iCloud Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

iCloud

Multi-device cloud content storage

4.33/5 (80 reviews)

iCloud overview

iCloud provides a secure, online platform for document and data storage that can be accessed at any time, from any device. You can use iCloud to access rich media such as TV shows, songs, photos, apps, books, and movies from all your mobile devices. You can also use the iCloud to get access to important word documents and presentations, which can be shared across applications and among devices.

iCloud also records your browsing activity in Safari, memorizing your open tabs and sharing them across your Apple devices. The app will also sync your bookmarks from Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer among your Apple devices.

You can also use iCloud to store all calendar, contacts and email data. This data will be automatically updated whenever you make a change, such as creating a new calendar event or deleting an email.

Furthermore, the iCloud app can be used to store important personal data such as passwords and credit card pin codes. The device locator and remote wiping options ensure that your data is kept safe within the iCloud app.

Share this content with friends and family using the new Family Sharing features. Parental permissions can be set up through Family Sharing so that kids need to "ask permission" before they make Apple purchases.
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Markets

United States, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada and 9 other markets, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English
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iCloud reviews

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Yaroslav Kozak

Best cloud solution for Iphone, Mac users

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-09-12
Review Source: GetApp

I am using icloud almost daily for my personal cloud data movements.

Pros
I really love the simplisity and the integrations that icloud provides. If you have an iphone, mac or any other apple product or several - icloud is a best cloud solution for you.

Cons
Pricing often can be an issues, here, I would really appreciate more flexible plans and solutions for students and families.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Nathan Sichilongo

iCloud - The Default Storage Choice for Apple Users

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-07-18
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
iCloud is Apple’s answer to Google Drive and other online storage options. I have used it for slightly over 2 years and there are some areas where it works and other areas where it doesn’t work. Here are my thoughts on it: 1. iCloud works better if you in the Apple ecosystem. If you live and breathe Apple, iCloud can seem magical and wonderful all in one. It works for syncing documents, contacts and backups and it is all done securely. If you have multiple devices, simply logging into your Apple ID gives you access to all your iCloud content. 2. iCloud drive allows you to easily share documents between devices and with Apple features like continuity allows you to pick up work and other things on another device. This is probably the best feature of iCloud in my opinion. 3. The Files App and Finder allow you to view and share, delete and edit cloud based documents. If you have specific apps linked to iCloud drive, you will find it easy to see the changes in near real time. 4. I consider the entry level 5GB to be a con but on the flip side, the pricing for other storage tiers feels fairly reasonable in my opinion. I just wish Apple started out at 10GB not the measly 5GB. 5. The Find My iPhone/Mac feature is just genius. I lost a phone a few months ago and was able to login and block if from being used within minutes after it was taken.

Cons
As mentioned before, I do not think 5GB cloud storage makes any sense in 2019. I found that within a few weeks, I was already using 90%+ of my storage. If you have a Windows laptop, I wish you good luck making iCloud work well there. You may download an app that installs it on your computer but it seems it is only good for iCloud Photos but it is not as intuitive and functional as if you were on a Mac or iOS device. I am also not sure if iCloud can be business friendly, it seems more tailored to individuals and families. If you ask me, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive do more on the business front compared to Apple. So for personal use, yes sure, but for business, you are better off looking elsewhere.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Madhu Sharma

Almost perfect

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-09-10
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
1) Integrated into Mac, iPhone and iPad, so there is nothing to do, set up or think about. You can just start using it. 2) Very stable and reliable. I have never had any problems or issues with it duplicating a file that has been edited on different devices. 3) Very fast. When I change a file on a local device it is instantly uploaded to iCloud. 4) Wonderful web interface: The interface for accessing your files via the web is wonderful. It is almost as good as a native app with the exception of it being a little slow. 5) Competitively price storage: The free plan comes with 5GB storage. Extra storage can be added at a compeitive price.

Cons
iCloud only has one drawback which is the lack of the ability to set your own encryption key for your files. In many ways this is only a minor issue because Apple have exceptional security. However, if someone ever managed to hack into Apple servers, then your data would be compromised. If it was possible for you to set a personal encryption key, this would not be an issue.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Benjamin Buske

iCloud makes using Apple Products easier

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-01-29
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
iCloud is a cloud storage service for iOS and Mac products. It offers in its basic version free storage of up to 5 GB which can be extended with a paid plan. Especially with Apple products, iCloud integrates well and for example synchronizes photos, messages, etc. and stores them for a quick backup when needed. But iCloud does more than that. The online website of iCloud gives access to contacts and email but also to several other programs like Pages, to make presentations, work on text documents, etc.

Cons
iCloud only works well with Apple products. So if you use for example Windows and Mac Computers or an Android and an iOS smartphone, there is no way to use iCloud without any issues. On the other hand, Google and its cloud services work fully on both Apple and Android devices as well as on Windows, Linux, etc.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Michael Youmans

Apple iCloud is a great, basic cloud service

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-05-25
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
iCloud is mainly used for organizing personal contacts, synchronizing photos on multiple devices, sharing settings between the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook, for viewing presentations and multimedia. It is also very convenient to synchronize all your bookmarks, and especially all of your passwords. With a backup copy of iCloud, no document is lost. If something is removed from the device, you can get it from iCloud.

Cons
I have devices not only from Apple, but a big problem is a closed system. Generally bad integration with non-Apple products. Base iCloud gives 5 GB free for each account - but it really should be 5 GB for every device. This is too, and back-ups also take up a lot of space.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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iCloud pricing

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iCloud provides 5GB of free storage.

Additional storage can be purchased directly from your device.

iCloud features

API (296 other apps)
Access Control (96 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (142 other apps)
Activity Tracking (74 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (70 other apps)
Application Integration (70 other apps)
Auditing (89 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (117 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (70 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (67 other apps)
Data Import/Export (101 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (93 other apps)
Monitoring (204 other apps)
Real Time Data (84 other apps)
Real Time Monitoring (92 other apps)
Real Time Reporting (71 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (100 other apps)
SSL Security (74 other apps)
Third Party Integration (134 other apps)
Workflow Management (90 other apps)

Additional information for iCloud

Key features of iCloud

  • Compatible with Mac and Windows PC
  • Saved safari tabs
  • Mobile device friendly
  • iCloud keychain
  • iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app
  • Saved browser bookmarks
  • 5GB free storage
  • Important personal data storage
  • Lost iPhone locator
  • Real-time device synching
  • Parental permissions
  • File and document sharing
  • Daily backups and version restore
  • Data security and privacy settings
  • App sharing across devices
  • iCloud.com access for upgrades
  • Store music, photos, videos, documents.
  • Apple device set-up assistant
  • Contacts, email and calendar sync and storage
  • Family Sharing tool
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Benefits

Content storage: Store and share a range of content including songs, TV shows, apps, books, photos, and more.

Find My iPhone: iCloud can locate lost and stolen iPhones to specific locations. You can also choose to remotely erase data from your phone, as well as display custom messages on missing devices.

iCloud Keychain: iCloud keychain keeps all you important, private data such as passwords, account names and credit card numbers in one secure location. The Password Generator can be used to suggest secure passwords for all your online accounts.

Mail, Calendar and Contacts: iCloud stores and syncs all your calendar, contacts and email activity and data across devices. Updated contacts, new calendar events and incoming emails will all be updated in real-time.

Backup and Restore: iCloud will automatically back-up all your content across all your devices on a daily basis once you are connected to Wi-Fi.

Storage: The iCloud platform provides 5GB of free storage. More storage can be purchased when you upgrade.