Step 1: Signing in or signing up
If you have already set up an iCloud account you can log in here. If not, you can also set one up by selecting Get a Free Apple ID underneath the Sign In button and following the instructions.
Step 2: Merging
If you are storing contacts, reminders, bookmarks and calendars on your iPad that you don’t have anywhere else, you can choose to merge them into your existing iCloud data to keep everything together.
Step 3: Find your iPad
If you want to, you have the option to turn on location features that will enable you to use the Find My iPad app that Apple provides free of charge and find your iPad wherever it is on a detailed map.
Step 4: iCloud Backup
If you turn on iCloud Backup, your iPad will save settings and more to the cloud regularly. This is great for frequent backups, but turning it on will stop your iPad backing up to your Mac – it’s one or the other.
Step 5: Account settings
In the Account panel you can change settings such as the mail servers used, as well as having the option to increase your storage plan from the standard 5GB by 10, 20 or even 50GB.
Step 6: Deleting accounts
If you want to get rid of iCloud on your iOS device, you can do so by tapping Delete Account. You can choose to delete everything taken on iCloud from your iPad, but doing so won’t affect what is saved in the cloud.
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