Icloud Tips

How to access iCloud sync settings on your Mac

Any Mac running OS X Lion or later comes with iCloud support built right in. If you've already got an existing iCloud account or need to set one up, it's incredibly easy to get all your contacts, calendars, and your iCloud mail account linked up with your Mac.

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How to access iCloud sync settings on your Windows PC

If you're a Windows user, that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of the iCloud service. While Mac users may have it built right in, Apple also offers an iCloud Control Panel for Windows users that lets you manage some of your iCloud settings from your desktop, including Photo Stream, calendars, contacts, and more.

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How to manually set up iCloud mail using IMAP and SMTP

If you want to access your iCloud mail from a non-iOS, Windows, or Mac mail program, or with an alternate smartphone platform like BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, etc. you'll need to set it up manually using the IMAP and SMTP standards. While it may not be as pretty, it will be functional, and once it's set up you'll have access to all your iCloud mail, wherever you are.

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iTunes Match showing duplicate songs? Here's how to fix it!

Using iTunes Match on your iPhone or iPad and keep finding duplicate songs in your albums? Turns out you aren't alone. Sometime during the days of iOS 6, a lot of iTunes Match subscribers started reporting the same problem. Unfortunately Apple hasn't yet provided a permanent fix. However, there is a workaround that seems to solve the mysterious duplicate song problem. So how does it work?

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How to set up and start using Photo Stream on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC

Photo Stream is built right into the Photos app on iPhone and iPad. It's part of iCloud that seamlessly syncs your photos any time you're connected to a wifi network. Take a picture (or screen shot) on your iPhone or iPad and Photo Stream will store a copy of that picture on Apple's servers and push copies down to all your other iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Photo Stream will store up to 1000 photos, or 30 days of photos at at time. If you aren't yet familiar with Photo Stream, we can walk you through everything you need to get started.

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How to change the email address associated with your Apple ID

Your Apple ID is what you use to make purchases in iTunes and to link your iPhone and iPad to your iCloud account. If you buy Apple products online, you also associate those purchases with your Apple ID. If you change email addresses or don't have access to the email currently tied to your Apple ID, you can easily change it.

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iCloud contacts gone after an iOS update? Here's how to get them back!

If you use iCloud for your contacts its because you want them every where and don't want to have to worry about losing them. Not ever. Unfortunately we've had some readers report that, after performing a software update on their iPhone or iPad, their iCloud contacts went missing is action. Luckily there's no reason to panic. The contacts aren't really gone, they're just no showing up properly. Best of all, it's easy to fix!

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How to set up your new iPhone or iPad using iCloud

With iCloud, you no longer need to plug your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC to set it up for the first time. Now you can do it faster and more easily than ever before over-the-air and right on your device!

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How to send and accept calendar event invitations on iPhone and iPad

When you're creating an event or appointment in the iPhone or iPad Calendar app, you might want to add other people to it, and alert them about it. That's where invitations come in. If you're using a calendar service that supports it, like Apple's iCloud service or Microsoft's Exchange, all you need are the email addresses for the people you want to invite.

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How to use your Photo Stream as the screen saver on your Apple TV

If you own an iPhone and an Apple TV, you can use your Photo Stream photos as your screen saver. They're likely far more personal and meaningful to you than the natural photography Apple includes as default. Best of all, as you take new photos, they'll automatically update and you'll always have new and fresh photos for people to see!

WARNING: If you set up Photo Stream as tour screen saver on Apple TV, make sure you don't include any pictures you or those seeing them might find inappropriate or embarrassing.

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