No matter how many iOS or macOS devices you own, Apple offers only 5 GB of free storage for iCloud users – a paltry amount considering what competitors offer. But there are ways you can avoid paying for more storage space, or at least limit how much you pay extra.

Here are easy-to-follow tips on how to put some of iCloud’s greatest data-consuming features on a diet and save money on iCloud storage.

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No matter how many iPhones, iPads or Macs you buy, Apple only provides 5 GB of free iCloud storage.

Why do you need to manage iCloud storage?

Apple did iCloud storage a seemingly essential element for all its products, from Mac to iPad, iPhone and even Apple TV. There are four main elements of the service. They include:

  • iCloud backup: Used for all iPad, iPhone, and iPod backups you’ve made without using iTunes.
  • iCloud Drive: This is for all your documents and data from third-party applications on Macs and iOS devices that store data in the cloud. Apple’s iCloud document and data service was combined with iCloud Drive in 2022.
  • iCloud Mail: Of course, this is a place to store all the emails and attachments you’ve ever received through your iCloud account.
  • iCloud Photo Library: This is a place to store all the photos and videos you have ever taken.

This is an extensive list of items to squeeze into Apple’s ever-shrinking 5 GB free distribution. To get the most out of it, you may want to regularly check how much storage space you’re already using and take steps to migrate some of these storage tasks to non-Apple products and services.

How much does iCloud storage cost?

Apple offers four storage options: 5GB (free); 50GB (99 cents / month); 200GB ($ 2.99 / month); and 2TB ($ 9.99 / month).

If you use other services, such as Apple Music or Apple TV +, then you may find that it makes sense to subscribe to Apple One servicewhich can save a few dollars.

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