About the Book
iCloud is a simple idea in theory—access to all your data on all your devices, via the cloud—that can become complicated when put into practice. Instead of wasting time fiddling with iCloud, when there are many other more important things to be done with the information it contains, learn how to minimize frustrations with Take Control of iCloud, Sixth Edition!
Whether you want a quick tip or a deep dive into the inner workings of iCloud, you’ll find what you need in this best-selling book by Mac expert Joe Kissell. Start by learning what iCloud can do, how it differs from other cloud services, and how best to set it up on Macs, iOS devices, Apple TVs, and Windows-based PCs.
Then, move on to finding out the key aspects—and hidden gotchas—of iCloud’s core features, including:
- Photo features: iCloud Photo Library, My Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Sharing
- Family Sharing
- iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library
- iCloud Drive
- Mail and Mail Drop
- Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Notes
- iCloud Keychain
- the iCloud website
- Location features: Find My iPhone, Find My Mac, and Find My Friends
- Two-factor authentication
- Activation lock
- Back to My Mac
- Backing up and restoring data
Joe also looks at what has changed in iCloud with the release of macOS 10.13 High Sierra and iOS 11, including new abilities to share storage space with family members using iCloud Family Sharing, sync your People album across devices with iCloud Photo Library, and sync data from additional Apple apps like Health and Siri. Joe explains the new Files app (which replaces the iCloud Drive app on iOS), and important changes to two-factor authentication rules and Activation Lock.
About the Author
Joe Kissell has written numerous books about technology, including many popular Take Control ebooks, with an emphasis on Apple products. He's also Senior Editor of TidBITS and a Senior Contributor to Macworld, and previously spent ten years in the Mac software industry.