How to choose a data plan for iCloud?

Cloud-based iCloud service provides many services, including mail, calendar, contacts, reminders, notes and more. Many things are available for free, however, if you store a large amount of data in iCloud, the standard 5 GB may not be enough. In this case, you must choose one of five plans offered by Apple.

Rates for iCloud storage

Currently, the service offers five different subscription options. The memory is divided between all of your devices connected to one Apple ID. It can be iPhone, iPad, Mac and even Windows computers. In iCloud, you can store any files and backup devices.

  • 5 GB – free
  • 50 GB – 59 EUR per month
  • 200 GB – 149 rubles per month
  • 1 TB – 599 rubles a month

After increasing the amount of storage your account will be deducted monthly to pay for it.

What to consider before you select a plan for iCloud

Before making a final decision you should always consider several aspects. Here are the questions to ask yourself before moving to a new storage plan:

  • Whether you are running low on available memory in the cloud?
  • iCloud is your primary cloud storage or you use Google Drive or Dropbox?
  • Whether you use iCloud to store photos and videos?
  • Use the sync feature of the desktop, and documents for multiple Mac with macOS Sierra?

If your answers show that you need a lot of space in iCloud, then it makes sense to look to a paid tariff plans.

What rate to choose?

If you want to be sure that all backups of your iPhone or iPad will be stored in the cloud, you will be able to use a sufficient number of documents and sync photos and videos, and share Google Drive or Dropbox, 50 GB would be sufficient.

If you have multiple Apple devices and want to always have on hand to back them up, you regularly use iCloud Drive and iCloud photo Library, you will have to upgrade to 200 GB of space.

It is unlikely you have such a need, but in a pinch you can use a data plan of 1 GB. It is suitable for users who prefer to store almost all their data to Apple’s servers in the event of unexpected losses.

How to increase or decrease the amount of space available in iCloud

If you see that memory in iCloud is not enough, its volume you can always extend directly from a mobile device. If, on the contrary is too much free space, you can in the same way to switch to a cheaper plan.

  • Go to Settings -> iCloud.
  • Select “Storage”.
  • Click Buy more storage or Change storage plan.
  • Choose the appropriate plan and click “Buy” and enter the password for your Apple ID.
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    Clifton Nichols

    Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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