How to Connect an iCloud Account to Outlook 2013

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So are you a fan of all things Apple, but still use Outlook 2013 for Windows? Getting Apple and Microsoft to talk nicely to one another can sometimes be as painful as deciding on a place to eat with friends that isn’t called “I Don’t Care.”

Fear not, connecting your iCloud account to Outlook 2013 is as simple as following the easy steps below.

Download iCloud for Windows PC

The first step is to download and install iCloud for Windows on your computer. This will sync your data from Outlook to iCloud and vice versa. To download the iCloud control panel, go to: http://www.apple.com/icloud/setup

Since you’re installing on a Windows computer, click the For PC link.

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Click the Download now link to download the file you need.
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Once you click the link, you will see some instructions and a Download button. Read the instructions and make sure your computer and browser meet the basic requirements. Once you have verified the software will run on your PC, click the Download button.

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Accept any warnings that may appear and allow the file to save to your PC. The file is about 45 MB, so depending on your connection speed, it may take a minute or two to download. Once the file download is complete, run the file.

IMPORTANT: Make sure Outlook 2013 is not currently running BEFORE you install the iCloud software.

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Set-Up iCloud for Windows

Walk through the setup and accept the Apple license agreement to continue. This will install the necessary software on your PC and will take a few minutes to finish. Once the install is complete, the iCloud control panel will run for the first time. Sign in with
your Apple ID to continue. If you don’t already have an Apple ID, you can sign up at the Apple ID site or on any iOS device like an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

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The first time you run iCloud, you will be asked if you want to send diagnostic information to Apple. I generally choose no when given these options, but if you want to help Apple, you can chose to allow your information to be passed to Apple for diagnostic purposes. If you chose not to, it will not limit your ability to use the software.

When complete, you will see the iCloud control panel. Here, you can choose to sync mail, contacts, calendars and tasks with Outlook 2013. You can also sync your pictures and bookmarks with Internet Explorer as well.
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If iCloud does not open after installing, or if you want to run it again, you can find the iCloud control panel in your PC’s Control Panel under the Network and Internet grouping.

Click the Apply button to start syncing your contacts. The first time you sync, it will take several minutes to complete depending upon the number contacts, photos and other data you have.
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When iCloud is all done syncing, click the Done button to finish up.

Viewing the Results

When you open Outlook for the first time after installing iCloud, you may see a dialog box asking for your password. You should only need to do this once.

You should now see your iCloud email address listed in the side bar. If you click the People link you should see an iCloud grouping. Clicking on that will show all of your iCloud contacts, pictures and all.

Any edits you make to these contacts will sync to your other devices using iCloud sync, and vice versa.

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Facts About iCloud

Here’s a few interesting facts about iCloud now that we have it set up on your PC with Outlook 2013.

  • iCloud began its life as iTools in 2000, changing names to .Mac in 2002, and then to MobileMe in 2008. Each iteration added new¬†features and improvements. iCloud is now free to use.
  • iCloud is more than a way to sync contacts and pictures. You can backup your mobile devices to the cloud, save documents and settings, and with newer versions of Safari and iOS, you can even save credit card and passwords.
  • iCloud itself was announced on June 6, 2011 at the Worldwide DevelopersConference, or WWDC.¬†More than 20 million users signed up for iCloud within a week of its launch.

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