Apples Icloud Keychain: It Works, But With Frustrating Limitations

iCloud backup tricks for the iPhone and iPad

With the first device, you'll choose either a four-digit numeric code or a complex password to secure the keychain. To add any subsequent device to iCloud Keychain, you can type in the passcode or approve the new device from a device that already runs the password manager. Enlarge You can also set up iCloud Keychain without any passcode or password. Apple states in a support document that this allows you to store passwords "only locally" on your devices, but it's clear from our tests that the system stores passwords in the cloud no matter what. The difference is that without a passcode there won't be a permanent backup of your keychain that you can restore if you happen to lose all of your Apple devices.

iCloud isn't alone in offering some storage for free almost all cloud storage providers give you at least 2GB before they start charging. Google Drive is the most generous, giving users 15GB before they start paying. So, how much space do you need? Obviously that depends on how many and the type of file you want to save. Storing and backing up documents, from Word, Excel, etc, will not take up much room at all, so a basic package [2GB-15GB] will be more than enough for you, Baliszewski says. However, items like photos take up much more room, and music and movies substantially more a two-hour movie can take up 1GB-2GB. Calculating roughly how much storage you need will help you avoid paying over the odds, as you can then shop around for the provider that offers the best deal for that amount of space. In most cases you will need to commit to a year's storage in advance and pay either annually or monthly.

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Note that Apple says if you dont back up your device for 180 days or more , the company will delete your devices iCloud backup files. Manage your backups Say youve got a 64GB iPhone. How can you back up all that content to a 5GB iCloud account? You cant, and you dont.iCloud automatically backs up the following items: Photos and videos in your Camera Roll Device settings Home screen and app organization iMessage, text (SMS), and MMS messages Ringtones Visual Voicemail Apple also stores the most recent 1,000 photos from your Photo Stream, if that iCloud feature is turned on. (Go to Settings > iCloud > Photos and then toggle My Photo Stream.) These images dont count against your storage quota, but they will only remain in iCloud storage for 30 days, since youre expected to download them to your computer. Set everything up right and this will happen automatically; check out our article Up and running with Photo Stream" to learn the basics. Also, your device wont back up the music you sync, or the apps on your device.