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Video:How to Set Up iCloud on an iPad

with Jesse Mendelson

The iCloud on your iPad allows you to back up and share your files through virtual storage. Be sure to set up you iCloud account and watch this how-to video from About.com to learn how to use the iCloud with the iPad.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Set Up iCloud on an iPad

This is Jesse with About.com and today i’m going to show you how to set up iCloud on your iPad.

What is the iCloud

iCloud is backup virtual storage for files that are on your apple devices. It not only stores your files but you can send them to any and all of your apple devices so you never have to be without a file you want, as long as you have set-up and enabled iCloud to do backup.

Set Up an iCloud Account

To use iCloud on your iPad you first must make sure your software is up to date and running at least iOS 5.0. You do this by connecting your iPad to your computer and then following the on-screen instructions in iTunes. Users are often prompted to set-up iCloud when they buy a new ipad or update their software, however if you skipped those steps at the time, you can always set it up at a later date. To set up iCloud you will need an apple ID. If you’ve ever bought something on iTunes or in the app store you should have one, but if not, you can get one by going to appleid.apple.com.

Access the iCloud on the iPad

Go to Settings, then iCloud. You will need to enter your Apple ID and password if it isn’t already entered. Apple gives you 5GB of free storage but if you want additional storage you can click on "storage plan" and buy more, with prices starting at $20 per year for an extra 10GB of storage. You then need to decide which categories of data and files you want to be backed-up on iCloud. You can select which categories you want backed up to iCloud and which categories you don’t. To do this you just turn the slider next to the category on or off.

To make backup work you need to tap on storage and backup and switch on iCloud backup. iCloud can also help you move, transfer or restore files, when, or if, you get a new apple device and want to put your old data onto the new device.

That’s all there is to setting up iCloud on an iPad. Thanks for watching. For more information visit About.com.

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