How to Downgrade iCloud+ Storage Plan on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC

🗓️ November 18, 2021 By ✍️ Jaysukh patel

Apple iCloud online backup service does work to take a backup of iOS device Apps including iCloud Photos library, Mail, Contacts, iCloud keychain, iCloud Drive, and more. The server keeps data in a secure way as well accessible on the same Apple ID and passcode, wherever the user wants through Online. Apple’s 5GB of free iCloud storage plan is very flexible to downgrade and upgrade iCloud storage.

Still, you have a hire-tire iCloud storage plan, and you seem that the Apple Free Storage plan is enough for you. Then you can do cancel iCloud billing, for that, you will have to go with the iCloud free plan. Below mentioned guide would help you to Downgrade iCloud Storage Plan. And yeah, you guys, you can do this on Apple iOS, Mac, or Windows PC. If you are having one of them, let’s go down and get started to do.

Here given steps will show you just an example of how to go from purchased iCloud Storage to free 5GB of Space. Even though, also very easy to understand to decrease from 2TB to 1TB, from 200GB to 50GB and or relevant. The downgrade process will take effect after your current annual, or monthly iCloud subscription ends.

Critical Points of effects after iCloud Storage Downgrade or to Free

→ According to Apple, if you downgrade, cancel, or don’t renew the iCloud storage plan. And your content exceeds the storage you have available.
→ New photos and videos won’t upload to iCloud Photo Library.
→ iOS device stop backing up to iCloud.
→ Your iCloud relevant Apps and iCloud drive auto stop to update across your Apple devices.
→ Can’t send or receive a message with your iCloud email address.

Downgrade iCloud Storage Plan Using iPhone, iPad or iPod

The best solution is you should manage iCloud storage by deleting old backups, photos & videos, files, and Delete Mail. Instead of iCloud storage, you can also take a backup of your iPhone camera roll into these best third-party iOS Cloud Storage Apps.

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Steps to Downgrade iCloud Storage on iOS 15 or Later version

If you are switching from the iCloud storage pro plan, then iCloud+ Service will stay active but the Storage plan will decrease. If you want to switch to a free plan, then your All Data and iCloud+ Service will stay active until the next billing cycle. Follow the below steps for Downgrade iCloud+ Plan from iPhone settings,

  1. Open Settings app on iPhone > Tap on Profile name > Select iCloud.icloud-storage-option-on-iphone-settings
  2. Next Tap on Manage Storage option > See your active plan and Used by apps and Email.view-icloud-space-used-by-app-and-free-space
  3. See the last option, Downgrade Options > Enter your Apple ID password and Verify to Manage > Select Lower plan and Done to apply changes to your account.see-downgrade-options-on-iphone-settings-app
  4. That’s it.

Tips for iOS 11, iOS 12 and iOS 13/iPadOS

We can see the option for Downgrade or Upgrade iCloud storage in alternate Two Different ways. That I have seen it here on my iPhone running on the latest iOS.

1st Way

Go to the Settings app on iPhone, iPad > Tap on Profile name > Now, iCloud > Manage Storage > iCloud Storage (Tap on Change). Also, see the Running current plan.

1 Manage Storage on iPhone Settings app with iOS 11

To upgrade, Select plan under Choose Upgrade.

OR Downgrade, Tap on Downgrade Options

2 Change iCloud Storage on iOS 11 settings app

Enter Account Password and Mange other lower storage options.

2nd Way

Go to the Settings > Account & Password.

4 iCloud Account manage from Settings iPhone app with iOS 11

See the iCloud option > Storage > Change Storage Plan

3 Manage Storage on iPhone

iOS 10.2.or earlier – we offer these steps which are performed by us in our lab on Apple iPhone 8 Plus.

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Open up Settings App- scroll down to iCloud – and tap on Storage.

iOS 10.3 or later

Step 1. Launch Settings App > Tap on [Your Name] appears above the Airplane Mode.

Tap on Apple ID settings in iOS 10.3 later iPhone iPad iPod touch

Step 2. Tap iCloud, then tap on visually iCloud Storage bar.

Step 3. Next, Select Change Storage Plan and scroll down the screen for Downgrade options.

Tap on iCloud storage bar iOS 10.3 or later

You’ll be asked to enter Apple ID Passcode to go to the Manage option that appear at the bottom of the message screen.

Downgrade icloud storage plan on iPhone iOS 10 or later

Step 4. Tap on Free and then hit on Done (appear upper-right side on the screen) to save your changed plan.

Final Step to cancel iCloud subscription billing

Read On-screen instructions: You can Contact Apple within 15 days of an upgrade for a refund. [Credit–]

You’re done.

Change/ Downgrade iCloud Storage Plan on Mac

Still, you’re sitting in front of Apple iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air with running macOS Monterey, Big Sur, Catalina, macOS Sierra Operating System. You’d like to cancel your purchased iCloud Subscription and go back to the initial Free plan. Let’s follow the below explained Instructions. And yeah, you guys, don’t forget to read the above given key points of what happens after downgrading Apple iCloud storage to free.

Step 1. Click on the Apple logo in appears top menu bar and choose System Preferences.

Apple logo to System Preferences on Macos Sierra

Step 2. On macOS Catalina iCloud moved to Apple ID, So Click on Apple ID. Earlier MacOS users can Find iCloud under the System Preference window.

Apple ID on System Preferences on Mac for iCloud Space
Apple ID on System Preferences on Mac for iCloud Space

Step 3: On Window, Find the option iCloud from the sidebar, and click on the Manage button at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Option for Manage iCloud storage
Option for Manage iCloud storage

Step 4: Now Click on Buy More Storage option. and Select plan for downgrade.

Buy iCloud Storage
Buy iCloud Storage

Step 3. Now click on Change Storage Plan appear upper-right corner onscreen.
Step 4. Click on Downgrade Options, you’ll be asked to Apple ID and Passcode.
Step 5. In the end, Click Done to save your plan.

Choose different Apple iCloud Storage plan to Downgrade

It completed.

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Downgrade iCloud Storage Plan on Windows PC

If you’re a Windows user, then learn the bottom steps to Downgrade iCloud storage on a PC.

  • Open the iCloud app. (Download and Install, Available for Windows 10/ 8/ 7)
  • Login with iCloud Apple ID and Password.
  • Click on Storage Plan, Next hit on Buy More storage in the window pane.
Download icloud App on Windows 10 or later computer to Downgrade upgrade Storage
  • Now, Choose a plan for your needs and Activate by clicking on it. (For Upgrade or Downgrade)
  • Enter Verification password again to save the changes.
  • Click Done.

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Jaysukh Patel
Jaysukh Patel

Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: [OR]

  1. I want to cancel – downgrade – storage increase on previously owned laptop –
    Order ID 7SMD5235
    Apple ID – no longer required.
    Cindy Mann

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