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As I've written previously, iCloud can be a little confusing. It's not meant to be — at least, I don't think Apple intended it to be — but a number of people seem to get caught up by iCloud's synchronisation setup. While it's wonderfully convenient to have the same photos appear across all of your iCloud-using Apple devices, removing photos on one device removes them everywhere else.


Got an email address? Use a computer? Is that a smartphone in your pocket? Then you need to get yourself some cloud storage. Having an always-accessible repository of your most important photos and files makes sharing files with friends less of a hassle and grants you peace of mind. With options from every major tech company, you might find yourself drawn to one or another based on the tech you use on a daily basis and what each service offers.


Dear Lifehacker, Three or four years ago, my Macbook died, and because I was an avid user of Time Machine, I was able to retrieve virtually everything I cared about from my external hard drive, except my photos. Because this tragedy happened to coincide with a software update, the updated photos couldn’t access the old photo library that was stored on the other drive.


We're turning the lens around for this week's Ask Lifehacker. Our Managing Editor Virginia Smith posed a question in our internal Slack channel that cuts wide and deep: "It's safe to delete photos from my iPhone, right?"


With the public launch of iOS 11.4 earlier this week, Messages in iCloud is finally ready for prime time — and not a moment too soon. If you ever linked your phone number to Messages on multiple devices at once, you'd have to delete the same texts on each device over and over. Now, when your devices' Messages apps are all linked through iCloud, what you do on one synchronises to the others. Time saved; frustration reduced.


When Apple released AirPlay back in 2010 it was a revolutionary technology. The idea that you could send audio from one device to another was new and changed things significantly. But it was always a little limited as it's ability to send different audio to different speakers was non existent. Systems such as Sonos took the lead in offering affordable multi-room systems. But AirPlay 2 is here. Apple is pitching its benefits to the HomePod but I think it's going to be more useful for those using other speaker systems.


Using iCloud to monitor the location of your Apple devices is an easy way to keep track of your stuff, and lock it down when it's in the wrong hands. Just remember to say goodbye to iCloud before you sell that ageing iMac. Designer Brenden Mulligan signed into his iCloud account and found an old friend waiting for him among his list of devices: the iMac he had sold nearly three years prior.


At WWDC 2017 Apple announced iOS 11, and with it a slew of space-saving features for smaller devices. Good on Apple for making 32GB the smallest storage in its iOS lineup, but it still isn't enough. A ton of people already spend time trying to reduce the size of their photos, apps, and other bits of data in order to save space and not meet the dreaded "Cannot take photo" alert when it's clutch time.


Apple's iCloud has a long and troubled past, but the company keeps pushing it for iPhone and Mac users with every new operating system update. Don't be fooled. The service is an inconsistent mess and more trouble than it's worth.


Apple has had a busy morning trying to restore the availability of a handful of its online services to customers. Among the services that went down was the Apple App Store and some iCloud features are still offline. Here's what you need to know.