Users using Apple devices like iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch probably uses the cloud storage – iCloud. This cloud storage system lets users upload, sync and edit their media files stored on the cloud server. iCloud Drive happens to be the updated version of iCloud ever since the introduction of iOS 8. iCloud Drive works in the idea of cloud computing and one must create an iCloud account to use it. You can also store your iWork files online and access them anywhere with an internet connection. You can also use its desktop application on various platforms like Mac and Windows.
What is iCloud Drive ?
This is a cloud storage system provided by Apple Inc for iOS users.
You can create a free account if you use either iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
You can save media files like photos, music, videos, ebooks, etc on iCloud.com.
Users can usually get a 15 GB free cloud storage which they can upgrade anytime.
The other storage plans are: 50 GB ($0.99), 200 GB ($2.99), or 1 TB ($9.99).
You can also edit or delete stored files from any of your synced device.
How To Setup and Use iCloud Drive on Various Platforms (iCloud Drive):
For iOS Devices like iPhone, IPad & iPod Touch:
Make sure your compatible iOS device is running iOS 8 & above.
You should then launch the Settings app on your dervice.
Tap on iCloud once the Settings page load on your screen.
Tap iCloud Drive and choose to Upgrade iCloud Drive by tapping on its option.
Upgrading the system takes some time, so make sure your battery does not run out.
Toggle On to start using, make sure other synced devices are also compatible.
For Desktop users – Mac & Windows:
For Mac users, you must be using OS X Yosemite & above.
Lanuch the Apple Menu and select System Perferences from there.
Then, select iCloud, sign in and choose to Upgrade to iCloud Drive.
You can also setup and use it on PC by also choosing to upgrade to iCloud Drive.
Do so by first signing in to the iCloud app and upgrade it.
From the Webpage:
When you have done setting it up on your devices, go to the website.
Sign in to www.icloud.com with your iCloud login on the webpage.
You should either select Pages, Keynotes or Numbers once logged in.
You will be asked whether you want to upgrade or choose Yes.
Please remember that once you upgrade to iCloud Drive, you cannot roll back to using iCloud. So, please make sure all your synced devices can support the upgraded version of iCloud.
iCloud Email is a service provided by Apple Inc for all iCloud users. You can easily set up an iCloud email account when setting up iCloud accessibility. This email account can be made during or after your iCloud account creation. iCloud Email setup is not really necessary as iCloud mail can be easily accessed on a web browser. Configuring and setting up iCloud mail can let you access your email on various platforms. You would need to manually proceed with this iCloud email setup which the steps are given below.
iCloud Email Setup on Email Clients:
Make sure your iCloud email account is valid and working.
This iCloud email setup can work for Windows, Android, Blackberry, etc.
Either run or launch the mail app; for Windows, you can run Outlook.
Select ‘Add a new account’ by clicking on the option when it appears.
Type in the following IMAP sever name: imap.mail.me.com.
You would then need to Toggle the SSL encryption to On or Yes.
If you get an error when using SSL encryption, you can use TLS instead.
The Port No. you will need to set to is 993 and move on to the next step.
When entering an email address, use your username with @me.com instead.
For instance, if your username is iclouduser76, it will be firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then, enter your password which you have to remember is case sensitive.
For STMP server name, enter : smtp.mail.me.com in the field provided.
Again, Toggle the SSL encryption to Yes or On in the next step.
If SSL encryption fails, you can use TLS or STARTTLS instead.
Set the Port No. to 587 and set the Authentication Required to Yes.
Again, using only your username, type in email address with an @me.com.
Enter your iCloud account’s password in this step.
Then, your iCloud email setup is finished with the above server settings.
Please note that you cannot configure to POP settings with iCloud email setup.
For iCloud email setup on Windows, you need to use Outlook 2010 or later. For Mac setup, you will need to use OS X Lion v10.7.4 or later. You can employ the use of iCloud or iCloud Drive application on Windows to check your iCloud Email. You can also use the website – icloud.com to check your iCloud mail. For instructions on how, you can refer to our ‘How To Check iCloud Email‘. For other information, please stay updated to our sites or refer to our older articles.
iCloud Email is the push mail account you get from syncing your Apple Device to iCloud. This will make sure that all your mail to your iCloud email account will get sent to all synced devices. To get started on this iCloud email service, you must have enabled iCloud with an Apple ID. You can enable the same Apple ID among several iOS devices you might have. You can then enable the iCloud Email on your Apple Devices, Mac and Windows PC. It is quite convenient if you have a working internet connection and an iCloud mail id.
How To Check iCloud Email on iCloud.com?
Please remember you can only use the website icloud.com on your desktop.
You should open a new Tab if your web browser is already running.
In the address bar, type in the web address – www.icloud.com.
You should then hold down your Enter key to load the website.
Once, the website loads, you can see the iCloud login option.
Simply enter your email address and password of your iCloud ID / Apple ID.
Click on the Login option which is an arrow or press Enter to sign in.
When you are signed in, you will see your iCloud Control Panel.
The iCloud Email icon ‘Mail‘ will be situated on the left corner of the browser.
To check iCloud Email, click on the Mail icon and your inbox will load.
Within the iCloud Mail inbox, you can check for new emails or sent new email.
Remember you must have a valid @iCloud.com email address to recieve emails.
For help on how to create @icloud.com, please refer to the article – iCloud Mail Setup.
To check iCloud email on your Apple Devices is quite simple and you do not need to use a browser. Simply setup iCloud and turn it on from your Settings Menu and turn on Mail. To simply check iCloud mail on your devices, connect to the internet. You can either connect to a WiFi or use 3G mobile data whichever is available to you.
How To Check iCloud Email on Mac?
To start checking your iCloud emails on Mac, you can use your browser.
In this article, we will show to how to use the iCloud for Mac application to check mail.
Go to and select your System Preferences from your Apple Menu on Mac.
Click on the iCloud icon when the System Preferences Menu loads.
Continue to login with your iCloud account to access the application on Mac.
To login, you will need to enter your email address and password of your Apple ID.
You will then get logged in and then go ahead and click on the Mail icon.
There you will check icloud email on your Mac via the iCloud desktop application.
These are the ways you can access your iCloud email in various ways. To check your iCloud email on Windows, you will need to setup an Email cilent.
iCloud is a cloud computing system to backup your digital data on cloud servers. These backup of digital files is from users’ Apple Devices. iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch are those Apple Devices which can use iCloud’s functionality. iCloud for Mac and iCloud for Windows are iCloud Control Panel applications for your Desktop. They will basically let you have full control of the digital data on the iCloud server. You can easily edit by uploading, deleting files you want to keep on your iCloud account from them. Then, simply by syncing your iOS devices with a working internet connection, those files will appear. It is a marvelous way of organizing your digital data and is convenient.
How To Setup iCloud for Mac?
First, make sure you have the latest version of OS running on your Mac.
To update, go to the Apple Menu > Software Update and see if there is an available update.
To set up iCloud for Mac, do the following procedures written below.
Open your Apple Menu and select System Preferences on your Mac.
Click on iCloud and then a login window for iCloud will pop up.
Enter your email address and password of your Apple ID.
This Apple ID is created when you switch on the iCloud function on your device.
You should then allow your iCloud to synchronize digital data with all your devices.
Also, allow the function ‘Use Find My Mac‘ in the case of misplaced or stolen Mac.
Next, you will have select which options you wish to edit from the given list.
Below the list, you will see the amount of free space you have on your iCloud account.
To use the iCloud functionality, you must have the iOS 5 on your iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch (3rd Gen). On Mac, you must be running the OS X Lion v10.7.5 at least. This iCloud for Mac is an application you can use to sync and edit. The iCloud application for your Windows PC also serves the same purpose. For those who do not want to use these applications, you can easily use the website icloud.com which serves the same purpose. For login procedures on the site, you can refer to ICloud Login of our previous article.
One cloud storage computing system to sync and backup all your digital data is iCloud. Now, iCloud can be accessed in various forms and applications. The most common way to access it on your browser. For instructions on how to, you can refer to our iCloud Login article. This article will however focus on the iCloud application on your Windows PC. This application is free for all software which you can easily download. iCloud for Windows is much like your iTunes application on your PC. Both applications allow you to modify and edit the contents from your Windows PC. To save the changes in your Apple Device, you can just sync it to iCloud via internet.
How To Download iCloud for Windows:
First make sure, you are running Windows 7 and your Apple Device iOS 5 above.
Making sure you have a working internet connection, run your web browser.
You can either go to Google.com or any other search engine site like Bing.
When the Search Engine website loads, type in iCloud for Windows.
Now the results may vary for each user, so I will provide the link in the sentence below.
You can see a Download button when the page loads in a autogenerated New Tab,
Click on it and it will automatically start download the .exe (executable file).
When the file has finished download, click to run from the download menu.
It might take a considerable amount to finish installing the whole iCloud app.
So run the iCloud for Windows software, sign in with your iCloud account.
Then, you can start using the software to edit files from your iCloud server.
You can also sync many digital data from your Windows PC to appear on iCloud. This will in turn, appear on your synced Apple device(s). Bookmarks, Calendar and Photos are such digital data you can sync. You can also setup email clients like Outlook to receive or sent Mail from your iCloud account.
iCloud Mail or iCloud Email is your email service for your iCloud account. This service comes with all Apple device users. You can sync this service from your Apple Device to iCloud. This will let the push mail you receive to your iCloud mail account to all devices. These devices must be synced to a single Apple ID as you can sync more than one at once. Like iCloud mail, you can also sync contacts, calendars, bookmarks and all sorts of digital data. Before you start receiving messages, you must first set up an Apple ID. This step is when you had not set up an @icloud.com email id while setting up an Apple ID. Previously, in the How To Set Up an iCloud Account, it was written you could skip the steps. Hence, this article will give you details on how to create and set up iCloud Mail.
Steps to Set Up iCloud Mail Account (for e.g. email@example.com):
From your Apple Device / iOS Device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch):
On your iOS device, go to Settings > iCloud and Toggle to turn on Mail.
A green colour will indicate the Mail is turn on.
Then, you will be asked to ‘Create a new iCloud email address‘.
Tap on Next to continue and type in an iCloud email address you want.
If it is unavailable, you will be asked to type in again.
Do that until you get a unique and available firstname.lastname@example.org email id.
Create a password and type it in again to Verify the Password.
Your iCloud password must contain at least one upper and one lower case letter and one digit at least.
Next, you will be asked to answer three Security Questions for security purposes.
In the step that follows, type in a second email address if you wish to.
Choose which Email Updates from Apple you wish to receive by ticking their boxes.
This step is not necessary for you to tick those boxes as you can leave them blank.
Check your inbox of the email address you had used to sign up to create your Apple ID.
Click on the ‘Verify Now‘ link and your iCloud mail account is thus created.
From your MAC:
Open your Apple Menu on your MAC, go to System Preferences.
Click on iCloud and then Mail should be turned off in your MAC.
Then, follow the onscreen instructions to set your @icloud address.
This will be exactly like the steps mentioned above for Apple devices.
For MAC users, you may already have a @mac.com or @me.com address.
Having those addresses will not entitle you to a full benefit as an iCloud Mail account.
This concludes how one can create an @icloud mail account. This can then be accessible to you on the website – iCloud.com too. This is a great way to make sure you never miss your emails or important messages. Hence, you can then start distributing your email address to friends and family to always stay in touch.
iCloud is a cloud storage computing system to backup digital data online. Digital data like contacts, iWork, photos, videos, music, etc can get backed up. Before you can log into iCloud, you must set up an Apple ID on your device. You can sign in to iCloud in three various platforms once you have set it up. iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch are the Apple Devices that have the iCloud functionality. iCloud has a free storage plan of 5 GB, and four paid plans if this is not enough. With the introduction to the new iOS 8, iCloud Drive has been introduced. For details, on iCloud drive, you can refer to http://www.icloudlogins.net/icloud-drive/.
How to Sign into iCloud on Your Apple Device?
If you are first time user, you will need to sign in with your Apple ID.
You will need to enter your email address and password in the two fields.
This email address does not need to be a @icloud.com id as long as it is connected to iCloud.
When entering your password, please remember it is case sensitive.
To start using the iCloud storage system, you must sync your Apple Device to iCloud.
To sync it, Toggle it on, a green colour is always an indication that it is switched on.
Now that you have synced your Apple Device, you can start using iCloud properly.
How To Sign into iCloud on Your Web Browser?
When you are on your web browser, click to open a New Tab.
In the address bar, type in www.icloud.com and press your Enter key.
Wait for the iCloud web page to load on your web browser.
When the home page loads, you can see the login option there.
Hence, type in your email address in the first empty field.
Second, type in your password with care as it is case sensitive.
During your iCloud login, you can choose to keep yourself signed in.
To do that, tick the box next to the ‘Keep me signed in‘ Option.
The above step should not be done by users who are not using their personal PC.
How To Sign in to iCloud App on Your Windows PC/MAC?
Make sure you already have installed the iCloud application.
If not, you can easily go to Apple.com to download it.
Run the iCloud application by double-clicking on its icon.
So proceed to sign in by typing in your email address and password.
Click on the ‘Sign In‘ button at the bottom when you finished.
The great thing about using the iCloud application on the desktop is its functionality. You can check for how much storage is left on iCloud. You can also delete files off your iCloud from the desktop application. Or choose to add more files from your desktop itself. All you need to do is sync your Apple device with a working internet connection to see the change. Secure your iCloud login by not revealing your password to anyone.
iCloud is a cloud storage provided by Apple Inc for their consumers of their products. In an attempt to attract more customers, iCloud offers free iCloud account. This is an incentive they are carrying out so that users of Android will get entice by using iCloud. A free iCloud Account will however only let you use Pages,Numbers and Keynote. You will also only get 1 GB of cloud storage unlike the usual 5 GB cloud storage provided. That iCloud account is also free to create but that iCloud account will require you to be an Apple device user. The sign up steps for your free iCloud account will be transcribed below.
How To Sign Up for a Free iCloud Account Without Apple Device?
If you have never used the icloud.com website, a banner for sign up will appear.
This banner will appear on the top of the screen, above the Login option.
Or you can simply click the link ‘Don’t have an Apple ID? Create yours now‘.
Both options will cause an iCloud sign-up form to appear right on the Homepage.
Enter your email address in the top empty field, for e.g. email@example.com.
Type in the same password twice in both fields of at least eight characters.
Your iCloud password must contain at one Upper or Lower case letter or one digit.
Type in your First and Last names next, and your birthday (mm/dd/yy).
You will be asked to answer three Security Questions in case you forget your password.
Since these questions are on a drag down list, select each question as you please.
Make sure you answer those questions with a suitable answer to remember better.
Choose the country you are in at the moment of iCloud sign up.
Tick or Untick the boxes next to those three options to receive emails from Apple.
You will be given an image which then you need to enter the code in the field provided.
If you are visually impaired, you can click on “Vision Impaired” link and listen to the code.
Then, on the bottom of the Sign Up form, click on the Continue Option.
Now, you are set up to start using your free iCloud account. Remember you can only use this iCloud account on the website. You cannot use it on iTunes or the iCloud desktop application to save info. For details on how to sign up for iCloud on Apple Device, please refer to our other article.
We have already written in our post that iCloud is cloud storage space. This cloud storage system is provided by Apple Inc. To use iCloud, there are several ways to create iCloud account. You can either use this iCloud account to backup your files from Apple Devices. Or nowadays, you can create a new free iCloud account to use Pages, Numbers and Keynote. This free iCloud account can however be used on iCloud.com. You also can only use those features that the site would allow you to. For a sync-able iCloud account to work, you would need to create an Apple ID.
How To Create an iCloud Account (Apple ID)?:
Make sure you have one of the Apple Device – iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
From your Apple device’s home screen, tap on the Settings icon.
With the Settings page, locate the ‘iCloud‘ icon and Tap on it.
For first time users of Apple Devices, you need to create an Apple ID.
If not, you can just sign in with an existing Apple ID you have.
To create a new Apple ID, tap on the ‘Get a Free Apple ID‘ option.
First, enter your Birthday Details by selecting Month, Date and Year.
Then, enter your First and Last Name on the next step which follows.
You will ask to ‘Use your current email address‘ or ‘Get a new iCloud email address‘.
I will transcribe what both using both steps individually will lead to below.
Create iCloud Account using your current email address:
Tap the ‘Use your current email address’ to continue.
Tap Next and enter your valid email address when prompted.
Now, you can create an iCloud email address later on in the process.
Create iCloud Account by creating a new iCloud email address:
Tap on ‘Create a new iCloud email address’ and tap next to continue.
Enter a suitable iCloud email address for yourself to use and tap Next.
For example, It would look like firstname.lastname@example.org once you decide on it.
If your chosen iCloud email address exists, the ‘Try Another Apple ID’ sign will appear.
Keep trying until your desired iCloud email address gets approved.
Create a Password when you are asked to, re-enter the password to Verify.
When creating a Password, use at least one Uppercase and Lowercase letter exists.
Second, make sure that your password contains a number and is 8 characters long.
The next step will involve the Security Questions to create a iCloud account.
Answer three Security Questions with a suitable answer in the box provided.
When you have tap next, a second email address will be asked.
You can leave it blank and tap Next to continue.
You can choose to recieve Email Updates on the next step.
You will need to touch to select ‘Agree‘ when the Terms & Conditions appear.
A smaller pop up window will appear and you will need to tap Appear once more.
If you used a current email address to create your iCloud account, check your inbox.
Click on the ‘Verify Now‘ link in the email forwarded by Apple to you.
You will be asked if you want to merge your Apple Device’s digital data.
Choose which you want to sync to the iCloud server for backup.
You can choose to ‘Allow iCloud to Use the Location of Your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch?‘
This will help to track your Apple device if it gets lost or stolen.
These are the steps you require to create your iCloud account. The iCloud account can help to backup your digital data and store. You will never have to worry about lost data from your phone.
Nowadays, a lot of technologies company offer cloud storage to users. A Cloud Storage is a storage for files in the cloud servers provided. Your digital data on the cloud storage will be backed up and stored to these servers. There are many types of cloud storage that accommodates users as they desire. It is a trend that email companies also provide free cloud storage to their users. For example, Google provides a 15 GB free cloud storage to their Gmail users. iCloud is another example of a cloud storage for users of the Apple Devices.
What is iCloud ?
iCloud is a cloud storage space provided by Apple Inc to their users.
Traditionally, iCloud was only available to users of the Apple Devices.
Nowadays, ICloud offers non-Apple devices users a free iCloud account.
This free iCloud account gives only 1 GB of free space which is web-based.
iCloud will help you to backup your digital data from your Apple devices.
Digital data like contacts, calendars, bookmarks, notes, reminders, email gets backed up.
You can also choose to back music, videos, photos, e-books, etc nowadays.
iCloud provides a free 5 GB cloud storage to all Apple device users with a iCloud account.
There are three cloud storage plans that users need to pay to store more files.
With the upgrade of iOS 8, iCloud has been upgraded to iCloud Drive.
Users however can opt not to upgrade to iCloud Drive if they prefer.
The iCloud Drive plans are 50 GB (US $1), 200 GB ($4.99), 500 GB ($9.99), 1 TB ($19.99).
What are the Features provided by iCloud?
With features like Family Sharing, you can share files among various Apple devices.
If you are a parent, you can also approve or disapprove your children’s purchases.
There is also the iCloud Find My iPhone to locate misplaced or lost iPhones.
With iCloud Keychain, you can store vital information on your iCloud and Mac.
This iCloud Keychain will also automatically enter the information for you.
Your files that you choose to sync will automatically gets backed up on iCloud.
iCloud Photo Library will also store and share photos with various users over iCloud.
By signing up for an iCloud Account, you can get a free email account. You can get a 5 GB free storage space for emails, messages, documents and iOS devices backup. To sync and backup files to iCloud, you need a working internet connection. iCloud Setup is real easy and simple to do and it can be done in minutes.