How to Configure iCloud on Your iPhone

How to Configure iCloud on Your iPhone:


There is probably no way you’ll buy any Apple product be it iPhone, iPod, or iPad, and use them to your satisfaction without setting and trying to configure iCloud.

That is to say, iCloud is the propelling force that keeps all iOS devices going. Hence, this brings us to the question:

do you know how to set up and configure iCloud on your iPhone?

Such is the answer every new iPhone users are demanding. So if you picked up a new

iPhone device, as a first-timer, you may have come across what we called iCloud while setting up the device.


What is the iCloud drive?

While you may wondering what iCloud is all about, it is a free backup and synching service

from the Apple company itself aimed at keeping all of their devices up and running on a

single page with similar data with no respect to which anyone is using at a particular moment.

Even, it is very hard for you to do anything on your iPhone without activating the iCloud account.

This is so because it is the engine room that will store all your details and credentials subsequently.

In the same vein, iCloud is available on all Apple products; it is available on iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac.

It does the same work and serves the same purposes on them all.

Also, we have written some articles before about unlocking iPhone devices using your iCloud account.

So now that you are unsure of how to set up and configure iCloud on your iPhone, it is our responsibility to show you how.


How to configure an iCloud account on your iPhone

It is very crucial to mention that activating iCloud on any iOS 5 devices is absolutely simple and easy because

Apple makes everything easier when it gives room for either using the existing Apple ID or setting up a new account entirely.

Plus, whether you just bought your iPhone device and you are setting and configuring your

iCloud account for the first time or you have used an iPhone before but never get to set up your iCloud account,

this is your perfect time to activate iCloud on your iOS device.

However, you may want to consider the following processes on how to set up and configure iCloud on your iPhone from the beginning to the end.

Step 1: New or existing Apple ID

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The very first thing to do before configuring iCloud on iPhone is to decide whether to set up the iCloud account with a new or existing Apple ID.

Although this kind of decision is only applicable to existing or old iPhone users who might have activated the account before.

So to do this easily, go to your iPhone menu and press on the Settings bar, then navigate down to the iCloud icon on your iPhone device.

Going by default, Apple will start by asking for the email address you will use as your Apple ID when you make purchases on the iTunes Store with your device.

So if you will like to use the ID to create your iCloud account, then go ahead and carefully sign in. But if not, you will see a link with an inscription “Get a Free Apple ID” below your iPhone Settings page, kindly click on it.

Similarly, if you have an existing Apple ID and you decide to use it to set up your iCloud account,

you’ll definitely have to sign in to Apple store using your credentials, where you’ll agree and accept iCloud’s given terms and conditions.

After that, you’ll receive your Apple account verification email on the email address you used to register, and such is your Apple ID.

Then you can follow the link to complete the remaining process.

In your journey to create a fresh Apple ID, you wouldn’t be left alone unguided, you will be

seeing guidelines and directions throughout the whole signing up processes on your iPhone device.

Step 2: Grant iCloud access and permissions

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After signing up with your new or existing Apple ID, what is next is you granting iCloud permission and setting up some syncing preferences.

Once access is being granted, iCloud will turn the syncing on automatically for most of the services,

and thereby asking for your permission to merge or replace files and data on your iPhone, including to use your current location for the “Find My iPhone” service.

So it is up to you whether to merge or replace all of your data. Although merging them is probably the best bet in some circumstances,

even if you have absolutely nothing on your cloud, it won’t at the same time affect anything on your device.

On the other hand, if it happens that you have numerous duplicate contents on your iPhone

and they are already on the iCloud result of the previous configuration on your iPhone, fret not,

Apple is wise, thus there is no going to be a little clean-up after all.

Step 3: Choose what to syncs

Haven grant iCloud access and permission into your Apple account, up next on your

endeavor to set up and configure iCloud on your iPhone is to choose which file and data are synchronized and which should not.

You can at your own discretion select which data to synchronize via the iCloud and which

data should be left behind immediately you are done with the configuration on your iPhone device.

In brevity, your best options are Contacts, Mail, Calendars, Notes, Reminders, Bookmarks, Photo Stream, and Documents as well as Data.

For your Documents and Data, you may choose to grant iCloud permission to synchronize

all the contents and information on them either over Wi-Fi only or over both the Wi-Fi and 3G network.

As software developers incorporate Data and Documents on the Cloud into various apps, this setting will become,

even, more vital for customers who looking forward to easing down their mobile 3G network bandwidth usage.

Also, take note that it is at your own will whether or not to back up your iPhone to iCloud also.

Albeit this will work fine and serve the same backup function as iTunes thus, granting you the access to restore your device settings remotely.

Accordingly, also note that this function will back up the account information, documents, camera roll, and settings.

So you’ll definitely need to replace any music or movies on your iPhone from iTunes manually,

and at the same time reinstall any applications as well in the event of having to restore them back from the iCloud backup.

Step 4: Download the apps

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Take time to read and digest the third step again as it has to do with vital contents and information.

It is a crucial part of the process that needs the utmost care and attention.

So if you understand the procedure well and read to either merge your data or replace your

information with new ones, kindly pick the one that pays you and continue with the next step.

Informatively, Apple’s iCloud works perfectly together with many official apps created or designed by Apple, too.

So to have a complete iCloud experience, proceed to Apple store and download the “Find My iPhone” app and “Find My Friends” for easy use from the Store.

These apps are very essential as the formal will assist your dearly in locating your iPhone smart device should you misplaced or lose it,

and the latter will help you locate your friends, family, and close circles on a map should they feel like sharing their current location with you.

Lastly, if you like, you can equally download Apple’s iWork application directly from the App

The store should you want to see your Document synchronizing via the iCloud in action. But this service involves money.

Be that as it may, a lot has been said that iCloud is available on iOS products including iPod,

iPad and Mac and as such, let’s quickly take a look at how to activate iCloud on one of them.

How to manage the iCloud synchronize permissions on your iPhone

From the foregoing discussion, we’ve mentioned earlier that there are some third-party

applications that are connected to iCloud drive so that one can easily access files and data from any iOS device.

However, it is not necessary you keep and store all your documents on iCloud drive.

In fact, it doesn’t matter if you have originally activated a third-party application with your iCloud, you can at any time manually revoke the permission.

Thus, you can manage the iCloud synchronization permission on your iPhone using following the below steps:

  • Click on the setting app

settings app

Since you probably can’t do anything on your iCloud drive without laughing your setting app,

so it should be the first thing you do to get started. Tap your iPhone Home screen and launch your setting app.

  • Click on Apple ID.

Apple ID.

When you launch your setting app, you’ll see an Apple ID banner displayed on your phone screen together with other tools, click on the Apple ID banner.

  • Tap iCloud.

Tap iCloud.

Haven clicked on the Apple ID banner, toggle the switch on and off button for the particular

App you are going to allow or revoke from iCloud Drive during synchronization processes.

  • Click on done.

Once you are done selecting the app or apps you want to revoke or allow during iCloud synchronization processes, click on done and everything will fall into place.

How to view iCloud account info on your iPhone

If you can’t really remember some vital information you filled in on your iCloud account or you want to edit some basic information,

there is a need for you to view your iCloud account to do this.

That is to say, you can easily check out your contact information, security, password,

registered devices aa well as your iCloud payment configuration on your iPhone device.

So to view and edit or change your iCloud account details on your iPhone, carefully read and follow the below steps:

  • Open the Settings app.

To check your iCloud account information, you need to launch your iPhone setting app, to begin with.

  • Tap the Apple ID banner.

In your iPhone settings app, you’ll see the Apple ID banner shown on your phone screen, kindly tap on the banner.

After then, scroll down a bit and then tap a device again to either view or remove it completely from your iPhone iCloud account.

  • Click Remove from Account.

When you see the two options of view or remove, click on the remove from the account. Checking on the remove is the only way to edit your information.

  • Edit your information

Haven clicked on remove from the account, then scroll back up where you’ll see Name, Phone contact, and Email, tap on the button.

If you wish, you can change your information i.e your name, phone number, your email address, and your birth date.

  • Tap Password and Security.

You can also change your passcode and the phone number you registered before as your ideal trusted number,

and then get a new verification code to configure another iOS device on the official iCloud website —

  • Tap Payment and Shipping.

Equally, you can edit your initial credit card number, expiration date, together with your shipping address that is incorporated with the Apple ID.

How to set up and configure iCloud on Mac

In case you are using a Mac device as a first-timer or you just upgrade its operating system,

you will be faced with the question of whether or not you want to configure iCloud Drive on your Mac book to properly store your files and data.

In case you choose “Yes,” then you are good to go but If you select “No” in the course of your device setup

but you have changed your mind and want t to use the iCloud Drive, then you still have the chance to enable it manually.

How to view and edit your iCloud account info on your Mac device

Since we’ve explained how to configure iCloud on your iPhone above, it’s very incumbent on us to explain to view and change your information on the same.

Carefully check the following procedure out:

  • Tap on the Apple icon placed on the left edge corner of your Mac device screen;
  • Tap on the System Preferences… Out of the drop-down bars;
  • At the top edge of your device, kindly tap on the Apple ID;
  • Click on the Name, Phone, and Email button; as you can successfully change or edit your email address plus the phone number people can use to reach you.

You can as well enable the email subscriptions for any announcements on new Apple           products, top News stories, etc;

  • Click on the password and the security menu bar as you have the opportunity to change or edit your password,

edit or change the phone number and receive a verification code so that you can configure it on another iOS device or at the official iCloud website —

  • Click on the payment and shipping method to view, change, or edit the credit card you

initially set up for making transactions on iTunes, Apple online store, iCloud, and Apple Pay.

How to sign out or deactivate your iCloud account on your iPhone

It out of your own will that you decided to sign in or set up your iCloud account,

so if you decide again that you are no longer interested in using iCloud on your iPhone device,

for reason known to you, you can sign out or deactivate it on any device.

So, peruse the below steps and how to sign out from the iCloud Drive on your iPhone or any iOS device:

  • Launch your device settings app.

Click on your iPhone home screen and click on your settings bar to get started on how to sign out from the iCloud drive.

  • Click on your Apple ID banner.

Since iCloud is part of the Apple program, it is important you click on the shown Apple ID banner on your smartphone device.

  • Scroll down to the bottom

Haven clicked on the Apple banner, scroll down a bit to the very edge of your iPhone screen and click on the “Sign Out” button.

  • Click sign out again

After you clicked on the sign out button above, another ”Sign Out” button will prompt out again, click on it again.

  • Click Delete

You will then be shown some options of which you will click on the “Delete on My Phone” button to remove it from the smartphone.

And if you wish, you can click on the “Keep on My iPhone” to store your iCloud files and data locally and on your iPhone.


This tutorial on how to set up and configure iCloud on your iPhone is discussed extensively under many important headings.

You need to read and understand them all.

Most especially, how to view your basic information on iCloud, how to manage

synchronization processes, and how to delete or sign out from the iCloud drive.

These subheadings are necessary, really, in your iCloud account activation processes.