Set up iCloud on all your devices. The rest is automatic.

Step 1

Make sure your Mac is running the latest version of OS X.

To update to the latest version, go to the Apple menu and choose Software Update to see if there’s an update available.

Step 2

Turn on iCloud.

Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu on your Mac. Click iCloud, enter your Apple ID, and select the services you’d like to enable.

Want to use a different Apple ID for iTunes?

Learn more

Step 3

Enable My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing.

Open iPhoto or Aperture and click the Use iCloud button.

Step 4

Enable Automatic Downloads in iTunes.

To enable automatic downloads for your music and apps, open iTunes and choose Preferences. Then click Store and select Music, Apps, and Books.*

Step 5

Turn on iCloud for the rest of your devices.

To get the most out of iCloud, set it up everywhere.

  1. Family Sharing requires a personal Apple ID signed in to iCloud and iTunes. Music, movies, TV shows, and books can be downloaded on up to 10 devices per account, five of which can be computers. iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are required to set up or join a Family Sharing group and are recommended for full functionality. Not all content is eligible for Family Sharing. Content can be hidden by family members; hidden content is not available for download. Content downloaded from family members or acquired via redemption codes is not subject to Ask to Buy.
  2. Automatic downloads require iOS 4.3.3 or later on iPhone 3GS or later, iPod touch (3rd generation or later), iPad, or iPad mini; iOS 5 or later on iPhone 4 (CDMA model); or a Mac or PC with iTunes 10.3.1 or later. Download iTunes free.
  3. iTunes Match requires iOS 5.0.1 or later on iPhone 3GS or later, iPod touch (3rd generation or later), iPad, or iPad mini, or a Mac or PC with iTunes 10.5.1 or later. Limit 25,000 songs. iTunes purchases do not count against limit. Access to some services is limited to 10 devices.
  4. Find My iPhone enables you to locate iOS devices only when they are on and connected to a registered Wi-Fi network or have an active data plan. Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas.
  5. Backup of purchased music is not available in all countries. Previous purchases may not be restored if they are no longer on the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks.