Everything you need to know about Apple’s iCloud storage

A low-down on Apple's storage solution

Everything you need to know about Apple’s iCloud storage

The Apple ecosystem gives you multiple ways to keep your devices connected. And while you have numerous features today that allow you to keep the data on your Apple devices up-to-date, iCloud is probably one of the most popularly used services.

From helping you manage your content better to quicker integration, there are plenty of reasons to have a subscription for yourself on your iPhone, iPad or Mac. And, let’s face it, those prone to running out of storage already know the pain of plugging in an external drive for every little task. So, whether you’re new to the world of Apple or are due for a subscription sometime soon, we have everything you need to know about Apple iCloud.

What is iCloud?

iCloud is Apple’s storage service that connects your macOS, iOS and iPadOS devices by allowing you to sync content. The term ‘cloud’ here refers to servers and a web of backend infrastructure where you can store your files online. However, ‘cloud’ is not an Apple-specific term, and numerous other cloud-storage websites exist online, including Google Drive, OneDrive and DropBox.

ALSO READ: Understanding what cloud storage means

Typically, an Apple user gets about 5GB of free iCloud storage when they sign up with their Apple ID. This is upgradeable up to 2TB with iCloud+, and based on your chosen plan, it can accommodate data, including photos, videos, documents, emails, contacts, and calendar updates across your Apple devices.

Setting up your iCloud drive

Setting up your iCloud drive is easy as it automatically logs you in once you begin using an up-to-date Apple device. All you have to do is log in using your Apple ID and password to get started.

By default, macOS files stored on your Desktop and Documents folder will be uploaded onto your iCloud drive. While this is a helpful feature, it often takes up most of your storage capacity, and you will be required to purchase more eventually. Alternatively, your system begins to sync data onto the iCloud storage for your iPhone or iPad once you’ve plugged the devices in.

Once your devices are in sync, you will find your Desktop and Documents on the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.

How to buy additional iCloud storage

Apple iCloud comes with 5GB of free storage that you’ll most likely run out of in no time. Fortunately, you have the option of upgrading with a minimal monthly fee. That said, knowing which plan suits you best is essential before upgrading to it. Here’s how to go about it:

– On your Apple device, click on Settings or System Preferences
– You will see a bifurcation of your files that are currently stored on your system
– You will notice iCloud storage on that window; click on Manage to switch to a different plan
– You will find an option to choose between 50GB (Rs 75 per month), 200GB (Rs 219 per month), and 2TB (Rs 749 per month)
– Enter your card details, and you’re good to go

Everything you need to know about Apple’s iCloud storage

3 iCloud features to look out for

Once you are successfully signed up with iCloud, you will find all your crucial data available across platforms. Whether it is your grocery lists, important birthdays or contacts, you will find them on both your iPhone and MacBook alike. But that’s not all; here are some other features you can explore once you have a fully-functional iCloud+ storage:

1. Backup 

Apple allows you to create a backup of your iOS and iPadOS files on your iCloud drive, which means you can access your data if you’re locked out or switching to a new device. These backups occur daily once your device is plugged into a power outlet or connected to the Wi-Fi. 

2. Keychain

The iCloud keychain is a helpful app that will let you sync your card and login credentials across different platforms. This information can be auto-filled the next time you’re on the page. Additionally, with the iCloud keychain, you can access these credentials across any Apple device you use. 

3. Hide My Email 

If you’re subscribed to iCloud+, Hide My Email lets you generate random email IDs that will forward emails to your actual address. This feature is beneficial when you’re signing up for a service with your email address but don’t want to give your real ID away. These addresses can be generated or managed on the Mail app and can be deleted anytime you are through using them. 

While there are many things your iCloud storage can do, this guide can help you get started with the basics. If you’ve just set up your iCloud storage, the best way to understand it is by exploring and using it, albeit little by little! 

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