Cloud storage services are helpful in many ways. We can store any kind of file including documents, media in a secure vault and access them from anywhere in the world with internet connectivity. So you need not carry any precious files always as they are just a few mouse clicks away from you.
Someone may say, external hard drive is the better choice as it’s light weight and works even without a net connection. But it’s not free from damages. Data stored in the cloud is always safe and you can make of them until the plan expires or life long. Only you have to do is, choose a reliable service provider.
In this post, we’ll show you the 6 best free cloud storage apps for Mac in 2017.
Dropbox is a leading file hosting service with more than 500 million users as of March 2016. It allows us to save photos, documents, videos and share them with others by email. A shareable link can be generated with an option to set expiry date to it.
Dropbox is simple and easy to use. After installing the app, it will create a special folder on your computer and synchronize the contents to the cloud servers and to other devices wherever you have installed Dropbox app. Thus it will keep you update with latest changes in the files.
A basic user will get 2 GB storage space for free. To get additional features and services, go for premium plan which starts at $8.25/mo for 1 TB storage.
2. Google Drive
Google Drive is our favorite choice for cloud storage. It has more than 800 million users as of March 2017. You can store files in the cloud, access them from anywhere on the go and share via links.
The files are synchronized across the devices to deliver the latest output when you ask. Google Drive is integrated with other Google tools like Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. So editing documents, presentations, drawings, spreadsheets, forms is no more a big hurdle for you.
Google Drive offers 15 GB free storage for all users. The premium plan starts at $2/mo for 100 GB storage.
Sync enables you to save, manage and share contents in a secure way. It will synchronize all your files and make them accessible on all your devices.
Sync brings your team collaboration in new heights. The file owner can set custom passwords for viewing the shared content with expiry dates and permission controls. You can set download limits for each file and monitor the statistics to make sure everything is working fine. The entire data is protected by end-to-end encryption and two-factor authentication.
Sync offers 5 GB free storage to all users. The premium plan starts at $8/mo for 2 TB storage.
iCloud is Apple’s own cloud storage solution. It securely stores your documents, media, apps and keep them updated across the devices.
The app automatically uploads every photo and video you take – make them accessible from other Apple devices and on the web. Thus you will be able to release more space and speed up the iPhone.
iCloud automatically backup your iOS devices at night with a Wi-Fi connectivity and lets you restore the section you want or the entire device if needed.
It provides free 5 GB space for all users. The premium plan starts at $0.99/mo for 50 GB storage space.
Mega is another popular service to store and sync files. The entire data is protected by end-to-end encryption and you can securely share them with others without losing the control over it.
It will automatically sync your data across different locations and devices. If you don’t want to sync the entire Mega account, just choose desired folders on your computer to sync. Group messaging, fingerprint verification are other important features of the tool when you are using from a smartphone.
Mega offers a huge 50 GB free storage to all users. The premium subscription starts at $5.82/mo for 20 GB storage.
Store any files including photos, videos, documents online and access them easily from a computer, smartphone, tablet and the web. Box lets you view, share and edit files anywhere on the go with or without an internet connection.
Box is equipped with enterprise grade security, so you won’t lose the data in any circumstance. The file owners can create password protected links and set expiry dates if needed.
All users will get 10 GB free storage with Box. The premium subscription starts at $6/mo for 100 GB storage.