As the use of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets increase everyday, the need for cloud storage services has also been growing rapidly. Mobile devices with their small and sleek form factors have limitations on the internal storage available on them. This has made cloud storage services a necessity even to the common man. Vying the huge potential in online storage space, many cloud storage services are providing free storage to lure new customers.
With free cloud storage services you can store your videos, music, movies, photos and files in the cloud for free and access them from anywhere on the go through internet. Your data is safe with the cloud storage providers and you don’t run the risk of a crashed or stolen hard disk. Listed below are the top 10 best free cloud storage services.
Top 10 Best Free Cloud Storage Services
1. Dropbox: Without any doubts, Dropbox is the best cloud storage service in the world. It is very simple to use and is available on almost every platform. Dropbox provides 2 GB of free cloud storage to every user and you can also earn upto 16 GB of additional free storage by referring Dropbox to your friends.
2. Google Drive: The cloud storage service from the search giant Google provides you with 15 GB of free storage which is shared among its various services like Gmail, Google Plus etc. along with Google Drive. Google Drive lets you store, share and edit your files. You can also collaborate with others to work on your files.
3. Box: While Dropbox is popular among individuals, Box is popular among business and enterprise users. Box provides 10 GB of free storage for personal use. With a personal account you can only upload files smaller than 250 MB to the cloud which is a major inconvenience if you are looking to store movies or large files.
4. Mega: Mega comes from the once very popular file hosting service megaupload.com. After megaupload.com was shut down, Mega was launched as the cloud storage service. Mega provides 50 GB of free cloud storage to its clients.
Many readers have found out that ‘Copy’ is a very insecure cloud storage service. Big thanks to all the commenters for notifying others the potential risks of ‘Copy’.
5. ADrive: ADrive gives you an impressive 50 GB of free cloud storage with personal accounts. But, with the free account you miss out on the best features of ADrive like 16 GB file uploads and also have to bear with the ads on Android and iOS apps.
6. Bitcasa: Bitcasa is a cloud storage service that lays emphasis on the privacy of your data. All data you store on Bitcasa is encrypted before upload and only you can view them. Bitcasa provides 20 GB of free cloud storage and you can access your data from 3 different devices.
7. OneDrive: Microsoft has recently re-branded its cloud storage service previously named SkyDrive to OneDrive. In its attempt to gain a foothold in the industry and drive hundreds of millions of its customers to OneDrive, Microsoft is giving away
7 GB 15 GB of free cloud storage to its users. You can get an additional 5 GB by referring your friends and 3 GB more by enabling photo backup.
8. SpiderOak: This is one more cloud storage service that lays more emphasis on your data privacy. SpiderOak provides a meager 2 GB of free cloud storage which can be expanded upto 10 GB by referring friends (you get 1 GB for every friend you refer to the service).
9. Tencent Weiyun: Tencent is a very huge Chinese internet company that is offering a whopping 10 TB of free cloud storage to every new user! Yes, you heard it right. That is 10240 GB of free cloud storage! So, if you trust the Chinese, you can claim your 10 TB right now.
10. Qihoo 360 Yunpan (Cloud Drive): Qihoo 360 is a reputed Chinese internet security company that offers loads of free cloud storage space. The Qihoo 360 Cloud Drive used to offer a whopping 36 TB (36864 GB!) free cloud storage space. It stills offers huge Terabytes of free cloud storage. Stop worrying about privacy and use this Chinese cloud storage service to dump non-private stuff.
These are the top 10 best free cloud storage services currently available. So, share your opinion about these services and also are there any other services worth mentioning here?