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Cloud services are a dime a dozen. There are what seems to be endless options for you to choose from – and sometimes that can be overwhelming.
Sure, most Apple users will go the safe route. That is, getting iCloud and sticking with it. Don’t get me wrong, iCloud is one of the best options, but maybe it’s no the right one for you.
There are other Cloud Storage Services that offer more storage than iCloud for free, so if you’re on a budget or just don’t want to spend that much money, some other options are worth looking into.
Why Do You Need Cloud Storage?
Storing files in the cloud becomes necessary if you’re always on the go or switch between devices often. Even if you’re in school, having access to your most important files and paperwork any time is a massive benefit most won’t want to do without.
A cloud storage system is a helpful tool but only if you have the right one. That’s the part that might be tricky.
If you don’t know which options you have or where to begin looking, here are the best cloud storage systems you can choose from.
Most Cloud Storage options offer a monthly or yearly subscription to use their services. While that’s a good option for some, adding another subscription-based service to your budget usually isn’t. Sometimes, it’s better to choose a one-time payment deal.
ThunderDrive is pretty straightforward to use. All you need is internet access and a browser, and you’ll get access to up to 2TB of storage on the cloud for a lifetime.
Unfortunately, ThunderDrive doesn’t count with a mobile app for you to download, but it compensates it with an unlimited device capability. This means you can log in every device you want multiple times without a problem, which is something other storage systems don’t offer.
If you’re looking for another option with a lifetime subscription, pCloud is worth looking into. Like ThunderDrive, you can buy lifetime access to the storage system. The downside is that it’s more expensive than ThunderDrive.
As of right now, pCloud offers two premium plans: the first one costs $175 and you’ll only get 500 GB. The other plan offers up to 2 TB of storage, but that comes at a price of $350.
The good news is you can start using pCloud for free. If you create a new account, you’ll get up to 10 GB of storage for free. Plus, pCloud has an app available for iPhone, Mac, PC, Android, and other platforms.
Yes, it has the “i” at the beginning, but iDrive has nothing to do with Apple. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad service, though. In fact, it’s considered one of the best storage services online.
iDrive offers 5 GB of storage online for free. So it’s not much storage for free users or paid ones for that matter. iDrive starts at $74.62 per year for 250 GB, so you won’t get much storage compared to others like ThunderDrive.
Where iDrive shines is in its versatility. You can basically backup every device you have, from your computers to your iPhone and iPad. Plus, if you’re away from your computer or another device, you can create backups remotely from a separate computer. In addition, you can also protect your devices against viruses and ransomware.
If you own a Windows computer or even an Android device, you’ve probably seen OneDrive lurking somewhere on your device. OneDrive is Windows’ very own Cloud storage system. Fortunately, it’s not exclusive for Windows computers. You can also get it on your iPhone or Mac computer.
OneDrive is available on basically every device, including Mac and iPhone, albeit it doesn’t integrate as well as iCloud does. Still, it’s a great option to consider.
If you use OneDrive for free, you get 5 GB of storage online, and if you go for the paid version you’ll get 1 TB. What’s great about OneDrive is that you’re not buying it alone.
If you buy any of Microsoft’s 365 Family or Microsoft 365 Personal plans, you get access to OneDrive plus every premium Office app available. Meaning, you get apps like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and even Skype, if you’re still using it.
This is possibly the best option for students looking for a cloud storage system. You’ll get the best Microsoft tools available, to work on homework or school projects, and you’ll be able to store it easily on the cloud. Plus, if you go for the Family Plan, you can share the expenses and the benefits with your friends or family.
If you’re an Apple fan, which is probably the case, chances are you already know the ins and outs of iCloud.
Still, maybe you’ve only tried the free version, which is nice, but sometimes you need more than 5 GB of storage.
What’s good about iCloud is that it offers the cheapest plan compared to other services. For $0.99 per month, you get 50 GB of storage, which might not be a lot, but it’s a great option for the price.
Whether you go for the free or paid version, iCloud is a great tool to use on any Apple device you have. It’s a really secure service, you can see every file and picture you have across all your devices, and you can use it effortlessly thanks to the Apple ecosystem.
If you’re looking for a storage service that you can just start using without thinking about it, iCloud is the best option for the job.
Just like with iCloud, you probably already know and use Google Drive. Google makes it so easy to get any app or service they have on every platform possible, and Google Drive is not an exception.
Google Drive has been working for a while now, kind of like Dropbox. However, unlike Dropbox, Google Drive has had a lot of changes and improvements.
Also, unlike Dropbox, you get a lot of storage for free. At 15 GB of free storage, Google Drive is one of the best options to get if you don’t want to spend a dime.
However, if you’re looking for a paid version, Google Drive offers up to 30 GB of storage for $6 a month, which compared to iCloud, it’s way more expensive. However, just like with OneDrive, you get a bunch of other services, such as business emails and shared calendars. Plus, if you have other people who want the same service, you can go for a Business plan, which gives you unlimited storage or 1 TB if there are less than 5 users for $12 per month.