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Best cloud storage apps: 7 to backup your Android device

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 1 week ago

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

Copy

Copy is one of the less heard-of veterans of cloud storage on Android. It's extremely simply to use, and aside from its obvious benefit of backing all your stuff up to the cloud, it has a few welcome extra features. These include PhotoCopy, which lets you upload any photo you take into the cloud automiatcally, and folder-sharing too.

One of the more interesting recent features added to Copy is Chromecast support, so by simply tapping the Chromecast icon in copy, you can stream music, photos and videos from your device straight onto your TV. For most people this is now a standard feature on Android, of course, but if you don't have it yet then this is a great alternative.

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Copy can automatically back up all your photos to the cloud, and stream them to your Chromecast. / © ANDROIDPIT
Copy Install on Google Play

Google Drive

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
Google Drive Install on Google Play

Dropbox

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
Dropbox Install on Google Play

Box

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
Box Install on Google Play

SugarSync

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.

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

MediaFire

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.

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

Mega

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!

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Mega offers a stunning 50 GB of storage to new users, absolutely free. © ANDROIDPIT
MEGA v1 Install on Google Play

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

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • CJ Brown 3 days ago Link to comment

    Well I use Google Drive and Dropbox on my Moto X 2013, if and when I decide to update to the ZTE or Alcatel (both of which offer a micro SD card slot)? I will probably just use Google Drive as I have it synced to all my Google Accounts ....

    As for being hacked? I guess even if you use software to try to protect yourselves nothing truly is encrypted anymore, but one can't live in fear all the time ....

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    • Mak S 1 day ago Link to comment

      It is not a matter of living in fear. Why expose yourself when it is not necessary. There are so many portable storage option even with out an SD slot in your phone. Then you can access your files with or with out internet and Wi-Fi. With so little privacy these days its just one less exposure. If you own a smart phone everything you do is recorded any so it may not really matter. I will still never use cloud storage.

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  • Mak S 6 days ago Link to comment

    I don't like cloud storage for several reasons. 1 there is no cloud your information is on some ones sever and they can access your info. 2 it can be hacked just like Apple's was not long ago. 3 nothing is free they are making money on your data one way or another. Like the old bumper sticker " gas grass or ass nobody rides for free ". If you put it out there some one else is using your data too.

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    Yanwyn 6 days ago Link to comment

    I never use the "cloud". I use my trusty SD card, or back up my data onto a flash drive or computer. Then my data is safe and in my possession, not goodness knows where on this planet in someone else's possession!

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  • David Lee 6 days ago Link to comment

    What I don't like about this SD disk is the thing of the past is what happen when I need to retrieve something and there is no internet connection? I understand that the world is more connected than before, but there are still places where there is no connection.

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  • Robert Shreve 6 days ago Link to comment

    Mega is by far the best cloud storage imo

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  • Vedran Musica 6 days ago Link to comment

    Mega has also Android client v2. It has better functionality, especially in dealing with media in cloud drive. It can stream video and audio instead of having to download them. Also, some users claim that v1 is discontinued.

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  • Richard 1 week ago Link to comment

    Well, it is easier to backup our phone data with mobile app than a pc program, I like it.

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    eveeve 1 month ago Link to comment

    Backup android data to computer: goo.gl/SL2B6Q

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  • Løuis 3 months ago Link to comment

    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. copy.com?r=fl0tAg

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  • Paul 3 months ago Link to comment

    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.

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    • Aron 6 days ago Link to comment

      Onedrive and especially Office for Android kinda suck. I've had it at work for a month now(Work PC and Android byod) Google Drive and docs/ sheets is more intuitive and user friendly. Excel on Android is one of worst ui/ux apps I've ever used.

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  • Kevin G. 3 months ago Link to comment

    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.

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