Free On-Line Storage

Updated January 2016

We do love our toys and we certainly can’t live without them. But all the Tablets and the Mobile Phones have 1 drawback…storage. Yes they use the new solid state devices which prolongs our battery life and almost completely prevents data loss, but what about our stuff? With the tablets and the phones we only accumulate more of it.. So where do you put it all?
Fortunately I have some good answers. With the app’s below you can store well over 1 Terabyte of data on line for free. That’s right. Some of these app’s like Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive also allow some simple editing (separate app required for Google) and creation of documents on line; some are just folder syncing tools, while others allow you to store your stuff on line so you have access to it anywhere anytime. So peruse the app’s, sign up for one or all.


Flickr – 1 Terabyte – Yes that’s 1 TERABYTE FREE

A while ago, the new Flickr was born. First, the good news: Every free account holder gets one terabyte of storage. That is an insane, historic, vast amount of space. That’s enough room for about 600,000 typical photos, enough to last you the next couple of birthday parties, at least.  That’s 70 times the free space of the next closest competitor, Bitcasa. And those are full resolution photos, too — the originals. Flickr doesn’t compress photos, degrading their quality, the way Facebook does.

Though Flickr for Android is not available on Google Play in all countries you can download the English version here

Read the full review here


Mega 50 GB Free

Mega is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  Data security is the main focus of Mega keeping everyone’s eyes out of your data.  The standard free package affords a whopping 50 GB of space. If this isn’t enough you can have 500 GB (99 Euros per year), 2 TB (199 Euros per year), or 4 TB (299 Euros per year) and increased bandwidth with each package so you can share files back and forth with friends. Mega is a New Zealand-based company that was set up by the German-born entrepreneur Kim Dotcom in 2013, who now has no involvement with it. Mega puts its security credentials front and center. Unlike some of its rivals, this service provides encryption in every part of the process. So anything you send to the cloud is encrypted locally, on-route, and on the destination server.

Mega itself doesn’t have any way of accessing your information, as you hold the encryption key. The upshot of all this is that anything you store on Mega is only able to be opened by you. To achieve this there are local clients for Windows, OS X, and Linux, plus there are also secure browser plugins for Chrome and Firefox. Apps are available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and even Blackberry. Note: A few new secure communications features are coming in 2016: video chat, voice calling, email and IM. These will be encrypted end-to-end, making them more private and secure han Skype or Google Hangouts.


Google Drive 15 GB Free

One safe place for all your stuff. Upload photos, videos, documents, and other files that are important to you to Google Drive. Get going with up to 15 GB of storage Free. Shared between Google+, Gmail, Youtube and Google Drive

Google used to allow unlimited storage for those who connected thier to auto upload photos.  They used to exempt any photos below 2048×2048 resolution and videos shorter than fifteen minutes, but now it has two options for uploading photos and videos. “High quality” is free and doesn’t count against your storage and offers “Great visual quality at a reduced file size”. Or you can opt for “Original” and have the photos and videos count against your storage. Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Presentations, Drawings and files that others have shared with you don’t count against your allocation either.


Copy 15 GB

A relative newcomer in the online storage arena but they have been around for a little while now and is a simple to use alternative to the likes of Dropbox, Onedrive, and Google Drive. The principles behind it are as you would expect from an online storage service. You can either access Copy via a web portal, download a desktop client for Windows, OSX, or Linux, or use one of the mobile apps that are available for Windows Phone, iOS, and Android. With these you can download or upload files, including syncing the camera on your phone, Making them available on all your devices.


Box 10 GB

Box sometimes mistaken for Dropbox, Box has been around longer than its more famous counterpart, starting out in 2005. It’s primarily a business service, but Box does still offers personal storage options.

The free package gives you 10GB of free space . This isn’t quite as nice as it sounds though, due to the fact that Box limits files to 250 MB.

This is markedly lower than the 10 GB limits of OneDrive and Dropbox, and 5 TB with Google Drive. 250 MB is more than adequate for most documents and spreadsheets, even some hi-res photos, but for videos it may be a problem

Also available on Google Play


pCloud 10 GB

pCloud imposes no file size restrictions, so you can upload anything that your storage space allows. This is done in an impressively quick fashion, with syncing proving fast and efficient. All data transfers between the pCloud servers and your machine are handled with TLS/SSL encryption, so they should be safe on their travels.

As with other online storage services you can share your content with friends or associates by either sending links or allowing access to folders and documents. These also feature permissions, so you can determine whether someone is capable of editing or merely viewing the file. One nice sharing option is the Upload Link. This is a unique link that you can generate and send to a friend who wants to share a file with you. By using the link your colleague’s file will then be directly added onto your pCloud drive, avoiding hunting around for emails or the contents of your Downloads folder. pCloud is well put together, easy to use, and offers a decent amount of storage for free


Mediafire 10 GB

Certainly no new comer to the on line storage scene. But for some it might be a new name, but the Texan company has been around for nearly ten years, starting off as a file sharing service. You can share files in much the way that you can on Google Drive, Onedrive, Dropbox and others, though, and can post pictures, videos, and other files directly to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr,  Google+, or Blogger, from within the Mediafire portal.

The free account comes with 10GB of space, but this can quickly be expanded by various easy tasks. All in all, you can boost the free account up to 50GB of space.


MiMedia  10 GB Free

Secure and Enjoy Your Digital Life – Access and Share from Anywhere

  • Access and enjoy your media on demand
  • Stream your music from anywhere
  • View photos in gorgeous high resolution
  • Play videos instantly on any device
  • Effortless photo, video, and file sharing
  • Post to your favorite social networks

MiMedia provides automatic online backup and sync giving you the best of both worlds. Securing files in your online storage account is simple. Then enjoy unparalleled on demand access to your digital life from anywhere. Listen to your music, play videos, view photo galleries, or access any file instantly. Just scroll down and pick that app for you:  Desktop or enjoy it all on the go with, Tablet or  MiMedia’s free mobile app.


Bitcasa Free 5 GB Free

Note: They recently changed from 20 GB free to a reduced 5 GB free account.
Bitcasa is your external hard drive in the cloud that never runs out of space. It works seamlessly with all your devices – your home computer, your work laptop, your phone, and your tablet – so you can access your stuff everywhere. Sending any file, even HUGE files, to friends and family is instant and simple.


OneDrive 15 GB Free??

Now I have to admit I have been a hotmail / Skydrive / Outlook / Onedrive fan since before they belonged to Microsoft (and yes believe it or not, before there were mice for your computer)
Onedrive is the place to store your files so you can access them from virtually any device. Windows Phone has built-in access to Onedrive right from the Office and Pictures hubs. It can also automatically upload pictures that you take to SkyDrive for easy access. Now the Onedrive app for Windows Phone makes it even easier to manage and share files–all in one place.

Too good to be true? In November, Microsoft announced it would slash the OneDrive allowances in quite dramatic fashion, removing the camera roll bonus and reverting back to the 5GB base storage. It appeared to blame a minority of users that took its unlimited storage literally and abused the service, storing hundreds, of terabytes of video.

Update 14 December 2015: Microsoft has done a u-turn and offered a chance for anyone with 30 GB of free space to keep it after the changes roll out in 2016. You have to opt in, though, by visiting preview.onedrive.com/bonus and clicking the Keep your free storage button.

For a long time I have been recommending Onedrive but with the changes that are about to be implemented it’s not so easy anymore.  But for current users it should be easy enough to opt-in and keep your existing 30 GB of storage.

Features:

  • Access all of your Onedrive content including files shared with you.
    View recently used documents.
  • Upload photos or videos from your phone,tablet or any internet connected device
  • Easily share your files and photos–send a link in email or get a link you can copy and paste.
  • Manage your files–move, delete, rename, or create new folders.
    Search your Onedrive files and folders.

iDrive 5 GB Free

Multiple Device Backup: iDrive was built to backup unlimited PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads and Android devices into a single account. In addition, data from mapped drives can also be backed up.
Fast: Incremental and compressed backups will ease your network bandwidth by transferring the modified portions of a file.
Real Time Backup: iDrive automatically recognizes the modified parts of files and backs them up in real-time.
Give and Share anything: Share your files/folders via email, Facebook and Twitter.
Go Mobile: Access backed up files from your PC and Mac; protect your mobile data with our app’s for iOS and Android.
Remote Manage: From any browser, you can access your backed up files, manage your backup set and its schedule, and view backup logs.
Retrieve Data: Search and restore files from the desktop application or via any browser; provision to recover deleted files from Trash within a period of 30 days.
True Archiving: No data is deleted from your IDrive online account until you manually delete or run ‘Archive Cleanup’ to match your computer data to your account.
Super Secure: Transfer and store your files with 256-bit AES encryption using a user-defined key that is not stored anywhere on the servers.
Stay Informed: Activity reports, backup status reports, share reports – all keep you informed.


DropBox 2 GB Free

Wherever you are put your stuff in Dropbox and get to it from your computers, phones, or tablets. Edit docs, automatically add photos, and show off videos from anywhere. Share with confidence, share photos with friends. Work with your team like you’re using a single computer. Everything’s automatically private, so you control who sees what. Safe and secure, even if your phone goes for a swim, or your computer crashes, your stuff is always safe in Dropbox and can be restored in a snap. Dropbox secures your files with AES-256 bit encryption and two-step verification. Dropbox works just like any other folder on your computer, but with a few differences. Any files or folders inside Dropbox will get synchronized to Dropbox’s servers and any other computer linked to your account. Green check marks will appear on top of your files to let you know that they’re synced and up to date. All data is transferred over SSL and encrypted with AES-256 before storage. Dropbox keeps track of every change made to any of its contents.

It’s only downside is the paltry 2 GB of storage


Mozy Free Backup  2 GB Free

This link takes you to the 2 GB free sign up
Mozy is the industry leader in online backup. By installing this Mozy app, you can securely access all your backed-up files from your iPhone and take your computer with you in your pocket. Read your documents, browse your photographs, play your music and share files anywhere, any time. Features: Browse the original folder hierarchy or search for files in your backup. Use built-in viewers or installed app’s to read documents. Browse photos in preview mode and view in hi-res. Share documents and photos by email and publish photos to Facebook. Stream your music files. Protect your data via our app passcode lock.
Backup software
Mozy is known for having the best free backup software in the world! It’s automatic, it’s simple, it’s highly customizable, and it can be scheduled to run at any time of the day. With years of experience and Fortune 500 backing, Mozy is the trusted leader in online backup.
File sync software
Mozy Stash is a free file synchronization feature that provides Mozy users a simple way to keep their most active data up to date across each of the computers they regularly use. Stash simplifies having multiple devices while protecting your files.
Anywhere access
Mozy does more than just back up or sync your data these days. We also make your files available to you when you’re away from your computer. Access, preview, and share files on your iOS and Android devices with the secure Mozy app.


ElephantDrive Cloud Storage 2 GB Free

Backup: Simple, secure, and automatic backup for all of your files.
Everywhere: Magical delivery of your important files to all of your computers and devices.
Web Access: Fast access from any browser – no software required to download your files.
Secure Sharing: Easy and fast sharing of folders with secure permissions.
Secure Sending: Send files quickly using by creating easy to share links.
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android as well as NAS Devices
2 Great features with ElephantDrive are:

  • Integrates directly with leading home and small business NAS devices and storage solutions.
  • It has a backup folder that you can put files in but not Sync them with all your devices, Great for just storing files on line.

One last mention here though I have not yet tried or tested this app I thought I would mention it because of it’s impressive amount of storage.

Degoo 100 GB Free

Get 100 GB free secure backup space and never lose a file again.  We encrypt all your files using military grade encryption and store multiple copies of each file. It doesn’t get more secure than that!  Your files are always ready to be recovered at anytime, from anywhere.