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The recommend free cloud storage service in 2021

Last Updated: 11 Sept 2021

Here’s the full list (and growing) of providers that offer 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.

When I opened a google drive account a few years ago, I learned one of the great advantages — 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 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 it.

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

Uptime and reliability are crucial, so we are constantly monitoring them for you.

Check out the 20+ best cloud storage server status that we are following.

Now, you can store all your stuff for nothing. Although we did try all of them here.

But still, we had to warn you guys to use the online storage at your own risk.

No Cloud Storage is really “No Cost”

Free Cloud Storage - 25 and counting

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

You are looking for services that need not spend a dime while the provider is trying to make a profit out of you.

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

Size or capacity isn’t everything, other factors like security & privacy, compatibility, file size limit, speed, ease of use, 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 list that is available now.

If you happen to come across something worth mentioning but are not on the list, do let us know. We would love to include them on the list as well.

Don’t see your favorite provider? Suggest it here.

Grow the list together.

Now let’s get to the list, shall we?

SIDE NOTE. The placing and numbering below are based on my discretion, impression, popularity, and trust-ability towards each of them. You can sort out the result based on your preferences by using this spreadsheet here. Some links might direct you to our affiliate partner site.

1. pCloud 

pCloud

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

Founded in 2013, pCloud aims to become the easiest to use cloud storage for the 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.

Please be reminded that this account has a 6 months inactivity clause which by then pCloud is authorized to permanently delete all the files along with the account itself.

A quick shout-out, they are one of my favorite providers.

Mostly cater to individuals, and if you need multiple users to utilize the platform, check out their family or business plan.

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2. Google Drive

Google Drive

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

Google is no stranger to 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 of working within their Eco-system and real-time file editing makes it one of the favorites for the user. Check out the Google Drive review here.

Like it or not, I’m sure we all have one google drive account at our disposal making them one of the best cloud collaboration platforms worldwide.

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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 back in 2007. Their innovation and creative energy are what keep them going and becoming one of the leading cloud storage providers.

Uploading and download were very easy. Not to mention they are the fastest cloud storage from our testing.

They had more than 500 million users spread across 180 countries as of now.

And if you are looking for Dropbox alternatives, here’s your list.

Find out more from our Dropbox review here. I had to warn you, it’s very long.

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4. Amazon Drive

Amazon Cloud Drive

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

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

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

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5. OneDrive Basic

OneDrive Basic

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

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

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

Or find out who’s the winner in Google Drive vs Dropbox vs Onedrive here.

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6. IDrive

IDrive

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

IDrive personal cloud storage service ranging from 5GB 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.

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7. Sync

Sync

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

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

Backdated 5 years ago, Sync’s service is already equipped with end-to-end encryption for better security and privacy protection. To further enhanced security, features like two-factor authentication are in place.

To date, they had over 750,000 individuals and business users in the combine.

Check out our latest review about Sync.com here.

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8. iCloud

iCloud

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

A product from Apple Inc. Started in 2011, they had gained over 700 million users through Apple products such as the iPhone and Macbook. It is built into every Mac product and ios device.

Seamless connection with your phone or Apple products lets you love them even more.

Find out more in iCloud Review – Best Cloud Storage for Mac here.

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9. Box

Box

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

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

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

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10. Mega

MEGA

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

Mega is renowned for its security feature that encrypts files on the client-side even before they uploaded them. However, they had encountered various issues during the early stage of the launch in 2013. 50GB of storage is more like a marketing gimmick to us.

While the 50GB will return to 15GB after 180 days (if the user doesn’t use the additional achievements) the basic space is 15GB – which remains practical and one of the most generous providers currently available.

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

Designed for team collaboration and share files easily is what makes them unique.

Know more about them in the MEGA.nz review here.

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11. 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 storage can go up to 42GB, given that you enable your device auto-uploads using the Android and iOS app.

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12. MediaFire

MediaFire

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

MediaFire had been in business for 11 years. The single file size limit is 4GB.

They are known for Media online streaming such as Video or Music streaming directly from their 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.

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13. 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 store 3 copies of your data on different servers from the same availability zone.

Still, they didn’t make it to our Best Cloud Storage for China’s here.

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14. 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 to different market segments.

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15. Degoo

Degoo

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

You can only install and backup data from 1 desktop device using their desktop app while a paid version allowed unlimited desktop devices.

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

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16. 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 and cloud-based business tools and “WorkDrive” is one of them.

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

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17. Bitrix24

Bitrix24

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

It’s more than just storage. It 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 for better integration.

Make sure you log in at least once every month to keep your account active, otherwise, Bitrix24 will close down your account.

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18. Blomp

Blomp

Free Space: 20GB
Country of Origin: Maryland
Since: 2018

Here’s another one that I’ve bumped into recently, Blomp.

While they mention you can get up to 200GB for nothing, but the actual storage is only 20GB upon registration.

I did try to register and get my hands on it but I gave up in the end. There was no web-based application or direct login from their website, you have to install their Windows-based software which I am kind of skeptical about.

Not many details and information on their site although I try to dig deep.

I did read through their T&C and thought you might want to know that they will scan, access, and store your kinds of stuff once you had agreed on it when signing up for the account.

It’s your call, but I’m holding mine for now at least.

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19. Icedrive

IceDrive

Free Space: 10GB
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Since: 2018

A newcomer that offers a generous storage quota for registered users. You’ll get 20GB 10GB complimentary storage after register using your email and setting up a password.

However, there’s a bandwidth capped at 3GB per day. Paying customers gets a higher bandwidth capped of 250GB to 8TB depending on your plan.

The interface is easy to navigate around and the upload process is very speedy. Read our review about Icedrive.

There’s an encrypted folder where I suppose is all your files and folders stored inside will get encrypted but found no information on how that works.

The mobile app for android and ios was not perfect during the early stage. But the problems had been addressed and fixed.

And here’s one of my favorite comparisons, pCloud vs Icedrive.

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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 is that these services aren’t any different from 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 a lifetime.

However, most of the time, these free services have many more restrictions such as bandwidth limitation, file size or type limitation, no support at all, etc.

It’s a strip-down of their premium services that require a certain cost or commitment.

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

Hate recurring payments and would prefer to go for a lifetime cloud storage deal instead?

Or is it better to go with a NAS instead?

Check out the details at NAS vs Cloud Storage for the answer.

One thing for sure is you pay what you get in the capitalist system.

Conclusion: To Wrap Up On My 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 lives.

We couldn’t stress enough the privacy and security of these services, especially those you use for ‘FREE’.

[Off record]- If you aren’t paying, you most probably paying with your privacy.

If you happen to utilize most of the services above, you will be having a difficult time to be able to remember all your login credentials, especially passwords. This is when the free password manager comes in handy for you.

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

Or you had something else that should be on the list? Suggest it here.

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