6 Best iCloud Drive Alternatives for iPhone/iPad
iCloud Drive is Apple's response to popular cloud storage services like Google Drive. iCloud stores your photos, iPhone backups, and even your messages; and iCloud Drive is available for you to store any documents and files you like.
However, iCloud only gives you 5GB of free storage. This means that at some point, if you use up iCloud's free storage, you'll need more storage space. While you can pay for iCloud+, some users may prefer to use another cloud service.
If you are looking for an alternative to iCloud Drive, these are the best options at the moment.
6. Verizon Cloud (Subscription required, free trial available)
Verizon Cloud makes it easy to store photos, videos, and other documents on your iPhone or iPad. With Verizon Cloud, you can upload files from your phone and access your files on any device. You can also stream files to your TV.
Verizon Cloud is also one of the only cloud services that offers an unlimited plan. So if you need unlimited storage, consider using Verizon Cloud.
However, Verizon Cloud only allows you to backup contacts on the free plan. Verizon Cloud is also more expensive than other services: $19.99/month for unlimited storage, $14.99/month for 2TB, and $6 for 600GB. Verizon also doesn't back up settings, apps, or uncommon file types.
5. Dropbox (Free, with subscription)
Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage platforms out there. Loved by both individuals and businesses, Dropbox can store all your files and keep them safe. The free Dropbox plan gives you 2GB of storage, and you can upgrade to a 2TB plan for $11.99/month.
The free Dropbox plan, although limited in terms of storage space, allows you to connect 3 devices. This makes it easy to manage all your photos or other documents, if using multiple devices. Dropbox also has an easy-to-use web app to help download and organize data.
Dropbox is more expensive than the competition, but the app is easy to use and you can get plenty of storage for a good price.
4. Box (Free, with subscription)
Box is an affordable cloud storage platform that has been around for over 15 years. With tens of thousands of loyal customers, Box has proven itself to be one of the leading cloud platforms.
Box gives you 10GB for free, more than other platforms. If you want to upgrade, you can do it for an affordable price. For $7/month you get 100GB of storage plus the ability to add different users. You can pay as little as $5/month with an annual discount.
Box not only helps you secure your files, but it also helps you get things done. Box has an inbox where you can get notifications about projects to collaborate on. Box allows you to create tasks for yourself and delegate tasks to others.
While it's a great platform, you don't have much space for the premium plan. Other services offer more space for the same monthly payment price. However, for many people, the features make this monthly payment well worth it.
3. Amazon Drive (Registration required)
Currently, are you an Amazon Prime member? If yes, you can use Amazon Drive. Amazon Drive is similar to other cloud storage platforms and lets you back up files right from your iPhone.
Amazon Drive has a separate photo app where you can store your photos and videos easily. You can then play these photos and videos on your TV or Fire TV Stick. The Amazon Photos app also allows you to receive physical copies of your photos in the mail or send them to loved ones. This is what sets Amazon Drive apart from other major competitors.
Amazon Drive offers 5GB for all Prime members. So if you have Amazon Prime or are thinking of joining, be sure to take advantage of your 5GB of free storage. You can also add storage starting at $1.99/month for 100GB.
2. Microsoft OneDrive (Free, with subscription)
Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud storage service that offers many features. If you use Microsoft products for school or work, you probably already have a OneDrive account. A good way to know if you already have OneDrive is if your organization uses Outlook or Microsoft Teams.
You can access OneDrive through your organization by opening Outlook and viewing the available apps. If it's available, you'll see OneDrive there, along with the space you have available.
While the amount of OneDrive space each person gets will vary, it's still free, and it integrates great with the Microsoft OneDrive app. If you don't have access to Microsoft OneDrive through your organization, you can still get 5GB on the free plan. If you're interested in using Microsoft products like Microsoft Word, a $6.99/month subscription will give you a license plus 1TB of storage.
1. Google Drive
Google Drive currently offers the most free storage. So if you're looking for lots of cloud storage and don't have Amazon Prime or Microsoft OneDrive, you can still use Google Drive. Google Drive has a great iPhone app that makes it easy to back up your stuff. Google Drive also has a dedicated photo app, and you can automatically back up your photos. You can also color code your Google Drive files for easy organization.
Google Drive is free with a Gmail account, so you probably already have access to it. Google Drive offers 15GB for free and 100GB for $1.99/month. If you need more storage, you can get 2TB for $9.99/month or $99.99/year. Automatic backups and high free storage make Google Drive the biggest competitor to iCloud Drive.
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