10 best cloud storage services and apps for Android of 2016

by: Joe HindyOctober 23, 2016

best cloud storage apps for android
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:

amazon cloud drive best cloud storage apps for androidAmazon Cloud Drive

[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.

Get it now on Google Play!

amazon cloud drive best cloud storage apps for android

bittorrent sync best cloud storage appsBitTorrent Sync

[Price: Free]
BitTorrent Sync is the best cloud storage solution for everyone that wants to do their own cloud storage. This app allows you to use your desktop, laptop, NAS, tablet, or even your own home-built server as a destination for your phone syncing. It operates exactly like Dropbox, Google Drive, etc, except you’ll be using your own machine to store everything. It’s an excellent option for those who are security conscious but still need cloud storage also. The only downside is that you’ll need to keep your receiving machine on all the time so that the syncing can be done. The best part is that the app is completely free and you’ll have as much storage as your receiving device can hold.

Get it now on Google Play!

box best cloud storage apps for androidBox

[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.

Get it now on Google Play!

cubby best cloud storage apps for androidCubby

[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.

Get it now on Google Play!

cubby best cloud storage apps for android

dropbox best cloud storage apps for androidDropbox

[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.

Get it now on Google Play!

See also: 15 best Android apps of 2015

Google Drive best cloud storage apps for androidGoogle Drive

[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.

Get it now on Google Play!

mediafire best cloud storage apps for androidMediaFire

[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.

Get it now on Google Play!

mediafire best cloud storage apps for android

mega best cloud storage apps for androidMega

[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.

Get it now on Google Play!

mega best cloud storage apps for android

microsoft onedrive best cloud storage apps for androidMicrosoft OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive)

[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.

Get it now on Google Play!

Yandex Disk best cloud storage apps for androidYandex Disk

[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.

Get it now on Google Play!

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Who do you use for your cloud storage? If we missed any other great Android cloud storage options let us know about them in the comments below!
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  • hawki

    sync.com Secure, not crazy expensive, did I mention secure? Seriously good encryption used.


    • TJ

      This place obviously doesn’t care about security or privacy. I never tried this one. Thanks. SpiderOak is very similar. Good to see more options like this.

  • Ariana Williams

    ofcourse these are the best cloud storage system…
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    • Betty Linn

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  • Jared

    since i am in china, most of the cloud mention here are block or don’t work well. So i use baidu cloud, which gives 2TB free storage.

    • Anon

      2tb is sweet

    • خرگوش أرنب سویهkhargosh Arnab

      I am a Pakistani, baidu is in Chinese and I am unable to read and understand Chinese so therefore I can’t use baidu

  • One thing to note: Kim Dotcom doesn’t own MEGA anymore, he was forced out, and one of hist statements after being ousted was that he cannot guarantee the anonymity of whatever users upload to MEGA. Other than that, it remains one of the sweetest services.

    Edit: link for resource http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-07/31/kim-dotcom-mega-3

    • Anon

      yea mega is awesome. im surprised it isnt as popular as it deserves.

  • TJ

    The only one that doesn’t spy on you and of course is not listed is SpiderOak. 2 gigs free, zero knowledge login security, with additional plans available.

    • JosephHindy

      If their app didn’t suck, it would be on the list. Thank you for your recommendation, though.

      • TJ

        Ahh gotcha! So let’s use Dropbox cause it looks pretty, never mind the fact that they scan all your files, sell trends to third parties, constantly spyg on you, etc… You’re a fuckin asshole who shouldn’t be giving app advice

  • Bob Larimer

    http://www.livedrive.com = great price per TB with no metering of throughput. Most services charge based on data uploaded or downloaded but this one does not!

  • EgonLewkut

    Airtake gives you 2TB free cloud storage. It’s great
    Get it on google play

  • waterrodent

    Copy is defunct. Barracuda is shuttering the app by May 2016.

  • JRomeo

    Unlimited FREE storage, with NO LIMITS, for all your photos and videos on the Google Photos app……….. can’t beat it.

    • mk

      Google allows unlimited option only if you accept compression..without it you can get max to 15GB.

      • JRomeo

        if your phone shoots pictures greater than 16megapixels, then when you choose the unlimited photo backup option, your photos will be downsized to 16megapixels…….. It’s not somethign I worry about because my Nexus 6P shoots pictures at 12.2Megapixels (well underneath the 16Megapixel threshold where they begin downsizing the picture)

  • Acaa Aca

    Copy – should remove it from the list. they are closing soon. there goes my free 90gb thru referrals

  • Jason A

    Google Drive, Dropbox and One Drive must be best of all

  • MasterRothschild

    The best storage app is a 128GB Micro SD card that sells for only $40 on Amazon. No worries about LTE signal quality or speed or data caps.

    • Danielle Faith

      I agree! The problem is that a lot of the newer phones are doing away with expandable storage. I currently have the Note 5 and I can say that not having the Micro SD option is definitely my biggest complaint about the phone. Never again!