Whilst there’s a lot to be said for keeping your files stored on your own devices, it does limit your access to them significantly. Using online file storage services come with key benefits such as ease of access and the ability to share your files in a quick and easy manner.
Below are the 5 best online file storage services around –
1. Dropbox – Dropbox has established itself as the most popular online file storage service over the last few years. A big part of the reason for its popularity is that it’s accessible from almost any platform on desktop and mobile devices including Linux, Blackberry, Windows, Android, iOS and OSX.
Dropbox offer a free account that comes with 2GB of storage. If this isn’t enough then you can choose from either of their paid plans – Dropbox Pro and Dropbox for Business. Pro comes with 1TB of space as well as additional sharing controls. Business is suitable when multiple people need access to the same account as it comes with centralised admin controls.
2. Google Drive – Although not as popular as Dropbox, Google Drive comes with some key advantages that makes it well worth considering as your main file storage solution. Firstly, it ties in seamlessly with Google’s other services and there’s a good chance that you already have an account if you’re on YouTube or Gmail.
Google Drive comes with a very generous 15GB of storage space, although it’s worth pointing out that the storage space is shared across their services. This means if you send a lot of large email attachments, then this will count as part of your allotted 15GB.
3. OneDrive – Microsoft’s cloud storage service (previously called SkyDrive) is an excellent alternative to Dropbox and Google Drive. It has apps available for Windows, OSX, Android and iOS. It comes with 7GB of storage as standard and you can add extra storage through referrals and by linking OneDrive with your phone’s camera roll.
OneDrive is particularly useful for those who make use of Office 365 applications such as Word and Excel since it allows you to seamlessly sync with them and edit your documents on the go. The UI for OneDrive should be familiar to anyone who’s used a Windows 8 device, with clean lines and a very colourful appearance
4. Box – Box is one of the most well-established of the online file storage services, having been around since 2005. Although it’s not as popular as the services mentioned above, it’s still carved out a place in the market as being an excellent and reliable online file storage solution.
Box is particularly popular with businesses although it still offers a very competitive option for personal file storage. It comes with 10GB of storage space as standard though one slight caveat to this is that the maximum file size is just 250MB. This means it’s not ideal if you’re looking to store larger files such as videos online.
5. iCloud – iCloud works quite differently from the other services on this list in that it’s not really a drag and drop solution for storing any of your files online. Rather it provides a way to automatically sync certain files on your Apple devices and upload them to the cloud. This is very handy if you want to ensure that any photos or videos you take on your iPhone or iPad are safely stored.
To get the true benefit of iCloud, you’d need to be fully invested in Apple’s infrastructure but if you are it’s an excellent way to store your files in a quick and easy way.