June 15, 2015 Meeting: Nonnie Markeset, Facilitator
AppleID and iCloud What is the difference: The AppleID is your account with Apple
- You have a credit card associated with this account.
- You use it to purchase apps from the App and Mac App Store, music, movies, podcasts, ebooks from iTunes
- Typically there is one Apple ID per family and each person must use the credentials of the person who set it up
- At the end of these notes is a detailed list of services you have access to with your AppleID account
- You use it to sync your contacts, calendars, Reminders, Safari Bookmarks, Notes**, Keychain*** between all your devices
- You use it to locate your device if it is misplaced, lost or stolen
- You use it to Photostream your photos on all your devices
- If you are “Head of Household” or the first in your family to become an Apple user, your AppleID and Password are also your iCloud User Name and Password
- If you are not the “head of household” you will have a separateiCloud User Name and Password.
- This prevents your information (contacts, calendars, reminders, etc) from co-mingling with that of others in your household.
Activation Lock in iCloud When Find My iPhone/iPad/Mac is activated in your iCloud account, Activation Lock is turned on. This means if your device is stolen, your AppleID and Password are required before Find My iPhone can be turned off, iCloud can be signed out of and it prohibits your device from being erased and reactivated.
- The option of having an icloud.com email address
- Normally you use one of your existing email addresses as your AppleID.
- Example: Janedoe@gmail.com
- But at any point you can chose to add an icloud.com email address
- In doing this you not only gain an additional email address, you also allow Notes to sync between devices.
- You get an iCloud.com email by activating Mail and Notes in your iCloud account in System Preferences
The Importance of Keeping your AppleID up to date
- Make sure to have a secondary email address
- If you forget your password and must change it and don’t have access to your primary email account, Apple will send you a temporary password to an alternate, verified, email address.
- Make sure you keep a record of the security questions and answers you set up
- Again if you can’t remember your password, you can opt to answer your security questions. But you need to be able to remember what they were and what the answers were.
Set up two step verification for your AppleID/iCloud Account if you have a device on which you can receive SMS messages If you do this, any time a new device is used to access your account, it will be prevented access until a verification code sent to your cell phone is entered. To setup two step verification:
- Go to My Apple ID.
- Select Manage your Apple ID and sign in.
- Select Password and Security.
- Answer your security questions and click Continue.
- Under Two-Step Verification, select Get Started and follow the onscreen instructions.
- Keep your credit card current
- It gives you Administrator privileges
- It allows you to install additional software
- It allows you to create other accounts on your computer
- It allows you to update/upgrade your OS
- Use it to access and work on your documents on any device.
- Use it as a backup so some of your data.
- How do I access it
- On your Mac, open a Finder Window and you will see your iCloud Drive listed in the SideBar
- On your iOS Device access it by opening a compatible app (pages, numbers), clicking the plus +
What can I store on it:
- All Apple files created in Apple Apps and most other apps downloaded from the App Store
Should I include my Photo Library on it:
- I suggest at this point that you do not for two reason –
- Upload speeds are substantially slower than download speed and if you have a large library it will take an inordinate amount of time
- It is costly. And with Photostream you will have access to your last 30 days of photos on all your devices in any case.
PhotoStream What is this: This is a cloud syncing feature associated with your iCloud account. How does it work: With My Photo Stream on, you’ll see that when you snap a photo on one device, it will automatically appear on all of your other devices.
- For example, if you take a photo on your iPhone, it’s copied to your Photo Stream and will automatically be visible on your iPad or Mac. This means you don’t have to actively download photos on your iPad that you took with your iPhone, because it is automatically shared through Wi-Fi.
- The plus side is that Apple doesn’t charge for the My Photo Stream service, so you don’t have to worry about paying for a subscription or sign-up fee. All you need is a supported device and an iCloud account to make use of it. Also, photos stored in your Photo Stream do not affect your iCloud storage in any way.
- But this free service comes with some limitations. Your Photo Stream snapshots don’t last forever. Your device will store up to 1,000 Photo Stream images, and the iCloud server will keep 30 days worth of Photo Stream snapshots.
- Because of this, it’s not the best idea to use My Photo Stream as a substitute backup. To save an image permanently on an iOS device, go to the Photo Stream image and click Save or Add To.
- If you want to delete photos from either of these two albums, here’s what you need to know:
- When you delete a photo from My Photo Stream, it will automatically erase from other devices connected to your iCloud account. This will leave the Camera Roll copy and the copy in your Mac photo app intact.
- System Preferences → iCloud → Photos → Options
- Make sure both are checked
- On your iDevices
- Settings →iCloud→Photos → On>
Where do I see these photos in iPhoto (Photos) on a Mac:
- On the sidebar you will see a designation for PhotoStream
- In iPhoto, in Events, you will all see Events called PhotoStream
Where do I see these photos on my iDevices:
- In the Photos App, choose Albums. You will see both your Camera Roll there and also your PhotoStream
Keychain Access vs. Keychain
Keychain Access is a utilities app on your Mac. The info doesn’t sync between devices. Keychain is a feature in Safari. It does sync between devices. This feature should be used with great caution and if it is activated make sure you have your computer password protected and with automatic sign in turned off.
How to disable Keychain if it is currently activated in Safari:
- Open Safari
- Select Preferences
- Select Passwords
- Uncheck “Autofill”
- Select any existing websites which currently have passwords stored and check “Remove All”
The iWatch My First Impression:
- I like it.
- It tells time!! Surprise
- What has surprised me
- How long it took for me to familiarize myself with its functions
- How much I’ve already come to rely on it
- How good looking it is
- That nobody realizes it’s an iWatch (this is good)
- What do I use it for
- Let me count the ways!
- A watch
- The weather
- Replaces my Fitbit
- A timer
- A Stopwatch
- A Reminder
- To see upcoming appointments and to do’s
- To be notified if I have an email from one of my important contacts
- Quick messaging
- And believe it or not, my grocery list is now on my wrist. No more loose paper flying off my shopping cart!
- Still discovering other things it can do. This is just the beginning.
*Here is a more detailed list of things you use your AppleID for:
- Mac App Store
- App Store
- Apple Online Store (to purchase computers, iDevices, peripherals online)
- Apple Retail services and programs (Concierge, One to One, Joint Venture, workshops, and youth programs)
- Apple Support Communities (discussions.apple.com
- Apple TV
- Find My iPhone
- Game Center
- iBooks Store
- iTunes Genius
- iTunes Home Sharing
- iTunes Match
- iTunes Radio
- iTunes Store
- iTunes U
- Photo Print Products