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iCloud- How Your Macbook and iPad Play Together

iCloud is Apple’s cloud service that allows you to connect your new laptop and your iPad in some awesome ways. While I try to unpack some of the features of iCloud in this post, it is not nearly as thorough or as deep as the one that can be found here. Since only 5GB of data is available for free, it is important to prioritize which types of thing you put into iCloud. To access your iCloud settings, click on “System Preferences.” Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 11.02.21 AM Inside of the “System Preferences” pane, choose iCloud.

You now have the opportunity to select what types of files your MacBook and iPad will store in iCloud. By clicking the checkbox to the left of a type, you are indicating you would like to use that portion of iCloud. Below I describe each option and give some advice!

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 11.26.20 AM– iCloud Drive allows you to store any file extension in Apple’s Cloud. You can access these files from the finder pane on your new MacBook, from the iCloud Drive App on an iPad, or from from any computer in the world. iCloud Drive is very convenient but because of the 5GB limit for the free account, I use my iCloud Drive sparingly.

To put a file into your iCloud Drive from your computer, open a finder window, and drag and drop a file into “iCloud Drive” (pictured at the top left of your finder window)


To find the file that you placed in iCloud Drive on your iPad, open the iCloud Drive App. Below are screenshots of what the iCloud Drive App looks like on an iPad.

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 11.26.28 AM– By checking this box you enable pictures that you take on your iPad to be accessible in iCloud. This is the quickest way to fill up your iCloud storage account. Because photos take up so much space and I don’t need every picture I take to be on both my iPad and my computer, I typically use AirDrop to quickly share the ones I need. Since
Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 11.26.34 AMSince Google sync’s our mail for us across devices, I do not check this box.

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 11.26.40 AMThis is a very handy feature if you plan on using the contact feature on your iPad. It allows you to have contact information on all of your devices. 

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 11.26.45 AMMost of the district uses Google Calendar, so syncing this is only necessary if you want to share a personal calendar. 
Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 11.26.49 AMThis may be my favorite feature within iCloud. It allows you to create a reminder on one device, and “check it off” or be reminded of it on another device. I highly recommend utilizing this feature. Great article on reminders here.

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 11.27.07 AMIf you plan to use the notes feature on your iPad, or Mac, this is a very nice feature. This article describes various ways to use Notes to streamline your work across devices.
Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 11.27.19 AMThis feature takes up very little space and is very useful because it allows you to locate your iPad or Mac if they are misplaced. I highly recommend enabling this feature!

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