If you are someone who uses multiple mobile devices (smartphone, computer, iPad, etc.) to access your files (music, documents, photos, etc.) you already know how convenient online storage solutions can be for remote file access and sharing. If you are someone who requires a lot of online storage, you also probably know how expensive online storage solutions can get.
Here we’ve listed three tips to help you avoid paying online storage fees so that you can access and share files remotely from anywhere without spending extra money.
1. Take advantage of free online storage offers
All of the top online storage solutions offer a certain amount of free storage to start users off with. Microsoft SkyDrive, Google Drive, Sugarsync and iCloud all provide users with 5 GB of free storage, with paid plan options for more storage. However, depending on the file types of your digital property, only certain online storage solutions are capable of storing certain media files.
2. Use your hard drive and network-attached storage (NAS) devices for extra storage space
NAS devices can be expensive as well, but they usually come with more storage space as well as more control over your digital property. NAS devices and external hard drives also don’t have strict file specifications for what file types can be stored on them. So you can store everything from documents to photographs to music and videos.
3. Use remote file sharing and remote file access tools
Many online storage solutions require you to save or sync all of your data in one location. With online collaboration tools with remote file access and file sharing capabilities, you can access data no matter where it is saved, even if it’s saved in a number of locations like a Dropbox, iCloud, and/or a NAS device.
The bottom line is, with so many online storage solutions offering vast free tier storage options, paying for online storage isn’t necessary if you find the right remote file access and file sharing tools capable of accessing all of those storage solutions from one place.
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