One of our favourite redditors recently published a lovely guide to explain the iCloud, and with compliments to them, we're building on that to share a little more insight into Apple's programs and storage plans.
|iCloud backups||iCloud Drive||iCloud Photo Library||iCloud Music Library (w/ Apple Music)|
|What for||Automatically create secure backups of your device in the cloud||Save your personal files in the cloud, similar to Amazon Cloud, Google Drive or Dropbox||Save your pictures and videos, accessible on all your iOS and macOs devices.||Access to your music across devices|
|Useful for||Recovering your data if lost or deleted, switching phones||Saving and protecting your day to day files||Collecting and viewing all your photos||All your music, anywhere, anytime|
|Where (macOS)||In iTunes > Connect your device >
||In iTunes >
|Pros & cons||Data not included in your iCloud backup:
||Access these files devices by turning on "Show on Home Screen". If you're using Mac, access by using Finder or icloud.com. If you're using a PC, access with an iCloud Drive or on icloud.com||Use the images with Optimise for iPhone Storage to save space on iOS. This way images will not be stored at full resolution and you can always download them at full resolution if you want to.||Add / favourite / deleted song or playlist will reflect changes across all devices.|
|Storage||Uses iCloud storage space||Uses iCloud storage space||Uses iCloud storage space||No space needed with Apple Music|
|Space||Shared 5GB of free space usually not enough for a single device||Shared 5GB adequate for small collections of files||Shared 5GB covers a year or so of photos if no other data is put in iCloud||Unlimited as long as you pay for a subscription to Apple Music.
Running out of iCloud space?
You've never even considered buying more iCloud storage because you assumed you wouldn't be able to afford it? Well, have a look. You might be surprised to see that 50GB of iCloud space is only $0.99 a month.
Apple's iCloud storage plans as follows:
- 50GB -- $0.99 / month
- 200GB -- $2.99 / month
- 1TB -- $9.99 / month
To purchase from your iOS device, navigate to
Buy more Storage.
To purchase from your Mac, navigate to
System Preferences >
Buy more Storage.
Have you considered local iTunes backups instead of iCloud backups?
You can copy and save the data on your iPhone or iPad by backing up in iCloud or iTunes, and we explore the differences between iTunes and iCloud backups in more detail in our knowledge-base. Check it out, as we also talk about how to back up your iOS device.
Here's how to recover your iTunes iOS backup data without iTunes -- or the iOS device itself.