iCloud: What is iCloud?

What is iCloud?

iCloud connects you and your Apple devices in amazing ways. It makes sure you always have the latest versions of your important information—like documents, photos, notes, and contacts—on whatever device you’re using. It lets you easily share photos, calendars, locations, and more with friends and family. It even helps you find your device if you lose it.

Don’t have an iOS device or a Mac? Your iCloud account still lets you create and share documents and notes using a Mac or Windows web browser.

The same Pages document shown on iPhone, iPad, and a Mac

To get started, just set up iCloud on your iOS devices, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Windows computer, or get iCloud web-only access right on iCloud.com. Then you can use iCloud.com from your computer’s web browser.

Here are some ways you can use iCloud.

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Keep your photos up to date

iCloud Photo Library securely stores all your photos and videos, and keeps them up to date on iCloud.com, your iOS devices, and your Mac. Any edits you make in the Photos app are automatically updated everywhere. And with iCloud Photo Sharing, it’s easy to share photos and videos with just the people you choose, and invite them to add photos, videos, and comments to your shared albums. Learn more.

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Get your desktop and documents on all of your devices

Safely store and organize all kinds of documents in iCloud. Work with them in iCloud Drive on iCloud.com, your iOS devices, your Mac, and your Windows computer. Learn more.

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Share music, books, apps, and more with your family

Family Sharing lets up to six family members share their iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store purchases without sharing accounts. Pay for family purchases with the same credit card and approve kids’ spending right from a parent’s device. Plus, share photos, a family calendar, reminders, and locations. Learn more.

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Find your iOS device, Apple Watch, or Mac

Locate your devices, or ones belonging to family members, on a map. Play a sound on a device, lock and track it, or remotely erase it. Learn more.

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Find your friends and family

You, your family, and friends can share locations, follow each other, and see everyone’s location on a map. Learn more.

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Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

Keep your Pages, Numbers, and Keynote documents up to date using the apps on iCloud.com, your iOS devices, and your Mac. Learn more about Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

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Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, and Reminders

Keep your mail, contacts, calendars, notes, and reminders up to date using the apps on your iOS devices, Mac, and iCloud.com. Learn more about Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, and Reminders.

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Music, apps, and iBooks

Automatically get purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store on all your devices, and download past purchases anytime. Learn more.

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iCloud Tabs, bookmarks, and reading list in Safari

See the webpages you have open on your Mac and iOS devices (your iCloud Tabs). Read articles from your Reading List, even when you’re offline. Plus, use the same bookmarks on your Mac, iOS devices, and Windows computer. Learn more.

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iCloud Keychain

Keep your passwords, credit card information, and more up to date, and have it entered automatically on your Mac and iOS devices. Learn more.

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iMovie Theater

Watch your finished movies and trailers on all your devices. Learn more for iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

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Backup and restore

iCloud automatically backs up your iOS device daily over Wi-Fi when your device is turned on, locked, and connected to a power source. You can use your iCloud backup to restore your iOS device or set up a new one. Learn more.

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Back to My Mac

Securely connect your Mac to your remote Mac over the Internet, then share the screen or files of your remote Mac. Learn more.

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iCloud storage

With iCloud, you get 5 GB of free storage for your mail, documents, photos, and iOS device backups. Your purchased music, apps, TV shows, and books don’t count against your available storage. Learn more.

Note: iCloud requires an Internet connection, and some iCloud features have minimum system requirements. iCloud may not be available in all areas, and iCloud features may vary by area.

Last Modified: Sep 21, 2016
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