Detailed guide for iCloud login. iCloud is a set of partially free cloud services from Apple. iCloud was announced on June 6, 2011 at WWDC, and was launched on October 12 2011. With iCloud data such as contacts, calendars and documents are stored on a server (“cloud”). Then, these files are pushed to devices such as iPhones, iPads, iPod touchs, Macs and PCs. iCloud stores music, apps, photos, contacts, calendars and documents. If anything changes on one device, all other devices are updated automatically and wirelessly (synchronization). iCloud users also get a free email account. Formerly a @me.com account, from July 16, 2012 Apple has begun to activate @ icloud.com email addresses.
iCloud Sign in instructions
When you sign in on iCloud, you get access to the following Apple cloud services:
Send and receive email messages directly from your browser
View or edit all your iPhone contacts directly from the browser
With iCloud Drive you have access to all your files stored in the cloud. View pictures that you took with your iPhone or documents that you created on your Mac.
Find My iPhone
Did you loose your iPhone or is it stolen? With Find My iPhone you can track your iPhone, iPad or your Mac. You can enable Lost mode
If you can’t find your device, use Lost Mode right away to lock it with a passcode, display a custom message on the screen, and keep track of its location.
You can also erase your iPhone or play a sound to find it back.
The good news is that it’s very easy to sign in on iCloud. Just follow the instructions below to access your account.
- Open your browser and go to iCloud.com and make sure that there’s a green bar in the address bar.
You should see a sign in form on this page.
- Enter your Apple-ID and you password and click on the arrow (or Enter key on your keyboard) to sign in on iCloud.
Reset your Apple-ID
You can reset your Apple-ID if you have trouble signing in on your account. You can do this by clicking on the Forgot ID or Password? link on iCloud.com. This will open a new window where you can reset your password by following the instructions.
The first official announcement of iCloud Apple appeared on May 31, 2011, when a press release announcing that the cloud facility on June 6, 2011, during the WWDC would be displayed, alongside iOS 5 and OS X Lion. Apple announced that iCloud will replace MobileMe and that the basic features of iCloud will be free.
iCloud was the successor to iTools, .Mac and MobileMe. With MobileMe e-mails, contacts and calendar were also pushed to different devices, but iCloud is more extensive and it’s free. MobileMe ceased to exist on June, 30 2012. Users with a MobileMe account to that date were admitted free.
The official website, www.icloud.com, was launched in early August 2011 for Apple developers.
ICloud is divided into apps. The functions of iCloud are closely intertwined with the apps on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. You can also access also all your data via a web browser at icloud.com through webapps. ICloud consists of the following components:
Calendar, Mail and Contacts – iCloud stores all calendars, contacts and email messages, and keeps them in sync across all devices of a user.
Apps, books and Backup – iCloud also keeps all apps and books from a user. iCloud also automatically saves backup copies of all the settings on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Documents in the Cloud – iCloud is integrated into Pages, Numbers and Keynote on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. If a document on one device is edited, the changes are immediately visible on the other devices.
Photo Stream – With Photo Stream when a photo is taken on a device, that photo is immediately available on all other wireless devices.
iTunes in the Cloud – iTunes in the Cloud keeps all the music from a user and ensures that the music is synchronized on all devices.
Find my friends and Find My iPhone – With the Find My Friends app in the App Store, you can find your friends on a map, if they wish. With Find My iPhone a user can track his remote device on a map on theft or loss.
By default iCloud offers 5GB of free storage. More storage can be purchased for the following prices.
- 5GB free.
- Additional 20GB (25GB total): € 0.99 per month.
- Additional 200GB (205 GB total): € 3.99 per month.
- Additional 500GB (505 GB total): € 9.99 per month.
- 1 additional TB (1,005 TB total): € 19.99 per month.
MobileMe users who switch to iCloud, take their 20 GB of storage for free for a certain period.