MobileMe please wait

Apple gave former MobileMe members a complimentary twenty gigabytes of free cloud storage upgrade after moving to iCloud between October 12, 2011 and August 1, 2012. The company’s been sending email notices ahead of the cut-off deadline a few times now.

Unfortunately, today marks the day when your complimentary storage expires. Yours truly used to be a paid MobileMe member and today my iCloud storage got automatically adjusted to the free entry-level 5GB iCloud tier. Here’s what you need to know about the change and how to avoid service interruption…

As Apple writes in a support document, the free storage upgrades it’s been offering as a thank-you note for the past two years have expired on September 30, 2013. Unless you’ve purchased additional iCloud storage, you should be on the free 5GB tier now. Of course, five gigabytes is hardly sufficient for anything – especially if you back up your iOS devices to iCloud.

Matter of fact, Apple makes it clear that iCloud Backup, Documents in the Cloud and iCloud Mail services will temporarily stop working for anyone whose storage needs exceed the skimpy free tier.

The problem is, paid iCloud upgrades don’t come cheap: $20/$40/$100 a year for 10/20/50GB. That said, now could be a good time to reduce the amount of iCloud storage you are using.

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For starters, you could delete old iCloud Mail messages with large attachments.

Next, you may want to reduce the amount of storage spent on Documents in the Cloud by selectively disabling unwanted apps in Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data. But it’s iOS device backups that really waste your iCloud storage space.

Unless there’s enough storage in your iCloud, your device won’t be able to back up itself to iCloud when connected to Wi-Fi and hooked up to power from the main grid.

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Lory has a nice tutorial explaining what to do when there is not enough iCloud storage for device backups so make sure to give it a read.

Among the possible solutions: free up some used space by removing or backing up your photos and videos (the biggest data hogs) or at least exclude the iOS Camera app from iCloud Backup. You could also specify what data should or should not be backed up and/or delete old iCloud backups (this can only be done on a device which had created the iCloud Backup archive).

Finally, don’t forget to check out your Mac’s iCloud storage by choosing System Preferences from the Apple manu and then clicking the iCloud icon. Apple offers a few handy tips on managing iCloud storage in this support document.

By the way, why not use Dropbox to back up your photos and videos?

Just yesterday, Dropbox has updated its Mac client with a handy iPhoto integration so give it a whirl. Oh, and Microsoft offers 15GB of free SkyDrive storage upgrade to former MobileMe members.

Recommended articles:

What to do when there is not enough iCloud storage to backup your iPhone
• Best ways to backup your iPhone photos
• How to save storage space by removing photos from your iPhone

  • CapitainHarlock

    Very Expensive storage solution. Apple storage solution looks greedy? From my personal opinion, I think so. Is it just me or, What do you think?

    • Al

      It’s Apple. What do you expect? Even when configuring a Mac on their Online store updating to SSDs or Memory, Apple prices are expensive compared to other SSDs or Memory.

  • Kevin Guzman

    I just purchased the 20GB additional iCloud storage, its really not expensive if you think about it. It basically costs me $3.33333333 a month, my calculator told me so.

    • Adolfo Rojas

      i get almost 60gb’s via google drive for $2.99 a month

      • Kevin Guzman

        Yeah but can you perform an automatic backup of your iPhone into Google Drive? I mean, I only use iCloud for my backups and all the photos I’ve shared with friends through iCloud. For storage space (pictures, files, etc.), I use Dropbox.

  • Jonathan

    *only five gigabytes
    not fife. 😉

    Matter of fact, Apple nots that iCloud Backup…
    Jelly fingers, perhaps?

    • Brandon Weidema

      i laughed when i read that in the article.

    • Something like that. Anyways, fixed those typos, thanks for the heads-up!

      • Jonathan

        No problem. 🙂

      • Benchmark Apps

        Paragraph: 10
        Word: Manu instead of menu. 🙂
        I’m sorry if someone has already told you this mistake. 🙂

  • I don’t have a problem paying 20 bucks a year for an extra 10GB. 15GB total is more than enough to fully back up all my iPhone 5 (16GB). I can sleep good at night.

  • mike

    I’m fine using Google Drive in former place of Dropbox, as Dropbox offers 10gb as stated and Google offers 15 gigs free, which is completely fine for my iOS photos, videos, and documents.
    Only downside is, it lacks automatic syncing and Presentation editing.

    • Jonathan

      I use Box. They had a special offer and I have 50 GB free.

  • chumawumba

    Apple employees get 55 GB for free so I’m set

    • Jonathan

      shut up and sign me up.

      • chumawumba

        Sign you up?

      • Jonathan

        yeah, to be an Apple employee. 😛

      • chumawumba

        I don’t have that kind of power.

      • Jonathan

        Figured, but I plan to work at Apple anyways 😛

      • chumawumba

        Good luck with that

      • Jonathan

        Thanks. I’ll let you know when I sell first iDevice to a customer..

    • Jo

      that is cooool

    • Jo

      plus you get a day off on thanksgiving.

      • chumawumba

        *9 days off

      • Jo

        haha even better!!!!!

      • chumawumba

        last year we didn’t get any

  • Dan

    The pricing is a bit insane, especially when you compare it to Google or Dropbox.

    I guess even Apple cloud storage is ‘premium’.

    • chumawumba

      Apple considers everything they make “premium.” Even $2 cables for $30.

  • Core

    i never use the cloud