What happens to icloud backup if you can't pay?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by kristoffer4, Oct 9, 2016.

  1. kristoffer4 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2006
    Hey. I have recently changed credit card on iCloud.
    By doing this I started wondering what happens to my iCloud backup if my card is invalid or I am otherwise unable to pay?
    Will all my iCloud content be deleted from iCloud and the iCloud folder on my mac?
  2. whsbuss macrumors 68040


    May 4, 2010
    SE Penna.
    Maybe not immediately but after some time it will be all gone
  3. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    You will be downgraded to the 5GB free option. Your data won't be deleted, but you can't add anything new and some cloud functionality will be restricted. See:


    "If you downgrade your storage plan and your content exceeds the storage you have available, new photos and videos won't upload to iCloud Photo Library and your devices stop backing up to iCloud. iCloud Drive and the other apps that you use with iCloud won’t update across your devices. You can't send or receive messages with your iCloud email address."
  4. Brookzy macrumors 601


    May 30, 2010
    I'd have thought your data would be deleted eventually, else you could game iCloud into being an very very cheap long term data archiving solution.

    E.g. Create iCloud account, upgrade to 2TB, upload 2TB of data to archive, stop paying. Then if ever you need to access that archive many years in the future, just pay for another month of 2TB storage in order to download it, because your data is supposedly still there. :p
  5. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Not just iCloud. Onedrive and Google Drive (and probably others) have similar policies.
    If you think it's worth the effort, knock yourself out. :p

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