-factor authentication.

Compatibility check: For the most part, this book assumes your operating system(s) are OS X 10.11 El Capitan, iOS 9 or later, Windows 7 or later, and Apple TV software version 7 or later. Although it occasionally calls attention to differences in operating systems, it doesn't provide detailed instructions for using iCloud with older software.Understand its features and limitations, get set up, and enjoy iCloud!

iCloud is a simple idea -- all your data on all your devices, via the cloud -- that becomes complex in the real world when you want everything to work efficiently so you can spend your time enjoying your media or doing actual work, instead of just fiddling with your computer.

In this best-selling title from Joe Kissell, you'll start by learning what iCloud can do, how it differs from other cloud services, and how to set it up on Macs, iOS devices, Apple TVs, and Windows-based PCs. Joe then explains the key aspects -- and hidden gotchas -- of iCloud's core features, including iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, iCloud Photo Sharing, Family Sharing, iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library, iCloud Drive, Mail and Mail Drop, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Notes, iCloud Keychain, the iCloud Web site, Find My iPhone, Find My Mac, Find My Friends, two-factor authentication, activation lock, Back to My Mac, and backing up and restoring iOS data.

You'll be flying high with iCloud as you learn how to use:

  • iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Sharing: Move your photos around with iCloud Photo Library and/or My Photo Stream, and understand the many differences between these two services. Plus, share photos with iCloud Photo Sharing.
  • iCloud Storage: Apple gives you 5 GB of free storage space, and is happy to take your money if you want to pay for more. Find out what of your iCloud holdings counts in your storage allocation and what does not, and how to delete unwanted data.
  • iCloud Drive: Understand the iCloud Drive folder in the Finder, find the iCloud Drive app in iOS, get a grip on iCloud Drive peculiarities, and read real-world directions for using iCloud Drive to sync files.
  • Family Sharing: Quickly set up a group to share a calendar, photos, Find My iPhone map, apps and media, and more. Also, take control of what a child may purchase with Ask to Buy.
  • Mail: Understand what's on offer with an iCloud email account, and a get a grip on using Mail Drop for large attachments.
  • Calendar, Contacts, and other bits: View and manage calendar and contact data, share calendars, and send invitations to events. Plus, get going with browser bookmarks, iCloud Safari tabs, Safari Reading List, Reminders, and Notes.
  • iCloud Keychain: Store and sync login credentials and credit card details within Safari so you can access them later from any of your Apple devices.
  • iCloud Web site: Use iCloud's Web interface for apps such as Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Find My iPhone, and Find My Friends.
  • Find My...: Look in Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod touch/Mac to locate a device that's gone missing, and keep tabs on friends and family with Find My Friends.
  • iCloud Backup: Manage your iOS backups in iCloud, and find steps for restoring your backup after a problem!
  • Apple TV: Get more out of your Apple TV with iTunes Match, iCloud Photos, and iMovie Theater.
  • Back to My Mac: Connect to a far-away Mac over the Internet and use file sharing and screen sharing just as though you were on the same network.
  • Two-factor-authentication: Find savvy advice about setting a good password, and discover how to further secure your account with two-factor authentication.

Compatibility check: For the most part, this book assumes your operating system(s) are OS X 10.11 El Capitan, iOS 9 or later, Windows 7 or later, and Apple TV software version 7 or later. Although it occasionally calls attention to differences in operating systems, it doesn't provide detailed instructions for using iCloud with older software.

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Basics
    3. What’s New in the Fourth Edition
  2. Introduction
  3. iCloud Quick Start
  4. Catch Up with iCloud Changes
    1. iCloud Feature Changes
    2. Storage Checkup
  5. Get to Know iCloud
    1. What Is iCloud?
    2. Major iCloud Features
    3. About iCloud System Requirements
    4. About Your Apple ID
    5. About iCloud Storage
  6. Set Up iCloud
    1. Update Your Software
    2. Set Up iCloud on a Mac
    3. Set Up iCloud under Windows
    4. Set Up iCloud on an iOS Device
    5. Work with Multiple iCloud Accounts
    6. Disable iCloud
  7. Use iCloud Family Sharing
    1. Enable Family Sharing
  8. Use iCloud Music Library
    1. Understand Apple’s Music Services
    2. Use iTunes Match
  9. Manage Your Photos
    1. Compare iCloud Photo Options
    2. Use iCloud Photo Library
    3. Use My Photo Stream
    4. Use iCloud Photo Sharing
  10. Keep Documents and App Data in Sync
    1. Use iCloud Drive
    2. Use In-app Data Syncing
  11. Keep Mail, Contacts, and Calendars in Sync
    1. Work with iCloud Mail
    2. Use Mail Drop
    3. Sync Your Contacts
    4. Sync Your Calendars
    5. Troubleshoot Contact and Calendar Problems
  12. Sync Other iCloud Data
    1. Work with Browser Bookmarks, Tabs, and Reading List
    2. Use Reminders
    3. Work with Notes
  13. Work with iCloud Keychain
    1. Enable and Configure iCloud Keychain
    2. Use iCloud Keychain in Safari
    3. View and Edit iCloud Keychain Contents
    4. Change iCloud Keychain Settings
    5. Use iCloud Keychain with Another Password Manager
  14. Use the iCloud Web Site
    1. Navigate the iCloud Web Site
    2. The Mail Web App
    3. The Contacts Web App
    4. The Calendar Web App
    5. The Photos Web App
    6. The iCloud Drive Web App
    7. The Find iPhone Web App
    8. The Find Friends Web App
    9. The Reminders Web App
    10. The Notes Web App
    11. The iWork Web Apps
    12. The News Publisher Web App
  15. 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. Back Up and Restore iOS Data
    1. Understand How iCloud Backup Works
    2. Activate and Configure iCloud Backup
    3. Restore an iOS Device from a Backup
  17. Use iCloud on an Apple TV
    1. Set Up iCloud on an Apple TV
    2. View Shared Purchases on an Apple TV
    3. Use iTunes Match on an Apple TV
    4. Use iCloud Photos on an Apple TV
    5. Use AirPlay from iCloud
    6. Use iMovie Theater
  18. Use Back to My Mac
  19. Manage Your Account
    1. Change iCloud Web Site Settings
    2. Change Payment Settings
    3. Manage Your Storage
  20. Manage iCloud Security and Privacy
    1. Choose a Good Password
    2. Use Two-step Verification
    3. Check Activation Lock
    4. Protect Your Privacy
  21. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. About the Publisher
  22. Copyright and Fine Print