Apple is attempting to boost iCloud storage upgrades by offering free month-long trials of 50GB, 200GB and 2TB plans to customers currently on the free 5GB tier.
First spotted by Apple Insider, the first free trial month option is only available to users who haven’t subscribed for an iCloud upgrade. If you’re already signed for that extra storage then sadly you won’t get access to a free month of iCloud storage.
At present, Apple offers you a tiny amount of storage for free as a preview of its iCloud storage. However, this is such a small amount that users will run out even if they’re only backing up the videos and photos on their iPhone. For most customers, it’s therefore necessary to pay a monthly subscription fee to Apple to cover all your storage needs.
The option for a free trial appears when a user attempts to back up their iOS device to an already-full iCloud. The pop-up message promotes an upgrade to the 50GB plan, but a free trial is also available for the 200GB and 2TB tiers, as well.
“You do not have enough space in iCloud to back up your iPhone,” reads the pop-up message. “A 50 GB plan gives you plenty of space to continue backing up your iPhone. Your first month is free and it’s just $0.99 each month after.”
Clicking a “Get 50GB Free For 1 Month” button then sends users to storage plans in their iCloud settings. There, users have the option to start a free month of 50GB or 2TB storage. After the one-month free trial, the plan will renew at its normal rate. The 50GB plan costs $0.99 USD per month, while the 200GB and 2TB plans cost $2.99 and $9.99 per month, respectively.