3 devices but how to use most efficiently ?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by keevill, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. keevill macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2010
    I'm a new AppleMac convert.
    Have Ipad, Iphone 4S & MBA.
    I am not sure how to use the iCloud service.

    Do I get 5 GB of storage free per device or just per Apple ID ?
    Stuff on one device is not necessarily required on another device.
    e.g backup for Iphone 4S is required but the iCloud backup for MBA is also needed but it not the same stuff ( MBA is for work - iPhone is private )
    I use Google for mail/calendar/contacts so Apple iCloud is not needed for those .
    So, do I need to make 3 Apple iCloud accounts for each device ??

  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    The way you described your setup/usage, you only need one iCloud account and it can be shared on all three devices. The 5GB is per AppleID and will be shared among the devices.

    Even though you are using Google products, it would still be good to use the iCloud account for iOS backup and Find my Phone.

    The document sync with iCloud at this point is pretty limited. You might want to try out Dropbox for that. Free 2GB account and they have OS X sync software as well as iOS apps.
  3. Macsterguy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2007
    You can buy more storage then the 5GB if needed
    You can not backup your MBA to iCloud - Use:

    Time Machine for local backup to one drive

    Super Duper (paid) OR Carbon Copy Cloner (free) to another drive

    Use one of many online backup services

    Then backup, backup, backup

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