How to Change iCloud Storage Plans & Cancel iCloud Subscriptions in iOS 16

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iCloud is a great way to store files, photos, and backups, but the 5 GB of free iCloud storage each user gets is often not enough. If you use iCloud Drive to store and transfer a lot of files between devices, you might want to buy more iCloud storage. We'll show you how to change iCloud storage plans or cancel an iCloud subscription in iPhone Settings.

Related: What Is iCloud & How Does It Work? Apple iCloud Basics

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How to Change Your iCloud Storage Plan on iPhone

While iCloud plans are very reasonably priced, it's still important to weigh your options. If you are subscribed to multiple Apple services, it might be worth it to consider an Apple One subscription plan. Certain plan bundles may be less expensive than paying for individual services separately. Otherwise, upgrading to an affordable paid iCloud plan is a great option for those who don't need to bundle services. For more iPhone and iCloud tips, subscribe to our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

To upgrade iCloud storage or cancel an iCloud storage plan altogether, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Tap on your Apple ID profile at the top.

  3. Tap on iCloud to edit iCloud settings.

  4. Tap Manage Account Storage.

  5. Select Change Storage Plan.

  6. Your current iCloud storage plan will be shown at the top under iCloud+. Under Upgrade Options, you can select whichever Apple storage plan fits your needs.

  7. Once you’ve selected a plan, tap Buy in the upper-right corner. Follow the on-screen directions to confirm your purchase. The iCloud storage plan's price will be charged to the primary payment method on your account and will automatically renew each month.

  8. You will be asked to confirm the change with Face ID or by entering your Apple ID and password.

  9. To downgrade or cancel an iCloud storage plan, select Downgrade Options at the bottom of the page.

  10. Log in with your Apple ID password and then tap Manage.

  11. Under Choose Downgrade, select a smaller paid iCloud plan option or the 5 GB free iCloud storage plan to cancel iCloud storage.

  12. Tap Done.

  13. A window will pop up to confirm your choice. Tap Downgrade.

If you have more stored in iCloud than your downgraded plan will allow, make sure to free up iCloud storage before your current plan expires! If you're interested, you can also learn how to cancel your Spotify subscription.

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