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March 21, 2017updated 03 Nov 2022 11:43am

What is iCloud?

By James Nunns

iCloud is a cloud storage and cloud computing service offered by Apple. The service gives customers the ability to store and manage their files across multiple devices, including iPhone, iPad and Mac.

The service can also be used as a means of backing up files on devices in the event that it is lost or the files need to be transferred to another device.

iCloud Drive lets a user save photos, videos, documents, music, and app data to the iCloud. In addition to being able to access files from an Apple device, a user can also use a Windows PC, to help keep those files and folders up to date.

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How much does iCloud cost?

The product is technically free, however, it is only free up to a limit. Basic users have access to 5GB of free storage that is automatically offered on every Apple device, but they can upgrade for a fee.

UK prices for 50Gb are £0.79 per month, £2.49 per month for 200Gb, and £6.99 per month for 1Tb.

Setting up iCloud is pretty easy as new iOS devices will come with it already enabled. Users will need a free Apple ID to be able to create and access the service.

What features are included?

File storage is the primary use for iCloud. However, Apple devices have numerous other features that utilise the cloud service: both iMessage and FaceTime use iCloud as a means of transmitting information via end-to-end encryption.

Account holders can also make use of a free email address.

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