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What Is iCloud?

Built-in file-sharing solution that's available on all Apple devices. All files, photos, notes, and messages are stored in one place. Access all files across multiple devices using iCloud Drive and secure data with automatic back-ups.

Who Uses iCloud?

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iCloud Software - iCloud device location
iCloud Software - Activity streams in iCloud
iCloud Software - Reports and presentations on iCloud
iCloud Software - File storage in iCloud
iCloud Software - Content sharing on iCloud

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Reviews of iCloud

Average score

Overall
4.7
Ease of Use
4.6
Customer Service
4.4
Features
4.5
Value for Money
4.3

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Giau
Giau
manager in France
Verified LinkedIn User
Restaurants, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Apple users would be hard pressed to find a better fit for their needs

5.0 last year

Comments: The overall experience has been great. Our files and folders are automatically synced (from the document folder, download folder, and desktop). We can also easily share Numbers and Page files.

Pros:

iCloud is an excellent backup solution. It can back up your device and sync data between devices, so you always have access to the latest versions of your files on all of your devices. The iCloud service is very easy to use. You can set it up in just a few minutes; after that, you're ready to go. You can also start using iCloud immediately if you sign up for an Apple ID—the account that allows you access to your purchases on the iTunes Store, Apple's App Store, and other services offered by the company.You can also share files with friends and family members through the service. A few clicks will get your file into their hands quickly and securely so they can enjoy what you've created or downloaded for them.You can also share files and folders with other Apple users, but only if they have an iCloud account.

Cons:

iCloud is a bit more expensive than some of the competition, but not by much. The iCloud web interface is pretty limited. It's not as bad as some cloud storage services, but it's not the best, either.

Efrén Alejandro
Software developer in Mexico
Computer Software, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Average service

5.0 last month New

Comments: It’s very integrated only in apple devices, if you have like a windows pc or an android device, it’s a pain to configure it. However, it works really well most of the time

Pros:

The integration with apple device is great and it’s really easy to start using it, it really helps if you need more space in your local devices

Cons:

It’s very expensive compared to most cloud services (actually I don’t know any more expensive)

Jean-Philippe
Consultant in Canada
Information Technology & Services, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Reliability and expendability, with a cost

3.0 8 months ago

Comments: At a time when I exclusively worked with Apple products, having a iMac, iPad and iPhone, iCloud was the definitve solution for document backup. I could work seamsless between all the devices depending on where I was working and this made me feel like the Cloud was a unifying experience. All your files follow you wherever you go no matter what device you use. It is probably the best Cloud experience you can get, and has been since its very inception.

Pros:

iCloud is de facto the best solution for Apple product owners. Its integration with iOS is pretty much flawless and users can enjoy peace of mind when it comes to personal file backups. It's even accessible from a browser making it compatible (in a way) with other operating systems. On Mac computers, its integration is also seamless and renders the process of backup look like saving on the computer itself.

Cons:

It has its limitations though. Where other user-end backup services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon storage and more can store any file type, iCloud is pretty much limited to Apple-only documents. It works perfect for Apple-centric users but is less ideal if you have for example a iPhone and a Windows computer.

Tayeb
CEO in Canada
Graphic Design, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Affordable and reliable

5.0 3 months ago

Comments: I have been using iCloud for years now and I’m more than happy with the service. The plan is affordable and seamlessly integrates across multiple devices. Apple focus on security and them continually adding new security features is something that is much appreciated when storing important data on the cloud. Although, I always recommend backups on a USB just in case.

Pros:

Plans very affordable particularly the 50 GB that is almost free. Reliable Fast synchronization

Cons:

Would love bridges with other file storage systems like Mega. Wish there was some sort of settings to allow direct transfers from one cloud storage service to another

Andrea
Researcher Lecturer in US
Higher Education, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Effortless

5.0 3 weeks ago New

Comments: It's very positive. It's not expensive. I have all my files synced effortlessly across my devices.

Pros:

I like I have no extra things to do. Just open my computer and save files on my cloud.

Cons:

I'm not sure if you can share file links easily. I've done this in the past, and I'm not sure if the thing has changed recently, but now I can't figure it out.