How To Set Up An iCloud Account On Mac, iOS, Windows, Android, & Apple TV

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Apple’s iCloud offers a wide range of cloud-based services you can use, including Calendars, Contacts, Bookmarks, Mail & Notes, Back to My Mac, Documents & Data, Find My Mac, and Photo Stream. Each service allows you to store information on the iCloud servers, and stream it through all of your gadgets, such as Mac, iPhone, iPod, Windows, etc. This article comprises of everything about how to set up an iCloud account from all those gadgets you have.

How to set up an iCloud Account: iOS Gadgets

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Step 1

Go to “Settings” from the Home screen, and then choose “General” -> “Software Update” to make sure you have the most updated version of OS.

Step 2

Select “General” at the top-lest corner of the Software Update menu. Select “iCloud”.

Step 3

Fill in your Apple ID username and password if you have one. Select “Create a Free Apple ID” if you don’t have one already.

Step 4

Switch the “ON/OFF” sliders to have the iCloud storage for your data enabled. For instance, you can enable “Documents & Data” and “Photo Stream” but disable email.

Step 5

Now select “Storage and Backup” and then switch the button for “iCloud Backup” on. This will establish a synchronization with iCloud from your iOS device’s data and files.

How to set up an iCloud Account: Mac

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Step 1

Open “System Preferences” form the menu bar and select “iCloud”.

Step 2

Fill in your Apple ID if you have one. If you don’t hold an Apple ID already, you can set up one using the “Create an Apple ID” shown up there in Resources.

Step 3

Pick out the iCloud services you’d want to enable. For instance, you can enable Contacts and Calendar so that the specific data will be synced with your iCloud account.

How to set up an iCloud Account: Windows PCset-up-icloud-account-04

Step 1

Download and install the iCloud software application V2.1.2 for Windows PC form the Apple’s website. Open the program when the installation process is done.

Step 2

Fill in your Apple ID’s username and password when you have one. If you don’t hold one already, you can set up one by clicking the “Create an Apple ID” link available in there.

Step 3

Pick out the iCloud services you want to enable. For instance, you can sync the Tasks, Mail, Contacts & Calendar with Outlook or just stay with iCloud for syncing your Photo Stream with all your devices.

How to set up an iCloud Account: Androidset-up-icloud-account-05

 

Step 1

Open the default Email app on your Android gadget.

Step 2

Enter you iCloud email login details, which is your complete iCloud email ID and the password. When it’s finished, select “Manual Setup”.

Step 3

On the following screen options, choose “IMAP Account”.

Step 4

This is where you’ll be configuring the settings for incoming emails. Simply choose “SSL” or “SSL/TLS” and enter 993 as the Port.

Step 5

For configuring the outgoing emails setting. Again, simply select the security “TLS” or “SSL/TLS” or “STARTTLS”, and enter the Port as 587. I know this appears strange, but the security setting options differed among the two gadgets I performed this on.

Step 6

Your iCloud email is about to over now. Provide the account with a username, and fill in your name as you’d want it occur on the outgoing emails and select “Done”.

How to set up an iCloud Account: Apple TVset-up-icloud-account-06

 

While you can’t access iCloud’s email, calendars, notes, or reminders from your Apple TV, you can however access iCloud services like iTunes Match and Photo Stream when you sign in with the Apple ID linked to your iCloud account. To have this done, go to the “Settings” menu of your Apple TV, select “iTunes Store”, and fill in your account credentials.

Tips to Set Up iCloud Account:

  • While it is not suggested to use the same Apple ID, Apple says that you can even use one Apple ID for iCloud services and another one for other Apple enabled services, such as iTunes account.
  • For Calendar, Contacts and Email syncing to iCloud from a Windows computer, you can use iCloud.com or Outlook 2007 or later.
  • To enable automatic downloading for your iTunes apps, music and books, open iTunes and go to the “Preferences” menu. Choose “Edit” and the “Preferences”. Go to the “Store” tab and make a tick mark appear next to “Apps”, “Books”, and “Music”. Click “OK” to save the modifications.
  • If you prefer to activate Photo Stream, as well enable iPhoto or Aperture, select “Photo Stream” seen on the left and then click “Turn On Photo Stream”.

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