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How to Use iCloud on iPhone


  • Using iCloud on iPhone
  • Enabling Backups
  • Installing the Backup
  • Storing files in iCloud
  • Upload photos automatically
  • Freeing up space in iCloud
  • Increasing storage size

iCloud is a cloud service introduced by Apple. Today, every iPhone user should know how to work with the cloud to make his smartphone more convenient and functional. This article is a guide on how to use iCloud on iPhone.

Using iCloud on iPhone

Below we will look at the key features of iCloud, as well as the rules of working with this service.

Enabling Backups

Before Apple introduced its own cloud service, all backups of Apple devices were created via iTunes and, therefore, were stored exclusively on computers. You have to agree that it is not always possible to connect your iPhone to your computer. And iCloud perfectly solves this problem.

Open the settings on your iPhone. In the next window, select the “iCloud” section.

A list of apps that can store their data in the cloud will unfold. Activate those apps that you plan to include in the backup.

In the same window, go to the “Backup” option. If the “Backup to iCloud” option is deactivated, you will need to enable it. Click the “Backup” button so that the smartphone immediately starts creating a backup (Wi-Fi connection required). In addition, the backup will update periodically automatically if your phone is connected to a wireless network.

Installing the Backup

After you reset or switch to a new iPhone, you should install a backup stored in iCloud so you don’t have to re-download your data and make necessary changes.

A backup can only be installed on a completely clean iPhone. Therefore, if it contains any information, you will need to delete it by performing a factory reset.
Resetting your iPhone to factory settings

When the welcome screen is displayed, you’ll need to perform the initial setup of your smartphone, log in to your Apple ID, and then the system will offer to restore from a backup. Read more in the article at the link below.

Storing Files in iCloud

For a long time, iCloud could not be called a full-fledged cloud service because users could not store their personal data in it. Fortunately, Apple has remedied this by implementing the Files app.

First, you should make sure that you have “iCloud Drive” activated, which allows you to add and store documents in the Files app and access them not only on your iPhone, but also from other devices. To do this, open the settings, select your Apple ID account and go to “iCloud”.
In the next window, activate the “iCloud Drive” item.
Now open the Files app. In it, you will see the “iCloud Drive” section, adding files to which you will save them to the cloud storage.

And to access your files from a computer, for example, go to the iCloud service site in your browser, sign in with your Apple ID account, and select the “iCloud Drive” section.

Upload photos automatically

Photos are usually the ones that take up the most space on your iPhone. To free up space, just save your photos to the cloud and then delete them from your smartphone.
Open the settings. Select the name of your Apple ID account, and then go to “iCloud”.
Select the Photos section.
In the next window, activate the “iCloud Photos” option. Now all new images created or uploaded to Photo Capture will be automatically uploaded to the cloud (when connected to a Wi-Fi network).
If you’re a user of multiple Apple devices, just below, activate the My Photo Stream option to have access to all photos and videos from any Apple gadget over the past 30 days.

Freeing up space in iCloud

As for the available storage space for backups, photos and other iPhone files, Apple only provides users with 5 GB of space for free. If you stop exactly at the free version of iCloud, the storage may need to be released periodically.

Open the Apple ID settings and then select the “iCloud” section.
At the top of the window, you’ll be able to see which files and how much space they’re taking up in the cloud. To go to the cleanup, tap on the “Manage Storage” button.

Select an app whose information you don’t need, and then tap the “Delete Documents and Data” button. Confirm the action. Do the same with other information.
Deleting app data from iCloud on iPhone

Increasing storage size

As mentioned above, only 5 GB of cloud space is available to users for free. If necessary, the cloud space can be expanded by switching to another data plan.

Open iCloud settings.
Select “Manage Storage,” and then tap the “Change Storage Plan” button.

Check the appropriate plan and then confirm payment. From this point on, your account will have a subscription with a monthly subscription fee. If you want to cancel the paid plan, you will need to deactivate the subscription.

This article has only covered the key nuances of using iCloud on the iPhone.