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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.

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

One of the most important features of iCloud is the ability to sync, backup, 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 with loved ones via Family Sharing. However, for the mass majority of people out there, its the convenience of being able to get a new device and instantly have access to all our apps, calendars, contacts, and media in a few taps that makes iCloud stand out from other services. Like magic, everything is exactly as we left it on our old iPhone or iPad.

If you're just setting up your first iPhone or iPad with iCloud, we can walk you through everything you need to know. And if you're a seasoned pro, pass this guide along to your friends and family members who could use some help understanding the basics of syncing, restoring, and backing up with iCloud!

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How to delete old iCloud backups on iPhone and iPad

Old iCloud backups can eat up a tremendous amount of storage space in your iCloud account.

Deleting old ones from time to time is a great way to free up some extra space for other things. In my experience, a lot of folks don't realize there are old backups stored in iCloud they may not need. This typically happens if you upgrade from one device to another. Since iCloud stores backups based on device ID, you may end up with a duplicate backup. Luckily, managing and deleting iCloud backups is super simple!

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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. Since you can toggle each and every iCloud feature on or off on in your iPhone or iPad Settings, or your Mac System Preferences, the question then becomes, which iCloud services are you using?

Is iCloud handling your mail and syncing your contacts, calendars, reminders, Safari bookmarks, notes, Passbook passes, and other personal data? Is iCloud Drive storing your files and making them available on all your devices? Is iCloud Photo Library keeping all your photos available on every device? Is iCloud Keychain handling your passwords and credit card information? Is Find my iPhone tracking your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac in case you lose it or it gets stolen?

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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 they can use to store documents created by the iWork for iCloud web apps.

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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 through how to enable iCloud Drive, pick an appropriate storage plan, and how to better manage your files across your iPhone, iPad, and Mac!

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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.

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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.

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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 to increase the security of your Apple ID, you can use two-factor verification to add a second layer of protection. That, it requires something you know (your password) and something you have (the security token sent to you) to access your account information and make changes.

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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 them. All you need is a Mac.

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