Free Online Storage — A Look at Capabilities, Capacities, and Benefits

Finding a free online storage provider isn’t difficult as there are plenty to choose from these days. However, just finding a free online storage service doesn’t mean that you’ve found the right online storage solution for you. In this blog post, we’ve taken a look at the top six free online storage providers today, comparing their capacities, capabilities, mobile and desktop apps, and unique benefits.


Google Drive


Capacity:

5 GB
free storage

Monthly storage
rate for 100 GB - $4.99


Capabilities:

Create Word documents, spreadsheets,
and presentations,
not ideal for
music or video streaming

Mobile &
Desktop Apps:

PC or Mac
for desktop

Android or iOS
for mobile


Unique Benefit:

Best for online document collaboration as it
lets users open
docs in browser,
and updates in
real time


DropBox


Capacity:

2 GB
free storage

Annual price for
100 GB - $99.99


Capabilities:

Backup Word documents, spreadsheets,
and presentations,
not ideal for
storing music or videos

Mobile &
Desktop Apps:

Mac, Windows,
and Linux
for desktop

Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Kindle Fire
for mobile


Unique Benefit:

For each person
you refer to
Dropbox, you
receive an
increase
of 500 MB more
in free storage.


iCloud


Capacity:

5 GB
free storage

Annual price for
50 GB - $100


Capabilities:

Good online
storage solution
for storing
and streaming
music and videos
as well as other
file types

Mobile &
Desktop Apps:

Mac and Windows
for desktop

iOS only for mobile


Unique Benefit:

If you have an
iOS mobile device, this provider has
an automatic
backup feature
for iOS devices.


Microsoft SkyDrive


Capacity:

7 GB
free storage

Annual price for
100 GB - $50


Capabilities:

Great for
documents –
not so great for
other file types

Mobile &
Desktop Apps:

Windows and Mac
for desktop

iOS and Windows Phone for mobile


Unique Benefit:

Largest free tier
of all the online storage solutions (even larger
for those with
an older
Windows
Live/MSN account)


Box


Capacity:

5 GB
free storage

Annual price for
50 GB - $239.88


Capabilities:

Best for
accessing and
sharing large
files online

Mobile &
Desktop Apps:

Windows and Mac
for Desktop

Android, iOS, Blackberry
for mobile


Unique Benefit:

Great for online collaboration.
Users can also
brand Box-
powered projects
with their own
logos and colors.


SugarSync


Capacity:

5 GB
free storage

Annual price for
100 GB - $149.99

 


Capabilities:

Perfect for online document collaboration –
can also stream
music and videos

Mobile &
Desktop Apps:

PC and Mac
for Desktop

Android,
Blackberry,
Windows, iOS
for mobile


Unique Benefit:

One of the few
online storage providers that
is accessible on
all operating platforms

No matter which online storage provider you choose, these are the three most important aspects of an online storage provider:

  1. It’s capable of storing the file types (documents, music, video, etc.) you need stored.
  2. It’s paid plans are within your budget, if you need more storage.
  3. You’re able to access it through your desktop or mobile apps.

Hopefully, the previous table has helped you decide between which online storage provider you will choose to store your content.

Hopefully, the previous table has helped you decide between which online storage provider you will choose to store your content. However, as we’ve mentioned before all of these online storage solutions come with risks.  To learn more about tools and apps with which you can securely access all of your data no matter where it is saved (and to avoid risky online storage solutions), try out this 30 day free trial of TappIn Professional Edition.

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