4TB of iCloud storage is now a thing following Apple One launch

iCloud Drive on Mac
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What you need to know

  • You can now take out 4TB of iCloud storage if that's your jam.
  • The previous limit was 2TB and that wasn't enough for some people.
  • You'll need to subscribe to Apple One, first.

Anyone who found the iCloud storage limit of 2TB to be a little on the small side can now pay for 4TB thanks to the arrival of Apple One. You'll need to jump through a couple of hoops, but it's well worth the work.

Benjamin Mayo of 9to5Mac was the first to spot the potential for 4TB of storage by signing up for an Apple One Premier plan – with 2TB of storage – and then tacking an extra 2TB on top.

Each Apple One plan includes some amount of iCloud storage; the Apple One Individual plan includes 50 GB, the Apple One Family plan includes 200 GB, and the Apple One Premier plan includes 2 TB.These storage quotas are independent of your normal iCloud plan. So you can subscribe to any of the Apple One tiers and then add on an extra 50 GB, 200 GB, or 2 TB on top via the normal iCloud tier. The prices for the iCloud plans are unchanged if you have Apple One. As a reminder, Apple currently charges $0.99 a month for 50 GB, $2.99 a month for 200 GB, and $9.99 a month for 2 TB.

And that's the gist. You can sign up for the top Apple One plan and then tack on another $9.99 per month 2TB iCloud plan and you're good to go. The total? $39.98 per month.

Sure, 4TB is way more than most people are ever going to need. But for those who do need it, this is a big deal.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.