Choosing the Right Cloud Storage is Easy

Maribeth WardTech Tips0 Comments


Are you running out of room on your devices?  What happens when you get that memory is full message? Don’t panic, we can help you find the cloud storage app that works best for you.

While cloud storage sounds as if it has something to do with weather fronts or storm systems,  it is actually a way of saving information, files, pictures, and/or documents to an off-site storage system securely maintained by a third party. The Internet then provides a connection between your computer and the database.

One of the biggest advantages of using the cloud is not having to cart around a usb drive, flash drive, or external hard drive or use the same computer to access your information.  If you like having your files, media and other information accessible from all your devices or just more than one, then it’s the way to go.

In fact, with the right storage system you can even allow other people to access the data for collaborative projects.

We’ve narrowed down what we think are the best cloud storage apps for iPhone and iPad so that you can keep your stuff safe without taking up room on your devices. Here they are:

Dropbox

Dropbox is easily one of the best cloud storage services around.  Dropbox has great features, like the ability to recover deleted items, it can sync with other services like 1Password and it’s on just about every platform out there. One of the benefits of using Dropbox is that you can earn more free storage by referring friends and family and completing their “Get Started Guide.”

A free, basic Dropbox account gives you 2GB of storage, or you can choose to pay a yearly subscription of $99  for 1TB. That’s a lot of storage for files, pictures and documents.

Google Drive

This app provides you with plenty of free storage.  You get 15GB up front, no charge and you get Google Photos inside it, which gives you unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels each.

Like Dropbox, Google Drive is on just about every platform.  It stores photos, documents, sheets and slides for presentations and has a host of other tools. You can download anything you create or store on any device.  It’s hard to beat this App for free.

If you need more than 15GB, you can pay $1.99 a month for 100GB, $9.99 a month for 1TB, $99.99 for 10TB, $199.99 for 20TB and $299.99 for 30TB.

One Drive

This is a great app if you use iPhone and iPad but prefer your PC over Mac.  It comes pre-installed on Windows 10 devices and can help keep all your iPhone data insync with your PC. It’s also available on just about every platform and works fairly similarly to Google Drive.

You can receive real-time notifications when someone edits a document.  You can also highlight, draw on and sign any PDF file on your iPhone or iPad.

You get 5GB for free or can pay $1.99 a month for 50GB, $69.99 a year for 1TB and Office 365 Personal or $99.99 a year for 5TB and Office 365 Home.

Box

This app lets you store and share files on all your devices and allows collaboration without letting people into your personal Google Drive or iCloud Drive folders.  Box integrates with many other apps that let you annotate or e-sign PDF’s.  It has a real time search function and provides file-level encryption.  This is a great app is you need to collaborate on files or store documents away from your personal stash.

You get 10GB of storage for free and you file size is limited to 250MB per file or you can subscribe to the Personal Pro Plan for $79.99 a year and get 100GB of storage and a file upload size limit of 5GB.

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