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How to Find the Best Free Cloud Storage

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Are you looking for a way to clean up desktop or mobile space? Do you need an easier way to access files on different devices? Then what you need is cloud storage. Cloud storage saves documents, pictures, videos, and other files from your devices onto the online “cloud”. This way, you can access your files from any device with an internet connection. With free cloud storage, you can easily share files between devices for no cost, thus saving you time and device memory.

However, free cloud storage can be rather limited. If you need to store or share many large files, then you should consider investing in unlimited cloud storage. Still, there are ways to access high-quality storage without paying. Let’s go over 6 of the best platforms for free cloud storage.

Comparing Platforms with Free Cloud Storage

One Drive

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OneDrive is the cloud storage platform for Microsoft apps and Windows computers. It lets you access, edit, and share your files online from any device. You can also save your Microsoft Office documents directly to OneDrive for easy sharing and collaboration. OneDrive also lets you scan and store documents from your mobile device so you don’t have to use a scanner to upload documents.

OneDrive comes with 5GB of free cloud storage. You can also store up to 3 files in your “personal vault” with advanced security features for no cost. In all, OneDrive is convenient for Windows and Microsoft users who need to share documents between devices, but its free storage is limited and not made for extensive file backup. 

Apple iCloud

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Like OneDrive on Windows, Apple iCloud provides cloud storage for users on Apple devices, including Mac, iPad, and iPhone. You can use iCloud to quickly share photos, documents, and other files between your Apple devices. You can also share your files with others via shared folders or shareable short links and collaborate on documents and presentations simultaneously online. iCloud also keeps your Apple apps and iMessages updated across devices.

Also like OneDrive, iCloud only comes with 5GB of free cloud storage. So, iCloud is useful for Apple connoisseurs who need to share files between their devices and collaborate with other Apple users, but its free version is likewise not built for extensive file storage. 

Google Drive

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If you have a Google or Gmail account, you can use Google Drive to store and share files. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides are automatically saved to Drive. You can also upload files from your desktop or mobile device to Google Drive. Google Drive allows for live collaboration so you and your teammates can work together on the same project. 

Google Drive provides 15GB of free cloud storage. This makes it a great choice for storing documents and other collaborative files. However, Google Drive also does not automatically sync files from your computer like OneDrive and iCloud, so uploading files to Drive takes considerably longer. As such, Google Drive is not recommended for computer backups or photo storage. 

MEGA

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MEGA offers secure file storage and encrypted communication. You can use MEGA on both desktop and mobile and automatically sync files from both. Once uploaded, you can share your files with your contacts on MEGA or via a shareable link. Unique to MEGA is the option to exchange messages, video, and voice calls on the platform. MEGA protects this communication with end-to-end encryption so you can ensure your conversations are private and secure.

MEGA offers a whopping 50GB of free cloud storage. The platform is an excellent choice for storing and sharing large files and syncing backups, as well as secure file sharing and communication.

Blomp

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Blomp’s storage platform can store photos, videos, and music from Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, and Android. You can share your files with others, organize them into albums, or store them as zip files. Blomp ensures that all your files are stored securely and only accessible by those you share them with.

Blomp provides an initial 20GB of free cloud storage. However, you add an extra 20GB for every friend who joins Blomp, for up to 200GB total. Blomp doesn’t have as many additional features as the other cloud storage platforms on this list, but it does have the largest amount of free storage. As such, Blomp is perfect for storing all of your photos, videos, and music and accessing them between devices.

Koofr

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Koofr doesn’t only let you upload files from your devices; it also lets you connect all of your cloud storage platforms so you can access all of your stored files in one place. With Koofr, you can connect your Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive accounts and access any file from within Koofr. Koofr can also upload files on Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, WebDAV, and Rclone.

However, Koofr’s free cloud storage is limited at 10GB. Koofr is great if you have a spattering of cloud files in various places or if you need a better alternative to OneDrive or iCloud. Nevertheless, if you want more storage, you will need to pay a monthly fee or find a different platform.

Which Free Cloud Storage Platform is Best for Me? 

The answer to this question will depend on your needs. If you need the maximum amount of free storage, then you should go for MEGA or join Blomp and invite your friends to the platform. Blomp is also a good choice for photo, video, and music storage. If you need to collaborate on projects, then Google Drive, iCloud, and OneDrive are good options, though you get the most storage space with Google. MEGA provides unique features not found on any other platform, so if you need a place to have secure conversations alongside file storage, then it is the platform of choice. Finally, Koofr is a good choice if you need to combine the files you’ve stored on different platforms into one location. 

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