8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 9, 2011 8:28 AM by Chris CA
DougB_LL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Does anyone know if you can turn iCloud off and on? It appears from the Apple demos that iCloud works automatically for iPhoto, iWork etc. While I'm sure Apple is as secure as any company, probably better than most, I still would not feel comfortable with every photo or every document I create being on someone else's server. I would prefer if it was selective and if i take a photo, or write a Pages document that I can choose whether to sync it.

Doug


iPad, iOS 5
  • Tgara Level 4 Level 4 (3,540 points)

    On initial setup of iOS5, it asks if you want iCloud on or not.  You can also turn it on and off in the Settings menu.

  • Demo Level 10 Level 10 (85,850 points)

    I do not see a setting to turn it off so I'm not sure if you can actually turn iCloud off, but you can turn off documents and data if you do not want to "go to the cloud". Go to Settings>iCloud and just turn it off if you do not want to send those files to your iCloud storage account. You can turn off Photo Stream, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Bookmarks, Notes and Find my iPad as well. I never turned Photo Stream or Mail on at all.

     

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  • jollyscholar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have decided to not use icloud.  I think i see how to turn it off, though I find it weird that it cannot be done on the itunes or icloud site; apparently only from my iphone... Anyway, does anyone know what happens to documents (specifically e-mails) that have already been sent to my cloud?  I didn't intend for them to do so and am concerned about one in particular which I'd just rather not have "out there".  I'm content to turn off icloud, but have no confidence that the e-mail would go away.  Thanks in advance for any help and sorry if the answer is obvious.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (78,015 points)

    "does anyone know what happens to documents (specifically e-mails) that have already been sent to my cloud?  I didn't intend for them to do so and am concerned about one in particular which I'd just rather not have "out there"

     

    You don't snd mails to the cloud.

    You can use the me.com email account.

    Just delete the email either through including.com or your mail app and it will be deleted.

  • jollyscholar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you.  Also, in follow-up to my original question, I opened iCloud on my phone and easily turned everything off.  You would think that apple could at least put a little blurb on the iCloud website saying "to access your iCloud account, open your iOS device". We're not all born with one attached to our palm.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (78,015 points)

    You cannot access your iCloud account with your iOS device.

    You need to use a browser on yoru computer.

  • jollyscholar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Not sure what you mean - when I went to the iCloud website, there was absolutely no way to access "my account".  Conversely, on my iPhone, under settings, there is a whole thing for it with all kinds of settings that I was pretty easily able to turn off.  The only one that gave me any trouble was the very last one that was poorly-worded and I was a little afraid it might cancel my iTunes account, though, of course it didn't.  As far as I can tell, my iCloud account is now closed, though because I have the most recent upgrade, I have the option on my phone now and could sign up for it again if I wanted to.  What I disliked most about it was that it managed to download 3 or 4 copies of every photo I had on my computer, even ones I had spent days and days deleting this summer, owing to some garbage error message that refused to go away unless I clicked for it to 'find the missing folder" (obviously they were in the recycle bin and it drew them back), so I ended up with an upgrade that took hours and hours and hours and clogged up my iPhone with ridiculous quantities of duplicate photos of inane stufff I don't want.  Also, it seemed like it slowed my at-home wireless down to a crawl; I am guessing things were moving between the phone and the cloud and my computer.  Problem solved now, though I can't make any sense of your last reply.  Thanks, though.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (78,015 points)

    There's not really much account "management" for iCloud. This is how it is designed. It just syncs whatever you have.

     

     

    Not sure what you mean - when I went to the iCloud website, there was absolutely no way to access "my account".

    So you could not log in?


    Conversely, on my iPhone, under settings, there is a whole thing for it with all kinds of settings that I was pretty easily able to turn off.

    There's not "all kinds of settings".

    There's one setting (on/off)  for each item (Mail, Contact, Calendars, Reminders, Photo Stream, etc.)

     

     

    As far as I can tell, my iCloud account is now closed,

    I don't believe it is "closed".

    Did you send an email to Apple asking them to delete the iCloud account you created? And they responded they did this?

    If not, it is not closed. You are just not using it.