iCloud

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iCloud is Apple's cloud-based storage service and app server, designed to let users store data ranging from documents, photos, and music to device backups and app data, such as save states. iCloud is an essential part of the Apple ecosystem, ensuring customers do not lose data, files, or iOS device setups even when an Apple product is lost, stolen, or damaged.

iCloud also includes a set of cloud-based web apps, accessible on any browser though the iCloud website. With iCloud apps, users can access their mail, contacts, calendar, photos, notes, and reminders, or track the location of their iOS and Mac devices. Apple's iWork apps, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, can also be used in a browser through iCloud.

Every iCloud user is given 5GB of free storage, but 50GB, 200GB, or 2TB of additional storage can be purchased for $0.99, $2.99, or $9.99 per month.

iCloud How Tos

How to Use iCloud Email Address Aliases

Wednesday April 1, 2020 5:03 pm PDT by
Apple enables iCloud account holders to use email aliases, which allow you to send and receive emails without disclosing your true email address. Using an email alias to log in to websites and online services can help protect your genuine email address by hiding it from spammers and other sources of unsoliticted messages. In addition, email aliases make it easy to filter messages, because...

How to Share iCloud Folders on iPhone and iPad

Friday February 7, 2020 12:55 pm PST by
As of iOS 13.4, Apple lets you share folders that you've synced to iCloud with friends and colleagues who have an Apple ID. Whether you're sharing from an iPhone or iPad, you'll be able to give people one-way access to the file, or allow them to modify the document if you're collaborating on a piece of work. This step-by-step guide shows you how it works. The sharing options that you choose...

How to Access iCloud on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows, and the Web

Wednesday December 18, 2019 12:32 am PST by
iCloud is Apple's cloud platform that serves and secures all Apple devices. It can save and synchronize all your photos, contacts, files, reminders, and notes, and you can also use it to store device backups. You can access and manage your iCloud data on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows, and the web. Keep reading to learn how. iCloud stores your content securely and keeps your apps up to date...

How to Enable Messages in iCloud and Fix Stuck Message Downloads

Wednesday December 11, 2019 9:24 am PST by
Messages in iCloud, as the name suggests, stores your iMessages in Apple's cloud servers rather than on each of your individual devices, which has a number of benefits. When you receive a message on one device, it shows up on all devices logged into the same iCloud account. Likewise, when you delete messages and conversations they are instantly removed from all your devices. Another...

How to Turn On iCloud Music Library for Apple Music

Thursday February 14, 2019 5:18 pm PST by
If you're an Apple Music subscriber, you can add and download songs, albums, playlist, and video content from the Apple Music catalog to your personal music library. And if you turn on iCloud Music Library on your devices, the Apple Music content in your library will be synced across all of them as long as they're signed in to your Apple ID. The following steps show you how to enable...

How to Recover Files, Contacts, Bookmarks, Calendars and Reminders in iCloud

Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:01 pm PDT by
Apple has little known iCloud tools that are designed to let you recover files that have been deleted from iCloud, as well as recover Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders that have been lost. Lost iCloud data isn't a situation that comes up often, but these tools were introduced following an iCloud Drive bug in 2015 that caused some users to lose documents stored in iCloud Drive, prompting the...

How to Share an iCloud Photo Link in iOS 12

Thursday August 23, 2018 4:00 am PDT by
In iOS 12, Apple has added the ability to share pictures or video in your Photo Library using an iCloud.com link that lasts for 30 days. Not only is sharing a link quicker and less burdensome on your data allowance than sending several images or gigabytes of video, you can also share the same link as many times as you want within the expiry limit. For the new photo link option to appear,...

How to Share Files Stored in Your iCloud Drive

Monday August 20, 2018 5:08 am PDT by
You can share files you've synced to iCloud with friends and colleagues who have an Apple ID using the step-by-step guide below. Whether you're sharing from a Mac or an iPhone, you'll be able to give people one-way access to the file, or allow them to modify the document if you're collaborating on a piece of work. The sharing options you choose automatically sync across your devices, so you...

How to Set Up Out-of-Office Replies in Apple Mail and iCloud Mail

Tuesday March 6, 2018 11:31 pm PST by
Apple's native Mail application in macOS lacks a specific option for enabling out-of-office replies, but there is another way you can set them up on a Mac, and that's with Rules. It's worth bearing in mind at the outset that your Mac needs to be powered on for this out-of-office method to work. That's because Apple Mail rules are only applied locally to incoming emails, and aren't active on the...

How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts in macOS and iCloud

Thursday February 22, 2018 12:03 am PST by
If you've been maintaining and migrating the same Contacts list across Macs over the years then you've probably come across your fair share of duplicate contact cards. They can also appear seemingly out of nowhere after setting up iCloud Contacts on your Mac for the first time. Unless you intentionally keep certain information for the same contact separated out for whatever reason, duplicate...

How to Use iCloud Keychain on Your iOS Devices

Wednesday February 7, 2018 3:08 pm PST by
iCloud Keychain is a feature of your Apple account that you can use to keep your website login credentials, personal details, credit card details, and wireless network information up to date and available across all your Apple devices. With so many usernames and passwords to remember these days, iCloud Keychain provides a convenient way of always having this information at hand. And with its...

How to Sign Up for iCloud Family Storage Plans in iOS 11

Thursday September 21, 2017 4:19 pm PDT by
Apple's Family Sharing feature allows you to share music, movies, apps, photos, and more with family members, and in iOS 11, Family Sharing extends to Apple's iCloud Storage plans. When you purchase a 200GB or 2TB iCloud Storage plan, all members of your family can share the storage space. Depending on how many family members you have, family plans offer more storage at a better price than...

How to Use iCloud Photo Library in Photos to Sync Pictures Between Devices

Tuesday April 28, 2015 11:56 am PDT by
iCloud Photo Library was introduced with iOS 8, but with the launch of the Photos for OS X app, it's now available on the Mac. In a nutshell, iCloud Photo Library is Apple's newest photo service that lets you sync all of your images across all your devices and to iCloud. iCloud Photo Library supports several photo and video formats, storing photos in their original format, and it makes all...

iCloud Articles

iCloud Website Down for Some Users

Wednesday July 1, 2020 4:32 pm PDT by
Apple's iCloud.com website is down for some users, according to a report on Apple's System Status page. The issue began at 3:25 p.m. Pacific Time, and is ongoing. Affected users who visit iCloud.com run into a message that says the iCloud website can't be found. "‌iCloud‌ can't find that page," it reads. Apple is working on fixing the issue, though it is not clear when the website will...

iCloud Down for Many Users, Causing 'The Application You Have Selected Does Not Exist' Error [Update: Fixed]

Tuesday June 2, 2020 4:44 pm PDT by
iCloud appears to be down for many people at the current time, based on complaints from MacRumors readers and Twitter users. Apple's system status page was not initially displaying an error when the problems started, but has been updated to confirm an issue with ‌iCloud‌ account sign ins. The support site says that some users may be unable to sign in to their ‌iCloud‌ accounts and may also...

FBI Serves Apple Warrant to Gain US Senator's iCloud Data

Thursday May 14, 2020 4:07 am PDT by
Apple has been served a warrant by the FBI to obtain information on the iCloud account of U.S. Senator Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who is being investigated for controversial stock trades linked to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Los Angeles Times, FBI agents served Apple the warrant "in recent days" to gain access to the ‌iCloud‌ data. The...

Apple Goes on Cloud Computing Hiring Spree

Monday May 11, 2020 11:36 am PDT by
Apple has hired multiple well-known software engineers with cloud computing expertise in recent months, according to a report from tech site Protocol. The range of employees Apple has hired has created "a stir" in the "tight-knit cloud community," and is a sign that Apple is perhaps planning to build serious cloud infrastructure to compete with Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. Employees...

Apple Reportedly Dropped Plans for End-to-End Encrypted iCloud Backups After FBI Objected

Tuesday January 21, 2020 3:59 am PST by
More than two years ago, Apple informed the FBI that it planned to roll out end-to-end encryption for iCloud backups, according to Reuters. Apple ultimately dropped the plan at some point after the FBI objected, although the report notes that it is unclear if the federal agency was a factor in the decision. A former Apple employee told Reuters that the company did not want to risk scrutiny...

Apple Says iCloud Folder Sharing in macOS Catalina Coming 'This Spring'

Tuesday October 8, 2019 2:22 am PDT by
Apple has delayed the introduction of iCloud Folder Sharing in macOS Catalina until spring 2020, according to its website. The key cloud storage feature has spent months in development and would have allowed users to share folders in their iCloud Drive with other Apple users via a private link. It first appeared in early beta versions of iOS 13, before it was pulled prior to the official ...

Apple Launches New iCloud for Windows App in Microsoft Store

Tuesday June 11, 2019 11:28 am PDT by
Apple today introduced a new iCloud for Windows app designed for PCs, according to a blog post shared by Microsoft. The new app is designed to allow Apple users to access their ‌iCloud‌ content on their Windows 10 PCs. The ‌iCloud‌ app for Windows includes iCloud Drive, iCloud Photos, Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Safari Bookmarks, and more. What you can do with ‌iCloud‌ for Windows ...

Multiple iCloud Services Experiencing Issues [Update: Fixed]

Thursday March 14, 2019 9:45 am PDT by
Several of Apple's iCloud services are experiencing issues this morning according to Apple's System Status page. Find My iPhone, ‌iCloud‌ Backup, iCloud Drive, ‌iCloud‌ Keychain, ‌iCloud‌ Mail, ‌iCloud‌ Notes, iWork for ‌iCloud‌, Photos, News, and more are all unavailable for an unspecified number of users. The outage has been going on since approximately 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time, so if...

Apple Releases iCloud for Windows Update to Fix Incompatibility Issues

Tuesday November 27, 2018 3:35 pm PST by
Apple this afternoon released an update for iCloud for Windows, which is the iCloud software designed to run on the Windows operating system for those who have both Windows machines and own Apple devices. iCloud for Windows version 7.8.1 is designed to fix compatibility issues with the latest version of Windows 10. Earlier this month, Microsoft blocked the iCloud for Windows software from ...

Multiple iCloud Services Experiencing Issues

Tuesday October 23, 2018 12:32 pm PDT by
Several iCloud services are experiencing problems this afternoon, according to Apple's System Status Page. iCloud Drive, iCloud Mail, iCloud Keychain, iCloud Contacts, iCloud Calendar, Mail Drop, Find My iPhone, and more are performing "slower than normal" for some users. The problem has been ongoing since 8:51 a.m. Pacific Time this morning, and there's no word on when it might clear up. ...

Apple's Chinese iCloud Data Moved to Servers Managed by State-Owned Mobile Operator

Wednesday July 18, 2018 2:11 am PDT by
Apple's Chinese iCloud operator has agreed a deal with state-owned China Telecom to transfer local customer data to the company's Tianyi cloud storage business, according to TechCrunch. China Telecom reportedly announced the agreement in a WeChat post, saying that local Apple partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) had migrated all Chinese iCloud customer data to Tianyi servers. Apple separately ...

Apple Increases Free iCloud Storage for Students to 200GB

Tuesday March 27, 2018 9:18 am PDT by
As part of its new suite of educational apps and experiences for children, Apple today announced that it is increasing the amount of free iCloud storage available to kids and teachers. Instead of providing each student and teacher with the standard 5GB of free storage, Apple is now offering 200GB of storage at no additional cost. Every student that has an Apple ID managed by a school will...

International User Accounts Swept Up in Chinese iCloud Data Migration [Updated]

Thursday January 11, 2018 12:47 am PST by
Apple's announcement on Wednesday that its iCloud services in mainland China will be handed over to a Chinese company has already run into controversy, after it emerged that accounts registered overseas are being swept up in the migration. Apple said yesterday that customers based in China had been contacted and advised to examine new terms and conditions, which include a clause that both...

Apple Announces Relocation of Chinese Customers' iCloud Data From U.S. to Mainland China

Wednesday January 10, 2018 2:47 am PST by
Apple today confirmed that its iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month (via People's Daily, China). The firm, called Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD), is owned by the Guizhou provincial government in southern China, and will manage Apple's new $1 billion data center, which opened in the region last year. Apple said customers based in the...

iWork for iCloud and iCloud Notes Experiencing Sharing Outage [Update: Fixed]

Tuesday January 2, 2018 9:01 am PST by
Some customers using Pages, Numbers, Keynote, or the Apple Notes app are currently unable to share new files or add new people to shared files due to an ongoing outage affecting some iCloud functionality. The problem started at 4:00 a.m Pacific Time this morning, and is still affecting customers, according to Apple's System Status page. The Notes and iWork for iCloud apps appear to be the ...

Third Man Charged in 2014 Celebrity iCloud Phishing Attacks

Monday October 23, 2017 8:56 pm PDT by
Emilio Herrera, a 32-year-old man from Chicago, this week pled guilty to hacking into more than 550 iCloud and Gmail accounts, many of which belonged to female celebrities, reports Deadline. Investigators uncovered Herrera's activities when looking into a 2014 "Celebgate" incident that saw the private photos of dozens of celebrities leaked online after their iCloud usernames and passwords were ...

iCloud Infrastructure Executive Departs Apple

Friday October 6, 2017 3:12 pm PDT by
Eric Billingsley, director of internet services operations at Apple, is leaving the company, reports CNBC. Billingsley is responsible for running data center infrastructure and some internet services, including the operating infrastructure for iCloud services like iCloud Drive. His current responsibilities are being handed over to senior engineering director Patrick Gates, who already...

Barclays Proposes Apple Could Lessen iPhone 8 Pricing Impact by Including Apple Music/iCloud Bundle

Friday September 8, 2017 6:14 am PDT by
Leading up to Apple's September 12 media event, the exact price tag of the upcoming iPhone 8 has been one of the biggest question marks surrounding the smartphone. The latest rumors describe a premium device that will start at $999 (64GB) in the United States, then rise to $1,099 (256GB), and cap at $1,199 (512GB), although of course none of these price points or storage configurations have been...

iCloud Mail Unavailable for Some Users

Thursday September 7, 2017 2:31 pm PDT by
Apple's iCloud Mail servers seem to be experiencing some downtime, with multiple reports on Twitter suggesting the service is unavailable for a number of users. iCloud Mail issues appear to have started just before 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, which is around when we here at MacRumors first noticed problems with our own accounts. Affected users are seeing pop up alerts when attempting to...

Apple's iCloud Backup Service Experiencing Outage

Wednesday June 28, 2017 3:04 pm PDT by
According to Apple's System Status website and multiple reports sent in by MacRumors readers, Apple's iCloud Backup service is unavailable for some users. Apple's site says iCloud backup is down for "less than 1 percent of users," but those affected have been unable to restore from an iCloud backup since yesterday. Customers impacted by the iCloud outage who attempt to restore an iOS device...