When to use iCloud.com

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Learn about the im­por­tant iCloud tasks that you can only ac­com­plish in a web browser

Over the years, it’s been pretty clear that Ap­ple loves the web. How­ever, it doesn’t want you to live in a web browser – and this is a dis­tinc­tion that’s quite im­por­tant. An ex­cep­tion of sorts is iCloud.com. This web­site is Ap­ple’s browser-based app suite, the ma­jor­ity of which mir­rors apps on your iPad. This means that wher­ever you have ac­cess to a Mac or PC with a com­pat­i­ble web browser (http://ap­ple.co/1K7jWdz) a Mac or PC, you can also use web-based ver­sions of Mail, Con­tacts, Cal­en­dar, Pho­tos, Notes, Re­minders, and Ap­ple’s trio of of­fice apps (Pages, Num­bers and Key­note, all la­belled as ‘beta’ ver­sions). There are also three util­i­ties on of­fer: iCloud Drive, Find My iPhone and Set­tings.

Al­though we wouldn’t es­pe­cially rec­om­mend us­ing the site reg­u­larly (that is, over the na­tive apps), we’d say it has two spe­cific pur­poses. First, it’s a handy emer­gency place for per­form­ing tasks: check­ing email if your iPad’s out of power, or find­ing a de­vice if it goes miss­ing. Se­condly, it has a num­ber of use­ful set­tings and con­fig­u­ra­tion op­tions that aren’t ac­ces­si­ble on your iPad, and some of th­ese are the sub­ject of our walk­throughs. Note that you can ac­cess the site from your iPad, but the op­tions are lim­ited, so we’ve as­sumed you have ac­cess to a Mac or PC for th­ese walk­throughs. Craig Gran­nell

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