What is iCloud?

iCloud stores your music, photos, apps, contacts, calendars, and more, and wirelessly pushes them to your devices with iOS 5 or later installed, and to your computers. iCloud is integrated with your apps, so everything happens automatically.

For example, if you buy a song in iTunes on a Mac or Windows computer, it appears on your iPod touch and iPad. When you snap a photo on your iPhone it’s automatically sent to your iPad. You can start creating a Pages document on your iPhone, and put the finishing touches on it from your iPad. There’s no need to dock your iOS device or sync it to your computer.

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iCloud includes

  • iTunes in the Cloud: Music you purchase in iTunes appears automatically on your devices. You can also download your past music or TV show purchases.
    Note:   iTunes in the Cloud availability varies by country.
  • Photo Stream: Photos you take on an iOS device and photos you import to your Mac or Windows computer from a digital camera automatically appear on your other devices, including your Apple TV. With Shared Photo Streams, you can easily choose which photos you want to share and who you want to share them with.
  • Documents in the Cloud: If you have apps that support Documents in the Cloud on more than one device, iCloud automatically keeps your documents up to date across your devices.
  • Apps and Books: Apps and books that you purchase appear on your iOS devices automatically. You can also download your past purchases of apps and books.
  • Backup: iCloud automatically backs up your iOS device daily over Wi-Fi when it’s connected to a power source and the device is screen-locked. iCloud backs up your purchased music and TV shows, apps, books, Visual Voicemail, Camera Roll, device settings, app data, Home screen and app organization, messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS), and ringtones.
    Note:   Backup of purchased music is not available in all countries.
  • ContactsCalendar, and Mail: Create and edit contacts and calendars using the Contacts and Calendar applications in iCloud, and iCloud automatically keeps them up to date across your devices. With iCloud, you can also get an icloud.com email account that pushes new messages to your devices. iCloud also stores and updates your bookmarks and your Safari open tabs.
  • Notes and Reminders: Create and edit notes and reminders using the Notes and Reminders applications in iCloud, and iCloud automatically keeps them up to date across your devices.
  • Find My iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac: If you misplace your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, you can use Find My iPhone to help you find its location on a map, play a sound at full volume, send a message, lock the screen, or erase its data. You can use the Find My iPhone web application at icloud.com on any computer, or download and use the free app on your iOS device.
  • Find My Friends: Use the free Find My Friends app on your iOS device with iOS 5 or later installed (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) to easily locate your friends and family.
  • Back to My Mac: Using Back to My Mac, you can securely connect to your remote Mac from another Mac over the Internet, and access files or control its screen.

Before you can use iCloud, you need to sign up for an iCloud account on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5 or later, or on a Mac running OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later. If you don’t yet have an iCloud account or haven’t yet set up iCloud on all your devices, set up iCloud now.

If you’ve already set up iCloud on your devices, click a help topic on the left (or use search) for more information.

Note:   When accessing icloud.com, make sure you use a browser recommended in the Apple Support article iCloud: System requirements.