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

Get iCloud up and running on your Mac in a few easy steps. Then set up iCloud for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or PC.

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.

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Step 3

Enable Photo Stream in iPhoto or Aperture.

Open iPhoto or Aperture and click the Photo Stream icon in the left column. Then click Turn On Photo Stream.

Step 4

Enable Automatic Downloads in iTunes.

To enable automatic downloads for your music, apps and books, 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.

*Automatic downloads and downloading previous purchases 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. Previous purchases may not be restored if they are no longer in the iTunes Store, App Store or on iBooks. Downloading previous movie purchases requires iTunes 10.6 or later, iOS 5 or later, or Apple TV software 4.3 or later. Not all previously purchased movies are available for downloading to your other devices. Download iTunes for free.

iCloud requires iOS 5 or later on iPhone 3Gs or later, iPod touch (3rd generation or later), iPad or iPad mini; a Mac computer with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later; or a PC with Windows 7 or Windows 8 (Outlook 2007 or later or an up-to-date browser is required for accessing email, contacts and calendars). Some features require iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks. Some features require a Wi-Fi connection. Some features are not available in all countries. Access to some services is limited to 10 devices.