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Take Control of iCloud, 6th Edition

Book Description

Understand iCloud's capabilities and limitations, and put its key features to good use!

Update November 28, 2018

iCloud is a simple idea in theory--access to all your data on all your devices, via the cloud--that can become complicated when put into practice. Instead of wasting time fiddling with iCloud, when there are many other more important things to be done with the information it contains, learn how to minimize frustrations with Take Control of iCloud, Sixth Edition!

Whether you want a quick tip or a deep dive into the inner workings of iCloud, you'll find what you need in this best-selling book by Mac expert Joe Kissell. Start by learning what iCloud can do, how it differs from other cloud services, and how best to set it up on Macs, iOS devices, Apple TVs, and Windows-based PCs.

Then, move on to finding out the key aspects--and hidden gotchas--of iCloud's core features, including:

  • Photo features: iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Sharing
  • Family Sharing
  • iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library
  • iCloud Drive
  • Mail and Mail Drop
  • Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Notes
  • iCloud Keychain
  • the iCloud website
  • Location features: Find My iPhone, Find My Mac, and Find My Friends
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Activation lock
  • Back to My Mac (High Sierra and earlier only)
  • Backing up and restoring data

Joe also looks at what has changed in iCloud with the release of macOS 10.14 Mojave and iOS 12, including the removal of Back to My Mac, syncing for News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memos, and the revamped Shared Albums feature in Photos--plus Messages in iCloud (for syncing iMessage and SMS messages), added in iOS 11.4 and 10.13.5 High Sierra.

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Basics
    3. What’s New in Version 6.1
    4. What Was New in the Sixth Edition
  2. Introduction
  3. iCloud Quick Start
  4. Catch Up with iCloud Changes
    1. iCloud Feature Changes
    2. Storage Checkup
  5. Get to Know iCloud
    1. What Is iCloud?
    2. Major iCloud Features
    3. About iCloud System Requirements
    4. About Your Apple ID
    5. About iCloud Storage
  6. Set Up iCloud
    1. Update Your Software
    2. Set Up iCloud on a Mac
    3. Set Up iCloud under Windows
    4. Set Up iCloud on an iOS Device
    5. Work with Multiple iCloud Accounts
    6. Disable iCloud
  7. Use iCloud Family Sharing
    1. Enable Family Sharing
    2. Configure Apps and Services
    3. Share Calendar and Reminders
    4. Share Family Photos
    5. Use Find My Noun
    6. Share Media
    7. Use Ask to Buy
    8. Share Storage Space
  8. Use iCloud Music Library
    1. Understand Apple’s Music Services
    2. Use iTunes Match
  9. Manage Your Photos
    1. Compare iCloud Photo Options
    2. Use iCloud Photo Library
    3. Use My Photo Stream
    4. Share Photos, Videos, and Albums
  10. Keep Documents and App Data in Sync
    1. Use iCloud Drive
    2. Use In-App Data Syncing
  11. Keep Mail, Contacts, and Calendars in Sync
    1. Work with iCloud Mail
    2. Use Mail Drop
    3. Sync Your Contacts
    4. Sync Your Calendars
    5. Troubleshoot Contact and Calendar Problems
  12. Sync Other iCloud Data
    1. Work with Browser Bookmarks, Tabs, and Reading List
    2. Sync Messages
    3. Use Reminders
    4. Work with Notes
    5. Sync Data from Other Apps
    6. Use Universal Clipboard
  13. Work with iCloud Keychain
    1. Enable and Configure iCloud Keychain
    2. Use iCloud Keychain in Safari
    3. Use iCloud Keychain in Other Apps
    4. View and Edit iCloud Keychain Contents
    5. Use iCloud Keychain with Another Password Manager
  14. Use the iCloud Website
    1. Navigate the iCloud Website
    2. The Mail Web App
    3. The Contacts Web App
    4. The Calendar Web App
    5. The Photos Web App
    6. The Notes Web App
    7. The Reminders Web App
    8. The iWork Web Apps
    9. The iCloud Drive Web App
    10. The Find Friends Web App
    11. The Find iPhone Web App
    12. The News Publisher Web App
    13. Settings
  15. Find My Nouns
    1. Understand What Find My Device Can and Can’t Do
    2. Activate Find My Device
    3. Find Your Device with a Browser
    4. Find Your Device with an App
    5. Find Your Device with Siri
    6. Find Your Friends
  16. Back Up and Restore iOS Data
    1. Understand How iCloud Backup Works
    2. Activate and Configure iCloud Backup
    3. Restore an iOS Device from a Backup
  17. Use iCloud on an Apple TV
    1. Set Up iCloud on an Apple TV
    2. View Shared Purchases on an Apple TV
    3. Use iTunes Match on an Apple TV
    4. Use iCloud Photos on an Apple TV
    5. Use AirPlay from iCloud
    6. Use iMovie Theater
  18. Use Back to My Mac
  19. Manage Your Account
    1. Change iCloud Website Settings
    2. Change Payment Settings
    3. Manage Your Storage
  20. Manage iCloud Security and Privacy
    1. Choose a Good Password
    2. Use Enhanced Security Features
    3. Check Activation Lock
    4. Protect Your Privacy
  21. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author and Publisher
    3. Credits
  22. Copyright and Fine Print
  23. Also by Joe Kissell