With iCloud – a new cloud service from Apple – you can store your music, photos, apps, calendars and documents in “the cloud.” This lets you access all your stuff on all your devices (iPhone, iPad, MacBook, iMac, etc.).

The best part is – it’s free. Here’s what you should know.

For your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch:

1. Make sure you’re running iOS 5 (connect to your Mac or PC and follow the instructions in iTunes. Make sure your iTunes is up to date.)

2. Once it’s running, follow the on-screen instructions on your device to turn on iCloud

3. Tap the Setting icon and select iCloud to customize your settings

For your Mac:

1. Make sure you’re running the latest version of OS X Lion. If you don’t have Lion installed, you can purchase it from the Mac App Store, or have MacSolutions Plus install it for you. Read more about why you should upgrade to Lion. 

2. Once you have Lion, click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen, and choose Software Update to get the latest version (10.7.2 or later)

3. You should be asked to enter your Apple ID for iCloud

4. When you open iPhoto or Aperture, click the Photo Stream icon in the left column to turn on Photo Stream

5. For automatic downloads, go to your Preferences in iTunes, click Store, and select Music, Apps and Books.

For your Windows PC

1. Buy a Mac. (Just kidding. Although you really should think about switching.)

2. Install the iCloud Control Panel for Windows. Click here to get it.

3. From the Windows Start menu, choose Control Panel, Network and Internet, iCloud to turn on iCloud

4. Enter your Apple ID, and choose the iCloud services you want to enable

5. For automatic downloads, select Music, Apps and Books from your iTunes Preferences (under the Store menu)

6. You’ll need Outlook 2007 or 2010 for iCloud email, contacts and calendars

If you need to know more, just call us at 823-3085, email sales@MacSolutionsPlus.com, or check out some of these links:

Sign up for our Only You personalized training sessions.

How to set up iCloud (official Apple page)

FAQs about MobileMe transitioning to iCloud