Apple’s iCloud works great in OS X and iOS, but what about Windows? Here’s how to make iCloud work on Windows systems.
iCloud for Windows
First, download the iCloud Control Panel for Windows. It only works with Windows Vista SP 2 and higher – Windows XP users are out of luck.
If you’re running Outlook during the install, you’ll receive a notification to close out of it before continuing with the installation.
Then the Installation is basic. Follow the install wizard and when it’s done, make sure Open the iCloud Control Panel is checked. Click Finish.
Next, enter your Apple ID and password. Click Sign in.
Now select what you want to sync to iCloud and across your iOS devices. If you want to sync your bookmarks, click Options.
In Bookmark Options, select either Internet Explorer or Safari. There isn’t an option for Google Chrome or Firefox yet. Here I chose Safari since I rarely use IE.
A screen will come up asking if you’re sure you want to merge bookmarks with iCloud. Click Merge.
After making your selections, click Apply.
iCloud setup for Outlook completes. Click Done.
iCloud Control Panel
The iCloud Control Panel for Windows icon lives in your system tray. Launch it from there if you want to go in and select different syncing options.
Alternately, you can go to Start >> Control Panel >> iCloud.
To sync IE bookmarks, you’ll need Internet Explorer 8 or higher.
To sync your contacts and mail from Outlook, you’ll need 2007 or above.
To enable automatic downloads between devices and iTunes for Windows, you’ll need version 10.5.
To sync Safari Bookmarks and Reader Lists, you’ll need Safari 5.1.1 and above.
There’s some work involved in setting it up to work seamlessly between your Apple devices and Windows. Here’s a recap.
Install iTunes 10.5 for Windows and Mac.
Install iOS 5 on your Apple mobile devices.
Update Safari for Windows and Mac to version 5.1.1.
Install the iCloud Control Panel for Windows.
If you have a Mac, make sure to update to OS X Lion 10.7.2.
Now you’ll be able to sync data across your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
Of course, with the release of Windows 10, you might be more inclined to use OneDrive since it can sync data across virtually all mobile devices, including iOS and OS X.