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The 13 Best Free Cloud Storage Services of 2019

Free cloud storage from Google, Dropbox, Microsoft, and more.

The 13 Best Free Cloud Storage Services of 2019 November 2, 20184 Comments

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Cloud storage is how the business of today works. With all the data stored online, it allows teams the flexibility and accessibility needed to work remotely, from home, on vacation – anytime round the clock.

But there are so many free cloud storage services to choose from. Which one to choose? Which one has the most budget-friendly upgrade should you need to scale your cloud storage infrastructure later down the road?

What are the best free cloud storage services in 2019? We review them all one by one:

1. Dropbox: Editor’s Choice for the Best Free Cloud Storage

Rating: 4.8 out of 5

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Dropbox is one of the most famous cloud storage services available for personal and commercial use. And it’s free to get started with. You get a 2 GB free cloud storage space, no questions asked.

Now, the initial 2 GB free storage space might seem like a tight fit for those of you who have large files to upload, share and sync, but the simplicity and ease of use won us over and made it the editor’s choice for this roundup of the best free cloud storage services.

File uploads are quicker than most free cloud storage services and with the document collaboration technology that Dropbox likes to call Dropbox Paper, you really do get a feeling of true workspace collaboration.

Pros

  • Best in simplicity and ease of use
  • Dropbox Paper for workspace collaboration
  • Easy to upgrade anytime
  • Powerful file search
  • Increase your free cloud storage space by referring Dropbox to others (up to 16 GB)

Cons

  • 2 GB free storage space might be a tight fit

Pricing

Dropbox comes with a range of pricing plans for both personal and business use.

Dropbox Personal

  1. Plus – at $9.99 per month (billed monthly), 1 TB of cloud storage space, 30-day history tracking, Office 365 integration, priority email support
  2. Professional – at $19.99 per month (billed monthly), 2 TB of cloud storage space, 120-day history tracking, custom branding and analytics, priority email and chat support

Dropbox Teams

  1. Standard – at $15 per user/month (billed monthly), 3 TB of cloud storage space per user, account transfer tools, HIPAA compliance, shared team folder
  2. Advanced – at $20 per user/month (billed monthly), unlimited cloud storage space per user, all of Dropbox storage features

2. Google Drive

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

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With more than 2.3 billion active Android devices in the world, it is understandable that Drive is the preferred choice for many when it comes to the best free cloud storage services. And why wouldn’t it be? Google Drive comes with a sizable 15 GB of free storage space, which is ample for both small and large files.

Google’s Drive is scalable up to 10 TBs, and the upgrades are quite economic. We will talk about Drive’s pricing plans in a bit. I found document collaboration to be the strongest feature for Google Drive.

With Google Docs, creating, sharing and editing spreadsheets, presentations, text documents and more is simple and easy. And you get the stock Microsoft Office-like experience – everything is in place, so you won’t have to spend a lot of time getting your hands on with Google Docs.

Pros

  • Powerful cloud file search
  • Economic paid plans
  • Sizable free storage space
  • Stock Microsoft Office-like experience with Google Docs

Cons

  • Web interface could be improved
  • Faced sync issues on the web interface

Pricing

Google Drive pricing plans are not available as Google plans to introduce Google One, a single shared platform for cloud storage, collaboration, communication and more. However, here are the pricing plans for G-Suite, Google’s cloud offering for businesses:

  1. Basic – at $5 per user/month, 30 GB cloud storage space, Alert Center for G-Suite, Messaging, Video and Gmail
  2. Business – at $10 per user/month, unlimited cloud storage space, low-code app development environment, smart search, policy management, and other advanced settings
  3. Enterprise – at $25 per user/month, unlimited cloud storage space, all of Google’s security and administration controls and eDiscovery features

3. Box

Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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#3 on our list of the best free cloud storage services is Box, a renowned cloud storage solution with powerful business options. It integrates with Microsoft Office 365 and Google Docs, so you can easily access and edit files using Box and collaborate on the go.

Box is a great cloud storage solutions provider. The only downside I saw to their Free plan was the 250 MB file upload limit. Although, Box gives you a hefty 10 GB free cloud storage space, the file upload limit can keep some businesses from using the Free plan as files do tend to exceed the 250 MB file size.

Another workaround for this would be breaking down large files and folders into smaller pieces that do not exceed the upload size limit, but that would take additional time and effort.

Pros

  • Simple, interactive UI
  • Integrations with MS Office 365 and Google Docs
  • Large 10 GB free cloud storage space
  • Business plans with powerful security features

Cons

  • 250-MB file upload size limit
  • Expensive paid plans

Pricing

Box offers different pricing plans for individuals and teams as well as development plans using Box as a platform for all your development needs. Let’s review them one by one:

Individual Premium Plan

  1. Personal Pro – at $11.50/month, 100 GB cloud storage space, 5 GB file size upload limit

Business Plans

  1. Starter – at $5.80 per user/month, 100 GB cloud storage space, 2 GB file size upload limit, 3-10 users, SSL, 2FA, user management, and 25,000 monthly API calls
  2. Business – at $17.30 per user/month, unlimited cloud storage, 5 GB file size upload limit, 3-unlimited users, Active Directory and SSO, custom branding, 50,000 monthly API calls
  3. Business Plus – at $28.70 per user/month, unlimited cloud storage, 5 GB file size upload limit, 3-unlimited users, unlimited external collaborators, 50,000 monthly API calls
  4. Enterprise – custom pricing, unlimited cloud storage, 5 GB file size upload limit, 3-unlimited users, HIPAA/HITECH-eligible and FedRAMP compliance, workflow automation, policy management

Platform Plans

  1. Integration with Box – Free plan
  2. Build with Box platform – starting at $500 per month, free for up to 25 app users, 120+ file types rendered, comments and tasks, SSL and at-rest encryption, user management

4. iCloud – Best Free Cloud Storage for iPhone

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

On #4 of our roundup for the best free cloud storage, it’s Apple’s iCloud.

Apple iCloud is a file synchronization and storage system based on the cloud.

iCloud is a service where users can back up all cloud-based files, including both Windows and Mac computers, and they are automatically synced with all devices they register for the service.

iCloud has a host of offers including the iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Drive, so that all documents, videos, and photos can be securely stored and updated.

Sharing family allows you to easily share with all your family members music, movies, photos and more.

Apple iCloud also blends with the most popular business systems and apps easily into existing software facilities including HipChat, Pager Duty, Microsoft Office, and iCalendar.

Pros

  • Compatible with Windows
  • Super-fast sync
  • Zero knowledge required

Cons

  • The main interface is not that user-friendly
  • No support for Android devices

Pricing

  • 5 GB of free cloud storage
  • 50 GB of cloud storage space for $0.99 per month
  • 200 GB of cloud storage space for $2.99  per month
  • 2 TB of cloud storage space for $9.99 per month

5. OneDrive

Rating: 4.4 out of 5

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#5 on our list of the best free cloud storage services is Microsoft’s OneDrive. It’s the ideal choice for all Windows users as OneDrive sync is a built-in feature for the new Windows 10, so you don’t have to use anything but your PC to collaborate on the cloud.

Microsoft’s OneDrive comes with free cloud storage space of 5 GB, which does not put you in a comfortable spot if you have a lot of files and data to store online. It’s convenient for small entrepreneurs, freelancers and creatives to store work in progress and access files from anywhere.

The Android and iOS apps have mixed reviews. There’s also a OneDrive app for Mac users, if you’d like to find an alternative to your iCloud storage.

Pros

  • Natively built into Windows 10 file explorer
  • Syncs with Microsoft Photos – easy to share photos online
  • Useful file restoration features

Cons

  • Free plan comes with a limited 5 GB storage space
  • Expensive paid plans

Pricing

OneDrive offers paid plans for its cloud storage services to both individuals and businesses. Let’s have a look at OneDrive’s pricing plans:

Personal

  1. OneDrive 50 GB – at $23.88 per year ($1.99 per month), mobile apps, web access, file editing and annotation, search files
  2. Office 365 Personal – at $69.99 per year ($6.99 per month), 1 TB cloud storage space, 1 PC or Mac, 1 tablet and 1 phone, file restoration, offline folders
  3. Office 365 Home – at $99.99 per year ($9.99 per month), 5 TB total cloud storage space, 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets and 5 phones, file restoration, offline folders

Business

  1. Plan 1 (Storage only) – at $60 per user/year, 1 TB cloud storage space, 15 GB file upload limit, mobile apps, auditing and reporting, MS Office 365 not included
  2. Plan 2 (Storage only) – at $120 per user/year, unlimited cloud storage, 15 GB file upload limit, mobile apps, auditing and reporting, eDiscovery, MS Office 365 not included
  3. Plan 3 (Storage + Office 365) – at $150 per user/year, 1 TB cloud storage space, 15 GB file upload limit, Office for PC or Mac, Apps for small businesses, other useful tools

6. MediaFire

Rating: 4.4 out of 5

MediaFire will give you around 10 GB of free storage in its basic version. This can be extended up to 50 GB with referrals.

You can share a file, or even a folder with any of your friend or family and the best part is that they don’t need a MediaFire account to access the file.

There is a feature, FileDrop, which gives you an option to create a public folder and let you share that folder with everyone who has the link. Help you organize files and store them in a safe place.

Either upload file from a browser or you can use mobile to upload file. Instant upload let you upload files without any interruptions. This earns MediaFire the #6 spot on my list of the best free cloud storage.

Pros

  • There are no bandwidth limits
  • Non-users can even upload files on your account
  • With FileDrop feature team members work simultaneously on a single project
  • Easy-to-use interface options
  • Users can download files without creating an account

Cons

  • Contains ads in the Free version
  • To keep files for more than one year, users must create an account

Pricing

  • Basic – Free, up to 50 GB of storage space, maximum upload size up to 20GB per file
  • Pro – at $3.75/month (billed quarterly), fully customizable branding, Can add additional users, detailed security log
  • Business – at $40/month (billed quarterly), password protect files, ad-free downloads, direct link to files, priority support

7. Sync

Rating: 4.3 out of 5

Considered as a replacement of Dropbox, Sync is used by more than 700,000 businesses across the globe. It is also often labeled as the fastest file-sharing software on the internet. Sync is ideal for small and mid-size companies. Sync ranks #7 for this roundup of the top free cloud storage services.

Share files with users who don’t even have an account on Sync. The best way to collaborate with your team and get things done fast without sacrificing the privacy rights of each file. You have the power to assign which users can see your files and limit the rest of the users.

The users can place files that are not used regularly in a vault where it can be accessed later. The good part is that pricing is half the size of Dropbox and the storage space is more.

Pros

  • A low-cost, easy-to-use tool which can keep your files securely over the cloud
  • The pro account gives an option to share large files with users with a free account
  • You can set the timeout for each download which saves the bandwidth consumption

Cons

  • Some sync issues
  • Limited third-party apps and integrations available

Pricing

  • Basic Pro – at $5 per user/month, 1 TB storage space, maximum upload size up to 20 GB per file,
  • Business Solo – at $8/month, 2TB storage space, centralized billing, manage passwords of users, multi-user admin control
  • Primary Pro Advanced – at $15/month, 10 TB storage space per user, live chat escalation, advanced sharing, admin controls with easy collaboration options

8. MEGA

Rating: 4.2 out of 5

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MEGA is another great contender for our roundup of the best free cloud storage services. If you’re looking for a secure online file storage and sharing service, I believe MEGA would be the right choice for you.

While it doesn’t offer you file editing capabilities such as those offered with OneDrive and Dropbox, MEGA makes up for this by offering enhanced storage security and encryption features as well as a sizable file storage limit on the Free plan.

You can get up to 50 GB of free cloud storage space with MEGA, should you choose to participate in their achievements program. MEGA claims that any data you upload to their cloud is not accessible by anyone but you. Not even MEGA has access to your files.

Pros

  • Up to 50 GB free cloud storage space
  • Ultra-secure platform to upload and share files
  • Simple and easy-to-use, despite advanced security and encryption features

Cons

  • Does not offer file editing

Pricing

MEGA comes with the following pricing plans:

  1. Pro Lite – at ~$5.68 per user/month (€4.99/user/month), 200 GB storage space, 1 TB transfer
  2. Pro I – at ~$11.37 per user/month (€9.99/user/month), 1 TB storage space, 2 TB transfer
  3. Pro II – at ~$22.76 per user/month (€19.99/user/month), 4 TB storage space, 8 TB transfer
  4. Pro III – at ~$34.14 per user/month (€29.99/user/month), 8 TB storage space, 16 TB transfer

9. Tresorit – Best Free Encrypted Cloud Storage

Rating: 4.2 out of 5

Tresorit will help you store, sync and share files by encrypting files which can keep the data safe.

The best option is that software gives client-side encryption which means even if the data is hacked, data by the client is safe. File viewing rights can be revoked or provided with a single click. This earns Tresorit the #9 spot on my list of the best free cloud storage services.

Pros

  • There are no bandwidth limits
  • Non-users can also upload files to your account
  • With FileDrop, team members work simultaneously on a single project
  • Easy-to-use interface options
  • Users can download files without creating an account

Cons

  • There are many ads in the free version
  • To keep files for more than one year, users must create an account

Pricing

  • Trial – Free 14-day trial
  • Small Business (2+ users) – at $20/user/month, 1,000 GB encrypted storage/user, unlimited version recovery, unlimited activity history, Outlook integration and more
  • Business (10+ users) – at $12/user/month (50% off for a limited time), 1,000 GB encrypted storage/user, remote wipe, HIPAA compliance, custom branding and more
  • Enterprise (100+ users) – at $24/user/month, Custom deployment, Admin API, Personalized staff training, SIEM integration and more

10. Degoo – Best Free Cloud Backup Storage

Rating: 4.2 out of 5

100 GB of secure cloud backup! Do not lose an image or file again. The secure cloud storage of Degoo ensures that you can always download backup files when you need them. Degoo is very user-friendly.

You select your backup folders. Then, you can add, edit or delete files from your backup folders.

Degoo detects any changes and automatically saves your files. When your computer is enabled, you can turn your computer into a backup and Degoo restarts the backup.

Pros

  • Good referral program
  • Connect multiple files with the same device
  • Take a backup on Android and iOS

Cons

  • Pricing might be a bit expensive for some users
  • No backup scheduler

Pricing

  • Free – 100 GB storage and backup on two devices
  • 2 TB Plan – at $9.99 per month

11. Amazon Drive

Rating: 4.1 out of 5

Typically, Amazon Drive reviews were not kind. The leader was the lack of a sync function, the core of cloud storage. Much has changed, including its name (formerly known as Amazon Cloud Drive), however, the service has improved with little fanfare.

Whether you deserve a first, second or tenth look for Amazon’s cloud storage service will depend largely on your needs. There are still problems with the service, such as a lack of productivity tools and no encryption on the server.

Pros

  • You can preview all your files whether PDF, audio files, or JPEG images
  • Share files in email attachments, text message, and other various apps
  • Search, rename, or even delete files from folders with ease

Cons

  • No password protection
  • Encryption on files is weak

Pricing

  • 100 GB for $11.99 per year
  • 1 TB for $59.99
  • 30 TB for additional $59.99

12. DataBaGG

Rating: 4.1 out of 5

#12 goes to DataBaGG.

It provides a distributed storage benefit for users and offers DatabaGG the ability to transfer documents and files up to 5 GB to its server and access them via an internet browser or mobile telephone.

This protects your data from hard drive crashes and document defilements. You can easily drag and drop data into the DataBaGG folder, and from your mobile devices, you can access your files or use the web client.

It has a great upload and downloads speed in terms of performance. You can configure it easily to sync your desktop data and have windows software that makes it easy to go.

Pros

  • Data encryption to share video and audio files
  • 24/7 customer support which helps you with the uptime
  • Seamless user experience

Cons

  • Web UI was not user friendly
  • Mobile apps have few downloads

Pricing

  • Personal – 100 GB for $7.95 per month, 250 GB for $16.95 per month, 500 GB for $29.95 per month
  • Small Business – 5 TB for $69.95 per month
  • Enterprise – 10 TB for $99.95 per month

13. WeTransfer

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

WeTransfer is one of the best cloud storage for photos, media and other files. It does not require a user to register for its free version. The solution differentiates by allowing users when using the free service, to send large files up to 2 GB and for WeTansfer Plus up to 20 GB.

It’s a user-friendly online file transfer platform that allows data to be sent without hassle. WeTransfer Plus offers full HD videos, vast collections of photographs and other files for transfer.

In one attempt, users can transfer a total of 20 GB and keep their files as long as they want. The Plus Service allows you to customize and present customized background and URL downloads. Users can add up to three backgrounds and tailor their emails according to their needs.

The Plus version is ad-free and offers customization options, compared to the free version that displays a full-page unobtrusive, creative ad.

Pros

  • You can transfer files without creating an account on it
  • Free transfer files up to 2GB per file
  • Whenever the sender receives a file, they get notified in an email

Cons

  • There is no encryption for free users
  • A link is generated which is by default set to public

Pricing

  • WeTransfer Free – Free with 2GB space
  • WeTransfer Plus – at $12 per year with 20 GB storage

So, this marks the end to our roundup of the best free cloud storage services in 2019. Which one did you like the most? Which service did you like the least? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


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4 comments

  1. Thanks for this info. I was actually trying to figure out who had the best cloud storage for free. I think I’m going to stick with the Google drive for now

  2. Thank you for the article.
    Have you tried MyAirBridge? I am really happy with it – but doesn’t get mentioned often. I’d love to read what you think about it.

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