“Hey Siri”—Find My…

How To Use “Hey Siri” To Find Your iOS or MacOS Devices.

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It’s easy to locate a misplaced, lost or, or stolen iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Say “Hey Siri” and one of the following…

Misplaced Nearby

“Where are you?”

Lost or Stolen
On another iOS or MacOS device that belongs to you, say “Hey Siri,” and any of the following…

  • “Where is my iPhone?”
  • “Where is my iPad?”
  • “Where is my MacBook Pro?”

“Hey Siri” tips appear here every Saturday.

To find more tips, say “Hey Siri, what can you do?,” click the Hey Siri tag below, or visit Apple’s Siri page.

Using iCloud Drive on iCloud.com

How To Work with iCloud Drive in Any Web Browser.

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Previously, I presented an Overview of iCloud Drive, and then also wrote about how to use it on a Mac and on an iPhone or iPad.

Today, I’ll show you a third way to access and manage your iCloud Drive files: iCloud.com.

This is a convenient way to access much of the information on your Apple devices from any computer or device that has a browser. (And not just your working files from applications like iMovie, but also other apps and essential information: Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, and Photos.)

Same Features, Different Appearance

You can see and do the many of same things on iCloud Drive on the web that you can do on a MacOS or iOS device.

  • Files: add (via upload or drag and drop), move, rename, delete, share (via email only), get info
  • Folders: add, rename (user-created folders only)

Where Is the iCloud Drive on iCloud.com?

  1. Open any Web browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) on your Mac/PC or iOS Device.
  2. In the search window, enter iCloud.com.
  3. Use your Apple ID and Password to log on.

If you have not used iCloud.com before, follow the Setup Instructions link at the top left.

If you’re a return user to iCloud.com, you’ll see either a display of all the available App and Service Icons—just click on iCloud Drive—or you’ll be logged in to where you were the last time you used the app—in that case, click the drop down arrow at the top left and choose iCloud Drive.

Explore

Spend a few minutes with iCloud Drive and get your bearings…

  • Review the icons along the top center: Add Folder, Upload, Download, Delete, Email
  • Roll over any Folder or File icon and the Get Info icon will appear in the upper right (for details and to rename)
  • Click any Folder or File to open it or view it
  • Follow the “breadcrumb” icon at the upper left to navigate backward

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“Hey Siri”—Are We There, Yet?

How To Use “Hey Siri” To Get Map, Traffic, and Navigation Information.

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When on the go, traveling near or far, or just curious about a possible destination, say “Hey Siri,” and any of the following…

Maps

  • “Open Maps.”
  • “Show me a map of Cleveland.”
  • “Map of Florida.”
  • “Show map of Madrid, Spain.”
  • “Where am I?”
  • “Show me the nearest restaurant on the map.”
  • “Show me the nearest hospital on the map.”
  • “Show me the nearest hotel on the map.”

Navigations & Directions

  • “Are we there yet?”
  • “What’s my ETA?”
  • “Show me directions to New York by car.”
  • “Directions to work.”
  • “Take me home.”
  • “Navigate to home.”
  • “How do I get to the corner of 30th and Lincoln?”
  • “Navigate to Rock Creek Park by foot.”
  • “Directions to the African American Museum by transit.”
  • “Navigate to Mom’s by car.”
  • “Directions to my girlfriend’s home by foot.”
  • “Navigate to Baltimore by public transport.”
  • “Give me public transit directions to the Guggenheim Museum.”
  • “Stop navigation.”

Traffic

  • “Is there traffic on the way to Steve’s?”
  • “What is the traffic like on the way home?”
  • “Show me the traffic.”
  • “Show me the traffic in Bethesda.”
  • “What’s the traffic like in Manhattan.”

Travel Time

  • “How long would it take to drive home?”
  • “How long would it take to drive to West Palm Beach?”
  • “How long would it take to drive to Laurie’s?”

Travel Distance

  • “How far is Rockville from Cleveland?”
  • “How much farther to Hilton Head?”
  • “How far is Bethesda from Columbia?”
  • “Distance between here and New York?”
  • “How far is California from here?”
  • “How far is the Moon?”

Nearby

  • “What are some attractions around here?”
  • “I’m running low on gas.”
  • “I’m hungry.”
  • “What’s the best restaurant in Washington, DC?”
  • “Where’s a good inexpensive place to eat around here?”
  • “Find a happy hour nearby.”
  • “Where’s a good hair salon?”
  • “Find me a place to eat where I can sit outside.”
  • “I need some aspirin.”
  • “I want to go to the library.”
  • “I need some coffee.”
  • “Where is the Washington Monument?”
  • “Where is Nationals Stadium?”
  • “How far away is Boston?”

Other Information

  • “What is my elevation?”
  • “What is my altitude?”

“Hey Siri” tips appear here every Saturday.

To find more tips, say “Hey Siri, what can you do?,” click the Hey Siri tag below, or visit Apple’s Siri page.

Using the iCloud Drive App on iOS

How To Work with Files and iCloud Drive on an iPhone or iPad.

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Yesterday, I showed you how to work with files Using iCloud Drive on a Mac. And in an earlier post: Overview of iCloud Drive, I covered what you can do with iCloud Drive, the Apple apps that work with it, and how to enable it.

Today, I’ll dig into managing your files with iCloud Drive on your iPhone or iPad.

Refresher: Files and iCloud Drive

  • You can store any type of file in iCloud Drive
  • The maximum size of any one file is 15GB
  • You can store as many files as you like as long in iCloud Drive as long you don’t exceed your iCloud storage limit.

Where Is the iCloud Drive?

It depends on where you’ve chosen to keep it on your iOS device. I recommend using a  Spotlight search or activating Siri and saying “Open iCloud Drive.”

When you open iCloud Drive, you’ll see a folders for Desktop and Documents and a folder for every Apple program that you’ve used to save a file (e.g., Numbers, Pages, iMovie, etc.).

To sort the files and folders the way you like you can using the tabs at the top (Date, Name, or Tags). Or touch the sort icon to the right of the tags.

To open a file, just touch it. You’ll be able to:

  • Open the appropriate app (e.g., Numbers, Pages, iMovie, etc.)
  • Preview the file visually (if it is a graphic, picture, pdf, or similar file type)—or, if you do not have the app for the file installed.
  • Share the file—touch the share icon at the bottom left
  • Delete the file—touch the trash can at the bottom center
  • Move the file—touch the folder icon at the bottom right

How Do I Save Files and Folders to iCloud Drive?

When you initial open an iCloud-enabled app, you are given the option to use iCloud. If you need to check if the app has iCloud enabled, Apple’s Numbers app, for example, you’ll need to:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Touch iCloud.
  3. Scroll down until you see iCloud Drive and check that it is enabled.
  4. Look at the list of apps below iCloud Drive and enable any that you want to use with iCloud Drive. (I recommend all.)
  5. If you do not see an app you’d like to use, install it using the App Store app.

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