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10 best cloud storage services and apps for Android
Cloud storage is one of the most useful types of storage you can have. It’s efficient, doesn’t take up your internal storage, and it’s far more convenient than carrying a hard drive around everywhere. Unfortunately, with the death of the SD card in phones, this is also a slightly necessary evil if you want to back things up on a medium you can get to if your phone dies. It also makes it easier to share files with other people. You can get ahead of the curve with these awesome cloud storage services and apps for Android.
There are also some great free cloud storage apps here that don’t cost you anything. Prices are accurate as of the publish date, but they could change before the next one.
The best cloud storage services and apps for Android
Price: Free app/ $1.99-$11.99 per month
Amazon 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 only photos via the Amazon Photos app (Google Play link). You can upgrade to unlimited storage for about $60 per year. Those without Amazon Prime get unlimited photo backup for $12 per year. The app itself works fine and isn’t anything special. There is a bit of lag from time to time, but otherwise, it’s a decent overall experience. It also recently changed its prices. The $1.99 per month price gives you 100GB, the $6.99 per month price gives you 1TB, and the $11.99 per month price gives you 2TB.
Price: Free / Up to $9.99
Autosync is a family of apps by MetaCtrl. Each one deals with a different cloud storage app and you can choose between Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, MEGA, and a new universal one (still in beta) that works with all of the previously mentioned services along with pCloud, Yandex Disk, and SharePoint Online. Autosync functions as a cloud storage manager. It forces full two-way syncing between your phone and cloud storage (or one way if you prefer) and you can set it to sync at customizable intervals. That’s really all it does, but it’s great if you want copies of your cloud storage on all of your devices.
Price: Free / $5-$15 per month / Enterprise options
Box.com is an up-and-comer in the cloud storage world. There are a variety of file management apps and others that have Box integration as well and that’s nice. 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 per user and include far more features. The app works pretty well and it puts an emphasis on simplicity and organization. It is a bit more expensive than most for its base 100GB plan for individual use so keep that in mind.
Price: Free / $9.99-$16.99 per month
Everybody knows about Dropbox and there’s a good chance that some of you have this app pre-installed on your devices already. The app comes with the 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. Individual accounts get 2GB for free. You now get 2TB for $10 per month which is on par with industry competitors. There is also a family plan for $16.99 per month that gives you the same 2TB but it’s usable by up to six people.
Price: Free / $1.99-$9.99 per month
Google Drive is one of the most respected and popular cloud storage apps available. Users get 15GB free out of the gate with Google Photos integration if they so choose. There is also an assortment of office apps available for documents, note taking, spreadsheets, and presentations. The plans are fairly versatile and include 100GB ($1.99 per month), 200GB ($2.99 per month), and 2TB ($9.99 per month). Between the photo storage, full-featured office apps, and collaborative features, Google Drive is a step above most in this game. However, if you just need cloud storage, they’re competitive, but not the only option.
Price: Free / €4.99-€29.99 per month / $6-$36 per month
MEGA is the spiritual sequel to the controversial site MegaUpload from years ago. It has the best free offering of any cloud storage app on the list with 50GB just for signing up. It has plans ranging from 400GB for $6 per month to a whopping 16TB for $36 per month. In terms of cloud storage, MEGA has a lot going for it. The app is easy to use and you can organize your files as needed. The only real caveat is the bonus storage you earn isn’t permanent. Otherwise, this is a solid option. The 50GB alone makes it great for a lot of folks.
Price: Free / $1.99-$9.99 per month
Microsoft OneDrive is a popular cloud storage 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 50GB for $1.99 per month. OneDrive storage is also included in every Office 365 subscription, be it for personal use or for businesses. You can get a bundled package of OneDrive space and Microsoft Office 365 for $6.99 per month (1TB, one device) or $9.99 per month (6TB, five devices). That gives you Microsoft Office and online cloud storage space for an exceptionally reasonable price. There is also an optional $1.99 per month OneDrive standalone package with 100GB.
Nextcloud is a different type of cloud storage. It works a lot like Resilio Sync. You create your own Nextcloud server on your own computer. The app lets you sync files between your computer and your phone. It operates exactly like your typical cloud storage, but you control where the files go and what happens when they get there. It’s an excellent resource for people who like the idea of cloud storage, but don’t want their files in the servers of some other company. Plus, you get as much cloud storage as you have storage on your computer. The is free to use for personal use. There are enterprise options for businesses as well.
Price: Free / Up to $75
Resilio Sync (formerly 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 app is free for basic home use with some rather expensive prices if you want to get full functionality. However, it is a single payment so it’s still cheaper in the long haul.
Price: Free / $12.50-$30 per month
Tresorit is one of the newer and more expensive cloud storage options. However, it takes security very seriously. It features end-to-end encryption of every file uploaded to its service. Basic accounts get 1GB of storage. $12.50 per month earns you 500GB while $30 per month nets you 2.5TB. Additionally, the pro plans include far more security features than the free account. There are also additional options for businesses and enterprise use. It’s a strong option for those who don’t mind paying for extra features and some extra privacy.
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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