Modern iPhones come with 5GB of cloud storage for free. This is more than enough for the majority of people. Still, some use up these initial 5GB rather quickly. Fortunately, you have a choice of buying up to 2TB more. The chance you’ll need more than this is not particularly high, but how do you do this?
There’s one more reason why you might want to switch to a bigger plan. While protecting yourself online is difficult, the theft of the device can be even worse. It may cause you to lose photos and videos that don’t exist anywhere else, provided that you’re storing them just on the device and not iCloud. To avoid this, you can switch to a bigger plan.
So, how do you upgrade your iPhone storage plan and get more cloud storage? Let’s check it out!
Four Storage Plans
There are four storage plans on iCloud that you can choose among. These are:
The default costs of these plans are far from steep; 5 GB is free, and 50GB costs $0.99 per month.
The cost of 200GB is $2.99 per month, while 2TB costs $9.99 per month. The difference between these two more expensive packages is that they can be shared with friends and family. This is logical, seeing how individuals may struggle to fill 2TB independently. So, if you plan to share your storage with your family, even the two more expensive plans might be worthwhile.
You will also have to add your family members to the plan. The procedure is quite simple and can be done from the settings app.
What Else Are You Getting With iCloud?
Other than just storage, with iCloud, you’re also getting features like:
- iCloud Backup
- iCloud Drive
- iCloud Mail
- iCloud Photo Library
An important thing to remember is those personal private devices are for professional purposes all the time. More and more companies have remote work models or at least hybrid workplaces. Also, people check company emails via private devices, and many businesses have a BYOD model in place.
With that in mind, you might also consider how these iCloud features can be integrated with connected worker software. While it’s not the main issue, it’s a factor that you can’t just outright dismiss.
Step-By-Step Guide to Buying More Storage
First, you must open the settings app and tap on your profile (your name). Then, tap iCloud and tap manage storage. Users of iOS 10.2 and older OS versions may have just ‘storage’ instead of ‘manage storage.’
You can tap to buy more storage and change your storage plan here. If you have a default (5GB) plan, you’ll be offered to upgrade your iCloud storage.
Instead of the name, you get the amount of storage you’re getting, and next to it, you see the cost. Beneath the price, you also see the date on which it renews. So, if you’re setting it to be automatically withdrawn from your card, make sure you have the funds on this date. Also, underneath the 200GB and 2TB plans, you’ll see a disclaimer that these can be shared with family.
Since the average need for personal storage increases every year, which is pretty profitable for apple, the procedure of buying more storage is simple and convenient. Like everything else on iPhone, buying more storage is quite intuitive. When you’re close to spending your free 5GB, the device will probably offer you to switch to a more expensive plan. Here, all you have to do is follow the thread left by the notification.
Because iCloud is used by all your Apple devices and you can share it with your family, it might be worthwhile to consider one of the more expensive plans.