Your Apple ID is the account you use to access Apple services like the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime and more. It includes the email address and password you use to sign in as well as all the contact, payment, and security details you’ll use across Apple services.

Once you have your Mac and iPhone connected to iCloud, you can sync:

  • photos
  • notes
  • calendars
  • contacts
  • reminders
  • Safari bookmarks

If you are not sure you have an Apple ID, you can go to to attempt to log in or create a new Apple ID.

If you would prefer watching a video tutorial, click here.

Once you have an Apple ID, here is what you need to do to connect your Mac and iPhone to your account so you can sync data across devices.

  • On your Mac, go to System Preferences > iCloud and sign in with the Apple ID.  Make sure iCloud Drive is checked, along with any other data you want to sync.
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  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > iCloud and sign in with the Apple ID. Again, make sure iCloud Drive is on.