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How to Setup iCloud & Use iCloud Backup

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Setup iCloud on Mac & Windows
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You can use iCloud without connecting your desktop or laptop computer to it--it's got great features for iPhone and iPad users--but you'll probably find it most useful if you're syncing data to your computer, too. Here's what you need to do to set up iCloud on a computer:

On Mac OS X
To set up iCloud on a Mac, there's very little you need to do. As long as you have OS X 10.7.2 or higher, the iCloud software is built right into the operating system. As a result, you don't need to install anything. Here's what you need to know:

  • To access your iCloud settings, click on the Apple menu in the top left corner and choose System Preferences
  • You may already be signed in to your iCloud account. If not, sign in here with your Apple ID/iTunes account
  • Check the box next to each iCloud feature you want to enable.

On Windows
Unlike the Mac, Windows doesn't come with iCloud built in, so you need to download some software. Here's what you need to do:

  • Go to http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1455 and download the iCloud Control Panel software from Apple
  • Install the software
  • Once that's done, launch the iCloud Control Panel
  • Sign in with your Apple ID/iTunes account
  • Check the box next to each iCloud feature you want to enable.

To lean more about what each feature of iCloud does when you enable it here, check out step 5 of this article.

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