File cloud storage , December 2018 review

Overview

File cloud storage is by far the most common type of cloud storage with the largest user base. Whether you want to share files in a business or personal context, avoid the time and hassle to send files via email or access your own files from multiple devices and locations (e.g. smart phone, office computer, home laptop), file cloud storage has become as essential as any other productivity tool in today's technology driven world.

File cloud storage popularity stems from its simplicity, in which files are whisked back & forth on multiple devices and just as easily accessed without much technical forethought. But did you know some file cloud storage providers offer over 20+ features ? Did you also know certain file cloud storage providers charge a fraction of what other providers charge for the same resources/features ?

Whether you're still analyzing which file cloud storage provider is the best for you or you're looking to change providers because of pricing changes, a security scare or better features, up next we'll present the leading file cloud storage providers classified into various segments to make the selection process easier. If you want to make a more data-driven decision on your own, toward the end there's a grid with all the file cloud storage options and their features, which is used to create the following file cloud storage segments.

File cloud storage feature table

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Provider.Plan Categories Price Storage limit File size limit Versioning & history Bandwidth limit Download limit Comments Remote wipe Share files Share folders Access tools Free trial Streaming Syncing / Automatic uploads
Provider.Plan Categories Price Storage limit File size limit Versioning & history Bandwidth limit Download limit Comments Remote wipe Share files Share folders Access tools Free trial Streaming Syncing / Automatic uploads
Dropbox Pro 2 3 4 5 1 paid $9.99/month or $99/yearly* [1]  1 TB* [1] [2]  Unlimited & 20 GB (Depending on access tool)* [1]  30 or 365 days (with add-on)*  [1] [2] [3]  200 GB/day*  [1]  Unlimited* [1]  Overall file or specific parts* [1] [2]  Delete files on stolen or unused device[1] [2]  With a link (pwd/expire support) or other dropbox.com users*   [1] [2]  With a link (pwd/expire support) or other dropbox.com users*   [1] [2] [3]  Standard browser (via dropbox.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone & Kindle Fire[1] [2] [3]  No* 
Dropbox Business 1 2 3 4 5 paid $75/month or $750/yearly*  [1]  5 TB*  [1] [2]  Unlimited & 20 GB (Depending on access tool)* [1]  Unlimited* [1]  200 GB/day*  [1]  Unlimited* [1]  Overall file or specific parts* [1] [2]  Delete files on stolen or unused device[1] [2]  With a link (pwd/expire support) or other dropbox.com users*   [1] [2]  With a link (pwd/expire support) or other dropbox.com users*   [1] [2] [3]  Standard browser (via dropbox.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone & Kindle Fire[1] [2] [3]  30 days* 
Dropbox Basic 1 3 4 5 2 free Free[1]  2 GB* [1] [2]  Unlimited & 20 GB (Depending on access tool)* [1]  30 days* [1]  20 GB/day*  [1]  100,000/day* [1]  Overall file or specific parts* [1] [2]  No With a link or other dropbox.com users*  [1]  With a link or other dropbox.com users*  [1]  Standard browser (via dropbox.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone & Kindle Fire[1] [2] [3]  Always free[1] 
ADrive Personal Premium 2 5 paid $2.50/month or $25/yearly* [1]  100 GB* [1]  16 GB[1] [2] [3]  1 day and 7 days*  [1]  Unlimited* [1] [2] [3]  Unlimited*  No With a link (pwd/expire/download limit support)*   [1] [2]  With a link (pwd/expire/download limit support)*   [1] [2]  Standard browser (via adrive.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS[1] [2] [3]  60 days[1] [2] 
ADrive Business 2 5 paid $7/month or $70/yearly*  [1]  200 GB* [1]  16 GB[1] [2] [3]  1 day and 7 days*  [1]  Unlimited* [1] [2] [3]  Unlimited*  No With a link (pwd/expire/download limit support)*   [1] [2]  With a link (pwd/expire/download limit support)*   [1] [2]  Standard browser (via adrive.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS[1] [2] [3]  60 days[1] [2] 
Mega Free 1 5 2 free Free[1]  50 GB[1]  Unlimited[1]  No[1] [2]  ~1 GB / 6 hours (Upload & Download)* [1]  Unlimited* [1]  No With an encrypted key link* [1] [2]  With other Mega account users only* [1] [2]  Standard browser (via mega.nz) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Linux & mobile devices with Windows Mobile, Android, iOS & Blackberry[1] [2] [3]  Always free[1]  Unlimited* [1]  With desktop apps & mobile apps* [1] 
Mega Lite 2 5 1 paid €4.99/month or €49/yearly[1]  200 GB[1]  Unlimited[1]  No[1] [2]  1 TB/month (Upload & Download)* [1]  Unlimited* [1]  No With an encrypted key link* [1] [2]  With other Mega account users only* [1] [2]  Standard browser (via mega.nz) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Linux & mobile devices with Windows Mobile, Android, iOS & Blackberry[1] [2] [3]  No*  Unlimited* [1]  With desktop apps & mobile apps* [1] 
Mega Pro 2 5 1 paid €9.99/month or €99/yearly (500 GB), €19.99/month or €199/yearly (2 TB), €29.99/month or €299/yearly (4 TB)[1] [2] [3]  500 GB, 2 TB or 4 TB* [1]  Unlimited[1]  No[1] [2]  2 TB/month, 4 TB/month or 8 TB/month (Upload & Download)*  [1]  Unlimited* [1]  No With an encrypted key link (expiration available)* [1] [2]  With other Mega account users only* [1] [2]  Standard browser (via mega.nz) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Linux & mobile devices with Windows Mobile, Android, iOS & Blackberry[1] [2] [3]  No*  Unlimited* [1]  With desktop apps & mobile apps* [1] 
Sync Personal 2 5 1 paid $49/year or $96/year* [1]  500 GB or 2 TB* [1]  Unlimited[1]  Unlimited* [1]  Unlimited[1]  Unlimited[1]  No With a link (pwd/expire support) or other sync.com users*   [1] [2]  With a link (pwd/expire support) or other sync.com users*   ** [1] [2] [3]  Standard browser (via sync.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS[1] [2]  No*  No
Sync Business 2 5 1 paid $120/year or $192/year* [1]  2 TB or 4 TB*  [1]  Unlimited[1]  Unlimited* [1]  Unlimited[1]  Unlimited[1]  No With a link (pwd/expire support) or other sync.com users*   [1] [2]  With a link (pwd/expire support) or other sync.com users*   ** [1] [2] [3]  Standard browser (via sync.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS[1] [2]  No*  No
Amazon Cloud Drive Prime photos 2 3 4 5 paid $10.99/month or $99/year* [1] [2]  Unlimited photos & 5 GB other files* [1] [2]  Unlimited & 2 GB (Depending on access tool)* [1]  No Unlimited non-commercial & 'normal' use* [1]  Unlimited non-commercial & 'normal' use* [1]  No With a link*  [1]  With an album, which is a collection of files* [1]  Standard browser (via amazon.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac & mobile Android and iOS[1]  30 days* [1] 
Amazon Cloud Drive storage 2 3 4 5 paid $11.99/year (100 GB), $59.99/year (1 TB) up to $599.99/year (10 TB) in 1 TB increments, $1199.80/year (20 TB), $1799.70/year (30 TB)[1] [2]  100 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB, 5 TB, 6 TB, 7 TB, 8 TB, 9 TB, 10 TB, 20 TB or 30 TB* [1] [2]  Unlimited & 2 GB (Depending on access tool)* [1]  No Unlimited non-commercial & 'normal' use* [1]  Unlimited non-commercial & 'normal' use* [1]  No With a link*  [1]  With an album, which is a collection of files* [1]  Standard browser (via amazon.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac & mobile Android and iOS[1]  90 days[1] 
Google Drive 1 5 2 free Free[1]  15 GB*  [1] [2]  5 TB or less for Google Docs related files* [1]  Unlimited* [1]  750 MB/hour - 1250 MB/day (Download) | 300 MB/hour - 500 MB/day (Upload)*   [1]  Unlimited* [1]  No (Yes, if converted to Google docs)*  [1]  With a link* [1]  With a link* [1]  Standard browser (via drive.google.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS[1] [2] 
Google Drive (Paid) 2 5 1 paid $1.99/month (100 GB ), $9.99/month (1 TB), $99.99/month (10 TB), $199.99/month (20 TB), $299.99 (30 TB)[1]  100 GB, 1 TB, 10 TB, 20 TB or 30 TB* [1]  5 TB or less for Google Docs related files* [1]  Unlimited* [1]  750 MB/hour - 1250 MB/day (Download) | 300 MB/hour - 500 MB/day (Upload)*   [1]  Unlimited* [1]  No (Yes, if converted to Google docs)*  [1]  With a link* [1]  With a link* [1]  Standard browser (via drive.google.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS[1] [2]  No* 
PCloud Premium 2 5 1 paid $4.99/month or $47.88/year (500 GB ) and $9.99/month or $95.88/year (2 TB)[1]  500 GB or 2 TB* [1]  Unlimited[1]  180 days[1]  500 MB/month or 2 TB/month (Download)* [1]  Unlimited* [1]  No With a link* [1]  With a link* [1]  Standard browser (via my.pcloud.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Linux, Windows Mobile, Android, iOS[1] [2] [3] [4] No*  Unlimited (With add-on)* [1] 
PCloud Business 2 5 1 paid $49.95/month or $479.40/year (5 users)* [1]  5 TB*  [1]  Unlimited[1]  180 days[1]  5 TB/month (Download)* [1]  Unlimited* [1]  No With a link* [1]  With a link* [1]  Standard browser (via my.pcloud.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Linux, Windows Mobile, Android, iOS[1] [2] [3] [4] 30 days[1]  Unlimited (With add-on)* [1] 
Box Personal Pro 2 5 1 paid $11.50/month[1]  100 GB* [1]  5 GB[1] [2]  10 versions[1]  2 TB / month* [1]  Unlimited* [1]  Yes[1]  With a link (password and expiration available)[1]  With a link (password and expiration available)[1]  Standard browser (via box.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Windows Mobile, Android, iOS & Blackberry[1]  No* [1]  No
Box Starter (Business) 2 5 1 paid $18/month to $60/month* [1]  300 GB to 1 TB*  [1]  2 GB[1] [2]  25 versions[1]  2 TB / month per user* [1]  Unlimited* [1]  Yes[1]  With a link (password and expiration available)[1]  With a link (password and expiration available)[1]  Standard browser (via box.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Windows Mobile, Android, iOS & Blackberry[1]  2 weeks[1]  No
Box Business 2 5 1 paid $51/month and extra $17/month for additional users* [1]  Unlimited[1]  5 GB[1] [2]  50 versions[1]  2 TB / month per user* [1]  Unlimited* [1]  Yes[1]  With a link (password and expiration available)[1]  With a link (password and expiration available)[1]  Standard browser (via box.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Windows Mobile, Android, iOS & Blackberry[1]  2 weeks[1]  No
Apple iCloud (Paid) 2 5 1 3 4 paid $0.99/month (50 GB), $2.99/month (200 GB), $9.99/month (2 TB)[1]  50 GB, 200 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB* [1]  15 GB[1]  No[1]  Yes[1] [2]  With a link (password available)[1]  No[1]  Standard browser (via icloud.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac & iOS[1] 
Apple iCloud 1 5 2 3 4 free Free[1]  5 GB* [1]  15 GB[1]  No[1]  Yes[1] [2]  With a link (password available)[1]  No[1]  Standard browser (via icloud.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac & iOS[1]  Always free[1] 
Box Individual 1 5 2 free Free[1]  10 GB* [1]  250 MB[1] [2]  No[1]  10 GB / month* [1]  Unlimited* [1]  Yes[1]  With a link (expiration option available)[1]  With a link (expiration option available)[1]  Standard browser (via box.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Windows Mobile, Android, iOS & Blackberry[1]  Always free[1]  No
PCloud Basic 1 5 2 free Free[1]  Unlimited[1]  30 days[1]  50 GB / month (Download)* [1]  Unlimited* [1]  No With a link* [1]  With a link* [1]  Standard browser (via my.pcloud.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Linux, Windows Mobile, Android, iOS[1] [2] [3] [4] Always free[1]  Unlimited (With add-on)* [1] 
Sync Starter 1 2 5 free Free[1]  Unlimited[1]  Unlimited* [1]  Unlimited[1]  Unlimited[1]  No With a link or other sync.com users*  [1] [2]  With a link or other sync.com users*  [1] [2]  Standard browser (via sync.com) and native apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS[1] [2]  Always free[1]  No
Microsoft OneDrive 1 5 free 5 GB* [1]