Take Control of iCloud, 7th Edition

Book description

Understand iCloud’s capabilities and limitations, and put its key features to good use!
Version 7.1, updated November 12, 2020

Apple’s iCloud service is highly useful, but it can also create headaches for the average user. In Take Control of iCloud, Seventh 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, Seventh 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 and iPadOS 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 Photog, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Sharing
  • Family Sharing
  • iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library
  • iCloud Drive (including folder sharing and the Files app for iOS and iPadOS)
  • Mail and Mail Drop
  • Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Notes
  • iCloud Keychain
  • the iCloud website
  • Location features: Find My Device, Find My Friends, and the Find My app
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Activation lock
  • Backing up and restoring data

This edition (see details under “What's New” below) not only covers the changes to iCloud in macOS 10.15 Catalina, iOS 13, and iPadOS 13 but is also up to date (as of November 2020) with macOS 11 Big Sur, iOS 14, and iPadOS 14. It also continues to cover macOS 10.14 Mojave, 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 7.1
    3. What Was New in the Seventh 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 Family Sharing
    1. Enable Family Sharing
    2. Configure Apps and Services
    3. Share Calendar and Reminders
    4. Share Family Photos
    5. Use Find My
    6. Share Media
    7. Use Ask to Buy
    8. Share Storage Space
  8. Use iCloud Music Features
    1. Understand Apple’s Music Services
    2. Use iTunes Match
  9. Manage Your Photos
    1. Compare iCloud Photo Options
    2. Use iCloud Photos
    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 iOS/iPadOS 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 My Friends Web App
    11. The Find My 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 an App
    4. Find Your Device with Siri
    5. Deactivate Find My (Device)
    6. Find Your Friends
  16. 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
  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
  18. Manage Your Account
    1. Change iCloud Website Settings
    2. Change Payment Settings
    3. Manage Your Storage
  19. Manage iCloud Security and Privacy
    1. Choose a Good Password
    2. Use Enhanced Security Features
    3. Check Activation Lock
    4. Protect Your Privacy
  20. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author and Publisher
    3. Credits
  21. Also by Joe Kissell
  22. Copyright and Fine Print

Product information

  • Title: Take Control of iCloud, 7th Edition
  • Author(s): Joe Kissell
  • Release date: November 2020
  • Publisher(s): Take Control Books
  • ISBN: None