How to Change iCloud Storage Plan from iPhone, Mac or Windows

iCloud storage has run out of space? Needless to worry as you can always change your iCloud storage plan from iPhone, iPad, Mac, and even Windows in order to continue to sync all of your important data. Refer this tutorial to buy a bigger iCloud storage plan!

Apple provides just 5GB of free iCloud storage. Hence, it doesn’t take long before this precious space gets filled and you receive a popup saying your “iCloud Storage is Full” when attempting to sync your data. So if your limited cloud space has already been consumed by your important files and you are planning to change your iCloud storage from iOS device or desktop, we have you covered!

Currently, Apple offers three iCloud storage plans: 50GB ($0.99/month), 200GB ($2.99/moth) and 2TB ($9.99). You can share your iCloud storage with other members of your Family Sharing group. This is the one biggest advantage of buying a big iCloud storage plan.

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Upgrade iCloud Storage from iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on your name.

Tap on Settings the Your Name on iPhone or iPadStep #2. Tap on iCloud → Tap on Manage Storage.

Tap on iCloud then Manage Storage in iPhone Settings

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Step #3. Now, tap on Upgrade or Change Storage Plan.

Tap on Change Storage Plan on iPhone or iPad

Step #4. Next, select the amount of storage you want to buy. Then, tap on Buy at the upper-right corner → Sign in with your Apple ID and Password.

Upgrade iCloud Storage Plan on iPhone or iPad

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Next up, go ahead with instructions to upgrade the storage plan.

Cancel/Downgrade iCloud Storage Plan on iPhone and iPad

Note: Downgrading iCloud to 5GB plan is equivalent to cancle the iCloud subscription. As the 5GB plan is available for free.

To downgrade your plan on any of the iOS devices, just follow the below given steps:

Step #1. Open Settings app → Tap on Apple ID banner.

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Tap on Settings the Your Name on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Tap on iCloud → Tap on Manage Storage.

Tap on iCloud then Manage Storage in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Tap on Change Storage Plan.

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Tap on Change Storage Plan on iPhone or iPad

Step #4. Tap on Downgrade Options and then enter your Apple ID Password then tap on Manage.

Tap on Downgrade Options and Tap on Manage in iPhone Settings

Step #5. Now, choose a preferred plan and then tap on Done → Tap on Downgrade in the Popup (Please take a note that you downgrade the plan only when the present plan expires because you will lose the extra space for what you have paid before.)

Downgrade iCloud Storage Plan

Upgrade iCloud Storage Plan on Mac

Well, we all know that Mac book has enough space in its hard disk. But there are times when you have some important files or projects which you don’t want to lose on formatting the system. This is where you need more space in your iCloud storage, because, for Mac, 5GB of free space is almost negligible. So here’s how you can upgrade the plan:

Step #1. Open the Apple Menu and click on System Preferences.

Click on System Preferences in Mac

Step #2. Now click on iCloud.

Click on iCloud from Mac System Preferences

Step #3. Click on Manage option.

Click on Manage iCloud Drive in Mac

Step #4. You will now find an option to Buy More Storage.

Click on Buy More Storage in iCloud on Mac

Step #6. Select your plan.

iCloud Storage Plan Options

Step #7. Enter your Apple ID password. Your Mac book is all set to upgrade its cloud storage space.

Upgrade iCloud Storage Plan from Mac

Cancel or Downgrade iCloud Storage Plan on Mac

There is not much difference between downgrading and upgrading the storage plan for Mac.

Step #1. Open the Apple Menu and click on System preferences to open iCloud.

Step #2. Now click on Manage and then Change Storage Plan.

Click on Change Storage Plan in iCloud on Mac

Step #3. Click on Downgrade Options.

Click on Downgrade Options in iCloud in Mac

Step #4. Enter the Apple ID password.

Enter Apple ID and Password for iCloud in Mac

Step #5. Select a different plan → Click on Done and your plan will be changed.

Downgrade iCloud Storage Plan from Mac

Upgrade iCloud Storage Plan on Windows PC

The situations and the need of more space for PC go hand in hand with Mac. There might be many reasons to upgrade the storage plan. So let’s see how you can do that on your Windows PC. Before moving ahead, you need to download iCloud for Windows on your PC.

Step #1. Open iCloud on Windows PC and sign into you account.

Log into iCloud Account from Windows PC

Step #2. Click on Storage.

Click on Storage in iCloud in Windows PC

Step #3. Click on Buy More Storage.

Click on Buy More Storage in iCloud on Windows

Step #4. Select the option Change Storage Plan and click on next.

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Step #5. The pop-up will appear asking you ID and Password, enter them and click on the Buy button.

Upgrade iCloud Storage from Windows PC

By following these steps, you will now be able to access more storage on your Windows PC as per your selected plan. So this was all about upgrading the cloud storage plan on various devices. Now let’s see how to downgrade the storage plans.

At any time, you want to downgrade your storage plan, you can do so without any hassle. One thing worth mentioning is that when you decrease the plan, the change will come into effect only after the current monthly or annual subscription ends.

Another thing you should keep in mind is that if you lowered your storage plan and the size of your data exceeds the need plan, then new data won’t sync with the cloud. Besides, you won’t be able to back up your device.

Downgrade iCloud Storage Plan on Windows PC

Open the iCloud for Windows as you did the same for upgrading the plan;

  • Now click on Storage → Change Storage Plan → Downgrade Options.
  • Enter the Apple ID password and then click on Manage option.
  • Select the desired plan to downgrade the iCloud storage and click on Done.

This is how you can downgrade the iCloud storage plans on various devices.

That’s pretty much it!

Wrapping up

So, which storage plan have you chosen? And, how do you manage your iCloud storage so that it has only important files and remain uncluttered? Feel free to share your feedback.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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