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iTunes and iCloud Explained

Ever wante iTunes and iClud explained to you? You've probably noticed that Apple have invented just about an 'i-everything' and with so many i-terms we thought we would break down a few of the most commonly occurring ones to help anyone understand and get the most out of the mystical world of Apple.

Apple ID 

An Apple ID is the core account that you must create when you purchase an Apple product. It is, as the name suggests, an ID, with which you can use the other services Apple provides such as iCloud and iTunes.

A problem that can arise with the Apple ID, is that when you create the account you must verify it on one of your Apple devices. Some users try to avoid doing this but will find that the device may crash or iCloud Explained - Create Apple ID Imagecontinually ask for the password as a result. So it is a good idea to ensure you take time to follow all of the set up and verification instruction carefully.

Also, when you create an Apple ID, it will usually ask for card details. These can be removed after creating the account and can be a good idea if you want to avoid accidentally buying apps, music etc. This is also a very good idea if a child has access to your device!

iCloud Explained

iCloud, a term you may have heard of. Apple describes it as something that “connects you and your Apple devices in amazing ways”. Essentially a storage folder for photos, documents and any other data that you may want to save from an Apple device but don’t have the storage space for on the device itself. Not only can you store, but you can share and also retrieve your saved items on any of your Apple devices.

You start with a free 5GB of iCloud storage space when you purchase an Apple product. As Apple does not create devices that work with SD cards, the iCloud is a good way of storing extra data and though you can’t expand the storage on your actual device, you can buy extra iCloud space so if you run out of space to store your data, you can expand the iCloud storage space. The prices are surprisingly reasonable, starting at 79p a month for 50GB of data.

As part of our 'iCloud Explained' feature it is worth noting that something that now comes with most new and updated Apple devices is Find My iPhone. Effectively a tracking service for your Apple products, if switched on, you can track down a lost or misplaced device. You can sign in at iCloud.com or log in on the Find My iPhone App on another of your Apple devices and you will be able to see the whereabouts of your device on a map, you can also see where it has been which can be helpful if you think your device may have been stolen.

Find My iPhone also allows you to remotely lock your device so that, if found, no one else can use it and you can even display a message with a contact number to call if someone finds your device. You can also remotely erase the device if you are concerned about personal information getting into the wrong hands.

An activation lock is applied whenever you switch Find My iPhone on. This means that if anyone else ever tries to erase and reactivate your device to make it their own, it will ask for your password which means if your device is stolen, no one else will be able to use it. This does mean that if you try to sell your device, you must ensure that Find My iPhone is turned off, otherwise the new user won’t be able to use the device.

iTunes

iTunes, another familiar term, is the Apple service that allows you to buy and store music, films, TV programs, podcasts and pretty much anything else to keep you entertained. Once purchased and downloaded, they are yours to keep and access on any of your Apple devices. You can buy iTunes gift cards to use for purchasing films, music etc. from iTunes.

You can log in on your Apple device to access your purchases or make more purchases. iTunes is also free and downloadable on other computers and devices such as Windows PC’s. From there, you can manage your iTunes purchases and your Apple devices.icloud explained - iTunes badge

From the iTunes platform you can store backups of your devices, so that should anything go wrong you can sync your device to your iTunes account and restore all of your data.

It’s also really great for transferring all of your data such as contacts, apps and photos if you upgrade to a newer Apple device. You simply backup your old device to iTunes, plug in your new device and click “Sync”. It may sound complicated and technical but once you get started it’s really quite simple to do. If you pop in store we're always happy to help you with this.

Businesses Beware!

If you run a business or are responsible for the upkeep or company mobiles then read on – this might save your some stress.

If you have employees that are leaving the business then before they go you need to make sure that the Apple device is iCloud free.

So what we mean by that is that the employee has logged in using their password that you are unlikely to have access to once they’ve gone. If they leave you with an iCloud locked device you’re basically left with a very expensive paperweight!

Be sure you get this sorted before your employee becomes an ex-employee!

One Final Note:

Beware of setting up multiple accounts on one device as this can (on occasion) cause these to become linked - which can be difficult to 'un-link'. Our advice is, wherever possible only have one account per device.

If you have any questions about anything to do with your Apple devices or just want to know more about Apple services you can give us a call on 01473 400005 or email us at support@armafone.com

James Berry

The ArmaFone Team

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