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What is iCloud+ and how to get it?

More space for all your selfies (Picture: Getty Images)

As any fan of Apple products knows by now, there is always a new upgrade or add-on that will come along to tempt money out of your pockets.

While the recent Apple event introduced the next iPhones, iPads and MacBooks, the company proved that there’s more up their sleeves with the launch of iCloud+.

With additional space for your documents, photos, videos and more, it could be the perfect solution for someone running out of room for their online assets.

Here’s all you need to know about the new storage upgrade.

What is iCloud+?

As you may have guessed from its title, iCloud+ is a new variation of Apple’s storage programme, iCloud, available on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.

Though Apple users are automatically able to access 5GB of free iCloud storage, it’s possible to subscribe to a monthly plan that will offer more.

iCloud+ is available with 50GB, 200GB and 2TB worth of storage. As well as this, signing up for one of the paid packages will also give users access to perks such as being able to hide your email address, use of a custom email domain and HomeKit Secure Video support.

Apple MacBook Pro – one of several devices that iCloud+ is available on (Picture: Apple)

If you were already paying for iCloud storage, then there won’t be much difference to your experience – iCloud+ is simply a way to differentiate between the standard, free storage option and the paid versions.

How much does iCloud+ cost?

iCloud+ features are all included with existing iCloud plans at no additional cost. That means, in the UK, iCloud+ is priced at:

  • 50GB with one HomeKit Secure Video camera for £0.79 per month
  • 200GB with up to five HomeKit Secure Video cameras for £2.49 per month
  • 2TB with an unlimited number of HomeKit Secure Video cameras for £6.99 per month

How can I get iCloud+?

For those who are already paying for extra iCloud storage, you will be moved onto iCloud+ storage as soon as you update your devices to the latest software. Otherwise, you can follow these instructions to upgrade from iCloud to iCloud+ here:

Upgrading from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  • Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage or iCloud Storage.
  • Tap Buy More Storage or Change Storage Plan.
  • Choose a plan and follow the onscreen instructions.
  • If you’re on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 or later, tap here to upgrade to iCloud+.

Upgrade from your Mac

  • Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Apple ID.
  • Click iCloud.
  • Click Manage in the bottom-right corner.
  • Click Change Storage Plan or Buy More Storage, and choose a plan.
  • Click Next and enter your Apple ID password.

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