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How to Cancel iCloud Storage Subscription on Mac/PC/iPhone?

Updated on Friday, June 14, 2024

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Summary: How to cancel iCloud storage on Mac? This tutorial contains detailed steps for canceling an iCloud subscription on a Mac, iPhone, iPad, and PC without losing your data. - From iBoysoft

how to cancel iCloud storage

If you don't need so much iCloud storage space for your data, find Mac iCloud Drive not syncing, or you simply don't want to sync your files to iCloud anymore, you can get down to downgrade or cancel your iCloud subscription.

So, how to cancel iCloud storage on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or PC? Please follow this tutorial to get the detailed steps.

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Reduce your iCloud storage usage to meet the new iCloud plan (Necessary)

If you want your iCloud continues working after exceeding your available storage plan, you need to remove the useless content directly or move the superfluous iCloud files to your Mac to avoid the notification saying that "iCloud storage is full".

Delete or copy files from iCloud storage on your Mac

  1. Go to Finder > iCloud Drive.
  2. Select the files or folders you don't need to Trash or move them to the local location or a connected external hard drive.

remove files from iCloud Drive on Mac

Similarly, you can delete or move files from iCloud storage on your Windows computer.

 Note: If you delete files from iCloud Drive on Mac, these files will also be removed from all your other Apple devices that have enabled iCloud Drive with the same account.

Remove files on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the Files app > iCloud Drive.
  2. Tap the folder where the useless file is stored or you want to save it to another location.
  3. Click the Share button and then select the way you want to send a copy of it.
  4. Delete the folder from your iPhone or iPad.

After removing the content from your iCloud storage, check if the capacity usage is lower than 5 GB or that of the cheaper subscription plan you'll choose.

How to cancel your iCloud storage subscription on Mac?

If you haven't subscribed to a priced iCloud plan but just don't want to use iCloud, you can just uncheck the iCloud Drive option in iCloud Preferences on your Mac. But if you've subscribed to a monthly plan of your iCloud storage, you need to cancel your subscription.

To cancel or downgrade your iCloud subscription on your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini, or other models, you can follow these steps:

  1. Select the Apple menu > System Preferences >Apple ID.
  2. Click iCloud from the left sidebar of the window.
  3. Click Manage at the right corner of the right pane. 
    click Manage in iCloud on Mac
  4. Click Change Storage Plan.
    click Change Storage Plan in iCloud on Mac
  5. Select Downgrade Options and enter your Apple ID password if required. 
    click downgrade options in iCloud on Mac
  6. Select Free to cancel the subscription or choose another cheaper plan if you simply want to downgrade.
  7. Confirm your selection.

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How to cancel iCloud storage on an iPhone or iPad?

If you want to cancel iCloud storage on an iOS device like iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you need to:

  1. Launch the Settings app and tap on your name in the Settings pane.
  2. Tap iCloud > Manage Storage. 
    click Manage Storage in iCloud on iPhone
  3. Tap Change Storage Plan. 
    click Change Storage Plan in iCloud on iPhone
  4. Tap Downgrade Options and enter your Apple ID password to unlock the options.
    click Downgrade Options in iCloud on iPhone
  5. Select the plan you want. You can choose 5GB to cancel iCloud+ or a cheaper plan.
  6. Tap Done to save your change.

How to cancel iCloud storage on a PC?

If you've enabled iCloud for Windows on your PC, you can cancel or downgrade it in this way.

  1. Open iCloud for Windows on your computer.
  2. Click Storage on the window.
    click Storage in the iCloud for Windows pane
  3. Select Change Storage Plan.
  4. Select Downgrade Options.
  5. Enter your Apple ID password.
  6. Click Manage.
  7. Choose Free or another cheaper plan you want to use and click Done to save your operation.

Why can't you downgrade your iCloud storage?

Some users reported that they can't click the Done button when downgrading the iCloud storage plan and contacted the Apple support team. In fact, the downgrade request had been received by iCloud but was not feedbacking to the user on UI immediately, leading to the Done button keeps greyed out. If you also encounter this issue, you can contact Apple Support to get assistance.

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What happens if you downgrade/cancel your iCloud storage subscription?

From the time you cancel your iCloud subscription, you get out of the registered plan. But you can continue to use the offered cloud storage for photos and other file saving because the change takes effect after your current subscription billing period ends.

If you downgrade your iCloud + storage plan to the default 5GB free capacity or the cheaper option but your content in iCloud exceeds this limit, iCloud neither sync the new or changed files to iCloud Drive nor sync data across your Apple devices.

Besides, if you cancel iCloud and return to using the free option, you are unable to use the advanced iCloud features like Private Relay and Hide Mu Email.


Canceling iCloud storage is not a complicated job. Whether you enable iCloud storage on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Windows computer, you can cancel or downgrade iCloud at any time with its built-in management features.

If you are troubled about how to cancel iCloud storage, you can follow our post. It can guide you to cancel your iCloud subscription without losing data. And if you remove something important from your iCloud Drive, head to restore deleted files from iCloud Drive on your Mac immediately or you will suffer from data loss.