Looking for some Dropbox alternatives to help you out with cloud storage?
Don’t get me wrong, Dropbox is a great company…but it’s definitely not for everyone.
Some people don’t like Dropbox’s “all or nothing” approach to some of its permissions (though they’ve improved on this by introducing “read only” access). Similarly, I’ve seen some concerns that, while Dropbox does encrypt your files, Dropbox still holds onto those encryption keys, meaning that you’re not fully in control of your files’ security.
Additionally, more casual users might be disappointed that Dropbox only offers 2 GB of free storage, while many other cloud providers offer higher limits
So, if you’re looking for something different, you’re definitely not alone and there are plenty of other services which offer similar functionality to Dropbox. And in this post, I’ll delve into some of the most popular and best. Hit the links below to jump straight to read about specific platforms.
As I go through the various Dropbox alternatives, I’m going to order them roughly by how popular they are. That is, I’ll start with some mainstream alternatives like Google One and then get into some smaller, more niche-specific cloud storage services.
Sound good? Let’s dive in.
Ok, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard of Google Drive (now rebranded along with all the other Google cloud services as Google One). But I’d be doing a disservice if I didn’t mention one of the most popular cloud storage providers that also just happens to perfectly integrate with all of the other Google services out there.
Google One offers a massive amount of free space – up to 15 GB. Just remember – that space is shared across all of your Google services, including Gmail. Google previously offered unlimited free storage for photos stored at “high quality” but any images uploaded after 1 June 2021 at any resolution will count towards your allowance.
Google One has desktop clients for both Mac and Windows, as well as mobile apps that make it easy to access your files on the go. Another thing that’s really nice is how well Google Docs integrates into Google One. It’s easy to open any of your files right there in the cloud.
Like Google, Microsoft is another company you might have heard of. Their OneDrive plan is cloud storage that’s built right into Windows (and pre-installed on all Windows 10 PCs). If you’re a Windows user, it’s a viable alternative. But if you’re on Mac, there’s less incentive to go with OneDrive.
With OneDrive, you can automatically sync files to the cloud and access them wherever you’re at with apps for Mac, PC, Android, and iOS. If you need to collaborate, you can easily share files.
And because OneDrive comes from Microsoft, it’s extra easy to share documents from Microsoft Office. If you’re still using Office, that’s a big plus.
With regards to free storage, OneDrive isn’t quite as generous as Google Drive. But they still offer 5 GB of free space, which is superior to Dropbox.
Zoho Docs is part of a whole suite of Zoho office tools that can be used as an alternative to the Microsoft or Google versions. Zoho is probably the closes thing around that’s an alternative to G Suite, and while it’s not as popular, it offers some additional features at a cheaper price. Zoho Docs is the cloud storage and syncing tool that offers versions for individuals as well as teams and businesses.
Zoho offers 5GB of storage for free and paid accounts start from $4 a month. You can sync files from your desktop and there are apps for android and iOS. You can also set up distribution rules for your files so that different sets of documents are saved on different devices.
Zoho Docs works best in combination with its office suite of tools, but you can store and preview files in any format including .pdf, .xls and more. You can also share files easily with friends and family.
Box is a secure cloud storage and collaboration service aimed at teams and businesses, but personal accounts for storage and backup are available too.
Box’s generous free account allows up to 10GB of storage, so it’s a better option than Dropbox if you don’t want to pay. Just like other options, Box integrates into your desktop, as well as Office 365 and G Suite, for easy file syncing and there are mobile apps available too.
At $11.50 per month for 100GB of storage, Box is the most expensive option on this list for personal users. However, they’re a good option if the free account offers enough storage space for you. They’re also worth considering if you need to share data with a team safely or have specific data compliance needs.
New Zealand-based company MEGA is a relative new kid on the cloud storage scene but they have over 10 million daily active users and are definitely worth consideration.
MEGA advertises 50GB of storage for free accounts but in practice this is only active for 30 days, dropping to 15GB thereafter. This is still significantly more generous than what Dropbox offers with its free account.
There’s a desktop and mobile apps for easy use and access to your files, and there’s also a secure messaging system to keep your communications private.
pCloud is another one of the smaller cloud service providers that puts an emphasis on rock-solid security. All at a surprisingly affordable price.
Like the others, pCloud gives you both desktop and mobile apps to make syncing and accessing your files easy.
You can access your files on any device, share and collaborate with others, and rest easy knowing that all of your files are encrypted.
pCloud has reduced their previous incredibly generous 20 GB of free storage but you can still get 10GB of storage space for free. And after that, their plans are still fairly affordable.
If you want your cloud storage provider to emphasize privacy, SpiderOak One is a great option for you. Every file you store on SpiderOak One is encrypted end-to-end, and you’re the only one with the encryption keys to unlock your data.
SpiderOak is even Edward Snowden approved! Which should give you a good idea just how much emphasis the company puts on data security.
But privacy isn’t helpful if it’s too difficult to use, so SpiderOak One backs up all of that security with desktop and mobile apps to still make it easy for you to access all of your secure files. Currently, they have desktop apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as mobile apps for Android and iOS.
Unfortunately, the one price you pay for these features is the lack of a free plan. SpiderOak gives you a 21-day free trial, but after that, you’ll need to pony up for a paid plan to continue using the service.
Sync.com isn’t quite as popular as Google Drive or Dropbox, but it’s quickly growing thanks to a quality service and rock-solid security.
One nice thing about Sync.com is that you have full control over your encryption keys, which means no one else can access your files no matter what. They also include a desktop app for automatic syncing, as well as apps for iPhone, Android, and iPad.
Sharing files is easy and you can even invite team members for easy collaboration.
While Sync.com doesn’t give you quite as much free storage as Google Drive, they still beat out Dropbox with 5 GB of free storage just like Microsoft OneDrive.
While casual users might be unfamiliar with SugarSync, it’s a pretty well-known name in the cloud storage industry. One nice thing about SugarSync is that it lets you easily back up all of your files with their original folder structure. No need to change anything around!
Other differentiating features include the ability to choose specific folders to sync across devices and detailed folder permissions.
Of course, SugarSync also has all of the essentials like desktop and mobile apps. The only downside? No free plan.
SugarSync gives you a 30-day free trial, but after that, you’ll need to go with one of the paid plans. Those start at $7.49 per month for up to 100 GB of storage.
Tresorit is a Swiss-based zero-knowledge cloud storage platform that boasts an impressive level of security and some useful collaboration tools for teams.
Tresorit’s secure platform is accessible across all devices and browsers. Additionally, the client-side encryption is available when using mobile devices, unlike rival SpiderOak.
With a free plan that’s designed more for sending files rather than storing them, the storage limit isn’t a lot more generous than Dropbox and the prices for paid plans are more expensive than other options, but if you’re after best-in-class security and business tools, Tresorit may just be what you’re looking for.
Amazon’s usefulness in the cloud storage arena has dived since they discontinued their Amazon Drive service a few years ago, but we’re including Amazon Photos for completeness.
Amazon offers its Prime users 5GB of free unlimited-resolution photo and video storage. None-Prime users can sign up for various plans, with the cheapest offering 100GB of storage.
The service is designed to work with the Amazon Photos desktop and mobile apps and is intended for photos and videos only. So if you’re looking for cloud storage for your general files, you’re advised to choose one of the other services on this list.
However if you’re already an Amazon Prime customer, Photos is easy to use and the free storage limit may be enough for backing up photos from your phone.
If you’re a casual user who’s just looking for a cloud storage provider with more free storage than Dropbox, then you should go with Google One or MEGA (depending on how much you use Google’s other services). These services offer the most generous free storage limits.
If you need to protect sensitive data, you’re more vulnerable to cyber attacks because of your job or position, or you’re looking for the most secure cloud storage platform, Tresorit and SpiderOak score highest for security .
For business use and easy team collaboration, it’s worth trying out Box, or consider Zoho Docs as a budget option.
And once you’ve got your shiny new cloud storage service, you may want to grab a WordPress backup plugin that can automatically sync your backups to the cloud.
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