cloud storage

Introduction

In this article, we will walk you through some of the best free cloud storage service providers for personal use.

What is Cloud Storage?

Cloud storage is a way of storing data online instead of on your computer or mobile device. You just need to have an internet connection to access your data, modify and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, images, audio, video, etc.

There are many free online cloud storage service providers out there. The free options that they provide are enough for personal use. Many of the cloud storage service providers give you even more free space for referring friends.

Nowadays, cloud storage has become the best option for many users to store and backup their data on the cloud.

We have included in our list some of the best and most commonly used free cloud storage services.

Degoo (100GB Free Space)

Many of the users have never heard of the Degoo cloud storage service provider before. Since its arrival, the Swedish-based company has made a huge impact on the cloud storage service in a short period of time.

Degoo includes 256-bit AES end-to-end encryption to keep your data secure and also provides two-factor authentication using your Google account.

There is a referral plan where you will get an additional 5GB of space with every referral. This additional space can be maximized up to 500GB.

The biggest disadvantage of the free plan is that your account will be deleted if it is inactive for 90 days. Another disadvantage is that it does not have a desktop-based application, but it does provide Android and iOS mobile device apps.

Mega (20GB Free Space)

Mega is a free cloud storage service provider based in Auckland New Zealand, you will get free space of 20GB when up singed up with Mega cloud, Additionally, you can get extra free space of 5GB each by installing desktop app, mobile app, verifying your mobile number via SMS, and inviting your friend to join Mega cloud.

It provides Zero-knowledge encryption, which means the service provider knows nothing about the data you store on their servers. Users control the end-to-end encryption.

The biggest advantage of Mega Cloud is that it provides a cross-platform application that supports Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems and is also available on Android and IOS mobile devices.

The huge drawback of Mega Cloud is that if you forget the password, you lose access to your account.

Google Drive (15GB Free Space)

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. It is the most popular cloud service provider amongst users. It allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files.

Google Drive includes Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, which are a part of the Google Docs Office Suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Files created and edited through the Google Docs suite are saved in Google Drive.

Google Drive offers 15 GB of free storage. It offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS mobile devices.

A few disadvantages of Google Drive are that its user interface should be made user-friendly for beginners and that you need a fast internet connection for uploading and downloading speed.

If you have a Gmail account, you can use Google Drive, or else sign up to create a new Gmail account.

One Drive (5GB of Free Space)

Microsoft OneDrive, previously known as Sky Drive, is a free file hosting service and synchronization service. It provides 5GB of free space when you sign up, and you will get 500MB of space for each referral.

It is integrated with Microsoft Office and provides photo and document management. One drive also works as an automated backup system if you fear losing data you can sync your desktop, document, and picture folder to your One Drive online storage.

If you installed One Drive on multiple devices files will remain in sync on all devices when you make any change.

If you have an Outlook.com Microsoft email service account, you can log in to your email and start using it, or else sign up to create a new Outlook.com email account.

iCloud (5GB of Free Space for Apple Device and 1GB for non Apple Device)

Apple iCloud is a cloud-based file and storage syncing service provider. iCloud allows users to store data such as documents, photos, audio, video, etc.

Files automatically sync across all the devices, including iOS, Mac, and Windows computers, but there is no support for Android devices. iCloud also provides the means to back up the IOS device directly to iCloud, instead of a manual backup on the computer using iTunes.

If you own an Apple device, you will get 5GB of free storage space, but if you don’t own an Apple device, you will get only 1GB of free storage space.

If you are using Apple devices and office apps, iCloud is a very good choice because it integrates with all the supported platforms. It is very helpful when you are switching to a new Apple device or restoring one.

The disadvantage of iCloud is that, for the obvious reason, it doesn’t have an Android app, being an Apple product, and provides only 1 GB of free storage to non-Apple device users.

Dropbox (2GB Free Space)

Dropbox is a cloud storage service provider that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. It allows you to sync your data across all your devices so that you can easily access it anywhere. It provides 2GB of free cloud storage space. You will get 500MB of each referral space. 

These are some of its disadvantages as well. It only provides 2GB of free space, and the search functionality of the metadata is not up to the mark.

Follow our below post to create, rename, move file and folder in Google Drive

https://easytechhub.com/create-rename-move-file-folder-google-drive/

Conclusion

There are many free cloud storage service providers. We have included the best ones in our list. You can also check Box, pCloud, Icedrive, and MediaFire. All provide 10 GB of free space.

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By Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan works as a system administrator with more than 12 years of experience in information technology. He would like to share the knowledge with others that he has gained during his working experience.

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