Manage or buy more storage

Your iCloud account includes 5 GB of free storage for Mail, Documents, and your iCloud Backup. Your purchased music, apps, books, and TV shows, as well as your Photo Stream, don’t count against the 5 GB of free storage.

You can manage your iCloud storage space (for example, delete old email messages) from any device.

You can also buy additional storage space for an annual fee. If during the year you change your mind, you can:

  • Cancel your storage upgrade immediately. Your credit card is charged only for the amount of time you used the upgrade, and your account returns to having 5 GB of free storage.
  • Set up iCloud to automatically downgrade your storage plan (to one of the smaller paid options or the 5 GB free option) after the current plan year expires.
  • Set up iCloud to cancel a previously requested storage downgrade. For example, if you set up iCloud to automatically downgrade your storage after the current storage plan expires, then decide you want to renew the current storage plan, you can easily cancel the downgrade. If you cancel the downgrade, you receive the currently requested storage amount when your plan renews.

Manage your iCloud storage

Purchase additional iCloud storage

You can use a credit card or debit card to purchase iCloud storage. Gift cards aren’t accepted methods of payment.

Do any of the following to buy more iCloud storage:

  • On your iOS device’s Home screen:
    1. Tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Change Storage Plan.
    2. Choose the amount of storage you want, tap Buy (in the upper-right corner), then follow the instructions that appear.
  • On your Mac:
    1. Choose Apple Menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
    2. Click Manage.
    3. Click Change Storage Plan (in the upper right).
    4. Choose the amount of storage you want, then follow the instructions that appear.
  • On your Windows computer:
    1. Open the iCloud Control Panel, then click Manage.To open the iCloud Control Panel in Windows 8, move the pointer to the upper-right corner of the screen to show the Charms bar, click the Search charm, then click iCloud Control Panel on the left.To open the iCloud Control Panel in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, choose Start menu > All Programs > iCloud >  iCloud.
    2. Click Change Storage Plan in the upper right.
    3. Choose the amount of storage you want, then follow the instructions that appear.

Cancel your storage upgrade immediately

  • If you no longer wish to pay for the storage upgrade you purchased (and return to having 5 GB of free storage), follow the instructions on the iCloud Support website to cancel your storage upgrade.

Downgrade your storage for the next plan year

Do any of the following:

  • On your iOS device’s Home screen:
    1. Tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Change Storage Plan.
    2. Tap Downgrade Options, then choose the storage plan you’d like to have when the next annual payment is due.
  • On your Mac:
    1. Choose Apple Menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
    2. Click Manage.
    3. Click Change Storage Plan (in the upper right).
    4. Click Downgrade Options, then choose the storage plan you’d like to have when the next annual payment is due.
  • On your Windows computer:
    1. Open the iCloud Control Panel, then click Manage.To open the iCloud Control Panel in Windows 8, move the pointer to the upper-right corner of the screen to show the Charms bar, click the Search charm, then click iCloud Control Panel on the left.To open the iCloud Control Panel in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, choose Start menu > All Programs > iCloud >  iCloud.
    2. Click Change Storage Plan (in the upper right).
    3. Click Downgrade Options, then choose the storage plan you’d like to have when the next annual payment is due.

Cancel your storage downgrade for the next plan year

Do any of the following:

  • On your iOS device’s Home screen:
    1. Tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Change Storage Plan.
    2. Tap Downgrade Options, then tap to put a checkmark beside your current plan.
    3. To confirm you want to set up iCloud to renew your current storage plan when the next payment is due, tap Confirm.
  • On your Mac:
    1. Choose Apple Menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud.
    2. Click Manage.
    3. Click Change Storage Plan (in the upper right).
    4. Click Downgrade Options, and enter your Apple ID password.
    5. Click to select your current plan (so that a checkmark appears), then click Done.
  • On your Windows computer:
    1. Open the iCloud Control Panel, then click Manage.To open the iCloud Control Panel in Windows 8, move the pointer to the upper-right corner of the screen to show the Charms bar, click the Search charm, then click iCloud Control Panel on the left.To open the iCloud Control Panel in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, choose Start menu > All Programs > iCloud >  iCloud.
    2. Click Change Storage Plan (in the upper right).
    3. Click Downgrade Options, and enter your Apple ID password.
    4. Click to select your current plan (so that a checkmark appears), then click Done.