If you’re constantly plagued by low storage warnings from Apple, you might be pleased to know that rival Google is now letting iPhone owners back-up the photos, videos, contacts, calendar appointments, and more for free. While Apple offers every iDevice owner a complimentary 5GB of cloud storage to back-up apps and personal data, Google is a little more generous (three times more generous, to be precise) and doles out 15GB.
If you’ve reached the limit of your complimentary 5GB of iCloud storage, Apple will no longer back-up your iPhone overnight, save your photos, videos, contacts or documents to the cloud automatically. That means – should you lose your smartphone, for example – you won’t be able to retrieve your treasured data from a back-up when you get a new handset.
That’s not ideal. And with prices quickly rising from 79p for 50GB of storage, to £2.49 (200GB) and topping out at £6.99 for 2TB – your monthly iCloud bills can quickly become a not-inconsiderable expense. While you’ll likely need to pay for storage (whether from Google or Apple) if you want to store 2TB of data in the cloud, Google’s new storage option might save you the need to jump from a free iCloud subscription to the 79p plan.
That’s a saving of almost £10 a year, which is not to be sniffed out.
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The free back-up option from Google comes courtesy of its Google One service. Available on iOS and Android, Google One is available to anyone with a Google Account (these can be created without setting up a Gmail address, if you’ve already got enough email inboxes to manage) and won’t cost you a penny as long as you don’t use more than the 15GB of complimentary storage (like Apple, Google charges a subscription for extra gigabytes).
An updated Google One app, which enables iPhone owners to store their important data in the cloud, is coming very soon. The overhauled Android app launched this week alongside the announcement of its new abilities.
Google says, “if you have an iPhone, we’re introducing a new iOS app that lets you store photos, videos, contacts, and calendar events with Google. Start backing up your phone with the Google One app, and save the stuff you care about using the free 15 GB of storage that comes with your Google Account. If you break, lose, or upgrade your phone, you can rest easy knowing that your data is safe in the cloud.”
Google has also redesigned a new storage manager within the updated Google One app and online, which lets you easily see how you’re using your storage, and free up space. “You can keep the files you want, get rid of the ones you no longer need, and make room for more — all in one place,” Google says. That certainly seems easier than trawling through your iPhone homescreen to find apps you think you can live without.
Your Google One account comes with family sharing capabilities. So, if you opt for the £1.59 a month plan for 100GB of storage (or slightly cheaper at £15.99 a year if you pay upfront), you’ll be able to share that storage with up to five additional family members to keep their devices backed-up too.