Synopses & Reviews
Apple's new iCloud service connects people's iOS 6 devices together with their Windows and Mac computers. It does this by creating a "cloud" storage space with which all configured devices communicate. The cloud stores the information that it receives from each device and communicates that information to the other devices connected to it. iCloud is not only a very powerful service, but it is also free. Because it is integrated into iOS 6, widespread adoption by iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users is assured.
Sams Teach Yourself iCloud in 10 Minutes, 2/e offers straightforward, practical answers for fast results. By working through the 10-minute lessons, readers learn everything they need to know to quickly and easily get up to speed on iCloud. Step-by-step instructions walk readers through the most common questions, issues, and tasks... "Did You Know?" tips offer insider advice and shortcuts... "Watch Out!" alerts help them avoid problems. Sams Teach Yourself iCloud in 10 Minutes 2/e will provide beginner and experienced users with fast at a glance tips pointing out helpful shortcuts and solutions, cautions to help avoid common iCloud pitfalls, and is written in a clear easy to understand format.
Updated coverage for ioS 6 include:
- Photo Stream sharing. This enables users to both share their photos via Photo Stream and to subscribe to other people’s streams
- iCloud-enabled applications. Applications that can directly work with documents stored in the cloud are now available for Macs
- Find My iPhone. The Find My iPhone feature has been updated with a new UI and steps.
- iCloud website UI. The UI for the iCloud website has been updated.
- Windows iCloud control panel. The control panel for iCloud on Windows is now in version 2, with updates to the UI and features.
- iCloud for iOS 6. iCloud support under the iOS was updated for iOS 6.
- iTunes 11. iTunes 11 included a major update to the application’s UI, changing how the application looks and works, such as changes to the iOS device sync process, how the iTunes Store looks and works, and so on.
Sams Teach Yourself iCloud in 10 Minutes, Second Edition, offers straightforward, practical information designed to get you up and running quickly and easily. By working through its 10-minute lessons, you’ll learn everything you need to know to effectively use Apple’s iCloud online services. Each compact lesson zeroes in on a specific aspect of iCloud, explained through concise and informative descriptions along with accurate and easy to follow step-by-step instructions. You’ll quickly become comfortable performing the most important iCloud tasks to make the most of what iCloud offers every day!
10 minutes is all you need to learn how to…
Obtain an iCloud account and use your own iCloud website. Configure iCloud services on iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, Macs, and Windows PCs. Use iCloud with your iTunes music, apps, and books to ensure you have great content on all your devices. Take advantage of iTunes Match to stream your iTunes music wherever you are. Use Photo Stream for instant access to photos you take with an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad on all your other mobile devices and computers; you can also share your photos with others and view photos being shared with you. Have easy access to the same document files on iOS devices and computers so that you can efficiently work whenever and wherever you need to. Use iCloud’s great email, calendar,contact, and other tools to automatically have the same information on all your devices. Locate your devices, secure them if they aren’t under your control, and protect your data with online backups.
About the Author
Brad Miser has written extensively about technology, with his favorite topics being Apple’s amazing “i” technology, including iPods, iPhones, and iCloud. In addition to Sams Teach Yourself iCloud, 2nd Edition, books Brad has written include: My iPod touch, 4th Edition; My iPhone,6th Edition; and iTunes and iCloud for iPhones, iPads, and Pod touches Absolute Beginner’s Guide. He has also been an author, development editor, or technical editor on more than 50 other titles.
Brad is or has been a sales support specialist, the director of product and customer services, and the manager of education and support services for several software development companies. Previously, he was the lead proposal specialist for an aircraft engine manufacturer, a development editor for a computer book publisher, and a civilian aviation test officer/engineer for the U.S. Army. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and has received advanced education in maintainability engineering, business, and other topics.
Originally from California, Brad now lives in Brownsburg, Indiana, with his wife Amy; their three daughters, Jill, Emily, and Grace; a rabbit; and a sometimes-inside cat.
Brad would love to hear about your experiences with this book (the good, the bad, and the ugly). You can write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table of Contents
1 Getting Started with Your iCloud Account and Website 5
Understanding iCloud 5
Obtaining an iCloud Account 9
Using Your iCloud Website 16
2 Configuring iCloud on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad 23
Configuring iCloud on an iOS Device 23
Performing Basic iCloud Configuration on an iOS Device 24
Configuring Information Updates on an iOS Device 28
Performing Advanced iCloud Account Configurations 31
3 Configuring iCloud on Macintosh Computers 37
Logging In to Your iCloud Account 37
Configuring and Managing Your iCloud Services 39
Using the Back to My Mac Feature 43
4 Configuring iCloud on Windows Computers 45
Downloading and Installing the iCloud Control Panel 45
Logging In to Your iCloud Account 46
Configuring and Managing Your iCloud Services 47
5 Using iCloud with iTunes Music, Apps, and Books 53
Understanding Automatic iTunes Store Purchase Downloading 53
Using iCloud to Download iTunes Store Purchases on an iOS Device 54
Using iCloud to Automatically Download iTunes Store Purchases on a Mac 68
Using iCloud to Automatically Download iTunes Store Purchases on a Windows PC 70
6 Using iTunes Match with Your Music 73
Understanding iTunes Match 73
Configuring and Managing iTunes Match in iTunes 75
Listening to Your iTunes Match Music on an iOS Device 78
Listening to Your iTunes Match Music on a Computer 82
7 Using iCloud with Your Photos 87
Understanding Photo Stream 87
Using Photo Stream with iOS Devices 90
Using Photo Stream with a Mac 102
Using Photo Stream with a Windows PC 117
Using Photo Stream with an Apple TV 125
8 Using iCloud with Your Documents 129
Syncing Documents with iCloud 129
Enabling iCloud Document Syncing 131
Syncing Documents Using iCloud-Aware Apps 134
Manually Syncing Documents Through iCloud 142
9 Configuring Your iCloud Email 153
Working with iCloud Email 153
Setting Up iCloud Email on iOS Devices 154
Configuring iCloud Email on a Mac 166
Configuring iCloud Email on Windows PCs 169
Using the iCloud Mail Web Application 173
Working with Email Aliases 175
10 Using iCloud to Manage Your Contacts 179
Using iCloud to Manage Contact Information 179
Configuring iCloud for Contacts on an iOS Device 180
Configuring iCloud Contact Syncing on a Mac 182
Configuring iCloud Contact Syncing on a Windows PC 183
Using the iCloud Contacts Web Application 185
11 Using iCloud with Your Calendars 189
Using iCloud to Manage Your Calendars 189
Configuring iCloud Calendars on an iOS Device 190
Configuring iCloud Calendar Syncing on a Mac 195
Configuring iCloud Calendar Syncing on a Windows PC 196
Using the iCloud Calendar Web App 198
12 Using iCloud to Sync Other Information 201
Understanding Other Sync Options 201
Configuring Other Sync Options on an iOS Device 202
Configuring Other Sync Options on a Mac 204
Configuring Other Sync Options on a Windows PC 205
13 Using iCloud to Locate and Secure Your Devices 209
Using iCloud to Find Devices 209
Finding iOS Devices 210
Finding Macs 219
14 Using iCloud to Back Up and Restore Devices 223
Backing Up iOS Devices 223
Restoring iOS Devices from a Backup 229
Managing Your iCloud Storage Space 233