Cloud storage is getting bigger and more popular each day: with all of us having multiple devices that we use 24/7 and with everything moving online, it makes sense to simply upload your life (or, well, just your photos, music, programs and whatever you want to) in the cloud and have them there, ready to be accessed from your phone, tablet, laptop or home computer as long as you have internet access.
Storing files in the cloud is also a great idea if you want to have a back-up in case your iPhone gets lost or your computer crashes. Or you just want to be safe.
There are many cloud storage providers out there and even though huge packages usually cost a bit, most services offer free packages that might be just enough in terms of space offered. And we’re here to help you choose the best one by sharing with you the top 5 free cloud storage providers in 2018 – they are fast, reliable, easy to use and offer a ton of free space for all your photos, movies and whatnot. And, most important, FREE! So let’s not waste a single second and let’s check out below the top 5 best free cloud storage options!
This is the first cloud storage that I ever used and it’s been online for years now, meaning that you shouldn’t worry about it shutting down anytime soon (like Copy did a while ago).
Although it doesn’t offer a ton of free storage to start with: just 2 GB, you can easily earn up to 16GB of free storage by simply referring your friends to use the service, which is easily achievable.
Easy to use, a simple and intuitive interface, Dropbox remains a favorite for many. It also offers a paid plan in case you want to upgrade ($10 per month for 1TB of data). Check it out here.
Google is extremely generous when it comes to offering their users free storage space in the cloud: you get 15GB for free, which is a ton for the regular user.
It also offers, through its other services, other handy options and tools and is, overall, one of the most popular free cloud storage options out there and definitely one of the best and most complex. Click here to check it out.
Rebuilt from the ashes of the once popular file sharing service Megaupload, Mega is based in New Zealand and offers a whooping 50GB of cloud storage for free and uses advanced encryption services to protect your files.
I found it to be fairly slow at times, maybe the slowest on our list, but the fact that it offers so much storage space clearly makes up for the small amounts you have to wait to upload and download your stored files. A great option that’s worth checking out here.
Microsoft’s take on the cloud is one that is gaining popularity and one that should get more attention out there, but not necessarily for the free plan. The free plan gives you 5 GB of free storage in the cloud, but for heavy Office users it offers the Office 365 plans which give you 1 to 5 TB of Storage space (depending on the plan you choose), plus full installed Office applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on your PC, Mac, or iPad. Click here to check it out.
For some reason, Box seems to be the free cloud storage service preferred by companies, which makes many people think that it’s not available for personal use. But it is – and the service offers 10 GB of storage space for free.
The only Con here is that the maximum file size that you are allowed to upload is 250 Mb, which means you won’t be able to store your movies or larger files – but since it’s a free service that’s extremely reliable and trustworthy, there are no reasons to complain, especially since you can easily splice your larger files into smaller ones using WinZip for example. Click here to check out Box and get your 10 free GB of cloud storage space!
I am adding a new service for the 2018 update of this article, one that’s relatively new on the market, but which brings a lot of innovation. The first one is that it’s a blockchain based cloud storage option, offering blazing fast speeds and extreme security. For those who are fans of cryptocurrencies, this is definitely a bonus: you can earn free tokens (alcoins) and even rent your HDD space to make some extra money.
Storj is not completely free, but comes with a promo offer of the first 12 months giving you free storage and transfers. I am sure that if you give them a try, you will never want to go back. They are that good – so don’t hesitate to find out more about them on their official website.
There are other options out there as well, some of them offering more storage than the services listed below, but for today I decided to go with those that I consider the most trustworthy: services that have been with us for a while and show no signs of ever getting shut down – in other words, services that will keep your files safe and available at any moment for the foreseeable future.