If you’re like me, you’ve probably been procrastinating and avoiding your move from MobileMe to iCloud, which you will eventually have to do before June 30, 2012. Or maybe, you have an Apple device, but you just haven’t gotten around to signing up for iCloud. If you’re finally ready to move your devices to Lion and iOS 5 (currently, they must be upgraded in order for iCloud to work with them), then here is some information to help you out and to ensure the process goes smoothly.
If you’re moving from MobileMe to iCloud:
Here is a set of frequently asked questions on Apple’s website that gives you a good overview of what will be happening to your MobileMe account, what’s new in iCloud, and what will no longer be around. For example, you will no longer get iDisk, Photo Gallery, and iWeb hosting in iCloud, but you do get some great new features like Photo Stream and iTunes Match. And, you still get features like Find My iPhone and Back to My Mac — only now they’re free.
Once you decide you’re ready to make the switch, the following Apple support article will tell you how to best prepare for your move.
If you’d like to see screen shots of the process and what it should look like, the following is a photo gallery that shows each step in your transition.
When you’re ready to start, head to http://www.me.com and click on “Move from MobileMe to iCloud.”
Keep in mind, your MobileMe account and all of its functions will stay intact until June 30, 2012, including the iDisk, Photo Gallery, and iWeb features. So, as long as you don’t deactivate your account, you don’t have to worry about losing anything that you have on your MobileMe until then.
If you’re creating a new iCloud account:
Creating a new iCloud account is fairly easy, incredibly useful, and best of all – free. The following Apple support link provides some frequently asked questions about creating an account.
The only things that you’ll need to use iCloud are an Apple ID (Apple IDs and iCloud) and devices with the correct system requirements (iCloud: Supported System Requirements). You may set up your account right from any of your computers or devices once they are updated and iCloud is turned on.
If you would like more than the allotted 5GB of storage (keep in mind purchased music, TV shows, apps, and books, as well as photos in your Photo Stream don’t count against your 5GB of free storage), you can purchase 10, 20, or 50 additional GB of space.