About iCloud

iCloud provides a secure, online platform for document and data storage that can be accessed at any time, from any device. You can use iCloud to access rich media such as TV shows, songs, photos, apps, books, and movies from all your mobile devices. You can also use the iCloud to get access to important word documents and presentations, which can be shared across applications and among devices.

iCloud also records your browsing activity in Safari, memorizing your open tabs and sharing them across your Apple devices. The app will also sync your bookmarks from Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer among your Apple devices.

You can also use iCloud to store all calendar, contacts and email data. This data will be automatically updated whenever you make a change, such as creating a new calendar event or deleting an email.

Furthermore, the iCloud app can be used to store important personal data such as passwords and credit card pin codes. The device locator and remote wiping options ensure that your data is kept safe within the iCloud app.

Share this content with friends and family using the new Family Sharing features. Parental permissions can be set up through Family Sharing so that kids need to "ask permission" before they make Apple purchases.

Key benefits of iCloud

  • Content storage: Store and share a range of content including songs, TV shows, apps, books, photos, and more.

  • Find My iPhone: iCloud can locate lost and stolen iPhones to specific locations. You can also choose to remotely erase data from your phone, as well as display custom messages on missing devices.

  • iCloud Keychain: iCloud keychain keeps all you important, private data such as passwords, account names and credit card numbers in one secure location. The Password Generator can be used to suggest secure passwords for all your online accounts.

  • Mail, Calendar and Contacts: iCloud stores and syncs all your calendar, contacts and email activity and data across devices. Updated contacts, new calendar events and incoming emails will all be updated in real-time.

  • Backup and Restore: iCloud will automatically back-up all your content across all your devices on a daily basis once you are connected to Wi-Fi.

  • Storage: The iCloud platform provides 5GB of free storage. More storage can be purchased when you upgrade.

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    Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany and 5 others, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States

    Supported Languages

    English

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    Features

    Total features of iCloud: 9

    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Document Management
    • Encryption
    • Messaging
    • Mobile Access
    • Real Time Synchronization
    • Search/Filter

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4,5 /5
    (229)
    Value for Money
    4,2/5
    Features
    4,3/5
    Ease of Use
    4,4/5
    Customer Support
    4,3/5

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    Sofia J.
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    • Industry: Cosmetics
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Peace of mind at a low cost

    Reviewed on 2021/02/13

    I can have access to all the photos of my work without having to take up space on my devices.
    And...

    I can have access to all the photos of my work without having to take up space on my devices.
    And of course peace of mind!

    Pros

    What I like most about Icloud is how simple and fast it is. You don't have to take care of anything and it does it automatically.
    I am from Argentina, and although the exchange rate to the dollar is high, it is still convenient.
    I broke my phone a year ago, and I only had to enter the web and download my photos and contacts, until I could buy a new one.

    Cons

    sometimes if I'm in a rush, and I want to see an old photo, if I don't have a good internet connection it takes a while to download. But that's the only drawback I've found so far.

    Yaroslav K.
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    • Industry: Higher Education
    • Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Best cloud solution for Iphone, Mac users

    Reviewed on 2019/09/12

    I am using icloud almost daily for my personal cloud data movements.

    I am using icloud almost daily for my personal cloud data movements.

    Pros

    I really love the simplisity and the integrations that icloud provides. If you have an iphone, mac or any other apple product or several - icloud is a best cloud solution for you.

    Cons

    Pricing often can be an issues, here, I would really appreciate more flexible plans and solutions for students and families.

    Megan J.
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    • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Convenient storage service for Apple users

    Reviewed on 2021/04/03

    I use iCloud to store all my photos from my iPhone and documents on my Mac. It makes it really easy...

    I use iCloud to store all my photos from my iPhone and documents on my Mac. It makes it really easy to access photos I took on my phone from my Mac and vise versa with documents created on my Mac accessed on my phone. It also provides peace of mind knowing that should anything happen to my phone or Mac my photos and documents will be safe on the cloud. If you use Apple products you should try iCloud, especially if you use more than one Apple product and like accessing files between phone and computer.

    Pros

    I've used other cloud storage services before but iCloud is my favorite for a few reasons. I use only Apple products so iCloud is extremely convenient. The integration is seamless on iPhone and Mac. You can set it up easily and quickly and access the cloud on any of your Apple products. There is a free option that offers a good amount of cloud storage and the paid option is very reasonable for the amount of storage you get.

    Cons

    I've encountered a few problems with iCloud like my photos not automatically being added to the cloud and not being able to access documents from my Mac that were stored on the cloud from my phone. Most of the time iCloud runs smoothly but every now and then I experience one of these glitches. Luckily customer service is excellent and they always solve the problem fast.

    Craig R.
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    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 3.0 /10

    For many-device or heavy backup/cloud sync needs, stay far away or use additional backup...

    Reviewed on 2018/07/06

    Pros

    When I first used with just an iPhone and an iMac, everything worked pretty well and there is really no configuration. Current plans and family sharing make it a pretty affordable cloud/sync option for everyday users.

    Cons

    iCloud isn't a true backup-type solution (even iCloud Drive) and once I became a power user and added another Macbook, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, it became a living nightmare once it broke. After 6 months I am still trying to piece together all my files and photos to ultimately get off iCloud as best I can.

    Apple makes it nearly impossible not to use iCloud somewhat. You will experience non-stop synching issues once you get a large iCloud drive or photos library, and since it is designed to "just work" there are no controls or settings to stop it. You can't really turn it off, either, since it will hang and then scatter remnants of your file folders in the iCloud Archive. Once corrupted or you start having sync issues, all your devices will malfunction constantly and there is not much you can do...everything from my Apple Watch music loading to the battery life tanking happened. I'm referring to 15+ GB photo libraries and 80+ GB of files in an iCloud drive....if you have 3+ Apple devices and large amounts of files that are important, immediately find a secondary backup and try to move photos and important files there.

    I've used OneDrive's app for photo syncing on my iPhone and then to my Mac, and used Google's wonderful Drive FileStream (available with GSuite business accounts) to keep things in place while I've restored, reset, etc. more than 200 times in the past several months. I have 5-10 copies of all my folders scattered over computers and iCloud Archive files I am still trying to sort out.

    Khazianah H.
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    • Industry: Telecommunications
    • Company size: 5 001-10 000 Employees
    • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

    Good cloud storage for Apple user

    Reviewed on 2021/02/25

    Setting icloud to backing up all my data and files from various type of device that i own like...

    Setting icloud to backing up all my data and files from various type of device that i own like iPhone and macbook into central storage has gives benefit to me. Even-tho they only offers a small size storage space for free, upgrading to bigger storage space doesn't cost me much.

    Pros

    iCloud is free to use for any user with apple id. Storing my contact list and all my personal files like photos and video is seamless with this software. I feel very safe storing my my private data here as we all know apple has one of the best security for its software.

    Cons

    iCloud is only great to be paired with apple device. I had a problem trying to opening my files on my android tabs and keep on interrupting my transfer process. There are some news that that user iCloud storage has been hacks, but if they are using the encryption keys i will greatly decrease the chances to getting hack.

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    iCloud FAQs

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    iCloud offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: US$0,01
    • Pricing model: Free
    • Free Trial: Not Available

    iCloud provides 5GB of free storage. Additional storage can be purchased directly from your device.

    We do not have any information about iCloud features

    iCloud has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500

    iCloud supports the following languages:

    English

    iCloud supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    We do not have any information about what integrations iCloud has

    iCloud offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Phone Support

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