How to pick the perfect iCloud storage plan for you!
iCloud provides a host of features, including mail, calendar, contacts, reminders, notes, sync, and much, much, more. A lot of it comes for free, but if you find yourself storing a lot of iCloud Drive documents, iCloud Photo Library content, or multiple device backups, you may need more than the 5 GB free plan provides. If you're close to the limits or have already run out, you have several other tiers to consider, from $1/m for 50 GB to $20/m for 2TB. Here are your options!
iCloud storage plan options
iCloud currently offers five different subscription options. The storage that you get will be split between any and all devices you're using. This includes iPhones, iPads, Macs, and access on supported Windows computers. Your iCloud storage space will account for any files you store in any apps and your iCloud backups for all your devices.
- 5GB of storage - Free
- 50GB of storage - $0.99 per month
- 200GB of storage - $2.99 per month
- 1TB of storage - $9.99 per month
- 2TB of storage - $19.99 per month
What to consider before picking an iCloud storage plan
Before making a decision, it's always important to consider a few things. These are the questions you should consider before deciding on an iCloud storage plan:
- Are backups already making you run out of iCloud storage space?
- Do you use iCloud Drive to store your documents or are they mainly in Dropbox, Google Drive, or somewhere else?
- Do you use iCloud Photo Library to store your pictures and videos or are they mainly in Dropbox, Google Photos, or somewhere else?
- Are you using iCloud Drive Desktop and Documents to sync multiple Macs in macOS Sierra?
If your answers indicate you're going to be using iCloud a lot, you'll likely need the storage space to match.
Who should stick with the free iCloud option?
If you own only one iPhone or iPad and don't store a ton of things on it, or if you're already heavily invested in Dropbox or Google or another storage provider, you can likely get away with the free iCloud tier, at least for a while.
Who should get the 50GB iCloud subscription?
If you want to make sure your iPhone and/or iPad is backed up without worries, if you use a reasonable amount of documents and take some photos an videos you want to sync and otherwise keep available, or if you use Dropbox or Google or another storage provider but also want the security of multiple backups with Apple, the 50 GB plan is a good place to start.
Who should get 200GB iCloud storage plans?
If you have multiple Apple devices and want to keep them all backed up, if you use iCloud Drive regularly or are building up a substantial iCloud Photo Library, or if you simply want to use iCloud as your starting point for storage, you'll like need the 200 GB plan.
Who should get the 1TB iCloud storage plan?
If you need 1TB of iCloud storage, you probably don't need me to tell you that. You're all in. You want all your devices always backed up, all your documents on Apple's servers, and all your photos and videos up on the iCloud. If money is less important to you than the knowledge all your stuff is taken care of, the 1 TB plan is there for you.
Who should get the 2TB iCloud storage plan?
Basically, this plan is designed for groups of people, like families, that have multiple iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices and use multiple services like iCloud Photo Library, iCloud Music Library, and iCloud Drive. The 2TB plan is big, but there are some of you out there that are already thinking that you wish you could get 3TB.
How to buy more or downgrade your iCloud storage
If you find yourself needing more iCloud storage, you can add it at any time right from your device. Likewise, if you find you've added too much, you can also downgrade to a lower tier any time, and the change will be reflected in your next billing cycle.
- Tap on the iCloud button in Settings.
- Tap on the Storage button.
Tap on the Buy More Storage or Downgrade Options button, depending on which storage plan you have..
Choose the storage plan that best suits your needs by tapping on it.
- Tap Buy in the upper right hand corner.
You will be prompted to sign in with your iCloud account in order to finish the purchase.
Which iCloud storage plan did you pick?
After you've made your decision, let me know in the comments what you picked and why! Are you abandoning any existing cloud storage subscriptions to make the switch? Be sure to let me know that too!