The free iCloud service stems from Apple’s brainstorm that, since it controls both ends of the connection between a Mac and the Apple website, it should be able to create some pretty clever Internet-based features.
This chapter concerns what iCloud can do for you, the iPhone owner.
To get a free iCloud account if you don’t already have one, sign up in Settings → iCloud.
So what is iCloud? Mainly, it’s these things:
iCloud Sync. It keeps your calendar, address book, and documents updated and identical on all your gadgets: Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch. Also your web passwords, credit card numbers, AirPod (wireless earbud) pairing, and all kinds of other things. That’s a huge convenience—almost magical.
Find My iPhone. Find My iPhone pinpoints the current location of your iPhone (or iPad, or Mac, or AirPods) on a map. In other words, it’s great for helping you find your gadgets if they’ve been stolen or lost.
You can also make a lost device make a loud pinging sound for a couple of minutes by remote control—even if it was silenced. That’s brilliantly effective when your phone has slipped between the couch cushions.
Automatic backup. iCloud can back up your iPhone—automatically and wirelessly (over Wi-Fi, not over cellular connections). It’s a quick backup, since iCloud backs up only the changed data.
If you ever want to set up a new i-gadget, or if you want to restore everything to an existing one, life is sweet. Once ...