Everyone with an Apple device has access to iCloud services — a cloud service that connects multiple devices and provides a convenient way to update, store, and share photos, videos, and documents. If you have never set up iCloud on any of your devices, start here. If you have already set it up on all of your mobile devices and computer then great! Now I have a question for you. Have you ever visited iCloud.com? I had iCloud services set up for a long time before I ever did. It’s a great idea to take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with iCloud.com and the things you can do from there. If your device is ever lost or stolen you're going to want to know about this! Read on to review the essentials of using iCloud.com.
Sync Your Information
iCloud.com gives you access to lots of features right on your browser. Enable iCloud for your Notes, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, and Mail (Settings → iCloud) to keep your information synced between devices and available on iCloud.com. With iCloud.com you will be able to access and manage your important information if you don’t have your iPad or iPhone. Any change you make on iCloud.com will be made on any of your devices that are enabled.
Free iCloud Email Account
iCloud Mail is a free email account that is available with iOS and Mac OS X devices. Go here if you need the steps for getting set up with iCloud Mail. At iCloud.com you use the Mail app to send, receive, and organize email from the convenience of your browser. Any email activity here is automatically pushed to the devices you set up for iCloud Mail. So whether you access your email on iCloud.com or on another Apple device the changes are updated everywhere for a seamless transition from desktop to mobile device.
Access and Manage Your Pictures
At iCloud.com your Photo Library will be available from any of your devices that you enable to automatically upload and store with iCloud (Settings → iCloud → Photos). Images take up a lot of space so if have quite a few photos they will devour your free iCloud storage. You can purchase more space when you need it. Click on the Photo icon to access and manage your pictures with controls in the upper right for Favorite, Download, Add to an album, Email and Delete.
Find My Friends
If you’ve set up Find My Friends (open the Find Friends app and click the Add button to connect with people) then you can locate the people that you are connected to by signing into iCloud.com just like you would be able to by using the app on your mobile device.
Find and Protect a Lost or Stolen Device
In the unfortunate event that your device is ever lost or stole, iCloud.com is where you would be able to go to locate your device and protect your information as long as you have enabled this feature on your device (Settings → iCloud → Find My iPad/iPhone and turn it on). Here are the steps to take after logging in to iCloud.com to track and find your device.
- Click on Find My iPhone, here a map is displayed showing the location of any of your devices that are trackable.
- Next, select the drop down menu All Devices and click on the device that is missing.
- From here you can choose to Play Sound to help locate your device if it might be in earshot, put it in Lost Mode, or as a last resort Erase to delete your personal information.
If you choose to put your device in Lost Mode then onscreen instructions will guide you through the process of entering a phone number and message that will appear on the Lock screen for anyone who finds it. Lost Mode also locks your device with a passcode, either the one you already use or, if you don’t have one, you will be asked to create one.