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What is iCloud? Definition, Services and Functionalities

iCloud

Do you know iCloud? This spectacular service from Apple, in recent years, has become one of the main reasons why many people prefer to buy an iPhone, iPad or Mac.

It is a set of cloud tools, which can be enjoyed by all those who have a “bitten apple” device. But, if you still do not know very well what it is, what it is for or what functionalities it is made of, today you will discover it.

What is iCloud?

iCloud is a cloud storage and services platform, based on “Cloud Computing”, owned by Apple. This system allows you to centralize all the information a user has, so that, with just one Internet connection, it can be shared between different Apple devices.

Since 2011, users of North America, especially those with iOS 5 (or higher), began to enjoy one of the best cloud storage systems to date.

What exactly is iCloud for?

It is a fairly complete service that offers you multiple possibilities with all your Apple devices.

Cloud Storage

The best use of iCloud is undoubtedly having a “virtual hard disk”, to store all your files, as I have already mentioned above.

Save Backup Copies

Saving backup is one of the best Function that iCloud offers. iCloud saves all the deleted documents.

Find your Lost or Stolen iPhone

In case of loss or theft of your device, you can activate find the device functionality. In this way, it will geolocate it and you can go right to the place where it marks you.

Access to a Multitude of Organization/Planning Software

You will also be able to synchronize files or access an interactive online calendar. This Apple tool even gives you direct access to iCloud Mail, Apple’s exclusive email.

What Services and Functionalities does iCloud have?

Functionalities does iCloud have

Let’s see what services and functionalities iCloud offer you and what you can do with each of them.

1) iCloud Mail

Let’s start with your exclusive email, similar to what happens when you create a Google Gmail account, Apple has its own email, iCloud Mail. With this service, you can receive and store all the emails in the cloud.

2) iCloud Drive

It is also known as the Apple cloud storage system, where you can save your favourite files, photos, videos and more. Then you can sync all your devices to access this function from any of them.

3) Notes

Notes is a typical function that allows you to write down important information. These notes will be stored in your accounts and you can access them from any Apple device or from your browser by entering icloud.com.

4) Pages

A bit similar to Notes, this is a function that allows you to create documents of different types and keep them in the cloud. You can share these documents with other users also

The best thing is that, if you share it with other people, they can modify it and you will be able to see these modifications in real-time, which makes it an excellent function for teamwork.

5) Numbers

Similar to Pages, but with spreadsheets, similar to the typical Excel sheet.

Through this function it is possible to create and modify spreadsheets from any of your devices, you can also share them with other users of the platform and they will have the possibility to modify them, while all have access to the updated version.

6) Keynote

Keynote allows you to create and modify presentations from your Mac or from a browser, similar to the case of Numbers and Pages, it is possible to share it with other users, not only to view the presentations but also to modify them.

You will have access to the latest modifications made in the presentation.

7) Contacts

With Contacts, you can centralize your contact list of all the applications and mobile devices that you link to your iCloud account. Including Microsoft Outlook contacts when opening a Hotmail account, in case you are connected from Windows.

8) Find My iPhone

It is one of the flagship features of iCloud, which I mentioned earlier. From any device or browser connected to it, it is possible to geolocate your iPhone through its GPS. So it does not matter if it is lost or stolen, rest assured that you can find it!

9) Calendar

With this functionality, you can keep your life organized at all times, thanks to an interactive calendar that you can modify at any time and from any Apple device or from Windows.

Best of all, you don’t have to configure your calendar on each of the devices, since it updates automatically on each device connected to your account.

10) Reminder

A bit similar to Calendar, in the sense that it helps you organize your life, although in a different way. With this, you can create, to-do reminders in the form of a list. These are automatically saved on all the devices that are linked to your account.

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