Apple has made some changes to paid iCloud storage upgrades.

Having nixed the previously available one-terabyte tier, the company has now made its flagship two-terabyte plan more affordable than ever.

You can now get a whopping two terabytes of storage in exchange for a pretty competitive monthly fee of just $9.99 per month, or half the previous asking price of $19.99 per month.

As mentioned, the 1TB plan that used to cost $9.99 per month has been eliminated. The 200GB $2.99 per month and the 50GB $0.99 per month tiers have remained unchanged. The free tier is still limited to just five gigabytes of storage.

According to Apple’s iCloud webpage, the following storage tiers are now available:

  • 5GB for free
  • 50GB for $0.99 per month
  • 200GB for $2.99 per month
  • 2TB for $9.99 per month

The new pricing is available in all markets.

You can use iCloud storage to store your entire Photos library, backup all the Apple devices you own, synchronize files between devices, keeping other files in your iCloud Drive, store your iCloud Mail message archive and much more.

And with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, Apple customers can now share a 200GB or 2TB iCloud storage plan with family members, if they like.

“Now you can share an iCloud storage plan with your entire family, notes Apple. “Choose 200GB or 2TB and give everyone space to store photos, videos, documents and more.

You can upgrade your iCloud storage directly on your device in Settings → General → Storage & iCloud Usage, then tap Manage Storage under the iCloud section and hit Change Storage Plan. On a Mac, go to System Preferences → iCloud → Manage for these options.

  • Leon 李泉

    Been wanting to upgrade to 2TB for a while and now it’d feel right to do so.

  • Raffa

    How did I miss the part about sharing iCloud storage? That is awesome! And about time!

    • Darla Mack

      Finally, it’s about time!!!

    • Jack Wong

      The family storage sharing is the best part! I would love to get the 2TB asap!

  • Gethro

    Why don’t they just make the 50GB free 200GB $0.99 and 2TB $2.99 it would be best for everyone including Apple

    • Rowan09

      How would that be good for Apple? $2.99 for 2 TB where is anyone doing this?

      • Gethro

        They’ll gain a lot more customers… it’s all about getting Customers after all

      • Rowan09

        Google also makes money from those photos unlike Apple. Nothing is free without a catch so Apple would need to change its style to give something free. I agree they should give the 50GB for free now since the lowest model iPhone will be 64GB soon.

      • Jack Wong

        I am not sure what is your theory about soon the iPhone is 64GB lowest then Apple should give the 50GB for free?!

        The main purpose of the iCloud storage is for iPhone and photo backup, if you think it is Apple responsibly to take care that… then iPhone 1, 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S owner should also get a iMac/Macbook for free.

      • Rowan09

        No but to stay competitive they should offer more is my point as well as Gethro. 5GB is a joke especially since the camera and videos take up so much space.

      • Jack Wong

        99cents per month is also a joke to me, to get a can of soda, it costs 1buck also… even a 8oz coffee from a Chinese/Korean bakery cost more than that.

        We could spend 649+ to just buy a phone, but we are bargaining the 99cents backup service, I am a IT guy, I have a NAS at home and with a 2nd backup solution, enterprise firewall but my internet speed is bad there… no matter what… I can’t compete with Apple/Google/Amazon cloud service.

      • Rowan09

        It goes hand in hand. Apple increases phone storage size and it in turn kind of force people to buy iCloud storage. They already dropped prices before and should add new prices. If they added a 500GB option I would probably upgrade from my 200GB storage.

      • Jack Wong

        You believe there should be a 500GB, then someone will say there should be another 800GB option… what about if Apple asks for 9bucks for 500GB, you might still go with that but then someone will argue about dollar per GB for each option…

        It is not Apple’s role to give us cloud backup storage when we purchase the phone, I am sure it will be included in the future but not now.

      • Rowan09

        I’m not saying to give it for free I’m saying include more options. I don’t need 1Tb but would take 500Gb since I now have a 128GB phone and iPad Pro.

      • Jack Wong

        You should ask for pay per GB, this will be much more flexible and everyone will be happy but we know it is not going to happen.

      • Rowan09

        The purpose of having a higher option is to entice people into getting it. If I have 200Gb and don’t really need 2TB I won’t upgrade to it, but if they offered a 1TB and I only need 500GB I would most likely upgrade. If the price is close enough to the 2TB people would just pay the extra cash for the 2TB which is the goal to get them to buy the most expensive option.

      • Jack Wong

        I don’t see this is a serious issue at all to Apple… I have been saying in all my posts, we are just arguing few bucks per month…

      • Rowan09

        They have millions of customers so that would equate to millions of dollars. What I’m saying is both beneficial to Apple and customers.

      • Jack Wong

        We can’t change the price from Apple, we don’t make the decision, again… this is not a deal breaker for the people who is thinking to use iCloud or not. Just like your case, you are already using it but you are just considering between 200GB or 1TB.

        I am just happy that we finally can share the storage with the family App Store accounts.

        By the way, do you know the Google drive plans? Go take a look at it and then you might think Apple is more reasonable.

      • Rowan09

        Ok will do.

      • Jack Wong

        They are 100GB, 1TB then 10TB lol

      • Rowan09
      • Jack Wong

        Not only the price, if you needed it, you needed it.

        But in your case, you would like to have more GB options, in Google drive, they do multiple by 10 for each option.

      • Rowan09

        I just checked, no thanks I’m good with iCloud storage, especially since they now have a file system on IOS.

    • Jack Wong

      Make the iPhone for free too, I would share all the usage to you – Apple, just like Gmail.

      Oh, why Google doesn’t do that…

  • Rowan09

    I always thought the best thing Apple could do to “force” users into buying iCloud is giving phones more storage. It appears they are doing exactly what I thought made sense. They need to get rid of the 50GB option since 64GB will be the minimum I believe by next year and 200GB should be the base.

  • Martynet

    Apple can afford do give people some free space… 50 GB would be nice and unlimited space for photos, like google. Also, I would love to see a 500 GB option. I’m on 200GB now and I’m running out of space. And 2TB is too much for me.

    • Rowan09

      Well Google makes money for giving you free storage so how would Apple make money this way? I agree they should up the free option to 50GB because soon the lowest iPhone will be 64GB.

      • Jack Wong

        Are we arguing for 99cents per month?! $12 per year…

      • Rowan09

        Yes for the 200GB option and add a 500GB or $2.99, 1TB for $7.99 and 2TB for the current $9.99.

      • Jack Wong

        It sounds totally fine to me, I am paying 2 accounts for 2.99 and 2 accounts for 0.99.

        With the family storage sharing, I could just get the $9.99 for 2TB, I don’t have to worry about the storage for those 2x 2.99 accounts anymore.

        EDIT:

        Not sure why you think that price is right… I would like to pay less for more or as much storage but we are not the one who make the decision.

      • Rowan09

        I get it just saying Apple should add some new options and in turn lowering the prices on the older ones. They’ve already done this so it’s no surprise. I love iCloud storage and don’t ever back up my phone to my Mac anymore.

      • Jack Wong

        I would like to pay less for the same thing or even more.

        I always prefer to pay to support when it is affordable, I could use the baby log app for free but I still purchased it for 4.99 because I want to support the software developers, they have done a great job on it.

        We have been asking for a cheaper iPhone and there is a cheaper iPhone but people are still not happy… they want it for free lol

      • Rowan09

        I’m not that type. I buy apps and never get the pirated version especially since I got into development. The iPhone did become cheaper when Apple gave the same price of a 64GB for 128GB, etc. It’s a business so I’m not looking for any hand outs, but they have a 50GB, 200GB and then a 2TB option. Look at the gap between the 200Gb and 2TB at least offer a 1TB option for $6.99 which would force people into just saying I’ll pay the extra $3 for 2TB anyways.

      • Jack Wong

        I understand your point but as a business, they have to make money, if they can’t make money there will be no more good iCloud service.

        If people are not happy with this iCloud photo backup service, they can go with Google/Dropbox/Amazon… it is not like Apple doesn’t allow them to backup the photos with other app…

        iPhone did not get cheaper to me, the price of the storage drops every year, SSD used to be $8 per GB and now it is only ~$0.25 per GB.

      • Rowan09

        I’m speaking in layman terms in regards to what we were paying compared to storage size. It didn’t really get cheaper.

        The reason iCloud service is great is not only for photos but the ease of backing up your whole phone. Media storage come a dime a dozen.

      • Jack Wong

        Exactly, there are many good things about the iCloud but people only see that as a photo backup storage… which is really sad… -.-;

        Don’t go too crazy about more GB option, if you have more than 1 family member using iOS, create a family App Store, then share the storage across when iOS 11 is here.

        I have a smartphone data sharing plan as well, 30GB in the pool, it shares across 5 smartphones devices, I am paying $215per month.

        iPhone price should increase every year, just like the stores around us, there is inflation, but it did not.

      • Rowan09

        I’m fine with it and if I need more space I’ll get the 2TB option at some point but don’t need it right now.

        I agree it’s more than just media storage which is why I pay for it.

        Why not go with t-mobile they offer unlimited for less than $215? I have 4 lines for $140 and if I wanted a 5th line they would include a 6th line for free or something like that.

      • Jack Wong

        I did think about Tmobile one, but after I done a speedtest with my co-worker(Tmobile) in midtown, then I decided to stay with at&t, my speed was 20/5mbps, and he was like 5/10mbps as I remember.

        I need the speed.

      • Rowan09
      • Jack Wong

        It is so nice… we never get more than 30mbps in NY… it was 25/10mbps when they first roll out the 4G LTE but now there are too much traffic…

      • Jack Wong

        by the way, which part is that in Queens?

      • Rowan09

        Springfield Gardens right by JFK

      • Rowan09

        I’m in queens but use to always be in Manhattan and had no issues.

      • Jack Wong

        Not saying there is issue but in my office, at&t does a better job.

      • Rowan09

        Got you.