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Syncing Information with iCloud

One of the great things about an iCloud account is that you can sync your information wirelessly. Whenever your iPhone can access the Internet, no matter where you are, the sync process can occur.

Of course, to sync information with iCloud, you must have an iCloud account. See Chapter 1, “Getting Started with Your iPhone,” for information about obtaining an iCloud account.

If you have an iCloud account, it is simple to access your iCloud information on your iPhone by configuring your account there and configuring its sync options. Here’s how:

  1. On the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Tap iCloud
  3. Enter your Apple ID.
  4. Enter your Apple ID password.
  5. Tap Sign In. Your iCloud account is configured on your iPhone.
  6. If you’re prompted about merging information already in your iCloud account, tap Don’t Merge if you don’t want the information already on your iPhone to be moved into your iCloud account or Merge if you do.

  7. If prompted, tap OK to allow iCloud to access your iPhone’s location or Don’t Allow if you don’t want this to happen. You need to allow this for some features, such as Find My iPhone, to work.

  8. Slide switches to OFF for any app whose information you don’t want to sync on the iPhone. If you leave an app’s status set to ON, that app’s information is synced from the iPhone to iCloud; if set to OFF, that app’s information is ignored during the sync process. You can sync email, contacts, calendars, reminders, bookmarks, notes, and passbook.

  9. If you want to use your Photo Stream, tap Photo Stream.

  10. Slide the My Photo Stream switch to ON. Any photos you take with the iPhone’s camera are copied onto iCloud from where they are copied to your other devices on which the Photo Stream is enabled.
  11. To be able to share your Photo Stream and to subscribe to other people’s Photo Streams, set the Shared Photo Streams switch to ON.
  12. Tap iCloud.

  13. Tap Documents & Data.

  14. To prevent apps from storing documents and data in your iCloud account, slide the Documents & Data switch to OFF. After you confirm at the prompt, any documents you work with on your iPhone won’t be available in the cloud or on your other devices unless you turn this feature back on.
  15. To prevent your iPhone from using its cellular data connection to transfer documents and data to your cloud, set the Use Cellular switch to OFF. This is useful when you have a tight data limit on your account.
  16. Tap iCloud.

  17. Set the Find My iPhone switch to OFF if you want to deactivate this feature, which enables you to access your iPhone remotely to determine its current location.
  18. Tap Storage & Backup.

  19. To have the content of your iPhone backed up to your iCloud account, slide the switch next to iCloud Backup to ON.

  20. Tap OK at the prompt, which explains that when you use iCloud to back up your information, it is not backed up to your computer automatically.

  21. To back up your iPhone manually, tap Back Up Now. The back up process starts and you see its status at the bottom of the screen.
  22. Tap iCloud. Your iCloud account configuration is complete. Next determine how and when you connect to your iCloud account.

  23. Tap Settings.

  24. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

  25. Tap Fetch New Data.

  26. To enable information to be synced with your iPhone whenever there are updates and the iPhone is connected to the Internet, ensure that Push is ON or to disable push to extend battery life, slide the Push switch to OFF. This setting impacts all your wirelessly synced accounts that support pushing information.
  27. Tap the amount of time you want to elapse before the iPhone syncs information when Push is OFF or when an account doesn’t support Push; tap Manually if you want to sync manually only. This setting impacts all your wirelessly synced accounts.
  28. If necessary, swipe up the screen until you see Advanced.

  29. Tap Advanced. You see a list of all your active accounts. Next to each account, you see if it is configured to use Push, Fetch, or Manual. You also see the kinds of information included in the sync settings for each account, such as Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and so on.

  30. Tap the account you want to configure.

  31. Tap the option you want to use for syncing; the options can include Push, Fetch, or Manual. If you choose Push, syncing occurs when the iPhone is connected to the Internet and new information is on the iPhone or in the cloud; this keeps information on the iPhone the most current but also causes the largest energy use and shortest working time until you need to recharge the iPhone. If you choose Fetch, information is automatically retrieved according to the time you selected in step 26; this enables automatic syncing but uses less battery power than Push. If you choose Manual, information is synced only when you manually start the process by opening the related app (such as Mail to fetch your email); while requiring you to take action to update your information, it does provide the longest battery life.

    The iCloud account is ready to use and its information syncs wirelessly according to your configuration settings.

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