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TekBasics Topics is a blog that is updated occasionally with tips, news, and advice of interest to TekBasics clients.

Reminder: check your iCloud storage plan

Earlier this year Apple announced lower pricing for iCloud storage. For example, 50GB of storage is now 99 cents/month, which is what the 20GB plan used to cost.

I read somewhere that Apple was going to automatically upgrade iCloud paying users to the cheaper plans. Now that iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan have been released, I wanted to check whether Apple had upgraded my 20GB iCloud storage plan to 50GB. I opened up the iCloud system preference and clicked on the Manage button in the lower right corner. Then I clicked on the Change Storage Plan button in the upper right corner.

It still showed 20GB!

So I converted my 20GB plan to the 50GB plan since the cost is the same... 99 cents per month. A no-brainer.

The 5GB plan is still free, but if you're paying for additional iCloud storage you should check your plan.

Here's how iCloud storage pricing has changed over the years:

8/1/2011
10GB (total of 15GB) = $20/year
20GB (total of 25GB) = $40/year
50GB (total of 55GB) = $100/year

9/10/2014
20GB (total) = $11.88/year
200GB (total) = $47.88/year
500GB (total) = $119.88/year
1TB (total) = $239.88/year

9/9/2015
50GB (total) = $11.88/year
200GB (total) = $35.88/year
1TB (total) = $119.88/year

With Internet speeds trending upward, online storage costs are trending downward. Bargains are available. For example, I use online backup service Backblaze for continuous online backup at a cost of $50.00/year. That is a per computer price that includes all of the external storage drives that are attached to the computer. I have four 1TB drives attached, so:

4TB (unlimited) = $50.00/year

That's less than half the cost of the 1TB iCloud plan for four times the storage space! If you don't know about Backblaze, check out their 15-day free trial. Click here if you're interested.


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TekBasics Topics is a blog that is updated occasionally with tips, news and advice of interest to TekBasics clients. TekBasics provides consulting and support for Apple product users near Nashua, NH.

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I’m Dave Price and I've used Macintosh since it launched in 1984. I've always been the go-to Mac guy during my teaching years and high-tech career. I started TekBasics in 2010 because of the need for an Apple resource in the Nashua area. I look forward to working with you, whether it's troubleshooting or learning more about Apple technology.

When I'm not on my Mac I enjoy spending time with my family. I'm a husband and father to three grown kids and I'm blessed that my two grandkids live nearby.

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