Take Control of iCloud, 8th Edition

Book description

Understand iCloud’s capabilities and limitations, and put its key features to good use!
Version 8.0.1, updated February 12, 2022

Apple’s iCloud service is highly useful, but it can also create headaches for the average user. In Take Control of iCloud, Eighth Edition, Joe Kissell explains how to avoid frustrations and make iCloud work for you across all your devices.

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, Eighth 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 Apple 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 and iPadOS devices, Apple TVs, and Windows PCs.

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

  • iCloud+, Apple's paid membership tiers with extra features
  • Photo features: iCloud Photos 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 Device, Find My Item, Find My Friends, and the Find My app
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Activation lock
  • Backing up and restoring data
  • Managing your privacy and security

This edition not only covers the changes to iCloud in macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, and iPadOS 15 but also includes details about recent changes to iCloud that span operating systems, including iCloud+. It also continues to cover macOS 10.15 Catalina, macOS 11 Big Sur, and iOS 14/iPadOS 14, but drops coverage of earlier operating system versions.

Table of contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. What’s New in Version 8.0.1
    3. What’s New in the Eighth Edition
  2. Introduction
  3. iCloud Quick Start
  4. Catch Up with iCloud Changes
    1. iCloud Feature Changes
    2. Storage Checkup
    3. Apple One
  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 for Windows
    4. Set Up iCloud in iOS or iPadOS
    5. Work with Multiple iCloud Accounts
    6. Disable iCloud
  7. Use iCloud+
    1. Increase Your Storage
    2. Browse the Web Privately
    3. Hide Your Email Address
    4. Configure a Custom Domain
    5. Add Security Camera Features
  8. Use iCloud Family Sharing
    1. Enable Family Sharing
    2. Configure Apps and Services
    3. Share Calendar, Reminders, and Photos
    4. Use Find My
    5. Share Media and Apps
    6. Use Ask to Buy
    7. Share Storage Space
    8. Update a Child’s Age
    9. Change Family Sharing
  9. Use iCloud Music Features
    1. Understand Apple’s Music Services
    2. Use iTunes Match
  10. Manage Your Photos
    1. Sync with iCloud Photos
    2. Share Photos, Videos, and Albums
  11. Keep Documents and App Data in Sync
    1. Use iCloud Drive
    2. Use In-App Data Syncing
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Work with iCloud Keychain
    1. Enable and Configure iCloud Keychain
    2. Use iCloud Keychain in Safari
    3. Use iCloud Keychain in Other iOS/iPadOS Apps
    4. Use iCloud Keychain in Windows
    5. View and Edit iCloud Keychain Contents
    6. Use iCloud Keychain with Another Password Manager
  15. 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 My iPhone Web App
    11. The News Publisher Web App
    12. Settings
  16. Find My Nouns
    1. Activate Find My
    2. Find Your Hardware with an App
    3. Find Your Friends
  17. Back Up and Restore iOS/iPadOS Data
    1. Understand How iCloud Backup Works
    2. Activate and Configure iCloud Backup
    3. Restore an iOS or iPadOS Device from a Backup
  18. 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
  19. Manage Your Account
    1. Change iCloud Website Settings
    2. Change Payment Settings
    3. Check and Modify Your Storage Usage
    4. Manage Account Recovery
  20. Manage iCloud Security and Privacy
    1. Choose a Good Password
    2. Use Two-Factor Authentication
    3. Check Activation Lock
    4. Protect Your Privacy
  21. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. Acknowledgments
    3. About the Author and Publisher
    4. Credits
  22. Also by Joe Kissell
  23. Copyright and Fine Print

Product information

  • Title: Take Control of iCloud, 8th Edition
  • Author(s): Joe Kissell
  • Release date: February 2022
  • Publisher(s): Take Control Books
  • ISBN: 9781947282599