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How to back up to iCloud before updating to iOS 8

How to back up your iPhone or iPad before updating to iOS 9

Always have a backup before updating your operating system. Whether you haven't updated to iOS 8.4 yet or you're considering joining iOS 9's public beta, it's always a good idea to make sure you've backed up your iPhone and iPad first. While you likely won't see any data loss after an upgrade,...
Getting weird iTunes 4010 errors, bad album art, or mismatched songs? Here's how to reset your iCloud Music Library

Getting weird iTunes 4010 errors, bad album art, or mismatched songs? Here's how to reset your iCloud Music Library

Running into 4010 errors or mismatched artwork and need to clear out your matched and uploaded songs? Here's how to go about doing it. To help people sort out their Apple Music and iTunes Match libraries, I've been tackling a number of troubleshooting articles on the subject. Resetting iCloud...
iCloud outage takes iCloud Drive, back ups, and more down for some

iCloud services back online after extended service disruption

Update: And it's back. According to Apple, the outage was resolved just before 4:00 p.m. EDT. Original story: A number of iCloud services are down for some users. The disruption, which render services unavailable for some, has been taking place since about 11:30 a.m. EDT. Affected services...
Apple Music vs iTunes Match: What's the difference?

Apple Music vs iTunes Match: What's the difference?

Confused about what you get with Apple Music versus what you get with iTunes Match? With the arrival of Apple Music—and its broad claim to make your library's songs streamable alongside its primary streaming collection—those with iTunes Match accounts might be a wee bit confused as to whether...
iOS 9 will be a space-friendly update, two-factor authentication coming to iCloud

iOS 9 will be a space-friendly update, two-factor authentication coming to iCloud

If you experienced some space issues upgrading to iOS 8 last year, iOS 9 is a welcome change of pace. At WWDC today, Apple announced that anyone should be able to easily get iOS 9 on their device. In contrast to the space issues that many users faced when upgrading to iOS 8, iOS 9 is much,...
How to set up your accessories with HomeKit

How to set up your accessories with HomeKit

Just picked up a HomeKit-compatible gadget? Awesome. Here's how to set it up. Apple has made it incredibly easy to set up your new home automation accessories with its HomeKit system — assuming, that is, you've picked up an accessory which works with HomeKit. (If you're not sure, look for the "...
iCloud and the App Store hit with wide-spread outage

iCloud and the App Store hit with widespread outage [Updated]

Several people are reporting that they are unable to access iCloud, with others also reporting trouble accessing the App Store. iCloud and related services appear to be experiencing a disruption, with several people unable to access Apple's cloud services. Attempting to log into the iCloud...
How to manually trigger an iCloud backup on iPhone and iPad

How to manually back up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud or iTunes

Your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will automatically back up to iCloud once a day, when it's plugged in and on Wi-Fi; or to iTunes when it connected via USB to your Mac or Windows PC. You can, however, trigger a manual backup at any time. Whether you're traveling, upgrading or replacing a device...
Google Photos may be free — but there's still a cost

Google Photos may be free — but there's still a cost

Google Photos storage won't cost money, but you should know what you're signing up for. Updated on 5/29 10AM ET to add information from Steven Levy's excellent interview with Google Vice President of Streams, Photos, and Sharing  Bradley Horowitz, and to add information about Google's high-...
Yes, tagged Faces do sync to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac — if you know where to look

Yes, tagged Faces do sync to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac — if you know where to look

Even though Photos for iOS doesn't offer a Faces album, you can still find tagged friends using the search field. I recently wrote a post on getting Faces to sync between multiple computers when you're using iCloud Photo Library, and mentioned — sadly — that there was no efficient way to sync...
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It's not you, iCloud is down right now [Updated]

If you're facing issues with iCloud, you're not the only one, as several users on Twitter and Reddit are reporting that they are unable to access the service. The issue seems to be infrastructure-related, with users encountering "server time out" errors after entering their credentials....
Office for iPhone

Office apps for iPhone and iPad can now open, edit, and store files on iCloud

Microsoft's Office apps for the iPhone and iPad can all connect to Apple's iCloud storage service to store, open, and edit files, thanks to new updates for those apps. The new versions of the Word, PowerPoint, and Excel iOS apps should make it easier for users to quickly store their documents...
How to set up and use iCloud on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

How to set up and use iCloud on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

iCloud lets you sync and store all the data that's important to you, from photos and documents to calendars and contacts. Apple's online storage service, iCloud includes a wide range of features like iCloud Drive for your files, iCloud Photo Library for your pictures and videos, iTunes in the...
How to set your desktop picture in Photos for OS X

How to set your desktop picture in Photos for OS X

Want to rock a photo from your library on your desktop? Photos for OS X makes it easy. Photos for OS X may look very different from Aperture or iPhoto, but it still offers many of the same features — including a quick way to set a photo as your desktop picture. It's great for those moments when...
What we're expecting from WWDC 2015

What we're expecting from WWDC 2015

WWDC 2015 is around the corner. What are you expecting? Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference, themed "The epicenter of change," will kick off June 8 this year and run a full week, closing on June 12. Here's what iMore's staff is looking forward to seeing from the company's keynote and state...
Apple releases new beta of iCloud for Windows

Apple releases new beta of iCloud for Windows

Apple has released a new beta version of iCloud for Windows to AppleSeed testers. First launched in September 2014, iCloud for Windows enables users to get their iCloud Drive content on their Windows desktop. Users also have access to their iCloud Photo Stream and Photo Sharing. For those that...
How to set up, sync, back up, and restore with iCloud: The ultimate guide

How to set up, sync, back up, and restore with iCloud: The ultimate guide

One of the most important features of iCloud is the ability to sync, back up, and restore. Over the years, Apple has added more and more layers onto the iCloud service. It integrates with iMessage, makes photos more accessible than ever with iCloud Photo Library, and even lets us share purchases...
How to use iCloud's Family Sharing with Photos for OS X

How to use iCloud's Family Sharing with Photos for OS X

You can't sync your entire iCloud Photo Library with your family, but you can still share images with them. While iCloud Photo Library supports syncing your photos, videos, and albums across your own personal devices, it doesn't offer an option to sync everything to a family member's device:...
How to use Photos for OS X with multiple Macs

How to use Photos for OS X with multiple Macs

Photos for OS X is great for pictures and videos on the Mac, but how does it work with multiple Macs? I've had a multi-Mac household pretty much since college, rocking a laptop and desktop in addition to miscellaneous iOS devices throughout the years. Dropbox and iCloud sync made most of the...
iCloud Photo Library: Explained

iCloud Photo Library: Explained

iCloud Photo Library was designed to keep all your personal photos and videos safe, synced, and available on all of your devices. That sounds simple, but the idea of a hybrid library, where our content seamlessly spans the internet and our iPhones, iPads, and Macs — where the line between online...

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