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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...
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...

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