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How to Setup iCloud on iOS Devices – iPhone, iPad, iPad-mini, iPod Touch

Published on January 8, 2013 by in How-to, iOS

The innovative technology of iCloud offers a lot of advantages, but many struggle to reap those benefits as they simply do not know how to setting up iCloud on iOS based devices. As a matter of fact, establishing iCloud on iOS devices is straightforward task. You can complete the process by following the steps given below.

Step 1: Use existing or new ID

Cupertino, California-based tech giant Apple allows users to set up an entirely new account or to either use their existing Apple ID to get the process started. If you want to use an existing ID, then you will simply have to sign in with your existing credentials. Then agree to iCloud’s terms & conditions. Then, Apple will send out an account verification email that you can then follow a link from to complete the process.

If you want to set up a new account, go to the Settings > iCloud screen of you device. Apple will, by default, start with the email address for the Apple ID that you use to buy items through the iTunes Store. In case you want to make use of that ID to build your new iCloud ID, then simply advance and sign in.

Step 2: Give permissions and set syncing preferences

Once granted permissions, Apple iCloud will turn on syncing for most services. It will ask for your approval to either merge or replace information on your device, and to use your location for Find My iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

Merging is perhaps the safer bet as even if you do not yet have anything on the Cloud; it will not affect what you have on your iOS device. Even if you have a plenty of duplicate data on your iOS device from a previous setup on your Mac or elsewhere, Apple’s service is smart enough to determine what to keep and where to put what information.

Step 3: Select what syncs

The service gives you the option to select which data does and does not sync through iCloud once you have it established on your iOS device. The list of options includes Mail, Contacts, Notes, Reminders, Calendars, Photo Stream, Photo Stream and Documents and Data. For Documents and Data, you have the option to select iCloud to sync that information either only through WiFi, or through both Wi-Fi and 3G.

Step 4: Download the applications

The iCloud service works in concert with some official applications from the Cupertino firm. Downloading apps, such as Find My iPhone and Find My Friends, from Apple App Store will complete your iCloud experience. In addition, you can also download Apple’s iWork applications from the store if you want to see Document syncing through iCloud in action.

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The iCloud service offers 5GB storage for free. However, you also have the option to get storage capacities of 15GB, 25GB and 55GB a year for $20, $40 and $100, respectively.

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