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The Real Life Guide to the iCloud

The following post is from Lauren Rothlisberger of Get Me Geeky:

My friend Allison called me the other day, she was in a complete state of panic. She laid her iPhone down on a park bench while she ran over to help her son who had fallen on the slide. She went back to get her iphone and it was GONE. I asked her, “Did you have the iCloud on?” She sort of sputtered, then said, “no, or maybe yes, I am not sure!” Allison was so upset, I then asked her the next question, “When was the last time you plugged your phone in?” She perked up a little, “Oh like maybe a month or two ago… not that long.” Then she paused, “But… all of our pictures from our trip to the beach were taken since then.”

Unfortunately this still happens to people all the time. We keep so much information and so many treasured memories on our phones, but don’t take the time to protect ourselves from the above situation.

If you are an iPhone user, please turn the iCloud on, and make sure you know how to use it. Hint: just turning it on is not a complete solution. It is actually a pretty handy tool and offers a lot of security. Below are just five of the benefits to setting up the iCloud.

The 5 things iCloud does that you should know about:

1. iCloud Backup

The most important thing to know about the iCloud backup is it is automatic! I totally understand why my friend felt good about “recently” backing up her iPhone, but that turned out to be not recent enough. With the iCloud you are backed up every time you plug your phone into the wall and you are on a WIFI network.

2. Photo Stream

Photo Stream is a two-fold system. If Allison had her Photo Stream on (done through iCloud), she would at least have had the last 1000 pictures saved. The important part of making the Photo Stream triangle work is not just sending your photos to the iCloud, but also having a Mac or PC for them to permanently land in. That way your pictures are automatically saved to your computer.

3. Works with a PC

Which brings me to my next point. You can in fact have your iCloud linked up to your PC. You do not have to be a full Mac household to make all this automatic goodness work. You can even set up your PC to send your iPhone photos straight to your Pictures folder.

4. iWork

iWork is Apple’s answer to Microsoft Office. This tends to be personal preference, but if you choose to use iWork you can easily work on your document in the iCloud, and therefore access it from any computer or device connected to the iCloud. This offers a lot of flexibility with your work flow.

5. Shared Calendar & Reminders

With the iCloud set up you can easily share information. You can make your life easier by sharing Reminders or your Calendar. You can even set it up where you all add to the same grocery list.

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What about the iCloud confuses you the most?

Lauren Rothlisberger blogs and consults over at Get Me Geeky. As a military wife and mom of four kids, 6 years old and under, she loves focusing on technology and productivity and finding new ways to simplify her life. She recently started putting together MacMinis, which are easy to follow videos for Mac users, and also wrote an ebook, Evernote for Moms.