Biting the iCloud storage bullet

“As do about a billion people on planet earth, I subscribe to iCloud,” Ron McElfresh writes for McSolo. “Why not? 5GB is free with every iCloud account, and that includes email and the ability to sync files between various and sundry Apple devices; Mac, iPhone, iPad, with browser access.”

“Here’s the problem. I have somewhere around 150GB of photos and a few videos stored in the Photos app on my Mac,” McElfresh writes. “Apple recently lowered the price tag for 200GB of iCloud storage space to $2.99, so it’s a bit of a bargain to get Photos’s photos and videos on other devices. ”

“Unfortunately, I keep many, many, files and folders on both the Desktop (itself a folder) and in Documents. That total would push me over the 200GB limit. So, I trimmed down the contents of both Desktop and Documents to only those files that I need on other devices; about 25GB total. And, I set up a folder on iCloud Drive called iCloud Desktop and iCloud Documents, and filled it with the aforementioned and well pruned files,” McElfresh writes. “Again, it took a few hours for all those files and folders to get copied to iCloud and then distributed to my other Macs, iPhone, and iPad, but it worked”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Or, of course, there’s the 2TB iCloud storage option for $9.99/mo. which basically frees you from worrying about managing your storage to fit into 200GB.

Apple doubles storage on $9.99/month iCloud tier to 2TB; iOS 11 lets you share single plan with whole family – June 6, 2017


  1. Its going to get better … iOS 11 will allow family plan to share the storage across the family … 2TB option for $9.99 a month to cover all my data now seems very reasonable as I can cover my laptops, phones and tablets … all in one plan.

  2. I still can’t stream movies that I stored on there from my iOS devices. It makes me try to download them And then watch them.

    Dropbox and One Drive allows me to simply stream my movies without having to download them….

    This was extremely disappointing to see that iCloud can’t even handle a basic task like streaming…and then Apple wonders why people keep going to competitors for services that “work”.

  3. Thought about options (and security in mind). Mine is not a total Apple environment. So, I cleaned out my free space plus 99¢/mth extra, dropped …, and quit all sorts of synching. Thought I’m old enough (I am old) to have the umbilical cord to mother Apple severed.

  4. Consider my office situation: two locations, about 8 Apple computers, tablets, and phones. For 99 cents a month, iCloud handles the calendar, address book, mail, and all document file storage, and synchronizes all of it. It’s a bargain that beyond expression. I have seen my competition that had gladly laid down $5,000 and more to have some kind of customer network set-up between offices to do more or less the same jobs.

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