Apple iCloud vs. iCloud Drive: What’s Best for You?
Looking for the right storage and backup option on your Apple device? Well, if you are interested in exploring the benefits of iCloud Backup and/ or iCloud Drive but not quite sure which to try out, here’s all you need to know.
To start off; both iCloud Backup and iCloud Drive are Apple services and besides that, they do have a few other things in common too. However, functionality-wise, they are both very different. To ease the confusion and help you gauge better about the service you can opt for, browse through the below:
- Both allow you options to back up your data and keep it safe to be able to restore it if needed.
- Both are simple to use and keeps your digital files safe up in the cloud.
However, the similarities end there as the unique features of both clearly highlight how different they are from each other.
- Apple introduced iCloud Drive at the WWDC 2014, alongside iOS 8. Rather than a mobile app, it is an in-built feature incorporated in your Apple device.
- It is a subscription-based service to store your files and sync data between your other Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It is also available for Windows.
- By subscribing to this service, you can enjoy accessing your data from anywhere in the world, on your Apple devices.
- This also allows you to enjoy accessing a document on different devices, with all the changes incorporated in real time.
So, if you were working on a document on your iPad, you could access the same document on your iPhone with the last changes also included. It syncs in real-time and offers you the latest document, irrespective of the device.
To be able to store your data on iCloud Drive, choose a plan that best suits your requirements and budget.
- Up to 5GB storage – Absolutely free
- Up to 20GB storage - $0.99/month
- Up to 200GB storage - $3.99/month
- Up to 500GB storage - $9.99/month
- Up to 1TB storage - $19.99/month
Once you have filled up the entire storage space, this service will stop doing this activity any further and prompt you to free up space. Once you’ve done it, you’ll be able to backup more data. Of course, you’ve the option to upgrade to a better plan to enjoy more space (check out the plans above).
- iCloud on the other hand is your friendly backup option that backs up every content that you have on your iOS-based device. With iCloud available to you, you can let it automatically back up your data – when you turn on your device and connect it to a power source – or you can manually do it as well.
- iCloud Backup comes along with a few limitations. It doesn’t back up your movie and music files or your TV shows that you didn’t purchase from the iTunes store. Also, it doesn’t backup all audio books, podcasts and images that were synced from your computer.
- iCloud also requires you to have an Apple ID to be able to backup your data. So, if you don’t have one, you probably would have too many features to explore…
As you can see, if it is simply about backing up your data, you could settle for iCloud storage. In case you wanted to backup, sync that data and also use it in real time – on different devices – you could probably opt for iCloud Drive!
So, which out of the two will you find better or meets your requirements? Don’t miss to let us know…