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10 Best Free Cloud Storage Products in 2019

Adam Crivello
Adam Crivello  |  September 11, 2019

The very idea of cloud storage was once inaccessible and even ethereal—I’ll admit thinking that it had something to do with magic satellites when I first heard the term.

Now, “the cloud” feels much more down to earth, and companies of all sizes benefit from cloud content collaboration software. With all of the cloud-based software tools on the market, collaborating with internal peers and external clients has never been easier. 

Cloud storage, a type of cloud computing, allows businesses to streamline their file collaboration abilities by transferring data or sharing it in a centralized online space. Free options usually grant users 5–20 GB of storage space for their data, and sometimes include content creation and simultaneous editing capabilities to make collaboration a breeze. Luckily, if you need more storage space than what a free product might offer, most paid options are available for a low monthly fee per user.

For each qualifying product, we created a profile to give a snapshot of what it is and what it does, and to offer some insight into the product features. To help you narrow down file storage and sharing offerings, we have covered a variety of solutions ranked by user satisfaction score as of July 19, 2019.

TIP: Still think of the cloud as a confusing, unapproachable sci-fi concept? Check out our recently published article, 11 Myths About Cloud Storage, to better familiarize yourself with the idea..

For each product we provide:

  • An overview
  • Free and paid options details
  • Highlighted features
  • What users like and dislike*

The best free cloud storage products in 2019

Product reviews and G2 Crowd star ratings were updated as of August 22, 2019

1. Google Drive

Google Drive, a free cloud storage product Product Name: Google Drive

 

 

Overview

Google Drive is an all-inclusive cloud storage and collaboration tool from a small up-and-coming company you probably haven’t heard of. Beyond offering file storage and easy sharing functionality, Google Drive also grants users access to its suite of file creation tools like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Featuring device syncing, a plethora of supported file types, and simultaneous editing capabilities, Google’s comprehensive file storage and sharing software has made itself a necessity for individual users and businesses alike.

Free option

  • Individual users can take advantage of up to 15 GB of cloud storage space for free.

Paid option

  • Basic, $6/month per user: 30 GB of Drive storage and Google’s professional office suite
  • Business, $12/month per user: Unlimited cloud storage (or 1 TB per user if fewer than 5 users) plus Google’s enhanced office suite
  • Enterprise, $25/month per user: Everything offered in the Business package plus advanced controls and capabilities

Features

  • Content creation
  • Cloud data backup
  • Simultaneous editing
  • Multi-format support

The Google Drive interface, a free cloud storage product
Image courtesy of Google


2. Dropbox

Dropbox, a free cloud storage product Product Name: Dropbox

 

 

Overview

Dropbox provides a workplace-oriented collaboration platform with robust file sharing and storage capabilities. Users can easily share work with each other and clients thanks to Dropbox’s cloud storage and syncing functionalities. However, unlike Google Docs, Dropbox does not offer any content creation tools. It’s simply a place to drop and share files.

Free option

  • The Basic package with 2 GB of storage is free.

Paid option

  • Plus, $9.99/month (billed annually): 1 TB of storage
  • Professional, $19.99/month (billed annually): 2 TB of storage

Features

  • Intuitive user interface
  • Simultaneous editing
  • File syncing
  • Multi-format support

The Dropbox interface, a free cloud storage product
Image courtesy of Dropbox

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3. Box

box, a free cloud storage product Product Name: Box

 

 

Overview

Box brings cloud storage and sharing capabilities to every aspect of a business. Its deep, native integration with a variety of useful products and apps—including Microsoft Office, Salesforce, and Adobe—helps content flow seamlessly across an organization. Box is useful for companies looking to operate within a cloud-based ecosystem.

Free option

  • The free Personal Starter pack grants 1 user 10 GB of storage.

Paid option

  • Business Starter, $5/month per user (billed monthly): Up to 10 users with 100 GB of storage per user
  • Business, $15/month per user (billed monthly): Unlimited storage and unlimited users
  • Enterprise, custom pricing: Includes advanced features such as premier content security and management

Features

  • Multi-format support
  • Integration with hundreds of applications
  • Security controls

The box interface, a free cloud storage product

Image courtesy of Box


4. WeTransfer

WeTransfer, a free cloud storage product Product Name: WeTransfer

 

 

Overview

WeTransfer is a web-based file sharing platform. It’s instantly ready to use as soon as you navigate to WeTransfer’s site. While the free option doesn’t offer cloud storage, it does offer the quick and easy basics on an accessible platform: Simply navigate to WeTransfer's site and share a file with any of your collaborators.

Free option

  • WeTransfer’s free application doesn’t feature cloud storage, but it does grant unlimited file transfers of up to 2 GB at a time.

Paid option

  • WeTransfer Plus, $12/month or $120/year per user: 100 GB of storage and transfers of up to 20 GB at a time

Features

  • Simple file sharing
  • Accessible web-based UI
  • No account necessary

django cms dashboardThe WeTransfer interface, a free cloud storage product

Image courtesy of WeTransfer


5. Koofr

Koofr, a free cloud storage product Product Name: Koofr

 

 

Overview

Koofr is a file storage and sharing tool that brings all of your files together under one umbrella. Google Drive, Dropbox, and other cloud-based storage accounts can all be linked to Koofr to make everything accessible in one place. All files stored and shared are secured on Koofr’s EU-based servers.

Free option

  • The free basic account grants users 2 GB of storage, with the option to invite friends to earn up to 10 GB of storage total.

Paid option

  • Upgraded accounts start at €0.50 and offer 10 GB–1 TB of storage, plus added features.

Features

  • No individual file size limits
  • No file type limits
  • Two-step verification
  • Simultaneous editing
  • Integration with other cloud services

The Koofr interface, a free cloud storage product
Image courtesy of Koofr


6. pCloud

pcloud, a free cloud storage product Product Name: pCloud

 

Overview

pCloud is a multiplatform file storage and sharing tool that gives its users full control over secure day-to-day collaboration. It doesn’t offer its own content creation tools like Google Drive, but it does allow collaborators to edit uploaded files.

Free option

  • The Free option grants 20 GB of storage per user.

Paid option

  • Premium, $3.99/month per user: 500 GB of storage per user
  • Best Seller, $7.99/month per user: 2 TB of storage per user
  • Business, $9.99/month per user (or $49.95/month for 5 users): 1 TB of storage per user, plus shared folder collaboration, client-side encryption, and unlimited file sizes

Features

  • File versioning
  • Device syncing
  • Web interface

The pcloud interface, a free cloud storage product
Image courtesy of pCloud


7. Zoho Docs

Zoho Docs, a free cloud storage product Product Name: Zoho Docs

 

 

Overview

Zoho Docs allows users to create, store, share, and collaborate on documents of almost any format. This product sticks to two main functions: document storage and management and document editing and collaborating.

Free option

  • The free option grants 25 GB of storage per user for up to 25 users.

Paid option

  • Standard, $5/month per user: 50 GB of storage per user
  • Premium, $8/month per user: 100 GB of storage per user 

Features

  • No software installation
  • File preview
  • Simultaneous editing
  • Varied template options

Zoho Docs interface, a free cloud storage product
Image courtesy of Zoho


8. Apple iCloud

Apple iCloud, a free cloud storage product Product Name: Apple iCloud

 

 

Overview

Apple iCloud touts itself as a product that goes beyond file sharing and storage. The product is built into every new iOS and Mac device and allows users to seamlessly access their calendar, contacts, and files from whatever device they’re on. File sharing works similarly to Google Drive’s shareable links, and iCloud enables users to create and edit content together on Apple’s Pages, Numbers, Keynotes, and Notes software.

Free option

  • The free option grants 5 GB of storage per user.

Paid option

  • 50 GB of storage per user for $0.99/month per user
  • 200 GB of storage per user for $2.99/month per user
  • 1 TB of storage per user for $9.99/month per user

Features

  • Content creation
  • Seamless integration with Apple devices
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Device locator capability

Apple iCloud interface, a free cloud storage product
Image courtesy of Apple

9. Axway Syncplicity

Axway Syncplicity, a free cloud storage product Product Name: Axway Syncplicity

 

 

Overview

Syncplicity is a content collaboration platform for cultivating a seamless digital workplace. Like Koofr, it serves as a cloud-based ecosystem for a business’ workflow and files. It handles all unstructured data across the enterprise through a choice of public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid infrastructure.

Free option

  • The Free Personal Edition gives users 10 GB of storage space.

Paid option

  • Paid Personal Edition, $5/month per user: 100 GB of storage space
  • Business Edition, $5/month per user: 300 GB total to 3 users, plus 5 GB per additional user
  • Enterprise Edition, contact vendor for pricing: 10 TB total to 25 users with the option to purchase additional storage

Features

  • Unlimited file size
  • Simultaneous editing
  • Unlimited external collaborators

Axway Syncplicity interface, a free cloud storage product
Image courtesy of Axway

10. Tresorit

tresorit, a free cloud storage product Product Name: Tresorit

 

 

Overview

Tresorit is another cloud content and collaboration tool that offers end-to-end encrypted file sync and sharing with a flexible permission system to make cloud collaboration secure. The software allows users to manage who can add, edit, and view shared data. Like Koofr, its EU-based infrastructure makes it an attractive pick for those wanting to follow local European data security laws.

Free option

  • The web-based application grants 5 GB of storage for personal use.

Paid option

  • Small Business, $20/month per user (billed annually): 1 TB total of encrypted storage for 2–10 users
  • Business, $24/month per user (billed annually): 1 TB total of encrypted storage for for 10–100 users, plus added features 
  • Enterprise, $24/month per user (billed annually): Custom encrypted storage for 100-plus users, plus a full feature set

Features

  • Secure access on up to 10 devices per user
  • Deleted file restore
  • Password-protected file sharing links
  • Flexible permissions

tresorit interface, a free cloud storage product
Image courtesy of Tresorit


Next steps

When searching for a cloud-based file storage and sharing tool that’s right for you, it’s important to keep key features in mind. Do you need software that allows for content creation and simultaneous editing to make real-time collaboration snappy and intuitive? Or do you simply need a place to store your files and enable other users to access them? Do you need the storage space, or are you just looking for a way to securely transfer files between collaborators? All of these considerations make some software a better fit than others. Be sure to read through verified user reviews to make the best choice for your needs.

If you’re concerned about keeping your company’s cloud content secure, you can learn more about cloud security to put your mind at ease.

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*Reviews edited for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and clarity.

Adam Crivello
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Adam Crivello

Adam is an associate research analyst focused on cloud, development, and IT software. He started at G2 in July 2019 and leverages his background in comedy writing and coding to provide engaging, informative research content while building his software expertise. In his free time he enjoys cooking, playing video games, writing and performing comedy, and avoiding sports talk.