iCloud is made of many different services, each of which can store data in different places. They're each configured separately, and have different implications for the amount of storage space you can use. We've prepared a table below to give you 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
The table above explains how each of Apple's cloud services uses your iCloud storage allowance.
You've never even considered buying more iCloud storage because you assumed you wouldn't be able to afford it? Take a look. You might be surprised to see that 50GB of iCloud space is only $0.99 a month. Apple's iCloud storage plans are currently as follows:
- 50GB -- $0.99 / month
- 200GB -- $2.99 / month
- 2TB -- $9.99 / month
To purchase from your iOS device, navigate to
[your name] →
Buy more Storage. To purchase from your Mac, navigate to
System Preferences →
Buy more Storage. Apple provide further instructions on upgrading your iCloud storage.