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Using the cloud

The cloud can be used to share information, including your location, photos and even how to locate a lost device. It’s good to know how to do this and how to switch off sharing if you change your mind.

The courses in this topic look at the different types of free and paid cloud services available, depending on what brand and type of device you use. Each course is made up of an animated video and printable guide, showing step-by-step instructions on how to use these services.

To get started, if you need a quick refresher on what the cloud is, you can watch this short animation:

When you’re ready, choose your device type and brand from the list below to start learning about how to get the most from the cloud.

Windows Desktop: Sharing photos and location with the cloud

Learn how to back up important documents and photos to the cloud from your Windows desktop computer. This course will also show you how you can locate your other devices from your Windows desktop computer using the cloud.

Windows laptop: Sharing photos and location with the cloud

Learn how to back up important documents and photos to the cloud from your Windows laptop computer. This course will also show you how you can locate your other devices from your Windows laptop computer using the cloud.

Apple desktop: Sharing photos and location with the cloud

Learn how to back up important documents and photos to the cloud from your Apple desktop computer. This course will also show you how you can locate your other devices from your Apple desktop computer using the Find My app and the cloud.

Apple laptop: Sharing photos and location with the cloud

Learn how to back up important documents and photos to the cloud from your Apple laptop computer. This course will also show you how you can locate your other devices from your Apple laptop computer using the Find My app and the cloud.

Apple iPhone: Cloud location services

Learn how to share your location with close friends and family using Google Maps and the cloud. You’ll also learn how you can locate your other Apple devices using the Find My app on your Apple iPhone.

Apple iPhone: Cloud back up and photo sharing

Find out what your iCloud account offers you and how you can back up photos and important documents to the cloud from your iPhone. You’ll also learn how you can share photos from your iCloud account via a link from your iPhone.

Android phone: Cloud back up and photo sharing

Find out what your cloud account offers you and how you can back up photos and other documents to the cloud account from your Android phone. You’ll also learn how to share photos from your Android phone using the Google Photos app.

Android phone: Cloud location services

Learn how to share your location with close friends and family using your Android phone and the Google Maps app. You’ll also learn how to locate your other devices from your Android phone using your Google account.

Apple iPad: Cloud back up and photo sharing

Find out what your iCloud account offers you and how you can back up photos and important documents to the cloud from your iPad. You’ll also learn how you can share photos from your iCloud account via a link from your iPad.

Apple iPad: Cloud location services

Learn how to share your location with close friends and family using Google Maps and the cloud. You’ll also learn how you can locate your other Apple devices using the Find My app on your Apple iPad.

Android tablet: Cloud back up and photo sharing

Find out what your cloud account offers you and how you can back up photos and other documents to the cloud account from your Android tablet. You’ll also learn how to share photos from your Android tablet using the Google Photos app.

Android tablet: Cloud location services

Learn how to share your location with close friends and family using your Android tablet and the Google Maps app. You’ll also learn how to locate your other devices from your Android tablet using your Google account.