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Best cloud storage apps: 8 to back up your Android device

Authored by: Kris Carlon — 2 months ago

The importance of SD cards and internal storage is waning in the face of an increased number of cloud storage options. Cloud storage allows you to upload and back up the contents of your Android to an online source, saving you precious gigabytes of space on your phone or tablet. Here is our list of the best cloud storage apps to back up your Android.

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Looking for the best cloud storage apps for Android? You've come to the right place. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best for Microsoft fans: OneDrive

OneDrive is a free online storage solution brought to you by Microsoft. As such, OneDrive is primed for use with Microsoft products like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It features automatic photo and video backup, as well as simple sharing and collaboration features. What's more, OneDrive integrates with Android Wear so you can view your pictures on the face of your smartwatch. 

It's free and easy-to-use, and if you frequently use Microsoft files, you should give OneDrive a go. 

OneDrive for Android is more than just a backup app. / © ANDROIDPIT
OneDrive – cloud storage Install on Google Play

Best for Chromecast users: Copy

Copy is one of the less well-known veterans of cloud storage on Android. It's extremely simple 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 automatically, and folder-sharing.

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

Best for Googlers: Google Drive

Google Drive is hard to overlook because it offers 15 GB of no-questions-asked free storage and never fails. Google Drive shows a history of your changes, gives you the option to allow others to view and edit your work, and 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. If you're an all-out Google fanatic then Drive is your natural habitat.

As a side note, the Google+ social network app provides a pretty excellent cloud storage service, allowing you to store an infinite number of pictures (at less than 2,048 pixels) and videos (under 15 minutes long and no more than 1,080p 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

Best for cloud storage on the fly: 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, and its unobtrusive automatic backup features are perfect for those who want to take quick snaps and 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

Best for simplicity: Box

Box is free from 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 US$10 per year for 25 GB of cloud storage.

Box is the most basic application of our list because it has no special features: it's 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

Best for cloud storage beginners: SugarSync

SugarSync offers 5 GB of free data storage as a 90-day trial, and after that the cheapest package is US$9.99 per month for 100 GB. But it is really simple and fast and is also connected to social networks.

It's one of the most intuitive online storage apps there is, and is especially suited to inexperienced cloud service users. Instead of a series of folders, you are shown a clear menu with quick options such as Photos, Shared Documents, Private Documents, and so on. The app's simplicity makes it easy to locate each file.

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

Best for small files: MediaFire

MediaFire offers up to 50 GB of free space, which is perfect for saving or sharing music or videos. But you only get 12 GB to start and have to earn the rest (or pay US$2.50 a 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, including those from your camera, which saves a lot of time. But another disadvantage is that the size limit for each file is 200 MB, in the free version. Paying more will earn you more privileges.

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

Best for the paranoid: Mega

Mega provides 50 GB of storage free of charge, This is one of the best offers on Android. Everything you upload is encrypted and the encryption keys stay with the user, so there are no concerns over privacy. You can 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. 

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

These are our recommendations for the best cloud storage apps, but if you want the cheapest cloud storage apps, hit the link. 

What other cloud applications do you use to back up Android? Let us know in the comments.

Kris is a former AndroidPIT Editor who came to the team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.


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  • To me looks very promising. They say, all the uploaded data is stored in very safe encrypted form. One can precisely define, how much data space is needed for how long. No forced selection from one from three predefined packages but virtually unlimited number of combinations. They even offer possibility to upload files without account and of course they have time-unlimited free membership program. The uploaded data can be managed in transparent dual-pane file manager.

  • Grosp 2 months ago Link to comment

    I discovered another cloud service: it's called Hubic, it's servers are based in France and the company who owns it is very realiable. Gives 25 GB of free space that can get up to 50 GB inviting 5 friends (yes 5 GB each). If you're interested, using this referral DYXHNU in the last field, you'll get 5 GB extra (so you'll start with 30 and you'll be able to get up to 55)

  • I use a few that you mentioned. I also use Syncplicity to sync a few document directories between devices, with cloud backup.

  • WMc 2 months ago Link to comment

    Why is the article giving an outdated app? The latest is mega v2 and not mega v1.

  • These are good cloud storage option but if you want to primarily back up photos then there are two better options IMO.

    1. Flickr - By yahoo, and they provide upto 1TB of data for free for all your photos and videos. They are cross platform similar to Google Photos so you can have all your photos on Android and iOS as well.

    2. QuickPic - I have 3TB of cloud storage, now I do not use it as much as Flickr or Google Photos since I don't trust them but its nice to have a back up cloud storage of 3TB. And they say the validity is unlimited for the 3TB.

    • QuickPic was bought by Cheetah Mobile, which's a known company for selling their costumers's data. So watch out with all that "3TB" of free cloud space you have.

  • Does having a VPN in use give you more protection from being hacked thru these clouds?

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  • Google+ photos is closing down really soon. I received an email from Google letting us know that they will only be offering the Google Photos app in the app store. I also read a very recent article about it on Google+ in the Google Help (I think) Community. It will definitely be in the Google+ Photos Community.
    You may want to check into that before telling everyone about what was the most awesome online photo storage. There are many in the Google community very upset about losing this excellent photo editor and storage product. #sadness

  • CJ Brown 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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!

  • David Lee 8 months 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.

  • Mega is by far the best cloud storage imo

  • 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.

  • Richard 8 months ago Link to comment

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

    • I agree whole heartedly and also…. <3 Hi and much L.O.V.E. to ya brother… another sister in the #mjfam <3

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    eveeve 10 months ago Link to comment

    Backup android data to computer:

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