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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...
How to save space on your Mac with 'optimized storage' and iCloud Photo Library

How to save space on your Mac with 'optimized storage' and iCloud Photo Library

Images and videos eating up all the storage on your Mac? With iCloud Photo Library you never have to worry about running out of space again. Thanks to "optimized storage", Apple can intelligently keep track of and manage your free space, ensuring your recent, favorite, and frequently accessed...
iCloud Photo Library and Photo Stream: What's the difference?

iCloud Photo Library and Photo Stream: What's the difference?

What's the difference between iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream? With iCloud Photo Library, you can store all your photos in iCloud with no limits, unlike the traditional Photo Stream we've been accustomed to for the past few years. As long as you have enough iCloud storage, iCloud Photo...
How to import your iPhoto Library into Photos for OS X

How to import your iPhoto Library into Photos for OS X

Make Photos for OS X shine — add photos by importing your iPhoto library. Photos for OS X makes it easy for you to import your iPhoto Library into the app. If you just have a single iPhoto Library, Photos will do the work automatically for you. If you have multiple libraries, you'll have to...
How to set up and start using Photos for OS X

How to set up and start using Photos for OS X

Photos for OS X opens the door to a new era of Mac image management. Apple's new Photos for OS X builds upon foundations laid by iPhoto and Photos for iOS to offer users a speedy and functional way to manage, edit, and share all their images. Whether this is your first time using a photo...
Review: Photos for OS X takes the stress out of photo management

Review: Photos for OS X takes the stress out of photo management

After almost a year of teasing, developer releases, and public betas, Photos for OS X is here and ready for action. Like the iMovie, Final Cut, and iWork re-imaginings before it, Photos for OS X has taken the bones of iPhoto and Aperture to create an entirely new photo management program. There...
How to use iCloud Photo Library: The ultimate guide

How to use iCloud Photo Library: The ultimate guide

iCloud Photo Library aims to deliver on the promise of having all your photos available on all your devices all of the time. To accomplish this, iCloud Photo Library works with Photos for iOS and Photos for OS X, as well as iCloud.com, as the glue that holds everything together. Shoot a video on...
Which iCloud services are you using?

Which iCloud services are you using?

iCloud offers numerous services, including mail, contacts, and calendars, iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, Backup, iCloud Keychain, and Find my iPhone. Which iCloud features do you use? If you have an Apple ID, including an iTunes account, you have an iCloud account. You just have to use it...
Web-only access to iWork apps leaves beta

Web-only iWork apps leave beta, become free for all

Apple is now letting anyone create a free Apple ID on iCloud.com and use Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for free. This comes just two weeks after the initiative was first rolled out in beta. It lets anyone — Apple device owner or not — create an Apple ID and get 1GB of free iCloud Drive storage that...
Here's how to copy photos from your Mac or PC to your iPhone and iPad

Here's how to copy photos from your Mac or PC to your iPhone and iPad

Confused about how to sync your Mac or Windows PC photos to your iPhone or iPad? We've got you covered. Apple's new Photos app for OS X (and with it, full iCloud Photo Library support on your Mac) is on its way, but until it arrives, people are stuck in photographic limbo, relying on iTunes or...
How to use iCloud Drive: The ultimate guide

How to use iCloud Drive: The ultimate guide

iCloud Drive is Apple's online storage service — a place to keep all your files and access them from all your Apple devices, including your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. If you're new to iCloud Drive and not sure how to get started, you've come to the right place. Follow along and we'll walk you...
Excel iPhone

Microsoft updates Office for iPhone and iPad with iCloud Drive sync

Microsoft has today released an update for Excel, PowerPoint and Word on iPhone and iPad. Version 1.6 introduces iCloud Drive synchronisation support, as well as implementing some minor bug fixes. The company now enables users to open, edit and save documents using iCloud Drive over Microsoft'...
iCloud beta now lets anyone create an Apple ID and use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free

iCloud beta now lets anyone create an Apple ID and use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free

Good news for people wanting to use Apple's productivity software: starting tonight, anyone, with or without a Mac or iOS device, will be able to create an Apple ID and sign in to the iCloud beta website to start using Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free. When users visit beta.icloud.com,...
How to enable two-step verification for your Apple ID

How to set up two-factor authentication for iCloud

Most people use their Apple ID account not only for iCloud data, but to purchase content from iTunes and the App Store. That means that anyone who gets ahold of your account or manages to change your password could have access to your personal information and credit card information. If you want...
Photos for OS X isn't going to be a pro app — and that's okay

Photos for OS X isn't going to be a pro app — and that's okay

After the first developer beta of Photos was released last week along with OS X 10.10.3, I got a lot of questions about the app. Little questions, like "Can you still make books and cards?" (Yes.) But also big-picture questions. Is this the next generation of photo management? Will it be enough...
How to manually create folders and move files to iCloud Drive on your Mac

How to manually create folders and move files to iCloud Drive on your Mac

iCloud Drive lets you store all your files up on Apple's servers and sync them across all your devices, including iPhone, iPad, and Mac. While you can let iCloud create files for you and drop files where it thinks they belong, you can also create your own folders and move any of your files into...
How to export all your iCloud contacts with iCloud.com

How to export all your iCloud contacts with iCloud.com

iCloud can keep all your contacts in sync across all your devices and on the web. Not only that, iCloud gives you the option to export your contacts right from iCloud.com. That's convenient for anyone who is adding new email services, switching services, or simply wants a local backup for extra...
iOS Help: How to fix repeat iCloud sign-in requests on iPhone and iPad

iOS Help: How to fix repeat iCloud sign-in requests on iPhone and iPad

This how-to is part of our iOS Help feature, where every week I try and help you fix the problems you're having with your iPhones and iPads. If you have a question or need help with something iOS related that you just can't figure out, I encourage you to drop a question in our iMore forums, no...
How to control what apps have access to iCloud Drive

How to control which apps have access to iCloud Drive

With iCloud Drive, you can create files in one app on your iPhone and then open or edit them in a different app on your iPad or Mac. For privacy and security reasons, however, you can also control which apps can access your iCloud Drive files. How to revoke iOS app access to iCloud Drive...
iCloud.com Photos section gets email sharing, image zoom features

iCloud.com Photos section gets email sharing, image zoom features

The Photos section of the iCloud website has nabbed a couple of new features today. Users now enjoy new email sharing options, as well as a manual zoom slider. The new zoom slider appears in the top left corner of the Photos app, and enables you to do exactly what it implies: zoom in and out...

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