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There’s a Potential Cost Associated with Using iCloud Photo Library

While many people will appreciate the ease-of-use and centralized method for organizing, syncing, archiving, and sharing digital photos that iCloud Photo Library offers, this new feature unfortunately comes at a price for many users. Until recently, Apple has offered all of the iCloud online storage space needed to store online photos for free. However, this is no longer the case.

All iCloud accounts still come with 5GB of free online storage space. This storage space can be used by all of iCloud’s features, such as app-specific data syncing, iCloud Backup, and iCloud Drive, as well as iCloud Photo Library. The additional online storage space needed for iTunes Store, App Store, iBookstore, and Newsstand purchases continues to be free.

However, if you’re already using your iCloud account to sync Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Notes, Safari, Mail, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote app-specific data, plus utilizing iCloud Drive to store other documents, files and data within your iCloud account, and also using your iCloud account to maintain backups of one or more iOS mobile devices, for example, the 5GB of free online storage space offered by Apple will quickly be used up.

Thus, for a low monthly fee, you’ll need to acquire additional online storage space for your iCloud account. This can be done from any of your mobile devices by launching Settings, tapping on the iCloud option, tapping on the Storage option, and then selecting the Change Storage Plan option.

Additional iCloud online storage pricing starts at $0.99 per month for 20GB of storage space. For $3.99 per month, 200GB of online storage space is available. There’s also a $9.99 per month plan that includes 500GB, and a $19.99 per month plan that includes 1TB of online storage space.

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