When you update OS X to the latest version of Lion, you will be greeted with some iCloud settings. This is basically the initial setup, and it’s where you can select items that will be synced across devices with iCloud.
You can also always access these settings from the System Preferences under the Apple menu.
When you first launch with the Lion update installed, you will be told to log into iCloud with your Apple ID. Here, you can create an Apple ID if you don’t have one already (though, if you have gone this far, chances are you already do). You can also create an iCloud email, which will be a cloud-based email for all your devices.
Here are some of the other items you can sync up via iCloud:
It’s pretty awesome to see these things in action. You can sync your bookmarks, etc. This is really neat. For instance, I deleted a few bookmarks I didn’t need anymore, and watched them disappear from my other computer’s browser.
(Maybe I should install iPhoto sometime…)
Keep in mind that you are limited to 5GB. When you sync your devices and backup to iCloud, you will need the space to store all that additional content. Content purchased from iTunes will not take up space. That includes music, movies, books, TV shows, Photo Stream and apps.
Here are some things to keep in mind from Apple’s help site:
Your iCloud account includes 5 GB of free storage for Mail, Documents, and your iCloud Backup. Your purchased music, apps, books, and TV shows, as well as your Photo Stream, don’t count against the 5 GB of free storage.
You can manage your iCloud storage space (for example, delete old email messages) from any device.
You can also buy additional storage space for an annual fee. If during the year you change your mind, you can:
- Cancel your storage upgrade immediately. Your credit card is charged only for the amount of time you used the upgrade, and your account returns to having 5 GB of free storage.
- Set up iCloud to automatically downgrade your storage plan (to one of the smaller paid options or the 5 GB free option) after the current plan year expires.
- Set up iCloud to cancel a previously requested storage downgrade. For example, if you set up iCloud to automatically downgrade your storage after the current storage plan expires, and then decide you want to renew the current storage plan, you can easily cancel the downgrade. If you cancel the downgrade, you receive the currently requested storage amount when your plan renews.If you need more iCloud storage, you can purchase additional iCloud storage from your iOS device, Mac, or PC.
Keep in mind that you can also have your devices sync straight to your computer. You can do this wirelessly as well. If you sync direct to your computer, you will have no issues or worries about running out of space on iCloud.