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Apple granting temporary iCloud storage space for device upgrades

Apple will give users with free iCloud accounts unlimited, temporary storage to facilitate data transfers to new devices.

Non-paying iCloud accounts have long been capped at 5 gigabytes, which meant that anyone who kept a large amount of data on their iPhone would run into issues when transferring large amounts of data between devices without a computer.

Now, Apple is granting free, unlimited storage for those who are transferring data from one device to another. The storage will be available for up to three weeks, giving users plenty of time to obtain a new device, such as an iPhone, and transfer their data to it.

"Now when you buy a new device you can use iCloud Backup to move your data to your new device, even if you're low on storage," Apple said. "iCloud will grant you as much storage as you need to complete a temporary backup, free of charge, for up to three weeks. This allows you to get all your apps, data, and settings onto your device automatically."

At WWDC 2021, Apple announced a new iCloud+ service, which includes a Private Relay VPN, a new Hide My Email capability, and support for unlimited secure HomeKit video cameras.

Follow all of WWDC 2021 with comprehensive AppleInsider coverage of the week-long event from June 7 through June 11, including details on iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS Monterey and more.

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