Sams Teach Yourself iCloud in 10 Minutes

Sams Teach Yourself iCloud in 10 Minutes

by Brad Miser

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780132967204
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 02/13/2012
Series: Sams Teach Yourself -- Minutes
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 19 MB
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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

Table of Contents

Introduction     1

1  Getting Started with Your iCloud Account and Website     5

Understanding iCloud     5

Obtaining an iCloud Account      9

Using Your iCloud Website     16

Summary      22

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

Summary     35

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

Summary     44

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

Summary     52

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

Summary     71

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

Summary     85

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

Summary     127

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

Summary     152

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

Summary     177

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

Summary     188

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

Summary     200

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

Summary     207

13  Using iCloud to Locate and Secure Your Devices     209

Using iCloud to Find Devices     209

Finding iOS Devices     210

Finding Macs     219

Summary     221

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

Summary     234

Index     235

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