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iCloud: Change iCloud feature settings

Change iCloud feature settings

You can change which iCloud features you’re using on any of your devices by turning features on or off. You can also turn off iCloud completely.

When you turn off an iCloud feature on a device, your up-to-date iCloud information for that feature is no longer available on it. In many cases when you turn off a feature, you’re asked whether you want your device to keep a copy of your information stored in iCloud for that feature. You don’t need to keep a copy if you have other devices set up for the same feature, because your information is still available on them. For example, if your iPhone and iPad both have Contacts turned on, you can turn off Contacts on your iPad without keeping a copy of your iCloud contacts on it, and still access those contacts on your iPhone. If you turn Contacts on again on your iPad, your latest contact information reappears on it automatically.

Before turning off a particular feature on all your devices, or before turning off iCloud completely, you can archive a copy of your iCloud data on your computer. For more information, see the Apple Support article iCloud: Archiving or making copies of your iCloud data.

Turn iCloud features on or off

Depending on which device’s settings you want to change, do one or more of the following:

On your iOS device’s Home screen, go to Settings > iCloud, then tap to turn on or off iCloud features.

Settings window with iCloud services turned on

On a Mac, open iCloud preferences, then select or deselect each feature. (iCloud features in OS X v10.7.5 are listed slightly differently.)

If your Mac has OS X v10.7.5 and you turn off Calendars & Reminders, your calendar information and reminders aren’t stored locally in iCal. If you want to retain your calendar and reminder information, you need to back it up before turning off iCloud. For more information, see the Apple Support article iCloud: Calendar & reminder data removed from Calendar and Reminders or iCal when disabling iCloud Calendar.

System Preferences window with services selected

On a Windows computer, open the iCloud Control Panel, then select or deselect each feature. To make your changes take effect, click Apply.

Checkboxes next to iCloud services

Turning on Mail, Contacts, Calendars, & Tasks adds your iCloud account to Microsoft Outlook 2007 or later if your Windows computer has it installed. Note that iCloud reminders are called tasks in Outlook.

If Outlook isn’t installed on your Windows computer, you can use iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendars, & Reminders in your web browser on iCloud.com.

When you turn on Bookmarks, iCloud keeps your bookmarks in the Windows browsers you select up to date with bookmarks in Safari on your iOS devices and Mac computers that have the iCloud Safari feature turned on (iCloud Bookmarks in OS X v10.7.5). To change the Windows browsers whose bookmarks you want to keep updated, click Options next to Bookmarks. For information about browsers supported by iCloud Control Panel, see the Apple Support article iCloud: System requirements.

Turn off iCloud completely

Depending on whether you want to stop using iCloud on all or only some devices, do one or more of the following:

On your iOS device’s Home screen, go to Settings > iCloud, then at the bottom of the screen, tap Delete Account.

Note:   If you delete your iCloud account, iCloud will no longer back up your iOS data. You can still back up your device in iTunes (for more information, open iTunes and choose iTunes > Help).

On your Mac, open iCloud preferences, then click Sign Out.

If your Mac has OS X v10.7.5 and you turn off iCloud, your calendar information and reminders aren’t stored locally in iCal. If you want to retain your calendar and reminder information, you need to back it up before turning off iCloud. For more information, see the Apple Support article iCloud: Calendar & reminder data removed from Calendar and Reminders or iCal when disabling iCloud Calendar.

On your Windows computer, open the iCloud Control Panel, then click Sign Out.

Note:   If you turned on automatic download of music, app, or book purchases (in iTunes preferences or in Settings on your iOS device), your iTunes purchases are still downloaded to your devices.
Last Modified: Feb 17, 2014
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