What else can you do?

iCloud can do much more than backup and re­store

Mac Format - - ICLOUD -

Fam­ily Shar­ing al­lows you to share your apps, iBooks and iTunes down­loads with five other peo­ple

You could de­scribe iCloud as the hub of your online life, and it’s fair to say that your Mac and iOS de­vices would not be nearly as flex­i­ble or use­ful with­out it.

Find my…

Track­ing ser­vices like Find My Friends and Find My iPhone (the lat­ter of which can also lo­cate a Mac, iPad or iPod touch) would be a se­cu­rity risk if the data wasn’t trans­ferred se­curely. That’s why it’s pro­cessed by Ap­ple’s servers and only avail­able to those whom you’ve granted ac­cess. In­vi­ta­tions and fol­low re­quests are sent from one de­vice to another via iCloud, and must be au­tho­rised us­ing an Ap­ple ID to se­cure the sys­tem from end to end.

To set up lost de­vice track­ing on iOS, go to Set­tings > iCloud > Find My iPhone (or iPad) and en­sure the switch is turned on. Op­tion­ally, also en­able the Send Last Lo­ca­tion fea­ture, which will au­to­mat­i­cally upload the de­vice’s cur­rent po­si­tion shortly be­fore its bat­tery runs out, which may help to track it if it pow­ers down af­ter be­ing lost. To en­able track­ing on your Mac, open the iCloud pane in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences and check the box be­side Find My Mac.

Your tracked de­vices ap­pear on a map in your iCloud ac­count at icloud. com/find (ac­ces­si­ble on a PC or a Mac), and through the Find My iPhone app for iOS.

Fam­ily Shar­ing

The abil­ity to share your apps, iBooks and iTunes pur­chases with five other peo­ple in your fam­ily is a rel­a­tively re­cent ad­di­tion to iCloud. (You might find that con­tent providers have ex­cluded cer­tain items from this ben­e­fit, or failed to up­date us­age rights for older items.) The Ask to Buy fea­ture lets par­ents ap­prove kids’ at­tempts to buy con­tent, which is paid for us­ing the fam­ily or­gan­iser’s bank card. Fam­ily Shar­ing also gives you a means to share photos with each other, and to co­or­di­nate us­ing a shared cal­en­dar.

Once set up in iCloud’s set­tings, fam­ily mem­bers can ac­cess each other’s pur­chases along­side their own, in the store apps in iOS and in the iTunes Store on a com­puter.

If you’ve bought ma­ture con­tent, you can re­strict ac­cess to it by set­ting up age re­stric­tions in iTunes > Pref­er­ences > Parental (also do this in Set­tings > Gen­eral > Re­stric­tions on an iOS de­vice). This merely stops the young down­load­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent. You can hide items from the list us­ing a Mac or iOS de­vice, but this hides them for you too. You can un­hide them (in Ac­count > View Ac­count).

Also, Fam­ily Shar­ing is the only way kids un­der 13 can le­git­i­mately have their own Ap­ple ID – so long as it’s set up by a par­ent or guardian.

Best of the rest

You can ac­cess email, cal­en­dars, the iWork apps and more from any PC or Mac at icloud.com, and en­joy your iTunes pur­chases on all your de­vices. The lat­ter is par­tic­u­larly use­ful if all your de­vices aren’t set to au­to­mat­i­cally down­load all your pur­chases – they’re shown in your iTunes li­brary and the Mu­sic and Videos apps on iOS, ready to down­load. With an iTunes Match or Ap­ple Mu­sic sub­scrip­tion, even tracks from CDs and other mu­sic stores will be ac­ces­si­ble on ev­ery de­vice.

You can track Macs, as well as iOS de­vices, through their con­nec­tions to iCloud.

Fam­ily Shar­ing saves you buy­ing mul­ti­ple copies of media and apps for dif­fer­ent fam­ily mem­bers.

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