26 Awesome Free Cloud Storage You Should be Using (Over 408GB at your disposal)

Latest update: 13/9/2018 by Joe

Not willing to spend a single dime on cloud storage? We will share the full list (26 and growing…) so you can use free cloud storage at no cost at all.

Remember the days when you would often get close to running out of room for your email?

Maybe you had to choose which beloved correspondence to keep and which one to trash.

Well, it looks like those times are even farther behind us, especially if you use Gmail or other Google services.

When I opened a Gmail account a few years ago, I learned one of the great advantages of cloud storage — your stuff is available from anywhere.

This may not seem like much of a perk at first, but as time goes on, you realize it really helps.

Now it is possible to store all sorts of things online without paying a cent.

Is this a good way to go?

I decided to delve and do some research into the free cloud storage services.

I was surprised to see that there are more of them out there than you could ever imagine.

Some are better than others and even allow you to share your files with others which can be very good if they are too large to send as attachments through e-mail.

 

No Cloud Storage is really “Free”

Free Cloud Storage - 25 and counting

The same goes for cloud storage as there are two sides of the same coin.

You are looking for services that are free while the cloud storage provider is trying to make a profit out from you.

Trying to strike a balance between these two, we must acknowledge our priority and decide which act in the best interest for us as a real day to day user.

Size or capacity isn’t everything, other factors like security & privacy, compatibility, file size limit, speed, ease of use and etc should be considered as well.

But we will not discuss all of that here; our main purpose here is to give you the most comprehensive free cloud storage list that is available now.

If you happen to come across free cloud storage, do let us know. We would love to include them in the list as well.

Don’t see your favorite free cloud storage? Suggest it here.

Grow the list together.

Now let’s get to the list, shall we?

SIDENOTE. The placing and numbering below is based on my own discretion, impression, popularity and trust ability towards each of them. You can sort out the result based on your own preferences by using this spreadsheet here.

1. pCloud

pCloud

Free Space: 10GB
Country of Origin: Switzerland
Since: 2013

Founded in 2013, pCloud aim to become the most easiest to use cloud storage for end user without sacrificing the complexity and importance of security.

Check out my review about pCloud on how they manage to earn the trust of over 8 million users and are growing rapidly.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow pCloud on Twitter


 

2. Google One (previously known as Google Drive)

Google Drive

Free Space: 15GB
Country of Origin: United States
Since: 2012

Google is no stranger for all of us. They collaborate all their services such as Docs, Sheets, Slides and many more and sync all of those into Google Drive.

The convenience in working within their Eco-system make it one of the favorite for user.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow Google Drive on Twitter


 

3. Dropbox

Dropbox

Free Space: 2GB
Country of Origin: United States
Since: 2007

Another seed accelerator from Y Combinator, Dropbox is one of the earliest market players for cloud storage industry back in 2007. Their innovation and creative energy is what keep them going and becoming one of the leading cloud player.

They had more than 500 million users spread across 180 countries as of now. Check out their latest Dropbox Smart Sync feature here.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow Dropbox on Twitter


 

4. Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon Cloud Drive

Free Space: 5GB
Country of Origin: United States
Since: 2011

Amazon strike and delivers on durability and stability. Amazon cloud drive store all your photos, videos, files and etc in one place. If you are a Prime member, you get unlimited storage for all your photos.

Do not forget that your free 5GB will be expiring in 12 months time though.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow Amazon on Facebook


 

5. OneDrive Basic

OneDrive Basic

Free Space: 5GB
Country of Origin: United States
Since: 2007

OneDrive Basic is a Microsoft free product for personal online storage purposes. It basically helps to store all your files and data on their server and nothing else for the free version.

Do check out on the differences of the OneDrive storage plans to get an overview of what are you missing out compare with a paid plan.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow OneDrive on Twitter


 

6. IDrive

IDrive

Free Space: 5GB
Country of Origin: United States
Since: 2007

IDrive personal cloud storage service ranging from 5GB (free) up to 5TB (paid). IDrive is a private company based in Calabasas, CA since 2007.

They have 3 core services which include IDrive, IBackup and RemotePC.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow IDrive on Twitter


 

7. Sync

Sync

Free Space: 5GB
Country of Origin: Canada
Since: 2011

They started as web hosting provider in 2011 and launched the cloud services in 2013.

Back dated 5 years ago, Sync’s cloud service already equipped with end to end encryption for better security and privacy in the cloud. To-date, they had over 400,000 individuals and businesses users in combine.

Check out our latest review about Sync.com here.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow Sync on Twitter


 

8. iCloud

iCloud

Free Space: 5GB
Country of Origin: United States
Since: 2011

A cloud storage and cloud computing product from Apple Inc. Started in 2011, they had gained over 700 million users through Apple products such as Iphone and Macbook. It basically built into every Apple product.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Official Apple Support for iCloud


 

9. Box

Box

Free Space: 10GB
Country of Origin: United States
Since: 2005

Based in Redwood City and is listed in NYSE. Instead of storage, Box is focusing in solving content management problem by creating a platform for easy sharing and accessing files to their users.

More than 41 million users trusted Box to manage their content in the cloud today.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow Box on Twitter


 

10. Mega

MEGA

Free Space: 50GB
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Since: 2013

Mega is renowned for their security feature that encrypts files on client side even before they uploaded it. However they had encountered various issues during the early stage of the launching during 2013. 50GB is more like a marketing gimmick than practical.

15GB free storage is the actual permanent storage that user will be enjoying as a free user, while the additional 35GB will expired after one month of signup.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow Mega on Twitter


 

11. Jumpshare

Jumpshare

Free Space: 2GB
Country of Origin: Pakistan
Since: 2011

Jumpshare started by doing thing differently. You can upload and share any files to Jumpshare without registering or logging into your account during the early stage in 2012.

Signing up was made mandatory now of course.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow Jumpshare on Twitter


 

12. Yandex Disk

Yandex Disk

Free Space: 10GB
Country of Origin: Russia
Since: 2012

Yandex.Disk is created by Yandex, a giant search engine from Russia.

It all started in 2012. The free storage can goes up to 42GB, given that you enable your device auto-uploads using the Android or iOS app.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow Yandex Disk on Twitter


 

13. Upthere

Upthere

Free Space: 20GB
Country of Origin: United States
Since: 2011

It’s a Western Digital (WD) brand now. If you had not heard of them, WD is a Hard Disk manufacturer from San Jose. They are the largest hard drive manufacturer in the world.

Upthere launched in 2011 and they only had 2 plans, Free (20GB) and $1.99 per month (100GB).

The downside, you can only upload individual file and not folder. It become extremely frustrating and messy when you cannot sort your files in folder.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow Upthere on Twitter


 

14. MediaFire

MediaFire

Free Space: 10GB
Country of Origin: United States
Since: 2006

MediaFire had been in business for 11 years. Single file size is limit to 4GB.

They are known for Media online streaming such as Video or Music streaming directly from their cloud platform. That’s why they are limiting their single file size to 4GB.

It’s about the average of a single HD movie file size.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow MediaFire on Facebook


 

15. Alibaba OSS

Alibaba OSS

Free Space: 5GB
Country of Origin: China
Since: 2009

OSS stands for Object Storage Service and it’s from the giant e-commerce retailer from Alibaba.

They claimed to stores 3 copies of your data on different servers that are from the same availability zone.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Alibaba Cloud Support Forum


 

16. HiDrive

Hidrive

Free Space: 5GB
Country of Origin: Germany
Since: 2010

This service is founded by Strato AG, an internet hosting service provider from Berlin, Germany.

Your data will be stored at an ISO 27001 certified data centers in Germany for the upmost security management. They might terminate your free account if you have not logged in for over 6 months.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow HiDrive on Twitter


 

17. Syncplicity

Syncplicity

Free Space: 10GB
Country of Origin: United States
Since: 2008

Founded by 3 former Microsoft employees and started the Syncplicity service in 2008. It was acquired by EMC Corporation after 4 years in the market.

It’s now owned by Axway. They offer 4 different plans to cater different market segment.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow Syncplicity on Twitter


 

18. Degoo

Degoo

Free Space: 100GB
Country of Origin: Sweden
Since: 2009

You can only installed and backup data from 1 desktop device while a paid version allowed unlimited desktop devices.

The free version strip out the feature of their Photo Storage Maximizer too.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow Degoo on Facebook


 

19. Zoho

Zoho

Free Space: 5GB
Country of Origin: India
Since: 1996

Zoho Corporation is a multi-national business that started in 1996. They are focusing on web based business tools and cloud service is one of them.

The free version had a limit of uploading maximum 1GB file size only.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow Zoho on Twitter


 

20. MyDrive

myDrive

Free Space: 100MB
Country of Origin: Switzerland
Since: 2006

This is by far the least free cloud storage amount that I’ve encounter. Not quite sure how much I can utilize the free amount here.

If you’re looking for a paid plan, they’ve got 3 of them which the best seller is 10GB for €2.93 per month. Free account will be deleted after inactivity of 2 years time.

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Sign Up for Free
FAQ about myDrive


 

21. Bitrix24

Bitrix24

Free Space: 5GB
Country of Origin: United States
Since: 2012

It’s more than just cloud storage. It basically collaborates and brings all your work to the cloud platform that Bitrix, Inc launched in 2012.

Their On-Premise version of the platform comes with source code access and can be installed on your server.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow Bitrix24 on Twitter


 

22. MozyHome

MozyHome

Free Space: 2GB
Country of Origin: United States
Since: 2005

Mozy is a spin off brand from Carbonite. I’ve written a Carbonite review too here.

What sets them apart is the SSAE 16 Type II audit and ISO 27001 certification.

To make things sure, Mozy is part of DELL as well. So you can bet they will certainly be around for a long time.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Check Out MozyHome Support


 

23. FlipDrive

FlipDrive

Free Space: 10GB
Country of Origin: United States
Since: 2010

The free version limit your file size to 25MB which we think is very too little to be useful and meaningful.

Not much way to get in touch with them other than their only contact form which give doubt on their support capabilities.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Follow FlipDrive on Facebook


 

24. hubiC

hubiC

Free Space: 25GB
Country of Origin: France
Since: 2011

Developed by OVH Group from France that is specialized in data hosting.

As of our latest attempt to sign up for the free version, the hubiC service is closed for new subscription.

You can find out more at https://www.ovh.co.uk/subscriptions-hubic-ended/.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
Service no longer accept new registration


 

25. Zeplyn

Zeplyn

Free Space: 5GB
Country of Origin: United States
Since: Unknown

Zeplyn or Zeplin? Anyway, I would advise you to stay out. The contact and support doesn’t seem to be active.

If you drop by their official website, it seems suspicious with funny words which I had no idea what they mean. Check it out yourself http://www.zeplyn.com/vps.html

NEXT STEP


Do Not Sign Up Seriously


 

26. LetsUpload – Suggested by User

LetsUpload

Free Space: 100GB
Country of Origin: NA
Since: NA

LetsUpload has been suggested by one of the reader using our suggestion form. Stating that the LetsUpload is currently offering unlimited file uploading and downloading hosting for free users.

So, I did registered and try to use it and share a bit of my experience with the rest of you here.

It’s not entirely correct when it claimed it is unlimited. It offer 100GB free when you sign up.

But there’s no indication or storage availability status inside their system or account.

The uploading and downloading is very easy to use and very straight forward. But I would be on the fence if I really want to share my stuff to the platform.

As I couldn’t find any valid information about them or how they would protect my files and privacy.

They do offer upgrade option to paying client with $4.99, $7.99 or $9.99 per month plan. But once again, all of those plans lack of clarity and information.

I’ll be skeptical to become a paying customer. Furthermore, there’s no purchase link or button as well.

My conclusion, it’s good for uploading ‘non-important’ large file size as the limit is 11GB for free user and use it as a sharing platform.

NEXT STEP


Sign Up for Free
FAQ on LetsUpload


 

Is Free Cloud Storage really getting the best for nothing?

Cloud storage services are getting a ton of buzz right now, since major players in the tech sector seem to embrace a new business model.

The reality though, is that these services aren’t any different than those off-site backup companies that have been around for years now.

The differences are that those services aren’t branded with Apple, Google or Amazon logos.

Cloud storage will likely have a very narrow marketplace in the end. In these economic times, there aren’t many folks who are willing to pay for the monthly plans if they can do it for free.

See how I optimized my Chromebook to beef up the internal storage from 22.5GB to 2TB for lifetime.

However, most of the time, free cloud storage has much more restrictions such as bandwidth limitation, files size or type limitation and etc.

Basically it’s a strip down of their premium cloud storage services that require a certain cost or commitment.

You surely aren’t getting the best for nothing there. It pays to require good services.

 

To Wrap Up my Free Cloud Storage list

As any computer owner quickly learns, computers are frail things. From ashes they come, to outdated technical junk they return.

Although you try to be diligent about moving your stuff from one computer to the next, things inevitably get lost along the way.

If your documents or data are backed up or stored online, they will be available from any computer at any time, without you having to do anything to get them off the first computer in the first place.

This is where cloud storage comes in as a vital part of our life.

Now that you’ve checked out my complete free cloud storage list, let’s vote your favorite cloud storage here.

Don’t see your favorite free cloud storage? Suggest it here.

*Result of the poll shows after voting. No personal information will be collected for the voting process or the suggestion form.

 

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