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How to transfer your MobileMe account to iCloud (photos)

iOS 5 and iCloud have now officially launched, giving MobileMe users the option to transfer their accounts over to iCloud. We walk you through the process and provide some tips along the way.

Jason Cipriani
Jason Cipriani
Jason Cipriani
Jason Cipriani is based out of beautiful Colorado and has been covering mobile technology news and reviewing the latest gadgets for the last six years. His work can also be found on sister site CNET in the How To section, as well as across several more online publications.
Jason Cipriani
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Begin the transfer process

If you visit iCloud.com and attempt to sign into your MobileMe account, you will be asked to begin the transfer process. If you accept, you will be redirected to mobileme.com/move
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Moving MobileMe to iCloud

You will be presented with the account information that you are about to transfer to iCloud. If the account information is correct, click on the Get Started button.
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Mail, Contacts, & Calendar

You will be able to take your Mail, Contacts, & Calendar with you over to iCloud. Press Next when you are comfortable with the information you will be taking over to iCloud
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You will keep Gallery, iDisk, and iWeb...for a limited time

Some of the features that MobileMe users have come to expect are going to be cut down the road, but for the time being they will still be able to access Gallery, iDisk, & iWeb publishing. As of June 30, 2012, the features will no longer exist; be prepared, the day is coming.
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MobileMe sync features

There are some sync features that MobileMe provided that are also getting the axe, but instead of waiting until June to cut them, once you transition to iCloud, the services no longer work.

Your Dashboard widgets, Keychains, Mail settings, and rules will no longer sync.

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Make sure your devices are updated!

iCloud will not work unless your iOS devices are running iOS 5 and your Mac is up to date with OS X 10.7.2. Move your account only after you have updated all of your devices.

Check the box that states you have updated all of your devices and press Next to proceed.

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Warning!

Make sure you have up-to-date PIM information such as contacts and calendars with at least one device.

Click on Move to iCloud

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One last warning!

Make a back up of your contacts, calendars, and bookmarks. If something goes wonky during the transfer process, you will need this backup to restore any issues. You can back up each one by opening the respective app and going to File >Export. Save the file somewhere safe!

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iCloud t's and c's

You are almost there. You have already backed up your info, and ensured all your devices are updated--now all you have left to do is accept the iCloud terms and conditions. Take a deep breath.
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Congrats!

You will see a progress bar showing you exactly how the process is going. After it is all said and done you will see a screen similar to this, letting you know that you need to continue the setup process on your devices.

That's all there is to transferring your MobileMe account to iCloud. It's a bit intimidating at first but as long as you take your time, ensure everything is up to date and you have a good backup of your data, you shouldn't have anything to worry about.

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