Take Control of iCloud

Take Control of iCloud

Joe Kissell

Language: English

Pages: 116


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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?

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Lion starting with 10.7.2 and restart. •You upgrade a Mac that’s not already configured for iCloud to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. •You set up a newly purchased Mac. Regardless of when you’re prompted, you can go through the process immediately or skip it and return at your convenience. The exact sequence of steps depends on your circumstances. For the sake of illustration, I’ll show you what to do if you ignored any prompts to set up iCloud earlier, so what you see may differ slightly. Follow

(uploading from your digital camera, or sent from another iOS device) are downloaded automatically to an iOS device, then that device must be turned on (with Photo Stream activated) and connected to the Internet at some point within the following 30 days. You may be wondering why I italicized the word automatically in those two paragraphs. It’s because you can still sync photos manually after they’ve disappeared from your Photo Stream! For example, suppose you take your iPod touch with you on a

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were part of iCal in 10.7 Lion and part of iCloud Calendar. However, Apple has removed reminders from 10.8 Mountain Lion’s Calendar app (formerly iCal) and put them in their own Reminders app, thus making Mountain Lion mirror the separate Calendar and Reminders apps in iOS. And, rumor has it that Apple will soon be making a comparable change on the iCloud Web site. At publication time, Reminders are still part of iCloud Calendar, but if and when that changes, I expect most of it will still

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