4 Key iCloud Tricks & Tips You Ought to Know

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Apple’s iCloud has to be one of the best ways to manage your files. It is more than just a space to store your files. It is a series of apps, a robust communication system, and features that enhance user experience with Mac and iOS. The iCloud is one service that connects your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. For example, you can set a reminder through Siri, and it is sent over iCloud.


You can plan a route in Maps on your Mac, and iCloud sends the directions to your iPhone and your watch eventually. There is a lot you can do with iCloud! Let us explore some tips and tricks to make the most out of the tool. 

Setting up and restoring

Backing up your iOS device will keep your data safe and enable you to transfer it quickly and easily to a new device. It allows you to back up your data whenever your device is plugged in, locked, and connected to Wi-Fi. This means you can literally set it up and forget about it until you need to restore your files. To do so: 

  • Turn in iCloud Backup in Settings
  • Click on iCloud
  • Click on Back up 

Back-up will take place once your device is connected to the power supply. Alternatively, you can tap on “Back Up Now” to force it to do so right away. 

Deleting photos from iCloud 

You can delete photos from iCloud by either deleting them from your synced iPhone or iPad. You can also turn off photo syncing. By default, if you delete a synced photo from your iPhone or iPad, it will be deleted from iCloud too. However, if you turn off iCloud photo syncing, you can delete photos from the iCloud website without affecting your iPhone or iPad. You can go here to learn more about deleting photos from iCloud using your iPhone or iPad:

  • Start the Photo app and find the photo you want to delete. 
  • To delete a single photo, tap and hold the image until a pop-up menu appears, then tap “Delete.”
  • To delete several photos at once, tap “Select” and tap at the top screen, then tap each photo you want to remove. When you are done, tap the trash can icon at the bottom-right of the screen. Once you delete one or more photos, they will also disappear from your other devices and iCloud website. 

Restore data from iCloud  

You can reset and restore your data at any time you want if you have been backing it up on your iPhone or iPad to the iCloud. You can use the backup to transfer everything to a brand new device if you are upgrading. All you need to do is:

  • Tap through the setup screens to open Set up iPad 
  • Tap on “Restore from iCloud Backup.”
  • To authenticate that it is you, enter your Apple ID and password. These are the same credentials that you used on the device from which the backup originates. Hence, the iOS will find your stored data and restore it. 

Sync reading list in Safari

Reading Lists feature syncs the articles you save from the web to all your devices. For example, if you had been reading an article from your Mac and left it unfinished, you can continue reading it from your iPhone or iPad. You can enable the Reading Lists by heading to the System Preferences on your Mac and Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

In the iCloud settings on your Mac, ensure that you have checked your Safari. If you are using your iPhone or iPad, check the Bookmarks. This is crucial as it will ensure that your Bookmarks and Reading Lists sync across all your devices, offering you a great user experience. 

Wrap up

iCloud is an online service that makes your experience better with Mac or iOS. It always helps if you can make the most of the toolset to boost your overall experience. 


Vishal Gaikar

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