As part of its new suite of educational apps and experiences for children, Apple is now offering 200GB of storage at no additional cost.
200GB of free iCloud storage are only for students and teachers with school provided Apple IDs.The school has to be registered through Apple and the email address, officially called as Managed Apple ID. This 200 GB free iCloud storage privilege doesn't work like the Apple Music student discount, where any student with a .edu is eligible.
Regular students and standard users of Apple devices continue to be limited to 5GB of free storage space. But we can easily upgrade our iCloud storage plan from our iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. Also, Apple made it really easy for us to share our iCloud storage with our family members too. Below is iCloud storage pricing in United States.
No matter how many iOS or macOS devices you own, Apple offers just 5GB of free storage to iCloud users – a paltry amount given what rivals offer. But this does not mean that the only option is to upgrade our iCloud storage plan. There are still many ways we can do to free up iCloud storage and avoid to pay for extra storage.
iCloud is a quite convenient option to back up iPhoe/iPad, except for the very limited iCloud storage space. If you have a lot of data on your iPhone and don't want to pay the monthly iCloud storage fee, consider backing up the device to computer. The only limit is the amount of free space on the hard drive.
Instead of the cloud storage, it has many advantages to back up iPhone to computer local storage. You don't need to pay for the monthly fee for cloud storage and it's much more convenient for you to manage the iPhone data on computer.
Comparing to what Apple offers for iCloud users, there are many competitive cloud storage services in the market. We have compared some of the best iCloud alternatives from their free space, storage pricing plans and how many 3MB photos it can roughly store.
|Cloud||Free Storage||Pricing Plan||Number of 3MB Photos|
|Flickr||1TB (45 days free trial)||$5.99/month $49.99/year
more advanced features
|Dropbox||2GB||Plus plan: 1TB $8.25/month
Professiona plan: 1TB $16.58/month
|Amazon Drive||Unlimited storage for photos
(Prime subscription club only)
With iCloud, we can easily sync our Photos, contacts, reminders, etc to iCloud, and we can also backup the whole iPhone to iCloud. There are difference between the data in iCloud and iCloud backup. You can download Photos and Contacts from iCloud.com easily. But as to the iCloud backup content, you will need iCloud backup extractors like dr.fone - Recover (iOS) to download them to computer.
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