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How to use iCloud like a pro on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC

There was a time when the “cloud” seemed like merely a bona fide pipe dream, an unattainable computing concept looming in the future skies. The much-sought computing method would allow users to save, sync, and access a wealth of information and multimedia via a remote grid of networked computers, no matter your location or device. Anyone submerged in the Apple ecosystem can readily access iCloud for no extra charge, but many don’t know how to make the most of it.

Related: Apple argues internally over the future of iCloud, report claims

iCloud is not an application, but rather an application suite, one that’s directly baked into the framework of nearly all Apple products and curated to help manage your content on any device with which it’s associated. Once properly set up, tasks like accessing your entire iTunes library and photo catalog can be carried out with the simple toggle of a switch. Other actions, such as calendar and contact list edits, will automatically update across all devices.

Despite its slick design and simple execution, setting it up can prove difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing or are newcomer to Apple’s world. That being the case, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide for using iCloud, whether you need to set it up or sync your data. Locating your phone after a rollicking, punch-drunk night at the bar has never been so easy.

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