Apple offers a cloud storage platform to safely store all your content. It is referred as iCloud and can be accessed from all iDevices like iPhone, iPad and Mac. iCloud has an app for the devices as well can be accessed through a website. Whether you are doing a web development or looking for an external storage, iCloud is a good option. This will work like a charm especially when you have home network setup with multiple Apple devices. In this article let us explore 10 reasons why you should use iCloud on Apple devices.
10 Reasons to Use iCloud on Apple Devices
- Easy setup and use
- 5GB free storage
- Easy paid subscriptions
- Seamless document and photo sharing
- Automatic device backups
- Secured browser access
- Integrated in macOS and iOS
- Send email attachments
- Restore files, contacts, calendar and bookmarks
- Family sharing
1. Easy Setup and Use
iCloud setup is optional when starting the device for the first time. You will also be prompted to setup iCloud account after major OS upgrades. If you choose to setup later, navigate to “Settings > iCloud” on iOS and setup any time.It’s a hassle free setup without the need of any payment or credit card. Simply use your Apply id to start with your free iCloud account.
The icloud.com has all the needed apps to improve your productivity on the go.
2. Attractive Pricing Plans
Apple offers both free and paid services for using iCloud storage. The free storage has a limit of 5GB. This will be sufficient for personal usage of storing important documents.
The premium service has the following plans paid monthly:
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The pricing is in par with Microsoft OneDrive, which cost you $1.99 for 50GB but on 1TB plan you will get Office 365 personal plan for $6.99 per month. Of course, you should never compare an Apple and an Orange – there are pros and cons on both sides. If you have iPhone and Mac then definitely it is worth to use iCloud as other applications like Pages, Keynote and Numbers are free.
3. Managing Storage Space
You can choose the premium plan based on your need and cancel, downgrade or upgrade the subscription any point of time later. Easily customize the content to be backed up and manage the available storage space.
4. Seamless Document and Photo Sharing
You can create documents on iPad and access it instantly on iPhone or Mac. iCloud has also internal apps for creating documents with Pages, Keynote and Numbers. You can create and edit the documents on the browser like on the word processing software. This is a big advantage that you do not need to install any software for modifying the documents on the cloud.
Similar to documents, take a photo on iPhone and view it instantly from iCloud to access across all your devices on any part of the world. When you disable the photo library sharing for saving space on iCloud you will have 30 days to download the photos before they get deleted.
5. Device Backups
Enable to take the complete backup of your iPhone or iPad on cloud. You can manage what type of content are backed up and control the storage space.
You can also seamlessly restore the iCloud backup on your iOS device.
6. Secured Browser Access from PC and Mac
Accessing iCloud website is more secure and safer from Mac and PC. Once signed in, you will be prompted to enter the secure pin sent to your Apple device.
You can trust the browser to bypass the two-factor authentication from next time. Also sign out from all other browsers in case if you forget to logout the previous sessions on different location.
You will get alert email every time when logging into icloud.com account. This will help to track if anyone logging to your account without your knowledge.
7. Integrated in macOS and iOS
Mac has a settings option for iCloud which can be accessed under “System Preferences > iCloud”. Here you can enable or disable sharing from devices to iCloud account. For example, you can create an instant backup of all your desktop and documents folders to iCloud. When you store a file on the desktop, it will be automatically backed up on your cloud storage.
The iCloud drive app on iPhone makes thing easier to find documents and files available on your cloud storage.
8. Send Email Attachment
On email app you can retrieve files from iCloud account and attach in your email. At this moment you can only send attachments from iCloud or other cloud platforms like Dropbox.
9. Restore Files, Contacts, Calendar and Bookmarks
The deleted files, contact, calendar entries and bookmarks are stored for 30 days. If you have wrongly deleted any content on iCloud drive then this option will help you to recover the deleted content. You can recover the files only from iCloud website and not through the app.
10. Family Sharing
Family sharing allows you to share content and purchased apps across all your family members. Up to six members of a family can share purchases without sharing the accounts. You can track family members by sharing locations and locate other family member’s phone using Find My iPhone.