iCloud is the cloud storage service that allows users with an Apple ID account to access all their photos, contacts, emails, bookmarks and documents remotely whenever you have an Internet connection.
It is therefore a very useful service from Apple that is also free and available for users of iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or even Windows computers. Of course, the free version has only 5 GB, which for some may be insufficient.
Read on to learn how to configure iCloud on any of these devices. We will guide you step by step: create an Apple ID account, activate iCloud in general and activate some iCloud services in particular.
How to create an Apple ID account
In order to have an iCloud account you first need to create an Apple ID account, since the first one is associated with the second one. If you already have one – the most common among Apple users -, you can go to the next section.
But if this is not your case, then we will explain two methods for create an Apple ID account: during the process of configuring your iPhone or iPad or in your browser preferably from any device.
Method 1. Create an Apple ID account during the setup process
The easiest way to create an Apple ID account when you just bought a new iPhone or iPad is during the process of setting up your device. Vers that Apple gives you the option. You simply have to enter your data.
Method 2. Create an Apple ID account from a web browser
Alternatively, at any time you can create an Apple ID account by accessing this Apple page. You don't necessarily have to do it from an iOS or macOS device, since Linux or Windows users can also.
How to update your device to the latest operating system
Apple recommends that the device from which you are going to use iCloud is updated to the latest version of its operating system. The updates of iOS, macOS and tvOS also serve to solve possible problems related to iCloud.
Logically, if the device is new you will not need to follow this update process, although it is always advisable to check that it has the latest version and make sure you can enjoy the newest features.
How to download the latest version of iOS on your iPhone or iPad
On your iPhone or iPad, you should go to Settings, followed by general Y Software update. There you can check if your device's operating system is up to date. Otherwise, you can download and install the latest version.
How to download the latest version of tvOS on your Apple TV
On your Apple TV, you should open the app Settings, slide down until you find the section System. Be where you will find the option Software update and the latest version available for download unless it is updated.
How to download the latest version of macOS on your Mac or MacBook
On your Mac or MacBook, click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner and select About this Mac, followed by Software update. There you can see if there is any macOS update available and you can also install it.
How to activate iCloud on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
It is very easy to activate iCloud. As with the creation of an Apple ID account, you can also log in to your iCloud account during the configuration process of your new Apple device.
When you are half set up your iPhone or iPad, you will be asked if you want to use iCloud. Just tap on Use iCloud, log in to your Apple ID account and follow the steps on the screen.
What happens if you did not activate it during the configuration process? You can still do it from the Settings of your iOS device. There, you should touch on your profile picture and log in to your Apple ID, and you can also configure your iCloud.
How to activate iCloud on Apple TV
To activate your iCloud account on a fourth generation Apple TV or Apple TV 4K is very easy. If you have a previous model, unfortunately you will not be able to do so since they do not have this benefit.
When you turn on your Apple TV for the first time, you will be asked to enter your Apple ID and password. Then you can use your iCloud account to share photos between your Apple devices, use iTunes Match, among other features.
In the event that you did not enter your Apple ID when you first set up your Apple TV, you can do it later by going to Settings of your receiver, by clicking on Accounts, followed by iCloud. From there you can start session.
How to activate iCloud on Mac
On your Mac or MacBook, open System preferences and select the section iCloud. On the next screen, you can now log in to your Apple ID account, as well as select all those iCloud services you want to use on your computer.
How to activate iCloud on PC
Although the process of activating iCloud on a PC is somewhat more complicated, even Windows users can benefit from the advantages of Apple's cloud storage system from their computer or laptop.
To do this, you must download iCloud for Windows and install it on your computer. Open the program and log in using your Apple ID account. Also on this occasion you can choose which services to use: iCloud Drive, Mail, Contacts, Calendar …