How to Access iCloud Settings & Apple ID in macOS Catalina
Wondering how to access your Apple ID and iCloud settings in the latest MacOS releases? Your Apple ID is the key to all of your data and it’s where all of the iCloud syncing magic starts. Without your Apple ID you can’t access iCloud data including your email, contacts, calendar, and more. You’ll also need it to enable iCloud Photos, and access your apps in the App Store, too. These are obviously important settings to be able to access and configure.
If you’re running macOS 10.15 Catalina or later, accessing your Apple ID and making changes to iCloud is as easy as could be, though it’s in a new location than it was in prior MacOS system software releases. But don’t worry, you don’t need to go spelunking too deep into your Mac’s System Preferences to find it.
Let’s get started and find where and how to access Apple ID and iCloud Settings in the latest MacOS versions from 10.15 and newer!
How to Access Apple ID & iCloud Settings in MacOS Catalina System Preferences
- Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen.
- Click “System Preferences.”
- Click “Apple ID.”
You’re now looking at all of the settings and options relating to your Apple ID.
Click the checkbox beside an item to enable it as required, or click “Manage” to view all of the iCloud data you are using.
You can make changes to your Apple ID by clicking one of the options on the left.
You can change your name, phone, email address, and more.
You can even see information relating to all of the computers and devices that are linked to your account by clicking on them in the left-hand pane, too.
Adjusting individual iCloud settings on the Mac is also possible in this same settings panel, so if you’re wondering where are iCloud settings in macOS? then wonder no more:
Why not make sure your Mac is properly configured while you’re in System Preferences? All of your Mac’s settings are in there including power management settings, language and regional settings, and tons more. You can make a lot of customizations to your Mac by browsing around in these options.
If you don’t yet have an Apple ID, creating one is easy no matter whether you have a Mac, PC, iPhone, or iPad. And if you already have an Apple ID that was created using a third-party email address, you can change it to an iCloud.com one if you want, too.
This obviously applies to the Mac, but finding iCloud and Apple ID settings on iPhone and iPad also changed not too long ago which is an important thing to know how to access as well. The way it is now is a bit more coherent across the various Apple platforms.
Be sure to check out all our other Apple ID-related posts for more tips and tricks relating to the most important account on any Apple device.