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Best online storage and cloud applications for Android

Kris Carlon (translation)
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For some time now online storage (or the cloud) has taken the place of our usual hard drive memory and we're all the happier for it. It is oh so easy to simply connect to Google Drive from anywhere to find all our personal documents, photos, videos and more. The most popular Android services out there are Dropbox (that offers 2 GB of free storage), and Google Drive (which offers 15 GB free). But the Google Play Store is full of cloud tools, perhaps lesser known than the Dropbox/Drive dynamic duo, but which are equally free and some with much more space.

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Get amongst the cloud with our selection of the best online storage apps. / © mnsc vía Flickr CC.

Box

This application is available free in the Google Play Store and is very easy to use. It may be free but it only offers 5 GB of free space. Beyond this point the user is asked to pay $10 US per year. At this price, however, you will have 25 GB of cloud storage. You're limited to a 250 MB file upload limit with the free account though. This 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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SugarSync

SugarSync offers exactly the same space, 5 GB for free, 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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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 10 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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Mega

Mega is another application that provides 50GB of storage to users upon arrival free of charge. This is one of the latest 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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Ubuntu One Files

This is one of the most reliable apps out there, although as with the first two applications on this list, it provides only 5 GB free. Ubuntu One Files is available in the Google Play Store and you need only create an account to use it, which you can do from the application or the web version. You can upload photos from both your gallery and the device, save your information and share files. You can earn up to 20 GB through referrals too. The application also has an additional feature that can be very useful for music lovers: an online music player. So you can download music to listen to on your device, or listen online on the cloud service. I like the sounds of that

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So these are our recommendations for online cloud storage, but what other free cloud applications do you use and recommend?

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  • Ann Droid 8 months ago Link

    Skydrive. I've been using it for a year now and it works very well. 25 GB free, $10 a year gets 45GB. Syncs my phone and desktop automatically.

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    • Rachit Gupta 3 weeks ago Link

      According to me DataBagg is a best cloud storage application because it will provide you unlimited data storage free data drive for life time. Check the worth of the URL: https://www.databagg.com

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  • Skip Flem 8 months ago Link

    I installed ENTWARE on a 64GB USB3.0 FLASH drive, and use my ROUTER as a server for my NEW Nexus 7. 60 GB for $31.

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  • Diptangshu M. 8 months ago Link

    You can use Surdoc.It offers 100 GB of free storage expandable upto 1 TB.And it supports Facebook,Twitter and Google+ login.

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    Kris Carlon 8 months ago Link

    Excellent suggestions guys, thanks for sharing! What other cloud storage options/workarounds are there?

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  • Diptangshu M. 8 months ago Link

    Evernote can be used as a cloud storage service.Although the basic plan is pretty limited.

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  • Guy Devos 8 months ago Link

    Nothing like your own NAS...

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  • Kevin Wudtke 8 months ago Link

    And where do you see 25GB on MS Skydrive? I only have 7GB and that's all it says at the Learn More link, too: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/skydrive/download#apps

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  • CJ Brown 8 months ago Link

    Well I tested Dropbox and Google Drive - both work for free but do not offer a lot of free Gigabyte space (2 - 6 gig before you start seeing lag, or are required to pay a fee). I'm looking for affordable Cloud Storage (up to 16 gig) either free (with minimal advertisement getting in the way), one time free, or a cheap yearly fee (I think I found some great suggestions here on adriodpit thanks to some fellow android smart phone users)! :-)

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  • Erik Thomsen 7 months ago Link

    Try copy.com, it’s just like dropbox but better. You start out with 15GB and if you use this referral link you will get 5GB extra, so a whopping 20GB free! https://copy.com?r=oDrnBx plus 5GB for every referral afterwards.

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    Kris Carlon 7 months ago Link

    Hey Erik, thanks for the heads-up on Copy, it looks pretty solid, and considering an article I read over the weekend about the NSA specifically targeting cloud service encryption, it makes me happy to know that Barracuda has better security than most. SSL and VPN were cracked by the NSA long ago it appears, so any advantage over their code-breaking capabilities is a welcome addition to a cloud service.

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  • corail 2 months ago Link

    I would add OptimalBox. It is very easy to use and very efficient. https://cloudbboxer.appspot.com/

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  • Rachit Gupta 3 weeks ago Link

    According to me DataBagg is a best cloud storage application because it will provide you unlimited data storage free data drive for life time. Check the worth of the URL: https://www.databagg.com

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