Search iCloud

PSA: Updating to MacOS Sonoma or iOS 17 May Enable iCloud Keychain

May 28, 2024 - 4 Comments
iCloud Keychain may turn itself on after software updates

Mac users, iPhone users, and iPad users, should all be aware that updating to macOS Sonoma 14, iOS 17, or iPadOS 17, may silently enable iCloud Keychain on their devices. Essentially this means that by updating to the latest iOS, iPadOS, or MacOS, you may be unintentionally enabling the feature and thereby uploading your saved … Read More

Fix Messages for Mac Showing Phone Numbers Instead of Names

Feb 2, 2024 - 5 Comments
Make sure Contacts app is enabled for iCloud on Mac

Some Mac users may run into a situation where the Messages app for Mac shows phone numbers instead of contact names, despite those contacts numbers being saved and associated with names. Typically you can resolve this issue with a few simple solutions, which we’ll get into here.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac Without iCloud

Dec 6, 2023 - 15 Comments
How to copy photos from iPhone without using iCloud

If you’re accustomed to using iCloud to keep your photos synced between your iPhone, Mac, or even Windows PC, you may not be familiar with the process of transferring pictures off of the iPhone without using iCloud. This tutorial will walk through the steps required to get pictures from your iPhone to your computer, without … Read More

5 iCloud Security Features You Should Be Using

Oct 9, 2023 - 7 Comments
iCloud security features you should be using

iCloud is packed full of features that make using devices in the Apple ecosystem super easy and fluid, but there are some security features and capabilities offered by iCloud that literally everyone should be using because of their added benefits to security, convenience, and capabilities. While it’s generally a good idea to basically use every … Read More

How to Sign Out of Apple ID on MacOS Sonoma & Ventura

Apr 6, 2023 - Leave a Comment
How to sign out of Apple ID on Mac with System Settings

An Apple ID is used as a gateway to every Apple service and many features on the Mac (and other Apple devices), ranging from iCloud, iCloud Photos, iCloud Drive, Find My, iCloud Documents and Data, backups, Contacts, Messages, Notes, Mail, and so much more. While basically every Mac should stay logged into an Apple ID … Read More

How to Download All Photos from iCloud to Mac

Mar 20, 2023 - 8 Comments
How to Enable iCloud Photos on Mac

If you have a bunch of photos and videos stored in iCloud Photos, you may be wondering how you can download all of your photos and videos from iCloud Photos to your Mac local storage, or to an external hard drive. For example, let’s say you have 40GB of iCloud Photos that you want to … Read More

How to Delete Comments from Shared iCloud Photo Streams

Mar 5, 2023 - Leave a Comment
Delete comments from shared iCloud photo streams on iPhone or iPad

iCloud Shared Photo Albums are one of the better features available for users who want to privately share pictures and videos with groups of people without blasting them onto social networks. You can even leave comments on photos and videos on the shared streams, but what if you left a comment that you want to … Read More

Fix “Confirm Mac Password” to Keep Using iCloud in System Settings

Dec 29, 2022 - 28 Comments
Confirm Mac Password message in System Settings

Some Mac users have discovered a “Confirm Mac Password” message in System Settings or System Preferences on their Mac, and while it can appear at random, it often shows up soon after installing a system software update. For example, perhaps you recently installed macOS Ventura 13.1 onto a Mac and now you see the “Confirm … Read More

How to Sync Desktop and Documents Folder to iCloud on Mac

Aug 9, 2022 - 9 Comments
How to Sync Desktop and Documents Folder to iCloud on Mac

Do you want to make sure the files stored on your Mac’s desktop and in the documents folder are accessible from all your Apple devices? You can set this up pretty easily on your Mac with the help of iCloud. To be more specific, it’s an optional iCloud Drive setting in macOS, that allows you … Read More

How to Download iCloud Photos via the Command Line

Aug 2, 2022 - 6 Comments
Download iCloud Photos via Command Line

Ever wanted to download all photos from iCloud Photos using the command line? Thanks to the third party icloud_photos_downloader tool, you can do just that. Called icloudpd for short, it works to access and download photos directly from iCloud using the command line on a Mac, Windows PC, or Linux.

How to Create Local Backups of Notes on Mac

Apr 28, 2022 - 9 Comments
How to backup Notes locally on a Mac

The Notes app is popular for keeping bits of data, jotting down information, maintaining lists, storing text, photos, and so much more. It’s completely reasonable to want to create a local backup of notes from the Notes app, but you may be unsure of how to accomplish that. We’ll discuss a few ways to backup … Read More

How to Use iCloud Passwords on Windows PC

Dec 6, 2021 - Leave a Comment
How to Use iCloud Passwords on Windows PC

Most iPhone, iPad, and Mac users rely on the built-in iCloud Keychain feature to securely store and manage their passwords, but if you also have a Windows PC you may be interested to know that you can seamlessly use iCloud Keychain passwords from a Windows computer too.

How to Set Up Contact Groups for iPhone

Dec 1, 2021 - 3 Comments
How to Set Up Contact Groups for iPhone

Have you ever wanted to create contact groups on your iPhone to sort out the people in your list? While this is not possible natively for some reason, you can use iCloud’s web client to make contact groups for your iPhone.

How to Share iCloud Storage with Family on Mac

Nov 1, 2021 - Leave a Comment
How to Share iCloud Storage with Family on Mac

Are you on the larger size iCloud storage plan and want to share it with family? iCloud storage can be shared with family members thanks to Apple’s Family Sharing feature, and this is easy to access on the Mac.

Don’t Use iCloud? How to Remove “Start Using iCloud” Notifications on Mac

Oct 30, 2021 - 10 Comments
Finder icon on the Mac

If you’re a Mac user who does not use iCloud, nor do you want to use iCloud, you might be bothered by the “Start Using iCloud” notifications and messages in System Preferences to use the iCloud service. iCloud is undeniably useful with its syncing capabilities, but if you don’t use it for whatever reason, you … Read More

How to Backup Voice Memos from iPhone

Oct 20, 2021 - 2 Comments
How to Backup Voice Memos from iPhone

Do you use the built-in Voice Memos app on iPhone or iPad for recording your voice or other external audio? If you’re a regular Voice Memos user, you may want to back up all your recordings to make sure you don’t permanently lose them.

How to Use Hide My Email for Signups from iPhone & iPad

Oct 14, 2021 - 3 Comments
How to Use Hide My Email for Signups from iPhone

Apple has introduced a neat new privacy feature called Hide My Email, which, as the name implies, hides your email during service signups. This feature was introduced alongside iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 software updates as part of the company’s new iCloud+ service that focuses on user privacy, and is included in all existing paid … Read More

How to Use Private Relay in Safari to Hide Your IP address on iPhone & iPad

Oct 4, 2021 - 3 Comments
How to Use Safari Private Relay on iPhone

Alongside the release of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple introduced a privacy-oriented feature that changes the way you browse the web on your iPhone or iPad. Dubbed Private Relay, it’s a part of the company’s new iCloud+ program that you can access as long as you’re paying for iCloud.

Subscribe to OSXDaily

Subscribe to RSS Subscribe to Twitter Feed Follow on Facebook Subscribe to eMail Updates

Tips & Tricks


iPhone / iPad



Shop on Amazon to help support this site