Syncing with iCloud

When working in OS X Mountain Lion iCloud sync is possible. Learn the steps to take in this free lesson.

Enabling automatic downloads

To get the most out of iCloud, you'll need to enable automatic downloads on all of your devices. This will allow all of your purchased items to be available on your devices, no matter which device you use to purchase them.

To enable automatic downloads on a Mac:

  1. Open iTunes.
    Opening iTunesOpening iTunes
  2. On the right side of the window, click the iTunes Store button.

    Going to the iTunes StoreaGoing to the iTunes Store
  3. On the left side of the window, click the Sign In button, then type your Apple ID and password. If you are already signed in, you can skip this step.
    Signing in to the iTunes StoreSigning in to the iTunes Store
  4. At the top of the screen, click iTunes, then select Preferences. The Preferences dialog box will open up.
    Going to the iTunes preferencesGoing to the iTunes preferences
  5. Click the Store tab, then place check boxes next to Music, Apps, and Books. When you're done, click OK.
    Enabling automatic downloads in iTunes preferencesEnabling automatic downloads in iTunes preferences

Setting up your other devices

To use this feature, you'll need to enable automatic downloads on your other devices too (including on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or PC). To view instructions for your other devices, follow the links below.