iCloud and Device Tracking
iCloud does more than store your content — it lets you access your music, photos, calendars, contacts, documents, and more, from whatever device you’re on. And it’s built into every new iOS device and every new Mac. It also lets you track your devices. If your iPhone or iPad gets stolen, you can track it down using your iCloud account, by logging onto iCloud with your Apple ID and selecting 'Find my iPhone'.
Share just the photos you want, with just the people you choose. Share as much as you like: Your Shared Photo Streams don’t count against your iCloud storage, and they work over Wi‑Fi and cellular networks. You can create documents and presentations on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. And with iCloud, you can keep that work up to date across your Mac and all your iOS devices. You don’t have to manage your documents in a complicated file system or remember to save them to a special folder. Your documents — with all the latest edits — are stored in your apps, so they automatically appear everywhere. iCloud is already built into apps like Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. It also works with other iCloud-enabled apps. So you can do things like create a to-do list on your Mac and make edits to it on your iPhone. Start sketching on your iPod touch and add the finishing touches on your iPad. Or start a game on your iPad and pick it up at the same level on your iPod touch.
iCloud keeps your bookmarks and Reading List up to date across all your devices. And iCloud Tabs shows all the web pages you have open on your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac, so you can pick up browsing wherever you left off. iCloud stores all the stuff you can’t live without — your calendars, contacts, and email — and keeps it up to date across all your devices. Say you delete an email, add a calendar event, or update a contact. iCloud makes all your changes everywhere. Same with your notes, reminders, and bookmarks. iCloud lets you see your past downloads in one convenient place: your purchase history on the App Store.
iCloud saves the day
You have all sorts of important stuff on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iCloud automatically backs it up daily over Wi‑Fi when your device is connected to a power source. You don’t have to do a thing. And when you set up a new iOS device or need to restore information on one you already have, iCloud Backup does the heavy lifting. Connect your device to Wi‑Fi and enter your Apple ID and password. Your personal data — along with your purchased music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books — will appear on your device, automatically. If checking the usual spots hasn’t turned up your missing device, Find My iPhone can help.4 Just sign in at iCloud.com or use the Find My iPhone app on another device to locate yours on a map, display a message on its screen, remotely set a passcode lock, or initiate a remote wipe to delete your data. With iOS 6, iCloud offers Lost Mode — making it even easier to find and protect a missing iOS device. Lost Mode immediately locks your device with a four-digit passcode and sends it a message displaying a contact number. That way a good Samaritan can call you from your Lock screen without accessing the rest of the information on your device. While in Lost Mode, your device even keeps track of where it’s been and reports back to you when you check in at iCloud.com or on the Find My iPhone app.
HOW TO SET UP
If you’re setting up a new iOS device, or to update to the latest version of iOS, go to the Settings menu, tap General, and tap Software Update to see if there’s an update available.
When you turn on a new iOS device or after you’ve completed the update to the latest version of iOS, follow the instructions in the setup assistant to activate your device and set up iCloud.
If you skipped the setup process, tap the Settings icon on the Home screen, select iCloud, then enter your Apple ID.
Want to use a different Apple ID for iTunes?
Tap the Settings icon and select iCloud. Tap the On/Off switches to enable individual iCloud services. To enable iCloud Backup, tap Storage & Backup and turn on iCloud Backup.
With iCloud, you can get an iCloud.com email account that’s ad-free, is up to date everywhere you check it, and includes webmail at iCloud.com. Just turn on Mail in iCloud settings and follow the onscreen instructions.
To enable automatic downloads for your music, apps, and books, tap the Settings icon on the Home screen and select Store.
Turn on iCloud for the rest of your devices.
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