How to Change iCloud Storage Plans & Cancel iCloud Subscriptions

Buy more iCloud storage, downgrade your plan, or cancel an iCloud storage plan right from your iPhone.

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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

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Learn the affordable ways to upgrade your iCloud storage to free up space on your iPhone and other devices.
  • Downgrade your paid iCloud storage subscription if you no longer need extra storage.

How to Buy More iCloud Storage 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 Storage.

  5. Select Change Storage Plan.

  6. Your current iCloud storage plan will be shown at the top under iCloud Storage.

    Change iCloud Storage Plans
  7. Under Upgrade Options, you can select whichever amount of storage best fits your needs.
  8. Once you’ve selected a plan, tap Buy in the upper-right corner.

  9. Follow the on-screen directions to confirm your purchase.
  10. The iCloud storage plan's price will be charged to the primary payment method on your account and will automatically renew each month.

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

  12. Under Choose Downgrade, select a smaller paid iCloud plan option or the 5 GB free iCloud storage plan.
  13. Tap Done

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

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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