Do you have a computer hard drive that's about to burst with every GB and MB of accumulated information packed in? Or maybe you want to keep your files safe in case something happens to your computer? Or perhaps even you need to work on projects collaboratively online? In this article we will take you through some of the best programs and platforms for storing your documents, videos, photos and projects in the cloud for free.
Google gives you an automatic account on their Google Drive, which provides you with 15GB of space when you create a Gmail account. Included in the 15GB are your emails and their attachments, but not Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Presentations, and documents that others have shared with you. The space you have left is usually enough to store your documents and photos.
The program creates a folder on your computer which is synchronized with its duplicate version in the cloud. Once created, you can access it from mobile devices with the iOS and Android versions of Drive. You can also open a file from multiple computers simultaneously, so you can work on a document with other people.
Created by the controversial Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload, Mega is a platform that pays special attention to security, guaranteeing the encryption of your passwords and the files you upload. It is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and Linux in its desktop version and has associated applications for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.
This service offers 10 GB of free space in the cloud, but if you persuade some friends to open an account or recommend the platform on social networks, you can get up to 50 GB without paying a cent.
In addition, Mediafire allows you to share files using download links on either Facebook or Twitter. The app allows you to automatically upload photos or videos recorded with Android devices.
The pCloud service offers 10 GB free storage in its cloud, but you can double that space with successful friend recommendations (1 GB per subscription), by sharing links and also by doing a small tutorial (3 GB). pCloud’s paid versions are very accessible and there are even 'lifetime' plans.
File upload and synchronization is extremely fast and it also has an encryption function to keep your documents safe. It has desktop versions for Windows, Mac and Linux, as well as mobile applications for iOS and Android. Worth noting, the iPhone version automatically deletes the photos from your phone when uploading them to the cloud, very useful for saving space on the device.
IMPORTANT: All the platforms we have mentioned above, offer payment plans allowing you to dramatically increase the number of GB you can store.
There are many other services apart from those mentioned above, but we wanted to highlight those that give you more storage space for free.
Alternatively, if you don't need much storage space or are interested in paying for cloud services, we recommend you look into these platforms:
- Microsoft OneDrive: If you are a Windows user, they offer a free 5 GB account, 50
- Amazon Drive: Gives you 5 GB of unlimited video and photos storage if you are a member of Amazon Prime
- Dropbox: offers you just 2 GB of storage, but is easy to use and compatible with virtually all operating systems.
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