Free cloud storage: Which providers offer the most space – Android Authority

In this post, we take a look at the 10 best free cloud providers that offer the most storage. But keep in mind that this list only contains reputable and well-known companies were willing to recommend. There are other providers out there that offer more free storage, but some of them are brand new to the market and seem sketchy because they try their hardest to keep their details (location, phone number, address) hidden.

Not every provider is trustworthy. Uploading sensitive files to a cloud managed by a company that may have bad intentions is not a good idea. And if the provider is brand new to the market and their business plan doesnt go as imagined, it can close shop overnight, possibly leaving you without access to your files.

If you already know what cloud storage is, how it works, and why you should use it, feel free to skip this section and scroll down to check out the list of the best cloud storage providers. Everyone else, keep reading.

The concept of cloud storage is easy to understand. The cloud is basically just a remote database. Its a server maintained by the provider that lets you store your images, videos, documents, and other files. To access the files, all you need is your account login info and an internet connection.

You can access your files in the cloud from any device with an internet connection.

But, why not store everything on my PC instead, you ask? One of the reasons is that by storing files to the cloud, you can access them from any device with an internet connection. If you store files on your PC, you can only access them from that PC.

Another reason is that your files are safer in the cloud then they are on your PC. If your computer can get damaged, lost, or stolen, you can say goodbye to all those vacation photos and your movie collection. You can also share files with other people more easily from the cloud, especially larger ones that cant be attached to emails because of size limits.

An additional benefit of cloud storage comes into play when you buy a new PC. Instead of manually transferring your data from your old device to the new one, you can just log into your cloud account and, voila, all your files are right there on your new machine.

Of course, cloud storage isnt perfect. It has its share of problems that you need to be aware of. The biggest one is that if someone gets ahold of your account login info, theyll be able to get access to all the files stored in your account. You also need an internet connection to view the files in the cloud, which may cause problems for some at times especially road warriors.

Editors note: Well update this post with new providers once they launch or when current ones make changes to their free plans.

Degoo is far ahead of the competition, offering a whopping 100GB of free cloud storage. However, the service has a number of limitations in place you have to be aware of. The biggest one is that you can only upload files from one device. Theres no such limit for viewing or downloading files, though you can do that on as many devices you want.

The service is supported by ads, and you have to log in at least once every 90 days to make sure your account stays active. With that in mind, Degoo definitely isnt the most user-friendly cloud service on this list, but it does offer plenty of storage.

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Co-founded by the controversial Kim Dotcom, Mega comes in second on this list by offering 50GB of free storage. But theres a catch: the 50GB is available for the first 30 days only, after which the storage gets bumped down to 15GB. You can get extra storage by installing the desktop app (20GB) and the mobile app (15GB), although both expire after 180 days. You also get an additional 10GB of free storage for one year when a friend of yours signs up for the service.

Mega technically doesnt have a size limit for the files you upload, but it does have bandwidth limit thats pretty strict. You can upload a maximum of 1GB of data every six hours, which obviously means that the largest file you can upload is 1GB.

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This is the cloud service I recommend to most people, provided they dont need more than 15GB of storage. Its super easy to use, is available on all the major platforms, and doesnt contain ads. But one thing to keep in mind is that the 15GB of storage is shared between Drive, Gmail, and Photos.

Google Drive is well integrated with Gmail, allowing you to quickly save email attachments to Drive. The service also lets you share files with ease and allows you to easily back up your devices. This is by far my favorite cloud storage service.

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Box is a popular and well-known cloud storage provider. Its 10GB of free storage is generous, although not market-leading. Theres a file size limit in place for uploads that is set at 250MB.

The service offers standard features you get with most other providers. You can create folders to organize your files, share files with just a few clicks, and access your files from different platforms, among other things.

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This provider isnt as popular as Google Drive or Box, but its a great one nonetheless. You get 10GB of cloud storage for free and theres no file size limit in place for uploads.

pCloud is packed with loads of great features. You can share files with ease, access your files from multiple devices across different platforms, and recover and access older versions of your account up to 30 days. The service even has a built-in video and audio players. If you need more storage, you can opt for a monthly plan or a one-time lifetime fee.

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Icedrive is a relatively new player on the market it launched in January 2019. You get 10GB of free storage and a daily bandwidth of 3GB, which limits the size of the files you can upload.

Since its a newcomer, it doesnt offer all the features you get with some of the bigger players. Theres no two-factor authentication available, nor is there file versioning. But Icedrive still has the main features youd expect from a cloud storage and is a solid option overall.

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MediaFire lets you store and share files with ease, with free users getting 10GB of free storage. Individual files are limited to a maximum of 4GB per upload.

The service lets you upload multiple files at once and can be used on various platforms including Windows, Android, and iOS. It supports all the major files out there, allowing you to upload images, videos, documents, and more. Unfortunately, the service is supported by ads, which can get annoying fast.

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This cloud storage is mainly focused on media files (images, videos), although you can store documents and other files as well. Users praise the service for its fast upload speeds as well as a decent amount of free storage at 10GB.

Theres a 5GB file size limit for uploads, which is quite generous. Apps are available for PC/Mac, Android, and iOS, so you can upload files and get access to them regardless of the device youre using.

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Syncplicity doesnt stand out from the crowd, but it still gets the job done. You get all the basic features like the ability to sort files by folders, share files with others, and even tag them. The good news is that, unlike some other providers, Syncplicity doesnt have a file size upload limit in place.

You get 10GB of space for your images, videos, documents, and other files. The service is available on all the major platforms and offers paid plans for those looking for extra storage.

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The last free cloud storage service on this list is Microsofts OneDrive, which offers the least amount of space at just 5GB. But you can use it as part of your Microsoft account if you already have one so you dont need to sign up for the service separately.

In addition to all the basic features youd expect from a service like this, OneDrive also comes with a Personal Vault that adds an additional layer of security for those extra sensitive documents. But on free accounts, you can only store up to three files in it.

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Theres a reason why the list above lacks a few big names. Apples iCloud service only offers 5GB of data, just like Microsofts OneDrive. But unlike OneDrive, iCloud is primarily aimed at those who own an Apple device. And if you sign up for the service with a PC, you only get 1GB of storage instead of five. Nevertheless, its a great service overall if youre an Apple user and we have no problem recommending it, but just keep the storage limit in mind. If you need more space, opt for one of the providers mentioned in this post.

Read next: How to backup your Android phone to the cloud

Dropbox is another great service that we recommend, although it didnt make our list because it only offers 2GB of free cloud storage. Thats not much, but if its enough for you, were confident youll be happy with the service.

Amazon Drive is also a great service, offering 5GB of free storage to its users. Thats on par with OneDrive we included on our list, but we recommend Microsofts solution over Amazons because its more feature-packed and easier to use.

More free storage is always better, but its not the only thing you should focus on. For example, while Degoo offers the most storage at 100GB, I wouldnt recommend it to users who dont need that much space. The service has loads of limitations in place, one of them being that you can only upload files from a single device.

So before you sign up for a service, try to figure out how much online storage you actually need. If you need more than 50GB, then something like Degoo is your best option. But if just 10GB or even less will do, a service like Google Drive is a much better option.

Google Drive is a storage service that lets you save various files to the cloud and then access them from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can store documents, images, videos, and even back up

There you have it these are the 10 best cloud storage providers that offer the most space. Well update this post when new providers launch or current ones make changes to their free plans. In the meantime, let us know which of the services listed in this post would you consider signing up for.

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