iCloud is a fantastic storage solution dreamed up by Apple inc. Proven a incredibly popular service, since iCloud was launched back in October 2011 it has racked up a colossal 320 million users.
So what is iCloud exactly? Basically iCloud allows you to store your saved content on an external computer server. The computer server is not a physical box like an external hard drive or USB pen drive, it is virtual. Picture it as a personal storage library cloud floating around the world wide web. The way iCloud keeps your content in a similar to the way a web hosting service stores websites and their content.
What Can You Store in iCloud?
iCloud caters for all. If you have a file you wish to keep out of harms way and sync onto your other snazzy Apple devices, then 99% of the time you can store it!
You can store and share the following data formats onto your iCloud…
- Music tracks
- Contacts, calendar notes and reminders
- Even system backups
What are the Benefits of iCloud?
It is not difficult to see that their are benefits to owning an iCloud account.
Content is Automatically Safely Backed Up
As it is an virtual storage service it means your treasured files, be it photos, important work documents, music tracks even memory hogging movies etc, will be safely backed up. If you were to accidentally spill a cup of tea on your Mac or drop your iPhone down the loo rendering it useless for a while, owning a an iCloud account will prove lifesaving. As there is a copy of all your saved files stored on your iCloud they will thankfully not suffer any water damage. In fact they will stay unharmed, intact and accessible, even if the device you saved them with was not.
Access your iCloud Data from Anywhere
As your iCloud account is your very own personal virtual storage hard drive that is floating around the internet, you can access it from anywhere in the world – as long as you are connected to the internet of course! So perhaps you have arrived late to a family reunion and forgot to grab the embarrassing baby photo album. No worries, just log in to your iCloud account and pass your iPhone around for a hearty group giggle.
Share Files across Devices with iCloud
As you can upload and store data on to your Apple iCloud account, you can also do the opsite and download it. However, you don’t just have to download the data back onto the device in which you saved it from, you can actually download it and share it across separate Apple devices. Devices such as iMacs, Mac laptops, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.
This means you can upload and save your extensive James Bond movie collection from your Mac laptop, save it to your iCloud account and automatically download and install it onto your Apple iPhone. Cool aye?
If you wish to easily transfer data from your Apple iCloud account onto several devices you just need to make sure your iOS based devices (i.e. iPhone) is running on iOS 5 or later and your computer is operating on OS X 10.7.2 Lion or later.
How to Share Content Saved in iCloud Across Multiple Devices?
Apple love to keep things simple. So whenever you save an item to your iCloud account, it will automatically get pushed over to your other connected compatible devices. This means you do not have to manually log in and download your saved files separately, iCloud take care of the syncing for you.
Is an iCloud Account free?
There is good news and bad news to this question…
To give you a taster of how iCloud cloud be a great addition to your technical life, Apple provide a standard service for FREE. This will give you an inclusive email address and 5GB of online storage. Perfect if you just wish to keep important text documents.
However, if you wish to store photos or a mammoth collection of music tracks and space guzerling movies, then you will have to pay for more storage space to save it all.
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