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How to use iCloud – Macworld Spain

iCloud is one of Apple's most mysterious services since few people fully know all the possibilities it offers to Apple device users. How do you set up an iCloud account? How are all its functions used?

In this article, you will find answers to many of the questions that surely arise around Apple's service as well as everything you need to know to get the most out of iCloud from any of the devices you use from Apple.

What is iCloud?

iCloud is the name that Apple gives to its range of cloud-based services, which covers areas as diverse as the synchronization of email, contacts and calendars, the location of lost devices (Find My iPhone / iPad) and storage of cloud music (iTunes).

The goal of cloud services in general, and iCloud in particular, is to store information and that is accessible to all your devices. It is known as a cloud server, rather than locally.

This means that you are not occupying storage space on any particular device, and it also means that you can access the information from any device connected to the Internet at any time.

What does iCloud do?

In essence, iCloud allows you to store information on-line and then access it from your devices like iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac and even Windows PC. But if you visit iCloud.com and you start session in your account, see that it is a simple concept.

Let's see some of the highlights:

  • Contacts: if you allow synchronization, your Contacts will be accessible from both iOS and macOS devices. This means that you only need to keep a contact list, since any changes you make to your iPhone will be applied to Contacts on your Mac and other devices.
  • Calendar: In the same way, iCloud synchronizes events on all your devices to be able to consult them at any moment.
  • iCloud Drive: a simple way to store files in the cloud. Check our article on how to configure iCloud: create and activate account on iPhone, Mac and PC.
  • Notes: You can choose to save notes locally, but if you synchronize them with iCloud, they will all be accessible from any device.
  • iWork: you can use Pages, Numbers or Keynote as web applications thanks to iCloud. You can also save TextEdit documents in the cloud and share them.

ICloud pricing and plans

iCloud is free to start. You can configure iCloud without paying a penny, but this comes with a limited amount of storage, as many similar services do, so when you start using it, you won't be able to go back.

That is when, if you need more space and plan to make a backup of multiple devices in the cloud, or store photos and videos important for you, you will need more capacity from iCloud.

These are some of the plans Apple currently offers for iCloud and its prices:

  • 5 GB: free
  • 50 GB: 0.99
  • 200 GB: 2.99
  • 2TB: 9.99

How to update the storage plan

The process of updating the iCloud plan is simple. You can do it from an iPhone or iPad, from a Mac or even from a Windows PC.

On iPhone or iPad: go to Settings and press your name at the top of the screen to log in.

In the second group of options that appears, click on iCloud; At the top of the next screen, below the Storage heading, you see a small graph that visually shows what content your GB or TB consumes. Press Manage storage.