iCloud Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

iCloud

Multi-device cloud content storage

4.46/5 (175 reviews)

iCloud overview

What is iCloud?

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.
www.icloud.com

Pricing

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Devices

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 other markets, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported languages

English
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iCloud user reviews

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Wendy Tang

icloud

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-05-25
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Most likely if you have an iPhone you will you other apple products! For me, i have an iPhone and MacBook and what I like about Icloud is the ability of information and data to be seamless integrated from products to products. iCloud has never failed me in syncing data from my old iPhone to my upgraded iPhone in the past!

Cons
In my experiences with iCloud I don't think I've ever had a disappointing moment. One thing I would point out is that it would ask us to buy more storage once we ran out of place to store our information.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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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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James Spencer

Umm get it lol

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-11-26
Review Source: Capterra

Love it and have to have it.

Pros
It holds my life. No seriously everything in one place. Photos documents it is all there when I need it and all in one place.

Cons
There has never been an issue for me. I have not had a single problem.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Craig Ray

For many-device or heavy backup/cloud sync needs, stay far away or use additional backup solution

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-07-06
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
When I first used with just an iPhone and an iMac, everything worked pretty well and there is really no configuration. Current plans and family sharing make it a pretty affordable cloud/sync option for everyday users.

Cons
iCloud isn't a true backup-type solution (even iCloud Drive) and once I became a power user and added another Macbook, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, it became a living nightmare once it broke. After 6 months I am still trying to piece together all my files and photos to ultimately get off iCloud as best I can. Apple makes it nearly impossible not to use iCloud somewhat. You will experience non-stop synching issues once you get a large iCloud drive or photos library, and since it is designed to "just work" there are no controls or settings to stop it. You can't really turn it off, either, since it will hang and then scatter remnants of your file folders in the iCloud Archive. Once corrupted or you start having sync issues, all your devices will malfunction constantly and there is not much you can do...everything from my Apple Watch music loading to the battery life tanking happened. I'm referring to 15+ GB photo libraries and 80+ GB of files in an iCloud drive....if you have 3+ Apple devices and large amounts of files that are important, immediately find a secondary backup and try to move photos and important files there. I've used OneDrive's app for photo syncing on my iPhone and then to my Mac, and used Google's wonderful Drive FileStream (available with GSuite business accounts) to keep things in place while I've restored, reset, etc. more than 200 times in the past several months. I have 5-10 copies of all my folders scattered over computers and iCloud Archive files I am still trying to sort out.

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Likelihood to recommend: 3/10

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Steven Notaro

Great product

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-08-20
Review Source: Capterra

Great platform and vehicle to use. I recommend this instead of using google

Pros
iCloud is a great way for expanding space when space is filled on your device. The cloud is user friendly and able to have information available

Cons
I wish the pricing would be a little lower when it comes to space as it seems we never needed this with the first 1-7 iphones

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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iCloud pricing

Pricing options
Free
Free trial
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iCloud provides 5GB of free storage.

Additional storage can be purchased directly from your device.

iCloud features

API (413 other apps)
Access Control (176 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (239 other apps)
Activity Tracking (127 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (124 other apps)
Auditing (122 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (178 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (110 other apps)
Compliance Management (131 other apps)
Data Import/Export (169 other apps)
Data Visualization (128 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (127 other apps)
Monitoring (268 other apps)
Real Time Data (120 other apps)
Real Time Monitoring (151 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (199 other apps)
Search Functionality (118 other apps)
Third Party Integration (237 other apps)
User Management (109 other apps)
Workflow Management (140 other apps)

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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.