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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 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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iCloud Drive App: 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

Keep your iCloud account secure with two-factor authentication.

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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 peace-of-mind.

Once downloaded, you'll be able to import or upload the standard .vcf file type to any app or service that supports it.

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

I only encounter this issue after updating to a major new version of iOS or after restoring with iTunes. This solution seems to fix the problem each time. Hopefully it fixes it for you too! And as always, if anyone else has any other suggestions, be sure to leave them in the comments!

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