- Set Up An iCloud Account
- Turn On iCloud Features From The iCloud Control Panel
- Set Up iCloud To Sync App-Specific Data
- Turn On The iCloud Backup Feature
- Set Up and Use The Find My... Feature
- Take Advantage of the iCloud.com Website
- Access All iTunes Store Content Purchases via iCloud
- Cloud-Based Alternatives To iCloud
Take Advantage of the iCloud.com Website
The newly designed iCloud.com website can be accessed for free by pointing any web browser to www.iCloud.com. Sign in to the service using your iCloud username and password. Then, from the iCloud website’s main menu (shown in Figure 12.5), it’s possible to use the online version of the Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, Pages, Numbers, or Keynote apps or access the Find My iPhone feature.
FIGURE 12.5 Online versions of Contacts, Calendar, Maps, Reminders, Notes, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, as well as Find My iPhone, are available for free from the iCloud.com website.
When you launch any of the online apps, all of your synced data from your iCloud account will be available to you. For example, if you launch the online version of Contacts, it will be populated with all of your Contacts database entries.
One benefit of using the Pages, Numbers, and Keynote online apps is that you can literally drag and drop a Microsoft Office document or file into one of these apps, and it is automatically converted into a Pages, Numbers, or Keynote document of file and then become accessible using Pages, Numbers, or Keynote on your iPad (or any Mac or iOS mobile device that’s linked to your iCloud account). So, if you use Microsoft Word on your PC or Mac and the Pages word processor on your iPad, you can easily export a Word document from your computer using the online edition of Pages, and it syncs with your iPad and is available as a Pages document. You can then view, edit, print, or share the document or export it back into Word format.