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.
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 – cloud storage
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.Copy
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.Google Drive
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.Dropbox
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.Box
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
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
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 v1
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What other cloud applications do you use to back up Android? Let us know in the comments.