10 best cloud storage services and apps for Android of 2016
We’re quickly moving into an era where cloud storage is going to be a must have service for everyone. It’s efficient, doesn’t take up your storage, and it’s far more convenient than carrying a hard drive around everywhere. You can get ahead of the curve with these awesome cloud storage services and apps for Android! You might also like:
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[Price: Free app, $12/year, $60/year]
Amazon Cloud Drive is a good start for anyone who uses Amazon Prime. Those with Amazon Prime will already get 5GB of free storage along with unlimited backup for photos and videos. You can upgrade to unlimited storage for about $60 per year. You can also use it if you don’t have Amazon Prime but the 5GB of storage and unlimited photo backup will run you $12/year. The app is a bit buggy at times, but it works well enough and you can access your files online anytime.
[Price: Free, $5/month, $10/month, and $15/month options + enterprise options]
Box.com is an up and comer in the cloud storage world and many apps already include Box integration for users. New users can sign up for personal accounts for free and get 10GB of free storage while $10/month gets you 100GB. Business prices range from $5-$15/month and include far more features. The app works pretty well and it puts an emphasis on simplicity and organization.
[Price: Free / $4.99/month, $9.99/month + enterprise options]
Copy is a lesser known cloud storage site that gives you a lot of bang for your buck. Users get 15GB of free cloud storage just for signing up and you can upgrade to 250GB ($4.99/month) or 1TB ($9.99/month) as your needs require. There are also enterprise options through their sister site, called Cude Drive. The app is decent and uses some basic Holo/Material Design elements. It can be buggy for some but the general consensus is that it works well.
[Price: Free, large variety of paid options ranging from 100GB to 200TB (enterprise only)]
Cubby is another lesser known option that could be good if your storage needs are simple. What makes Cubby so special are its intense list of very customizable plans. Users can get 5GB of free storage anytime, but personal accounts can get anywhere (literally) from 100GB to 2.5TB extra for between $3.99 and $99.75/month. Enterprise users can get five users on 1TB for $39.99 up to 1000 users sharing 200TB of storage with plenty of options between. The app is solid, even if the interface is a tad antiquated. It works well enough for most people and this is a service to look into if you need a really specific amount of storage.
[Price: Free, $9.99/month, $15/month, $75/month + enterprise options]
Everybody knows about Dropbox and there’s a good chance that some of you have this app pre-installed on your devices already. For normal users, you get 2GB of free cloud storage when you sign up with an option to upgrade to 1TB for $9.99/month. Businesses can get unlimited storage for about $15/month per person while enterprise users will have to contact Dropbox. The app comes with auto-photo upload, easy sharing options, the latest Android design elements, Microsoft Office support, and the ability to send files to others. It’s a very solid option with more features than most.
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[Price: Free, $1.99/month, $9.99/month + business options]
Google Drive is one of the most well-known and popular cloud storage apps available. Users get 15GB free out of the gate with unlimited photo and video backup via Google Photos if they so choose. There is also an assortment of office apps available for documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. You can upgrade to 100GB ($1.99/month) or 1TB ($9.99) for fairly cheap and there are options for businesses as well. Most Android devices have this pre-installed so it’s worth a shake to see if you like it.
[Price: Free, $$4.99/month, $49.99/month]
MediaFire started out as a file sharing service but has become a pretty decent cloud storage service in its own right. You can upload whatever you want and the service revolves around sharing and playing with those files in the cloud. Free users get 10GB and you can upgrade to 1TB for $4.99 ($3.79/month if you pay annually), and $49.99/month is the going rate for businesses. The app is a bit antiquated and a few users have had some issues, but it seems to work well enough overall.
[Price: Free, 4.99€/month, 9.99€/month, 19.99€/month, 29.99€/month]
Mega is the sequel to the now-defunct Megaupload, a cloud storage service that was taken down by the authorities a couple of years ago. Mega is an up-and-coming service that gives users 50GB for free just for signing up which is easily the largest sign-up bonus we’ve seen. It comes with a range of storage options that span from 200GB to 4TB. The app is quite flashy but there are a few bugs here and there that some people have experienced.
[Price: Free, $1.99/month, $3.99/month + other options]
Microsoft OneDrive is a popular option because it integrates directly with a variety of Windows products. For starters, can get 5GB of free cloud storage and you can upgrade to 100GB for $1.99 or 200GB for $3.99. OneDrive storage is also included in every Office 365 subscription, be it for personal use or for businesses. In most cases, each Office 365 subscriber will get 1TB of storage and access to Microsoft Office. The app follows most of the Android design guidelines and has a decent rating on the Google Play Store. There is also full integration with Microsoft OneNote.
[Price: Free, $1/month, $2/month, $10/month]
Yandex Disk is a lesser-known but potentially great option. They offer up 10GB of free cloud storage for signing up and you can get 10GB more (total of 20GB) for $1/month or you can add 100GB for $2/month. There is also a “server package” that gives you 1TB for $10/month. The app is also surprisingly good with Material Design elements and one of the few instances where yellow actually works in an application design. There are bugs but most people seem to be happy with this underrated option.
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