The Top 10 best free cloud storage services available right now

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Good free cloud storage services are slowly becoming a scarce commodity online.

A “good” free cloud storage service is determined by the following key factors:

  • Free space offered
  • Speed and performance
  • Features
  • And bonus space offerings
  • Desktop Sync client

Using a cloud storage service allows you to access saved data (photos, videos, documents, software, etc) in a remote storage location via the internet, 24/7, from any compatible device and operating system (generally any smartphone or laptop).

Cloud storage has gradually become a primary  storage location for many users.

By offering a safer and more reliable service, cloud storage storage has removed the dangers of storing important data on physical devices that are prone to damage, loss and theft.

Initially promoted as a back up storage option, most people are now using cloud as their primary storage location, then backing up to a local storage device.

But, seeing that we are in a price sensetive environment in Zimbabwe, its important to know what the best free options available to us.

According to Geoff Akerlund, founder and CEO of these are the top 10 options for individuals and small business use:

1. Google Drive

Free Space: 15 GB

Bonuses: Google Photos unlimited storage

Google Drive is arguably the best free cloud storage service. .

There are no bandwidth limits, unlike many other free services. Syncing is fast and reliable. It supports file versioning for all files, unlike OneDrive which can only undo changes to Office files.

On the downside, there are better options for privacy and there’s also no Linux desktop client.

2. Dropbox

Free Space: 2 GB
Bonuses: 500 MB per friend referral. 125 MB for connecting Facebook/Twitter. 16 GB max bonus.

Dropbox has held steady over the years with their 2 GB of free storage offer. It’s tiny compared to some other services, but Dropbox makes up for it with simple and reliable file synchronization. The apps are easy to use, and files sync quickly across devices (even faster when devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, due to LAN sync). Dropbox has clients for every major operating system including Linux.

With shared links, Dropbox has a traffic limit of 20 GB per day for free accounts. If you go over this limit, Dropbox will temporarily suspend any links you’ve created.

3. Microsoft One Drive

Free Space: 5 GB
Bonuses: 500 MB per friend referral. 10 GB max bonus.

Ever since Microsoft downgraded free plans from 15 GB to 5 GB, they’ve been playing catch up to Google Drive. There’s still no file versioning support for non-Office files.

However, OneDrive will be attractive to those who want an easy-to-use cloud service that is fast and reliable. It comes free with your Windows account, which is a plus. OneDrive also offers plenty of sharing and collaboration options to share and edit files as a team.

4. Degoo

Free Space: 100 GB
Bonuses: 3 GB per friend referral. 500 GB max bonus.

Degoo is a small Swedish startup that is giving away an unheard-of 100 GB of free cloud storage. That’s 50 times more than Dropbox, and it trounces MEGA with double the space offered.

The desktop software is simple and easy to use. There’s no file sync and share, however. There’s also no Linux client or web interface to access to your files. You can access your backed up files on mobile devices, but the experience is not as seamless as other cloud providers.


Free Space: 25 GB
Bonuses: 5 GB per friend referral. 25 GB max bonus.

hubiC is a French cloud storage service that gives you 25 GB to start with, with the option to earn up to 50 GB total by referring friends. It has great operating system support, with desktop sync clients for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

On the downside, performance is slow outside of Europe. Download speeds were under 2 Mbps in our tests.

6. iCloud

Free Space: 5 GB
Bonuses: None

Apple’s iCloud gives you 5 GB of space for free. This is probably enough to back up your iPhone’s settings, contacts, and maybe photos (but probably not videos). You can sync files across devices with iCloud Drive, a Dropbox-like folder on your hard drive. The software works on Mac and Windows desktops.

There’s no link-based sharing option, however. The web apps are also quite limited.


Free Space: 50 GB
Bonuses: None

MEGA is one of the most popular free cloud storage services. It offers a massive 50 GB of free space. It also claims to offer zero-knowledge privacy with client-side encryption, so not even the NSA can view your files. This also means there is no “password reset” (don’t forget your password).

Sync clients are available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. There are also mobile apps for iOS and Android.

There’s a 10 GB bandwidth limit, which resets every 30 minutes. This is much higher than Dropbox and other free services. I can’t fault them for it.

On the downside, not everyone believes MEGA is secure. Even the founder Kim Dotcom doesn’t trust the service, after shares of the company were apparently seized by the New Zealand government.

Also, some users have complained that the sync client is buggy and will lose your data.

8. pCloud

Free Space: 10 GB
Bonuses: 1 GB per friend referral. 500 MB to back up Facebook/Instagram. 500 MB to connect Facebook account. 10 GB max bonus.

pCloud promises their 10 GB plan is free forever. You can share folders, listen to your music with their web-based media player, and even back up data from other cloud services.

The desktop software can create a virtual drive on your computer. This can be a 100% pure cloud drive, or it can sync files to your computer.

There are no bandwidth limits for shared links as far as I can tell.

9. Symform

Free Space: 10 GB
Bonuses: Half the amount of hard drive space you contribute. 5 TB max bonus.

Symform is a peer-to-peer cloud storage service. It offers 10 GB for free to start with. You can earn up to 5 TB more by contributing excess hard drive space on your computer. When you contribute space on your hard drive, you get half the amount you contribute in free cloud storage.

There is no file sharing, so you’ll want to use another service if you need that feature. Also, contributed devices must be online 24/7.

10. Yandex.disk 

Free Space: 10 GB
Bonuses: 500 MB per friend referral. 10 GB max bonus.

Yandex.Disk is Russia’s answer to Google Drive. It offers 10 GB of free cloud storage with the option to grow to 20 GB by referring friends. Each person you invite gets 1 GB of extra space, while you get 500 MB.

If you know of any great free cloud services availble please share it with everyone in the comment section!




  1. Possibility Tabatana

    Thanks, mate. Recently lost all my data after my external HHD just stoppped working. I have finally identified (from your article) the cloud storage service i am signing up for.

  2. Cloud Ninja (ZZ)

    What if I told you that most of the cloud providers above are powered by the well established cloud providers.
    Why am I saying this you may ask ? – Well I pause this as a challenge to the readers of this platform to work on startups that provide the same service although powered by the well established cloud providers.

    I will give you an example Degoo metioned in number 4 is powered by AWS, DropBox until recently was powered by AWS. And ofcourse iCloud is powered by all the 3 of the big boys AWS. Azure and Google Cloud

    Dare to peer behind that folder / drive (dropbox, iCloud wateva the case might be), and you’ll discover an epic feat of engineering.

    Thats the power of cloud. It’s not entirely a feat of extreme engineering as the big boys allow you to build and operate software without setting up your own hardware. The Zim technopreures (if there is such a word) can achieve the same with a little guidance from Cloud Ninjas

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