iCloud includes many features, many of which require specific versions of iOS or macOS. For example, the contact recovery feature is only available in iOS 15 and newer. Note sharing is available in iOS 9 or newer. iCloud Drive storage works in iOS 8 or later, and iCloud Drive folder sharing works in iOS 13.4 and newer.
The more features appear in iCloud, the more recent versions of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS you need to use it fully. If you have the latest iOS version available, everything should work as it should.
To use iCloud and the basic features of the service, you need:
- Apple ID account
- Connecting to the Internet
- iOS 5 or newer on iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (3rd generation) and newer
- Any iPad with iOS 5 or newer
- Mac with OS X Lion 10.7.5 and newer
- PCs with Windows 7 and later
Recall that iOS 5 and OS X Lion were released in 2011, so you don’t need to worry. Your iPhone or Mac definitely supports iCloud, you just need to configure the service.
How to access and view your iCloud backup
iCloud cloud storage is one of Apple’s great developments. However, access to iCloud backup is limited for users. But did you know that you can still open and view data in iCloud on your PC or Mac? Generally there are several ways to view storage data, in this article we will look at two of them. Use our tutorial to view your iCloud backup data, even if it’s made for the latest iOS 12 version.
How to use iCloud on iPhone
Below we look at the key features of iCloud, as well as the rules for using the service.
Turning on the backup
Even before Apple introduced its own cloud service, all backups of Apple devices were created through the iTunes program and, therefore, were exclusively stored on the computer. Agree that it is not always possible to connect your iPhone to your computer. And iCloud solves this problem perfectly.
Open settings on your iPhone. In the next window, select the “iCloud” section.
Setting up a backup copy
After you reset or switch to a new iPhone, you should set up a backup stored in iCloud so you don’t have to download your data again and make necessary changes.
You can only install the backup on a completely clean iPhone. So if it contains any information, you’ll need to delete it by performing a factory reset.
Storing files in iCloud
For a long time iCloud could not be called a full-fledged cloud service because users could not store their personal data there. Fortunately, Apple has fixed this by implementing the Files app.
First, make sure that you have “iCloud Drive” activated, which allows you to add and store documents in the Files app and access them not only on your iPhone, but also from other devices. To do this, open the settings, select your Apple ID account and go to the “iCloud” section.
Automatically upload photos
Usually photos are the ones that take up the most space on your iPhone. To free up space, just save your photos to the cloud, and then you can delete them from your smartphone.
Open the settings. Select your Apple ID account name, then go to “iCloud.
Free up space in iCloud
As for the available storage space for backups, photos and other iPhone files, Apple provides users with only 5 GB of space for free. If you opt for the free version of iCloud, you may need to periodically release the storage.
Open the Apple ID settings, and then select the “iCloud” section.
Increase storage size
As mentioned above, only 5 GB of cloud space is available to users free of charge. If necessary, the cloud space can be expanded by switching to another plan.
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How to move all 40 gb of music from iPhone storage to iCloud.
Alexey, hello. It all depends on where on iPhone the music is stored and whether iCloud has enough free space to move it there. In general, you need to launch the Files app, go to its menu and open your iPhone, find the folder where the music is stored, hold your finger on it and select Copy or Move, depending on what you are going to do. Then, if copying is in progress, go to the Files app menu again and open iCloud Drive there, create a folder as needed (but not necessary) and then either tap on its empty location or, if the folder was not created, do so at the end of the folder list in iCloud, select Paste from the menu that appears and wait for the procedure to complete. If you moved the files, the same actions will be performed not through the menu of the application Files, but through a popup window that appears in it, in which you will also need to specify the location for moving, and then confirm the intentions by clicking on the appropriate button on the top right.
Hi ! Bought 50 GB. Backed it up. Most of the storage is a copy )) What is this ? See.atach. And I go into Files where I can see my cloud storage ? Selected : REVIEW = PLaces = iCloud Drive = there documents 0 objects, Desktop 9 objects, Shortcuts 0 objects )) I, am looking in the wrong place? ))
Hello. Copies is the backup data of the operating system and the applications installed in it. If you click on Manage Storage on the page shown in the screenshot, you will see a much more detailed view of what is taking up space, and if you open the Backups subsection you can see how many you have and for which devices. This will probably be what you called saving to the cloud, the main ones, but it will only show the volume they take up, not the contents (although you can see a list of holes from apps on the previous page).
I understand correctly that you’ve selected Review = Places = iCloud Drive in the iPhone Files app? It will show you all the files and folders that are stored in the cloud, but you will not see app data or system backups there. You can see them using the algorithm I outlined above.
But if you’re wondering why the backup takes up so much space, then let me clarify: in addition to iPhone you have other iOS/iPadOS devices, macOS? Because the Desktop item, which has 9 objects on it, is specific to computers and laptops, and any object placed on it on the desktop is synced to the cloud and obviously takes up space there.
Hello. If I buy an additional cloud and I have everything synced and then I remove that additional cloud, I still have everything saved in iCloud and just no new photos saved ? Or in place With the removal of the additional in my synchronization will be killed ?
I want to add to the previous question )))) I do not have enough memory on my iPhone, a lot of stuff “other” memory is crammed and I read. to remove this “other” which takes a lot of space, you just need to delete everything from your phone to a new state and re-enter iCloud and everything will be fine, so as not to lose photos. Is it possible for me to buy an extra cloud. Synchronize everything and then format the phone and re-enter iCloud. I will have all the pictures in place ? And if everything is in place and after that I remove the additional cloud. I will still have these photos ?
Hi, I was wondering. I moved the photos to the “iCloud files”, but they are not uploaded.
Anastasia, hello. How did you move the photos to iCloud directly on the iPhone or maybe in a browser or PC app? From the screenshot so far it is clear that there are images, but they are in the cloud and must be downloaded to view them. I assume that the task could be reversed to make photos available for viewing without downloading.
How to make sure that all that I connected will be saved I can not do anything
Hello. Specify what exactly you are connecting (what service, what app) and what has to be stored (what content, what data). So far, your question is phrased so that it is not clear what is the problem and what solution is needed.
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First, we decided to tell you why such an instruction is given and when it may be relevant. In fact the iPhone products do not often break, but you can expect the unexpected, for example if your device absolutely refuses to turn on, and you need to obtain data right now. In this case, our way will help to solve this problem. A backup in iCloud is created automatically, so you do not have to worry about the safety of your data, you can get all the materials without using the device with which they were previously added. In this case, you will only have the basic task of picking up all the files that were previously saved by the system.
How to enable the iCloud media library
If you want photos and videos made with your iPhone or iPad to be automatically uploaded and stored in iCloud, you must activate the iCloud media library. It’s quick and easy to do.
Open the settings and go to Photos and Camera, where you can read “iCloud media library” on the first line. Drag the slider to the on position and wait until the photo upload is complete.
Once the media library is activated, all photos created and images uploaded to your mobile device from the web will be available for viewing through the Photos web app in iCloud. By the way, in the Photo and Camera settings, users can also enable the ability to create shared albums.
How to view photos from iCloud on your Mac
All Mac models with OS X Yosemite (2014) and later have Photos. Here you can turn on the display of photos and videos from iCloud.
- Open the Photos app on your Mac.
- Press Command comma (,) or on the menu bar press “Photos” and then “Settings”.
- Choose “iCloud” and turn on the PhotoiCloud option.
- It can take a long time to upload photos. Wait for the process to complete
How to see iCloud storage
The famous company Apple has recently introduced its new development. iCloud. This is a unique service, which was created specifically to replace the commercial online storage MobileMe. You can only access this service from iOS, OSX, and Windows (Vista and later).
- Automatically download purchased music, videos, exciting apps, and popular books to any device;
- The “photostream” feature is designed especially for fans of high-quality photos that you can get with your iPhone. All photos taken on your phone with the photostream service are automatically transferred to all connected iCloud devices;
- Backup storage. This is truly the most important feature of iCloud, as you no longer need to connect to iTunes to make a backup. iCloud creates backups automatically.
This is an incomplete list of all the features of iCloud, as there are quite a few.
How to restore an iPhone backup via iCloud
Here is a step-by-step instruction to restore iPhone data from a backup that is stored on iCloud:
- On your iPhone, go to SettingsMainSetupUpdate. If a newer version of iOS is available to you, it is recommended that you download it and install it following the instructions.
- You need to make sure that you have the latest backup, which you can use to restore your data.
Now go to SettingsCloudStorage and Replication, and at the bottom you will have information about the last backup, and you will see when it was made.
- In the settings, select BasicReset, then click Reset Content and Settings.
- Then in the same settings go to Setting up your device, then choose Restore from backup and log in to iCloud directly.
- All that remains is to select one of the suggested backups hosted in iCloud.
How to view iCloud content
After registering on the iCloud service, you will have 5 GB of absolutely free storage space at your disposal. Here you can store backups, all sorts of data, as well as a variety of applications. In order to view the content of iCloud you just need to log in to your account on the storage site with your username and password.
How to view all photos stored in iCloud
How to delete your iCloud account
You can turn iCloud on and off on individual devices. If you want to stop using the iCloud service on all your devices at once, do the following:
On your iPhone or other iOS device, go to Settings iCloud. At the bottom of the screen, select “Delete Account”.
Remember that after deleting your account, iCloud will no longer backup your data and backups will only be possible by connecting to iTunes. For more information about restoring a backup from iTunes, go to iTunesHelp.
If you want to delete your iCloud account on iPad, it’s easy to do. just go to SettingsMail, Address, Calendars. Select your mailbox in the list of accounts, then click on “Delete account”.
Before you can upload photos to the cloud, you need to configure it. Update iOS, macOS to the latest versions. Set up the cloud on all of your gadgets. Log in to the repository using your Apple ID. Use one account for all devices. Update Windows to version 7 (or newer) and install the iCloud app. Data formats that you upload to the storage: JPEG, RAW, PNG, GIF, TIFF, or MP4. Supports file resolutions for Time Lapse, 4K videos and Live Photos.
You can access iCloud media library from an iOS device with firmware version higher than 8.0. Automatic photo uploading is available. It downloads files as soon as they are available, once your device is connected to the Internet. To activate this feature, go to the system settings of the gadget, go to “iCloud” section. Click “photo”. In this subsection, move the slider to the active position next to “iCloud media library”.
This feature is under development. Media Library files synced with iTunes will be deleted. This will be announced by an alert. If using multiple Apple gadgets, activate the function on each. Data transfer only works when you have internet connection.
You can store photos and video files in two ways: optimized storage and storage with the original. The first method allows you to store the original file in the cloud space only, adapted files are saved on the iPhone. This method saves a lot of memory on the device. The second method allows you to store the original on your iPhone, as well as in the cloud. Saving photos in this manner is best done if you have sufficient free space available.
Go to your device’s System Preferences to enable the optimized storage option. Press “username”, go to “iCloud“. For earlier versions than iOS 10.The 2nd step with the username should be skipped. Click on the “photo” icon. Click “optimize storage”. On a PC or laptop open the “Photos” application, click on settings. Select “iCloud” and specify the storage option. Optimization is activated only if there is not enough space. The first files to be compressed are those which are used rarely or not at all. Now you know how to transfer photos to the cloud.
How to view information about all your Apple devices via iCloud
Have you ever needed to view information about one of your Apple devices from another? Maybe you forgot your smartphone at home or at work, or maybe you just can’t access the data you need.
If you use iCloud, you can quickly and easily find out information about all your devices from one. Find out everything from model number to OS version, and it’s so easy.