Saturday, March 25, 2023

What happens when iCloud expires?

If we have a contracted iCloud storage plan, we have many advantages in terms of cloud storage and data synchronization. From the extended models to free up space in local memory. But what happens to our accounts if the iCloud subscription expires? In this post we tell you the details.

This happens because your iCloud data has expired

If we have an iCloud plan of 50GB, 200GB or 2TB of storage, we are subject to a monthly subscription, which will be renewed through our Apple ID payment method. However, if it happens that we cannot renew the payment method and Apple cannot charge us for the service, or if we cancel the service, our storage will expire. Our colleague Fer made a video in 2017 in response to this question. But in the middle of 2023, we wanted to ensure that such a process continued and we called Apple technical service again. And of course all the information provided in the video is still 100% valid. At the end of this post you have a video.

What about our boxes? If we have, for example, a 200GB capacity plan and it expires, we will eventually return to the free 5GB plan. If you occupy about 100GB of those 200GB, we will be clearly above the free base capacity in iCloud. So if our iCloud expires, this will happen.

  • The free plan will activate the next billing cycle.
  • Since we only have 5GB, but with files from the set, Apple will notify us that we have an additional month of margin to be able to draw all our documents.
  • To better illustrate this last, we provide an example if our subscription is renewed on the 14th of each month: If we subscribe on the 25th of February, the free 5GB plan will be activated on the 14th of March. And we will have until April 14 to get our information. During that time, Apple will send us reminders every time to keep our information safe.

    Now we enter the field of our data and information. Which files will be deleted first? Is there any criteria that Apple follows when it comes to freeing up the most occupied space in iCloud? Once the additional month limit has expired, the automated process begins. For this scenario, you need to know the following;

  • No Apple employee is going into our files to delete them, since the machine will be there to do it. Our data, even at that point, will remain secure (or that it will not be seen by others).
  • There is no time to set boundaries.
  • Data will be deleted randomly. There are no specific criteria to delete the oldest data, or the one with the largest size first.
  • Depending on the amount of data, iCloud will take more or less time to delete all our data. But this process has a point of reflection, this is that we will see how our tables disappear, and we will see that our data will occupy 5GB. And so it can happen at any moment. The same thing happens if we turn off the ability to plan our iCloud storage. This process, applied for 5GB, will be applied to 200GB if we have a 2TB plan, or to 50GB if we have a 2TB or 200GB plan. So, if iCloud expires, one (or more) pushes hard and deletes everything and starts over.

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