Don’t worry about running out of storage on your Android smartphone or tablet. Instead, use a cloud storage app to make life easier!
Not too long ago we had to depend on the internal storage of our mobile devices or use an SD card to ensure enough available space for videos, music, photos, and other content. However, even with expandable storage via an SD card, the data we store on our devices has grown so much that running out of storage is still a concern for many people. Never fear though, as we are now living in a world of cloud storage and this makes life with our smartphones and tablets far easier.
Cloud storage enables users to free up space on a device by uploading and backing up content to the cloud (remote servers accessed from the Internet). It’s also an easy way to share files with other users, a useful idea if you want to work on the go. Therefore, using a cloud storage app is a no-brainer for most of us but you may be surprised at just how many cloud storage apps are available for Android device users.
We’ve done the legwork and spent time checking out a large number of these apps, so at least one of these best cloud storage apps for Android should suit your needs. As you might expect, the majority of them share similar features but there are also some differences. All of these apps are free to download and you’ll get a certain amount of free storage. However, the majority also offer additional paid storage options through in-app purchases or upgrades.
10 best Cloud Storage apps
1. GOOGLE DRIVE
Price: Free/ Offers IAP
We could hardly compile our selection of the best cloud storage apps for Android without including Google’s own option. This safeguards your files with secure backup and makes them accessible from smartphones, tablets or computers so others can be invited to view your files or folders and edit them or leave comments, with different access levels if you wish. Files can be quickly searched by name or content and can be viewed offline for convenience.
You can also access your Google Photos videos and pictures or use the camera of your device to scan documents. Google Drive is a must-have for many users and nearly always comes pre-installed on Android devices. It offers 15GB of free storage as standard but just $1.99 per month gets you an upgrade to 100GB. There are further increased options available with in-app purchases.
2. AMAZON DRIVE
One of the best things about storing content to the cloud is the reassurance that even if you lose or damage your Android device, your files will still be secure. Photos, videos, music, and documents can be uploaded from any computer or your Android device, and then previewed or shared with other devices no matter where it originated. The app supports previews of PDFs, text, and Word documents as well as photos and videos, and you can create folders and move your files between them or download them to your Android device. Files can also be shared via email, text message and more as links or attachments.
This productivity app has a nice clean interface and although Amazon Prime users currently get 5GB of free storage with unlimited photo and video backup, those who are not Prime members will need to pay $11.99 yearly for the same. Alternatively, you can choose the unlimited storage option for approximately $60 yearly.
Price: Free/ Offers IAP
Dropbox will be a familiar name to many people and the user-friendly app has many useful features. It provides an easily accessible central hub for your files and these can be synced across devices and accessed at any time. Even large files are easy to share, even if the people you want to share them with are not Dropbox users themselves. This makes Dropbox a good collaboration space and access to documents and files are also available offline so work can be continued while on the go.
Features include a document scanner, shared folders, the ability to sync, share and edit documents such as Excel, PowerPoint, and Word files, and much more. About the only drawback is that Dropbox only offers 2GB of storage for free and then in-app purchases are available for increased storage options.
Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP
This free cloud storage app is worth taking a look at and it has a nicely streamlined user interface. You’ll be able to easily access your documents, photos and more when connected to the Internet, knowing your files are always secure in the cloud, and you can save on mobile data charges by sending a link for a file or folder. The most recent update brought along unlimited storage for photos and videos on Yandex. Disk and the app also feature auto-uploading once your device is Internet-connected, so you don’t even have to think about uploading your pictures.
Up to 20GB of storage is available free and additional paid storage options are available up to 1TB at extremely reasonable rates.
5. MICROSOFT ONEDRIVE
Price: Free/ Offers IAP
Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage app is one of the best known out there. It’s a good option if you use a number of Windows products to edit Office files (such as PowerPoint, OneNote, and Word) as it features direct integration with many of these. It’s easy to access and organize your files and folders, and you can set a PIN if you want to limit access to them. When a document that you’ve shared has been edited you’ll receive a notification, and there’s also automatic tagging for photos.
The free version offers 5GB of cloud storage for personal use but for a $1.99 monthly charge you can upgrade that to 50GB. Other configurations and bundles are also available as in-app purchases.
Price: Free/ Offers IAP
One of the strongest features of MEGA is that it offers user-controlled encrypted cloud storage, meaning it can only be encrypted and decrypted by a user’s device and not by Mega Ltd. The only snag with that is that you will lose access to stored files if you forget your password, as Mega will not be able to access or reset your password. Therefore it’s important to remember your password or back up your Recovery Key.
It’s worth saying that the mobile app now also offers end-to-end user-encrypted video chat, and a big appeal with MEGA is the 50GB of free storage that you’ll get when signing up. If that’s not enough, you can choose from various paid plans that go right up to 8TB of storage space and 16TB of transfer quota per month (PRO III). We found we encountered the odd glitch with this app but find it hard to argue with 50GB of free storage each month.
MediaFire uses a slightly different approach than many other cloud storage apps. Although you’ll automatically get 12GB of space free, you can earn up to 50GB of storage space by referring other people. If that doesn’t appeal you can opt to pay for a premium package. You can upload files and folders from anywhere by selecting “Share to MediaFire”, and the app offers automatic backup for videos and photos.
Whether you want to securely store photos, documents for work, spreadsheets, presentations, or reading material, MediaFire makes it easy to do this and access them at your convenience.
Box is gaining a good reputation and the app is easy to use and has plenty of features to take advantage of. It offers 10GB of free cloud storage and you can upload photos, videos, Microsoft Office files, PDFs and more. Box has a preview feature for more than 200 file types with full-screen quality, has file-level security controls, and also enables file and folder offline access. This cloud storage app works smoothly and if you want more than the 10GB of storage you can pay more for a premium package starting from 100GB for $10 per month, or opt for one of the business packages.
This is far from being the cheapest option for cloud storage but if you really value security you might feel it’s worth paying a bit extra. Tresorit features built-in end-to-end encryption so files are encrypted on your device before they are uploaded to the cloud, thereby protecting them from prying eyes such as authorities and hackers. You can create shared folders dubbed tresors, and even if a person you want to share them with doesn’t have an account, you can send an encrypted link instead of an attachment.
Tresorit also removes any concern about somebody else accessing tresors if they get hold of your phone, as your account can be safeguarded with 2-factor authentication and an app passcode. The app is free to download and you’ll get a 14-day trial of the premium plan. Various other plans are then available from 1GB of storage through to 2TB. For example, you can get 200GB of storage for a monthly payment of $12.50.
10. RESILIO SYNC
If you still don’t trust remote cloud storage systems, you might want to check out Resilio Sync that allows you to come up with something like your own private cloud. It features peer-to-peer technology to connect your devices to sync and backup files, so there’s no need to send them for storage to a third party server. One advantage of this is that the sky’s your limit when it comes to storage limitations, as long as you have the necessary storage available on your receiving device (NAS, tablet, laptop, PC, Mac). However, you’ll need the receiving device to be kept on so syncing can take place.
Although the app is free, if you want the full features of the Pro version you’ll need to make a one-off payment for lifetime access.
It’s advisable to try out several of the above apps to see which you like using the best and which one most suits your needs. One thing to take into account is the amount of free storage you get while another thing to consider is how much you’ll need to pay to get additional storage. This is our pick of the best cloud storage apps for Android and they offer a wide variety of features and available storage space. However, do send us a comment if you’d like to recommend your favorite cloud storage app if it doesn’t appear in our selection.