How to use iCloud – A beginners guide

A Apple device showing the iCloud feature

What is iCloud?

iCloud is a complete revolution in how we save, store and use files. You’re probably used to saving files to hard drives, disks and USB sticks. iCloud makes these totally redundant as it allows files and documents to be accessed remotely by as many users and as many devices as you like. All that’s needed is an internet connection.

People have been using email as a form of cloud storage for a long time. People would upload and send files through emails to create a version stored purely online that they could then access across multiple devices. iCloud is a streamlined version of this idea.


How does it work?

Imagine saving a file to a USB stick; you’ve stored the file on a device which you can manually plug in to other devices to open and share. The cloud   digitises the manual part of that process. With iCloud, the ‘USB Stick’ is servers far away that are built to store tons and tons of data. Your data and files are saved to it over a network using the internet. To retrieve the data, all you need is an internet connection and a log in which will branch out to that server and reclaim your files.

It’s incredibly useful as you can share files quickly and easily with large numbers of people. It allows you to automatically transfer photos, videos and documents across authorised devices, and eliminates the need to carry around physical storage devices.


How do I unlock my phone from iCloud?

iPhones use iCloud storage as standard. It’s easy to switch off if you don’t want to use iCloud though. On your iPhone, head into settings and then iCloud, where you’ll be able to disconnect your device and switch it off.