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iCloud Q&A: Part 2

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11 / 09 / 2017

iCloud Q&A: Part 2

As you already know, iCloud gives 5 GB of free space by default after signing up to Apple ID. However, 5 GB is usually not enough for a modern user. We bet most users have seen this notification.

Recently you’ve got the general idea of how iCloud, an Apple virtual storage app, works. We hope it was useful, and here intend to keep on investigating iCloud.

There are about 800 million users worldwide using iCloud every day, and most of them need more storage space. Of course, the iCloud upgrade costs some money; however, Apple offers flexible plans and prices, so you can choose the one that suits you.

Q1: What plan options does iCloud suggest?

A1: First, there are 3 storage space options: 50 GB, 200 GB, or 2 TB. According to Apple’s policy, you will be charged monthly  after requesting more iCloud space. The pricing and available countries list can be found here. For example, in the US 50 GB of cloud storage cost just $0.99 per month. To extend iCloud space to 200 GB, you`ll need to pay $2.99 each month, and it costs $9.99 to get  2 TB of space.

If you permanently back up your files to iCloud and use iCloud Drive, it's likely more convenient to switch from a monthly to an annual plan.

Q2: Can I easily switch back to the monthly subscription?

A2: Absolutely, just follow the instruction to do this:

  • for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: Tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage

  • for Mac: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences >iCloud > Manage

  • for PC: Open iCloud for Windows, click Storage > Buy More Storage.

Q3: How do I buy more iCloud storage?

A3: You can use any device to purchase more iCloud storage. Note, when you choose a new storage plan, your existing plan is canceled and the new plan is upgraded immediately. When you choose an upgraded plan, you will be charged the license cost difference. Also, you’ll have a new monthly payment date based on the day you’ve upgraded your iCloud plan.

If you’ve decided to upgrade your plan using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Storage. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage.

  2. Tap “Buy More Storage” or “Change Storage Plan”.

  3. Choose a plan, then tap “Buy” and enter your Apple ID password.

Changing your plan from a Mac:

  1. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.

  2. Choose “Manage” in the lower-right corner.

  3. Click “Buy More Storage” or “Change Storage Plan”.

  4. Choose a plan, then click “Next” and enter your Apple ID password.

Changing your plan from a Windows PC:

  1. Go to iCloud for Windows.

  2. Open “Storage”.

  3. Choose “Change Storage Plan”.

  4. Select a plan, then click “Next”.

  5. Enter your Apple ID password and click “Buy”.

Q4: I think I don’t need as much storage. How do I downgrade?

A4: Of course, you may have tried larger storage and then decided you don’t need that much space and pay extra. It's simple to downgrade your plan, but the changes will be made after your current subscription plan expires.

The steps for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Storage. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage.

  2. Tap “Change Storage Plan”.

  3. Choose the “Downgrade Options” and enter your Apple ID password.

  4. Choose a different plan and tap “Done”.

Instructions for Mac:

  1. Click on Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.

  2. Choose “Manage” in the lower-right corner.

  3. Change “Storage Plan” in the upper-right corner.

  4. Click “Downgrade Options”.

  5. Enter your Apple ID password, then click “Manage”.

  6. Choose a different plan and click “Done”.

 Instructions for Windows PC:

  1. Open iCloud for Windows and choose Storage.

  2. Click “Change Storage Plan and Downgrade Options”.

  3. Enter your Apple ID password, then click “Manage”.

  4. Choose a different plan and click “Done”.

Here are easy steps to settle storage issues. If you have any unexpected problems you can always Contact Apple for Support and Service by this link.