4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 14, 2013 9:50 AM by mende1
Davidatthepoint Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

When I click Icloud in System Pref, it shows me signed in with the "sign out" button as an option.

However when I go to Icloud.com it asks me to sign in and when I have it gives me the option to sign out.

If I sign out and then go back to Icloud in Syst Pref it shows me as still signed in with the option to sign out.

Are these two different types of Icloud?

Confused

Thanks


MacBook Pro with Retina display, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • 1. Re: Help me understand Icloud
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    They are different. One thing is the iCloud session you have on your Mac and a different one is the iCloud session in http://www.icloud.com. If you log out of iCloud in one, there's no reason to get logged out of the other one because they are different

  • 2. Re: Help me understand Icloud
    Davidatthepoint Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok, so they are different Iclouds....could you explain the difference and how they relate?

    Thanks

  • 3. Re: Help me understand Icloud
    Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (65,505 points)

    They are not different iCloud accounts: they are different gateways to the same iCloud account. When you unlock the back door to your house it has no effect on the front door, but they both access the same house.

     

    Each device, or a browser accessing the iCloud website, is a separate login and can be signed in and signed out without affecting the others. You should stay logged in on your Mac and devices, otherwise the syncing process can't take place properly: however you should sign out of icloud.com when you are finished using it to keep tight security.

  • 4. Re: Help me understand Icloud
    mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,570 points)

    The iCloud you can access from a browser is a bit limited because it only allows you to access to basic services like mail, contacts, calendars, reminders, notes and, if you have iWork in your Mac, access to your iWork documents stored in iCloud. In the future you will also be able to use iWork in iCloud.

     

    However, on a Mac, you can access to all iCloud features: all services mentioned before and Photo Stream, other iCloud-supported applications, bookmarks, iCloud tabs, Find my Mac... Also, note that Apple doesn't sync iCloud logouts, being the reason why you don't get logged out of iCloud in your Mac when you log out of iCloud in a browser