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Best cloud storage apps: 6 to backup Android

Kris Carlon

The importance of SD cards and internal storage is waning in the face of the greater options for "cloud storage." For those who aren't aware, cloud storage allows you to upload & back up your Android to an online source, saving you precious gigabytes of data on your Android device. Here is our list of the best cloud storage apps to back up your Android.

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These are the best cloud storage apps to back up Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

Google Drive: the all-rounder

We're starting with an obvious one. Google Drive is just so hard to overlook because it offers 15 GB of no-questions-asked free storage and never fails. Google Drive shows a nice history of your changes too, you can allow others to view and edit your work and it offers support for many different file types.

It's an obvious solution for anybody with a Google account because it's so seamless and requires very little time or management from the user.

As a side note, the Google+ social network app provides a pretty excellent cloud storage service, allowing you to store an infinite amount of pictures (at less than 2048 pixels) and videos (under 15 minutes long and no more than 1080p resolution). Not too shabby. 

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The Google Drive app is clean and clear with Material Design styling. / © ANDROIDPIT

Dropbox: reliable and well-liked

Dropbox has been a firm favorite on Android for many years now. It has a relatively small storage capacity - a paltry 2 GB to begin with - but this can be expanded up to 16 GB in various (and fairly simple) ways.

Dropbox is fast, intuitive and free, with some unobtrusive automatic backup features perfect for those who want to take quick snaps and then view them on their desktop computer in a flash.

It's a great overall package if you can invest a little bit of time expanding the initial storage cap.

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Dropbox has a small storage capacity, but it's super easy to use. / © ANDROIDPIT

Box: simple and effective

Box is available free in the Google Play Store and is very easy to use, offering 10 GB of free space with a 250 MB upload limit. Beyond this point you are asked to pay 10 USD per year for 25 GB of cloud storage.

Box is perhaps the most basic application of our list because it has no super special features: Box is there simply to upload, download and share files, although it is possible to edit and comment on files in the cloud. Box also has a widget that notifies you of any changes to shared documents.

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Box is a simple and effective cloud storage solution. / © ANDROIDPIT

SugarSync: most intuitive

SugarSync offers 5 GB of free data as a 90 day trial, and after that the cheapest package is 9.99 USD per month for 100 GB. But it is really simple and fast!

This cloud application differs from others because it offers more payment methods, more storage space in the cloud, and it allows you to invite friends to use your files for example, and is also connected to social networks.

Personally, I think this is the most intuitive online storage app I've ever tested, especially for inexperienced cloud service users. Instead of a series of folders, we are shown a clear menu with quick options such as Photos, Shared Documents, Private Documents, etc. The app's simplicity and clarity certainly helps to better locate each file.

SugarSync is undeniably one of the best cloud storage apps, but it comes at a price. © ANDROIDPIT

MediaFire: great value

With this tool, you can really say that you are using cloud storage. MediaFire serves it up on a platter, because this application offers up to 50 GB of free available space, which is perfect for saving or sharing music or videos.

But all that glitters is not gold: there is obviously critical points too. First of all, you only get 12 GB to start and have to earn the rest (or you can pay $2.50 US/month for 100 GB) and although its interface is clean the menu is a bit confusing.

It has all the basic functions to download images, download and share archives etc., including those off your camera, which saves a lot of time. But another disadvantage is that the size limit for each file is 200 MB, at least in the free version. Paying more of course will earn you access to more privileges.

MediaFire supplies 12 GB of storage to users for free, but you can earn up to 50 GB. © ANDROIDPIT

Mega - largest free capacity

Mega is an application that provides 50 GB of storage to users upon arrival, free of charge! This is one of the best offers on Android and is based out of New Zealand, the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Everything you upload is encrypted and the encryption keys stay with the user, so there's no need for privacy concerns here. You can manage your Mega account, download files and even synchronize your camera directly to your account to automatically obtain a copy of the images and videos when you connect it.

For now, it is pretty basic, but it should be updated soon, and it is offering you 50 GB of genuine free cloud storage. Choice bro!

Mega offers a stunning 50 GB of storage to new users, absolutely free. © ANDROIDPIT

So these are our recommendations for the best cloud storage apps, but what other cloud applications do you use to back up Android?

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    eveeve 3 weeks ago Link

    Backup android data to computer:

  • Løuis 2 months ago Link

    No mention of Copy? Offers you 15gb of initial free storage and 5gb per refferal with no limit to the number of refferals. After some refferals you'll get more than 50gb of free space. Check it out. Use this refferal to get 20gb free from the start.

  • Paul 2 months ago Link

    No mention of OneDrive? The amount of storage available, plus the integration it has with Windows (and if you have an Android phone, your likely to have a Windows machine. if you had an iPhone, you'd probably have a Mac), gives various benefits as a storage service. Plus, now that Office is available on Android, the added features available from OneDrive + Office are also pretty awesome.

  • Kevin G. 2 months ago Link

    Mega has to be the best, 50gb free, total secure encryption, free simple app, and works with my file Manager X-plore. I still use micro sd for my day to day usage (music + movies) as i dont have fast/reliable data connection. But use the cloud as a backup. In today's world encryption is a must have.