Icloud Tips

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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How to create and manage shared Photo Streams on iPhone and iPad

Photo Stream, a part of iCloud, not only backs up your your photos to Apple's online servers, but gives you an easy way to share them with friends and family who also use iPhones and iPads. Shared Photo Streams let you pass along as many photos as you want at once, which is a lot more convenient than emailing or texting tons of pictures. Not only that, your friends and family can also add their own photos and comment on yours. If you aren't sure how to start using shared Photo Streams, follow along and we'll get you started!

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How to share Photo Streams with people who don't use iPhones, iPads, or Macs

Photo Stream not only gives you an amazingly convenient way to wirelessly back up your photos and access them across all your Apple devices, it also gives you a way to easily share them with your friends and family. Thanks to iCloud, you can even use shared Photo Streams to comment and collaborate with other iPhone and iPad owners. But what if your friends and family aren't using iPhones, iPads, or Macs?

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How to free up iCloud storage space by deleting unused Documents in the Cloud

If you use an iPhone, iPad, or Mac with Documents in the Cloud, you can use up a lot of your iCloud, you can use up a lot of space quickly. Since Apple only provides a paltry 5GB for free, and only 50GB maximum, it pays to clean it out as often and as well as you can. Luckily you can delete documents and data stored in any app right from your iPhone or iPad, even if you saved it in a Mac app.

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How to create, edit, and delete contact groups in iCloud

iCloud does a great job of storing contacts and syncing to all your iOS devices and Macs. Beyond that, you can also create contact groups to help you better find who you're looking for faster. The only problem is, the feature isn't very obvious and can't be accessed from an iPhone or iPad. Instead, you'll need to use iCloud online. Here's how!

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How to subscribe to iTunes Match from your iPhone or iPad

iTunes Match lets you listen to your music library wherever you have an internet connection, no syncing music for iTunes necessary. It costs around $25 USD a year but for anyone that has far too much music to store on their iPhone or iPad, it's well worth it. Here's how to subscribe right from your iPhone or iPad!

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How to save space — and money! — by controlling which iOS 7 apps can store their data in iCloud

iCloud storage space can be a precious commodity, especially if you don't want to pay anything beyond the initial 5GB Apple offers for free. One way to make sure you're maximizing space and saving it for important things, like backups, is to make sure apps you don't care about aren't storing stuff you don't care about. Fortunately, there's an easy way to control just exactly which apps get to store what data in iCloud, and you can do it right from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad?

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How to turn off Find My iPhone remotely and bypass Activation Lock

If you're running iOS 7 or higher on your iPhone or iPad, Find My iPhone now comes with a feature called Activation Lock that prevents someone from wiping and using your device without your authorization. While it's a great theft deterrent, we see lots of people having issues due to forgetting to turn off Find My iPhone. Most commonly the problem comes up with second hand iPhones that have been bought, sold, or traded. Luckily, the previous owner can deactivate Find My iPhone remotely which should then, in turn, allow you to bypass Activation Lock. Here's how:

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How to manage and delete your Mac-only iCloud docs... on iOS 7

Napkin is a Mac-only app that stores and syncs its documents on iCloud, Apple's ubiquitous online service. It has no iOS version. Nothing for iPhone. Nothing for iPad. Yet, with iOS 7, you can now drill down into Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage, select Napkin, and delete any of its saved documents with a single swipe and two taps.

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How to move documents from your Mac to iCloud

If you own a Mac running OS X Mountain Lion and use an iPhone or iPad running iOS 6, iCloud is a great way to access certain kinds of files and documents across all your devices. For many users, they'll just start off creating documents in iCloud whether they're on their Mac or iOS device. But what about all those documents that are already on your Mac that you'd like access to on your iPhone and iPad?

As it turns out, you can kick them over to iCloud pretty easily. Here's how:

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