How to install iCloud on a Mac

iCloud is an excellent feature that people with multiple Apple products really should take advantage of. Essentially it is Apple’s take on cloud storage that syncs music, photos, calendars, contacts and documents to all of your Apple devices. See all Apple How-to tutorials.

However, it is not a program that comes preinstalled on all Macs, and what’s more, if you don’t have OS X 10.7.4 or later, then you will not be able to use iCloud on your Mac. So in order to get iCloud on your Mac you have to upgrade you entire Mac's OS. See also How to wipe a Mac: erase your Mac's hard drive.

If you do not know which operating system you are running on your Mac, you can easily find out, by clicking on the Apple symbol located at the top left of the desktop, and then opening About This Mac. This will tell you what OS version you are running.

How to install iCloud on a Mac

iCloud isn’t so much an independent application for Macs, rather a feature built into the new Mac OS. So in order to get iCloud installed on your Mac you need to completely upgrade your Mac’s operating system to OS X 10.7.4 or later.

Apple has a guide on How to Upgrade to Mountain Lion on its website. Follow the intsructions on this site and you will be able to upgrade your Mac and in turn use iCloud.

Can my Mac get iCloud?

Here is Apple’s list of Apple's requirements to be able to upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion:

Your Mac must be one of the following models:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)                      

Find out if your current Mac qualifies by clicking the Apple icon at the top left of your screen, choosing About This Mac, then clicking More Info.

Running Lion or the latest version of Snow Leopard?

While you have the About This Mac window open, check what version of OS X your Mac is running.

If you're running Lion, you’re ready to update to Mountain Lion. If you're running Snow Leopard, click the Apple icon and choose Software Update to install version 10.6.8.

Running OS X Leopard?

If you’re running OS X Leopard and would like to upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion, first you’ll need to upgrade to OS X Snow Leopard. You can purchase OS X Snow Leopard for £13.99 online via the Apple Online Store.

System requirements:

  • 8GB of available disk space
  • 2GB of memory
  • Mac App Store installed
  • A valid Apple ID