iCloud Explained – Closed Caption Support Available

iCloud Explained – Closed Caption Support Available

Hello everyone this is David A. Cox with PCClassesOnline.com
and today we are going to be talking all about iCloud. This is a topic a lot of people out
there have several questions about and today it is my goal to go over all of those questions
and also clear up many misconceptions people have about iCloud. So let’s start with talking
about how it works in regards to e-mail. A big misconception people seem to have about
iCloud is that in syncs your e-mail. It does not actually do that. It will only do that
if you create an @iCloud.com e-mail address. Otherwise, it’s not going to be a feature
you’re probably going to be interested in. If you have questions about how to get your
e-mail to automatically synch I recommend that you check out one of our other classes
that we have available (of course for free) at our website: www.pcclassesonline.com just
look for the class called “E-Mail Tips, Tricks, and Honest Advice” Next here we have Contacts.
Contacts is relatively straight forward if you put a contact into your iPhone it’s going
to automatically go into all of your devices. Next we have calendars which work very simply.
Now, if you use another service like Google Calendars you may not want to use this feature
because would you really want another set of calendars? But if you don’t and you just
use the calendar on your computer, this is a great feature. As someone who books a lot
of appointments with various clients, I can put something into my calendar on my Mac and
know that it is going to go onto all of my other devices. Next we have Notes and this
confuses a lot of people because in order to use Notes and have it automatically sync
you HAVE to use that @iCloud.com e-mail address. Next we have Reminders. Reminders is most
closely tied to the iPhone. Let’s say I’m on the road and I need to remember that when
I get home I have to put dinner in the oven. While I am on the road I might use Siri, the
automated assistant on my iPhone and say “Siri, when I get home remind me to put dinner in
the oven.” So then when I walk in the door, my phone, iPad, and Mac are all going to “ding”
at me and remind me to put dinner in the oven. Next, we have “Find My iPhone” which will
actually track more than just your iPhone. It will track an iPad, Mac, or iPod touch.
Here’s a big misconception that we can clear up right now. This is NOT going to help you
if your device is stolen. At least it’s not likely going to help. Here’s how it works.
Let’s say I am at a restaurant and I leave my phone on the bar. When I get home and realize
the mistake I’ve made, I can go on my computer or any computer to iCloud.com, sign in with
my iCloud account, pull up this App and as long as my device is online and powered on,
and not wiped, I will be able to track and see on a map where that device is. I can even
play a tone which will make it ring, I can have a message appear that says “this phone
is lost please call me so I can get it back.” The reason why it won’t work if someone steels
it is most thieves wipe devices after they’ve stolen them. Because as soon as you wipe out
the data, this feature goes away. Most thieves are not interested in your data, they’re interested
in reselling the device. Next, we have the ability to sync certain types of documents.
If you’ve never heard of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, they are the equivalent of Word,
Excel, and Powerpoint. They’re just made by Apple. What’s nice with this is I can start
creating a document on my computer and when I go to save it the first thing it asks me
is “do you want to save this to iCloud?” If I do, i could pop on my ipad or even any computer
(including PC), go to www.icloud.com and pick right up where I left off. The next feature
I want to talk about with iCloud has to do with syncing your passwords. In the Mac it
is referred to as your keychain. That’s the part of the computer that stores all of your
passwords. I always like to give a little warning about using iCloud for this feature.
The reason why I don’t approve of it is because it requires you to use Safari. If you’ve taken
our other classes you’ve probably heard me say this.. Safari USE to be wonderful… and
then Google Chrome came out. And Google Chrome has proven to be faster, more reliable, and
it automatically does sync all of your passwords, accounts, etc. So if you love Safari, this
is going to be a great feature, if you don’t, you’re probably not goign to care about it.
The next feature we’re going to talk about has to do with photos. Now, photos and the
way that they work with iCloud is the #1 misconception that people seem to have. Let’s go into iPhoto.
When you take a photo with your iPhone, a couple of things happen and I’ve noticed that
a lot of people seem to be very confused by this. When you originally take that photo
there are two copies of it that are stored. One is on the Camera Roll and the other is
stored in a portion of iCloud referred to as the Photo Stream. Those photos do not count
against your iCloud storage. Another thing that you should be aware of is that the version
of the photo that goes into Photo Stream is NOT the full resolution. So you may have noticed
that a photo you took on you iPhone for whatever reason just doesn’t look quite as clear and
vivid on your computer if the copy on your computer is purely from Photo Stream. And
that is the reason why many of my friends who take iPhone photography seriously have
stopped using iCloud… specifically that feature. Another thing you should know is
that it only keeps that photo on the cloud for either 30 days or until you have 1000
photos. After that, it gets cleared out. A lot of people believe iCloud stores your photos
as a backup and if you hear someone say this, make sure that you correct them. Another thing
you can do with iCloud in regards to photo stream is to create a Shared Photo Stream.
Most people who do this are going to do it from their iPhone, but it is a way that you
can take photos and instantly share them with your friends. Just make sure that if you do
this, that they’re…. let’s just say appropriate. The next feature that you can use with iCloud
is the ability to sync certain types of purchases that you make. So lets say that I am on my
computer and purchase the new Lady Gaga CD. Using iCloud, I can go here into iTunes, Preferences…and
here under the “store” tab I can have it automatically sync those purchases with all of my other
devices. So without having to plug my iPhone or iPad into my computer, I can already have
the music with me when I turn it on. Next, I want to talk about how iCloud works with
Windows. In order to get iCloud on Windows you need to download this little file here
called “iCloud Control Panel for Windows” You can get it just by Googling it. It’s on
Apple’s website. It’s a very small file. When you take photos it will store them in an actual
folder instead of loading them into a program like it does on the Mac. In regards to bookmarks,
you can choose different web browsers to have it sync with. The next is the tricky one which
has to do with Outlook. There are different programs you can use on Windows to get that
data some use Windows Mail, others use Outlook, and others use Thunderbird. I have always
recommended Thunderbird because Outlook has never played well with other services like
iCloud. It does play well with services like Google. The biggest example people seem to
run into is they may put a calendar item on their computer and it goes into their iPhone
perfectly. But when they do it in revered order, it never seems to go into their computer.
If you are on a Windows PC and want to use iCloud, I would suggest that instead of using
iCloud you may want to consider using the different Google apps like Google Contacts
and Calendars instead. It seems to be a lot more reliable. Well everyone, we have covered
an awful lot about iCloud. This is a very complicated topic to discuss with a large
group of people. I hope you learned something from this and if you did enjoy it, please
consider giving us a thumbs up/like button. If you happen to be watching this on PCClassesOnline.com
give us a comment in the comments section. This is David A. Cox with PCClassesOnline.com
if you’ve never heard of us please visit our website. We are a 100% free public service
currently with members in over 160 countries. Take care everyone. Bye.

Dereck Turner

93 thoughts on “iCloud Explained – Closed Caption Support Available

  1. Aarón B. says:

    your channel is excellent, I learned a lot watching your videos!

  2. Koppa Dasao says:

    What? If I have to use an @icloud.com mail address to sync my Notes, why does it sync my Notes when I use a different address?

  3. Markus.Coyne says:

    Hi David. Great video.

  4. Raul Villarreal says:

    David, I really enjoy your videos. Very helpful and great narration. My question is if I can store all of my iTunes music on iTunes match and free up space on my ssd? Or could I place my iTunes library on a portable drive?

  5. Steven J Schuler says:

    What is the difference between using the iCloud iTunes Match for storage service or purchasing the mycloud device from WD?

  6. E Galindo says:

    I have never learned so much, I am glad you are out here

  7. Bert Visscher says:

    1:29 I use both Google Calendar, and the one in iCloud. The first for Second Life, and the second for outside of SL.

  8. Ben Sterckx says:

    Hey, i hope to see more from you David. Thx fore those great classes.
    Nice job.

  9. Tommy Stormstereo says:

    I disagree on the compression of photos using Photostream.
    I made some tests using Aperture, Image Capture utility, iMac and iPhone 5s. I compared five different import versions of the same pictures:
    1. Streamed from iCloud, in iCloud folder in Aperture.
    2. Streamed from iCloud, in "January 2014" folder in Aperture.
    3. Imported to hard drive using USB and Image Capture utility.
    4. Imported to Aperture using USB.
    5. Emailed from iPhone in "actual size".
    Results varies with a few bytes depending on method. Pixel ratios does not change using any method. The ones imported into Aperture directly from the phone using USB are the exact same size as the ones streamed via iCloud. 

  10. saraswati Chandra says:

    great tutorial I ever seen, thank you,
    your speech very clear

  11. Karen Perras says:

    Knowledge is power, thank you for your continued help.

  12. Edward Arrowsmith says:

    Thanks David, great video series, helpful and informative. 

  13. Debi Prasad says:

    Thanks David for this video tutorial

  14. George Bailey says:

    Really glad I found you.  Thank you so much!

  15. Mr Baggins says:

    I have signed up to your web site, has been a great help, thank you so much! Regarding find my iPhone app, don't you have to enter a password to wipe data? 

  16. ssaannddrro says:

    Very informative and your voice is clear and easily understood. Thank you

  17. Link Smith says:

    I want to mention that you seem pretty bias against iCloud. You had serious complains about Photo Stream, Calendar, Keychain, and Find My iPhone. And I also want to point out you are not entirely correct on all points.

    I want to point out that newer devices with iOS 7 will remain locked via Find My iPhone even if the device is wiped. From Apple.com:

    "Losing your iPhone feels lousy. Thankfully, iCloud can help you get it back. But if it looks like that’s not going to happen, new Find My iPhone features in iOS 7 make it harder for anyone who’s not you to use or sell your device. Now turning off Find My iPhone or erasing your device requires your Apple ID and password. Find My iPhone can also continue to display a custom message, even after your device is erased. And your Apple ID and password are required before anyone can reactivate it."

    I also disagree with using Chrome if you have multiple Macs/iPhones. Safari is based on the same rendering engine (WebKit) and is thus equally as compatible and the speed difference is only applicable with reference to the Javascript engine, and this difference will not be noticeable to the user and that is if you are even correct. According to Apple's 2013 WWDC Keynote, on SunSpider, Safari is 1.12 times faster then Chrome, and in real world Java like Google's own homepage, Safari is 6.4 times faster then Chrome in JavaScript. Also, Safari, the program itself, is much faster with regard to start up times and such on OS X compared to Chrome. It uses far more native code then Chrome does, often code that is already running like Bonjour, Keychain, all of the UI elements, etc and as a result has a much smaller impact on RAM usage (Apple's 2013 WWDC states Chrome uses about 1.6 times the amount of RAM) for those with older macs or portables with lower amounts of RAM, and it starts faster as well. It also uses significantly less power then Chrome, again mostly because it uses more native code, but also because it uses more of OS 10.9's power saving features (Apple's 2013 WWDC states Chrome uses 1.3 times the energy of Safari). I'd only recommend Chrome if, and that is IF someone already has been using it on several other machines or for a few years and uses all of Googles other services. Also remember, to get Chrome to sync bookmarks onto your iPhone, you must also use the iPhone Chrome browser, which as of iOS 7, is decidedly slower and less friendly to use.

    Further information: http://www.apple.com/icloud/find-my-iphone.html

  18. Bengt-Göran Björk says:

    Great site!

  19. Andrew Jordan says:

    Thanks for the excellent, frank, and unbiased tutorial. You saved me from some serious mistakes I was about to make.

  20. Terry Bass says:

    Great video David as always… many thanks for your time

  21. Mario Paez says:

    thanks' for the tutorial and tips.

  22. angtubomo72 says:

    excellent tutorial. thanks a lot

  23. Sheila Brady says:

    I am new to Macbook, love it, and your tutorials are helpful to me. I have photos in iCloud from iPod and iPad. I have moved them to Macbook but if I delete from my (nearly full) iPad will it delete them from all my devices?

  24. David Bailey says:

    Unfortunately you never explain what iCloud IS.  All your info is explained in a vacuum.

  25. etaf says:

    thanks for another excellent tutorial, I have played with icloud on a PC and iphone and noticed that the photostream images from the iphone to the windows PC using icloud control panel are in fact the full resolution – same as in the camera roll. The limit of 1000 appears to be true – but the reduced resolution does not appear to be true – OR has that changed since the release of this tutorial? 

  26. Adam Swiderski says:

    thanks great website. Helps me out a lot…..

  27. rico dyson says:

    if you want your stuff hacked
    just have it on the icloud
    enjoy 😉

  28. Bharat Bhandare says:

    Thanks David. A great insight into I Cloud. Understood quite a few things and got rid of some silly mis-conceptions !!

  29. pete davis says:

    good job i learned even more from this video

  30. Tom Marshall says:

    thank you for clearing up  misconceptions I have  learned  you are an asset to you yube and the industry in general.

  31. Bora says:

    I have a question, sorry if this isn't related to the topic. I have iTunes for the computer, if I purchase something on my iPod will it say that it got purchased in iTunes?

  32. Gregory Wendfeldt says:

    Listening to this, it seems Apple has really missed the boat on Cloud Storage. Wouldn't it just be better if it were a Time Machine in the Sky with benefits? Notes only coordinated by iMessages? Isn't that just like a TextEdit file? iPhotos, 30 days only? When I visit my folks at Christmastime I would love to show them pictures of the kids at Halloween. Looks like I'm storing everything on disk. And why the hell do you have to access it through System Preferences? Shouldn't it be an app?

  33. Graham Milligan says:

    On the Apple support website they state clearly that, concerning resolution of My Photo Stream photos "On a Mac or PC, your photos are downloaded and stored in full resolution. "

  34. RiverRuns NC says:

    new user to iphone. I did everything to however when I open icloud I do not see my phone contacts.  In iCloud I see iCloud drive, photos, mail, contacts, calendars and bookmarks.  what am I doing wrong?

  35. Gawdy Cheng says:

    Thank you

  36. Francisco Quintero says:

    Hey David, 
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Since I have subscribed to your channel I feel a lot smarter. 

  37. Mukund Ghayadar says:

    Awesome.. Thank you David.

  38. Andrew Norato says:


    Nice video…Answered many of my questions. I will definitely look into your other classes. Thank you!

  39. k ly says:

    see icloud this way all your stuff pic vid and whatever else you save is all on a server just like a website, you can access anywhere the only difference is you need a password for this website 

  40. dezay000 says:

    iCloud is still confusing Lool

  41. MrJaapjeAapje says:

    Hi guys!

    Is it possible to mark my mail as read on my macbook when I actually read it on my iPhone? In other words, can I link my both mail apps, using iCloud or something? Getting tired of having to read all my emails twice..


  42. Steve Clark says:

    Hey David, is it possible to have two iCloud accounts on two different users? Just recently bought a MacBook and I'll be sharing with my wife. Is it possible for us to have two different photo streams? Synced docs etc.

  43. Shelly S says:

    I think I will try iCloud now. It's pretty overwhelming without this kind of information. Thanks!

  44. NativeAfghan786 says:

    thanks, a lot for sharing the best tips with us. i am new to my Apple MAC, have hard time using it. Hope this will help me.

  45. Mimmo Sulmona says:

    hi David, great video on iCloud, all very helpful, however I can't seem to get Siri to create the task in the Reminder app as you're showing in the video. I can create a task using Siri on the phone but it goes under Tasks and not iCloud so it doesn't synch with my Mac. And I can't find any options to create tasks manually within the Reminder app, I'm sure I'm missing something….thanks

  46. Jay Mair says:

    I have forgotten my iCloud password. Where can I go to reset my password please?

  47. peter zelaya says:

    Just LOVE IT!!

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  50. Yan Yao-Martinson says:

    Thank you so much! I've watched 3 of your videos. You did an awesome job!

  51. Ace88 says:

    Nice. Thanks

  52. Jeannie Allen says:

    I have to say all your videos are so easy to follow and learn but BOY am I still struggling understanding ICloud!! 🙁

  53. Sue Owen says:

    I wish me Mac acted the way you show. I cannot rright in ICloud to make the "new folder"

  54. Bear Hawk says:

    I just upgraded to 200GB.   Now after watching the video I do not know why anyone would do that.  I wanted to use it as storage space.  I found out you can only upload files not folders.    I feel like the service is nearly worthless after watching the video.

  55. John Laury says:

    This is a horrible video.  First, you're not required to use the iCloud email address to take advantage of contact, note, calendar, and reminder syncing.  If you use another email, you can continue to do so, and simple create the iCloud email (required for syncing), but not necessarily use it.  Secondly, it IS useful for locating your phone if it's stolen, because even if the thief steals the phone and wipes it,  you're still signed into the iCloud service, and the thief cannot sign out without knowing your Apple ID and password (not "iCloud account").  Even if the device is wiped, the device can be located.  The only way a thief can not be located is if the unit is turned off, which can, but not always is done by the thief (depending on how stupid they are).

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  57. Michael Kelly says:

    very,very helpful!!!

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  59. Claire Elise says:

    when i upload something to the cloud only people logged in can see it right? like its pretty much private unless someone hacks my icloud? (im being paranoid)

  60. Motabbir Hussain says:

    Help every time I email a video from iMac using iCloud Mail it only opens on computer but not on iPhone please help me

  61. harry hanly says:

    for a new user .. Clear and concise .. keeping to the point .. Thank

  62. Jeff Inks says:

    does I cloud save texts,calls ect….??

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  64. DefiantlyOz says:

    Hi David, could you please provide an update to this iCloud Explained video when you have a chance?…. Photos and the latest OS X features have come along with more capability since this published video. Cheers many thanks. Seep up the fantastic work.

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  67. Linda Flowers says:

    ty, very clear and helpful.:)

  68. Robert Casden says:

    extremely well presented and thought out presentations!

  69. Eric Reed says:

    Do you have a ITunes Match with ITunes 12? Also with iCloud storage, does this have anything to do with music and non iTunes music you upload to match?

  70. Angus the Beagle K says:

    David, I had an old AppleID and changed it to a new one, but I keep getting a pop up window showing the OLD ID and asking to verify password especially when I try to open iCloud in preferences. Can't access iCloud. WHAT CAN I DO? PLEASE HELP!!!

  71. Dave Otey says:

    I've started studying what icloud is today and your video is one of the best that helps me. Thank you for doing this.

  72. Megan Collins says:

    if I delete photos from my phone will they automatically delete from my  icloud account or are those photos stored until deleted from icloud.com

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  77. Mauricio Torres says:

    Great help! Thanks

  78. Freddy Arteaga says:

    Great job!

  79. Regina OneGames says:

    Great, Safari keychain synchronizes all of my passwords. Ah, how does it do that???

  80. Regina OneGames says:

    What button do I click on to download all my synchronized music???

  81. Regina OneGames says:

    What is iCloud??? A big giant server storage device???

  82. Kiana Foster says:

    Thanks, David. But what about iCloud Drive? Is that the same?

  83. j k says:

    Thanks as always. Greatly appreciated

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  88. Patrick Fitzpatrick says:

    very nice.

  89. framedheart says:

    What if I had iCloud on one computer with a lot of files in the cloud, and then buy a new computer and want to sync it to iCloud but I do NOT want to sync the old documents to my computer?

  90. Red 19 says:

    Awesome video. Very informative.

  91. Cathiusca Barley says:

    Question? my phone says it doesn't have enough iCloud storage for my pictures. If I delete from iCloud on my iPhone will it delete on my Mac too?

  92. Mia Brown says:

    who gets to see the icloud photos

  93. Star Wars Dude says:

    I use Apple contact

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