How to Use .Mac

  Matt Cone       August 1, 2007      Tutorials Mac Internet Apps

If you’re new to Macs, or if you’re not all that savvy with tech stuff (like creating websites and backing up important information with an online service), you should look into Apple’s .Mac service. It’s a $100 per year service that unlocks a number of cool features built into your Mac. In fact, some of the features are so cool that even seasoned Mac users spring for it.

.Mac logo

Here are just a few of the features that come with .Mac:

If you haven’t already tried .Mac, you can sign up for a free sixty day trial.

Questions have recently been raised recently as to how useful .Mac really is these days. After all, Google provides a lot of the same functionality for free through their website, and there haven’t been any updates to .Mac for a long time. To these objections, we say that .Mac is still useful, if only because it integrates so well with Mac OS X.

Set Up .Mac on Your Mac

Once you create an account, you’ll need to tell your Mac about your new .Mac account. Here’s how to do it:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Select .Mac.

    .Mac in System Preference

  3. Enter your .Mac Member Name and Password.

    .Mac preferences

  4. Select the Sync tab. You can tell your Mac to automatically synchronize applications, settings, and information with .Mac, or you can chose to do it manually. We prefer the Automatically option, personally.

    .Mac preferences

  5. Select the iDisk tab. If you run out of .Mac disk space, you can always purchase more - just click Buy More. And you can mirror your .Mac iDisk on your Mac so you can access it even when you’re offline. Just click Start and let your Mac synchronize it automatically.

    .Mac preferences

  6. Select the Advanced tab. This window lists all of the computers you’ve registered with your .Mac account.

    .Mac preferences

  7. Close System Preferences. Your Mac is now setup to use .Mac!

Okay, It’s Setup. So Now What?

Some changes will be immediately visible. Here are some of the more obvious changes you’ll notice:

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