What is iCloud ?
iCloud connects you and your Apple devices in amazing ways. iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Drive keep all your photos, videos, and documents stored securely and updated everywhere. Family Sharing lets you easily share music, movies, photos, and more with everyone in your family. Find My iPhone even helps you find your device if you lose it. With iCloud, you always have what’s most important to you on whatever device you have in hand. And it’s all done automatically. Just like that.
iCloud Photo Library
iCloud Photo Library stores every photo and video you take, making them accessible from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC and on iCloud.com. iCloud Photo Sharing makes it easy to show off just the photos and videos you want to just the people you want to see them. Invite your friends and family, and they can add their own photos, videos, and comments as well.
With iCloud Drive, you can safely store all your documents in iCloud and access them from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or even PC. And on your iOS device, those documents are easier than ever to find — thanks to the new iCloud Drive app built into iOS 9, which lets you access all the files you store in iCloud from one convenient place.
Now up to six members of your family can share iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases, along with family photos, calendars, locations, and more. And with an Apple Music family membership, everyone gets full access to Apple Music, too. It’s the easy way to bring harmony to your family’s digital life.1
iCloud Storage Plans
You get 5GB of free storage in iCloud and you have the option to choose a plan for up to 2TB. Upgrade your storage option right from your Mac or iOS device.
All your music, everywhere.
If you’re an Apple Music member, your entire library lives in iCloud, so not only will you always be able to access all your music, but it won’t take up any space on your devices. And iCloud Music Library makes whatever you buy in iTunes and the App Store immediately available on all your devices, too.2iTunes Match also lets you store your other music in iCloud, like songs you’ve imported from CDs or purchased somewhere other than iTunes — so all your music is always everywhere you want it.3
Mail, Calendar, Contacts, and Reminders.
With iCloud, you have your inbox, calendar, contacts, and other important information in your pocket and on your desktop. When you delete an email, add a calendar event, update a contact, or check off a to-do item, iCloud makes the changes everywhere.
Find My iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
Lost your iPhone? Can’t find your iPad? Misplaced your MacBook Air? iCloud can help you try to get them back. If it looks like you won’t be able to, Activation Lock makes it hard for anyone who’s not you to use or sell your device.4
Safari and iCloud Keychain.
Start surfing on your iPhone and pick up where you left off on your Mac or iPad — or vice versa. And don’t worry about remembering all those passwords for websites or apps. iCloud Keychain keeps track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers.
You have all sorts of important stuff on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, like your photos and videos. iCloud automatically backs it up daily anytime your device is plugged in and connected to Wi-Fi. You don’t have to do a thing. And you can use your backup to restore your device or set up a new one.5
Privacy and Security.
Apple takes data security and the privacy of your personal information very seriously, and iCloud features are designed with your privacy in mind. All your iCloud content — like photos, documents, and contacts — is encrypted when sent over the Internet and, in most cases, when stored on our servers. If we use third-party vendors to store your information, we encrypt it and never give them the keys. And security enhancements like two‑factor authentication helps to ensure the important information in your account can only be accessed by you, and only with your devices.6
iCloud.com is a great way to access your information when you’re away from your iOS devices. You can sign in to iCloud.com from any Mac or PC to view all your photos and videos in iCloud Photo Library. You can also use iCloud.com to view documents you saved in iCloud Drive and to access features like Find My iPhone, Notes, Mail, Calendar, Contacts, iWork for iCloud, and more.