What Is iCloud+? What To Know About Apple’s Security & Storage Service

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 11/25/21 •  4 min read

Apple’s newest subscription service is an upgraded version of an older one.


Wondering what is iCloud+? You’re not alone. Many people have that question as it seems to be a new Apple subscription service, but also one that has been around for years.

Technically, iCloud+ is Apple’s newest subscription service. The company announced it in Summer 2021 and it went live in September 2021 with the release of the iPhone’s iOS 15.

iCloud+ joins a host of other subscription services Apple offers including Apple Arcade, Apple News+, Apple Fitness+, Apple TV+, and Apple Music. But iCloud itself isn’t new. iCloud has been around for years. What is new is the “+” portions. But what does those include?

What Is iCloud+? What To Know About Apple’s Security & Storage Service
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What’s Included In iCloud Plus?

iCloud+ can be thought of a combined security/privacy plus storage subscription service. It has five main features:

What Is iCloud+? What To Know About Apple’s Security & Storage Service
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How Much Does iCloud+ Cost?

As with other Apple services, iCloud+ is a monthly subscription plan. It comes in three different tiers:

$0.99 Tier

For $0.99 a month you get:

$2.99 Tier

For $2.99 a month you get:

$9.99 Tier

For $9.99 a month you get:


No matter which iCloud+ plan you subscribe to, you can also share all the benefits with up to five other members of your household.

What Is iCloud+? What To Know About Apple’s Security & Storage Service
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What’s The Difference Between iCloud and iCloud+?

As mentioned earlier, iCloud has been around a long time. Long before iCloud+. If you have an Apple ID, you have an iCloud account. An iCloud account gives you access to things like iCloud Drive document syncing and an iCloud email. However, free iCloud accounts are limited to just 5GB of storage.

Is iCloud+ Worth It?

This is a tricky question. It really depends on how engrained you are int he Apple ecosystem and how much you care about privacy. If you use a lot of Apple apps and services (iCloud Photos, iCloud Drive, etc) iCloud+ alone is worth it for the upgraded storage options. Also, if you care about companies tracking you around the web, iCloud+’s Hide My Email and iCloud Private Relay are must-haves.

But if you only own an iPhone and not a Mac or if you mainly use Google services, iCloud+ might not be a subscription you would take much advantage of.

And check out How To Download Apple TV+ Videos! And Is Apple Arcade Worth It? And take a look at How to Recover Deleted iCloud Files.

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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