macOS CatalinaSource: iMore

Whether you've recently got a new iPhone and are setting up your first iCloud account, or have had an iPhone for a while but never set up iCloud before, this is your guide for setting up and customizing iCloud on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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How to set up iCloud

iCloud is available on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to set up iCloud on iPhone and iPad

When you upgrade your iOS operating system or start using an iPhone for the first time, you will be asked whether you want to use iCloud Drive to store your data. If you tap "Yes," you're all set. If you touched "No" during setup but have since decided you want to use iCloud Drive, you can still enable it manually.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap your Apple ID banner.
  3. Tap iCloud.

    Apple ID iOSSource: iMore

  4. Toggle the iCloud Drive switch on. Log in with your iCloud account.

    iCloud login on iOSSource: iMore

Repeat this process on all iOS devices you want to sync with iCloud.

How to set up iCloud on Mac

When you upgrade your Mac operating system or start using a Mac for the first time, you will be asked whether you want to use iCloud Drive to store your data. If you click "Yes," you are all set. If you clicked "No" during setup but have since decided you want to use iCloud Drive, you can still enable it manually.

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Click on System Preferences... from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on Sign in at the top right.

    Mac iCloud signingSource: iMore

  4. Enter your Apple ID and Password.
  5. Click Next.

    Mac iCloud loginSource: iMore

  6. Choose Allow to allow Find My Mac in the popup.
  7. Confirm the checkboxes next to all the apps that use iCloud.

    confirm iCloud on MacSource: iMore

You should keep the checkboxes on each app; by doing so, your settings will carry across all your iCloud-enabled devices.

How to view your iCloud account information

You can check your contact information, password and security, registered devices, and iCloud payment setup on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to view your iCloud account information on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap your Apple ID banner.

Apple ID iOS 4. Scroll down and tap a device to view or remove it from your iCloud account. 5. Tap Remove from Account.Source: iMore

remove iCloud device 5. Scroll back up and tap Name, Phone Numbers, and Email.Source: iMore

iCloud name and other informationSource: iMore

You can change your name, the email address where people can reach you, the phone number where people can contact you, and your birthday. 
  1. Tap Password & Security.

    iCloud password and securitySource: iMore

    You can change your password, the phone number you have registered as your trusted number, and get a verification code to sign initially another device on iCloud.com.

  2. Tap Payment & Shipping.

    iCloud password and securitySource: iMore

    You can change your credit card number and expiration date, and change the shipping address associated with your Apple ID.

How to view your iCloud account information on Mac

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Click on System Preferences... from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Apple ID at the top.

    View Apple ID on MacSource: iMore

  4. Click on Name, Phone, Email.

    Contact informationSource: iMore

    You can change the email address, and phone number people can reach you at and change your birthday. You can also enable email subscriptions for announcements about Apple products and top News stories.

  5. Click on Password & Security.

    Password & SecuritySource: iMore

    You can change your password, add a new phone number to your trusted numbers, and get a verification code sent to you so you can sign in on another device or at iCloud.com.

  6. Click on Payment & Shipping to view, edit, or change the credit card you have set up for making purchases in iTunes, iCloud, the Apple online store, and Apple Pay.

    PaymentSource: iMore

How to manage iCloud sync permissions

Many third-party apps connect to iCloud so that you can access files from any device. However, you don't have to keep all documents stored in iCloud. Even if you originally set up a third-party app with iCloud, you can revoke permission manually at any time.

How to manage iCloud sync permissions on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap your Apple ID banner.

    Apple ID iOSSource: iMore

  3. Tap iCloud.
  4. Toggle the switch on or off for the app you want to allow or revoke iCloud Drive syncing.

    iCloud apps permissionsSource: iCloud

How to manage iCloud sync permissions on Mac

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Click on System Preferences... from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Apple ID at the top.

View Apple ID on Mac 4. Click iCloud on the left. 5. Click on Options next to iCloud Drive on the right. 6. Tick or untick the box next to the app you want to allow or revoke iCloud Drive syncing.Source: iMore

iCloud permissionsSource: iMore

How to sign out of iCloud

If for any reason, you decide that you no longer want to use iCloud Drive on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can sign out of any device.

How to sign out of iCloud on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap your Apple ID banner.

    Apple ID iOSSource: iMore

  3. Scroll down to the bottom and tap Sign Out.
  4. Tap Sign Out again when prompted.
  5. Tap Delete from My iPhone.
  6. Tap Keep on my iPhone to store iCloud data locally on your device, or tap Delete from My iPhone to remove data from your device.

    iCloud sign out iOSSource: iMore

How to sign out of iCloud on Mac

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Click on System Preferences... from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click Apple ID at the top.

    View Apple ID on MacSource: iMore

  4. Click on Overview on the right.
  5. Click on Sign Out
  6. Toggle the content you'd like to keep on your Mac.
  7. Select Keep a Copy.
  8. Following additional prompts, if applicable.

    iCloud confirm deleteSource: iMore

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about how to set up and customize iCloud on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac? Drop them in the comments and we can help you out.