Mobile devices are being utilized more and more, making it important for providers to establish themselves with cloud storage apps. Here’s our take on the top 5 apps for cloud storage for iOS.
If you’re more of an “Androider”, check out this blog post to read our take on the best apps for Android.
Anyway, let’s take a look at the best app options for cloud storage for iOS users:
Google Drive is one of the most popular apps for cloud storage for iOS devices. It’s got great compatibility with every other app from Google, like Docs, Hangouts and Calendar. So if you’re a big Google fan, this is a great option.
The usability of the app is pretty straight forward. You can search for whatever file you need, browse through folders easily or take advantage of the Quick Access section. This lets you quickly find files based on what time you usually open them, or when you last edited them.
A great feature inside Google Drive is that you can very easily upload or create a new file. If you have apps like Docs, Sheets or another Google app available on your device, you can create a new file directly inside the Google Drive app. If you give connect your mobile camera you can take pictures and upload them directly into your drive.
Sharing files and folders are simple and straightforward. You can share files or folders you own or are allowed to share by the owner, with whomever you want. The app lets you share both using email and sharing public links.
The biggest downside with the Google Drive app is that it doesn’t feature automatic upload of photos and videos. This lack of feature makes Google Drive lose in the race of cloud backup on iOS. But with the ability to create new Sheets, Docs and Slides, it’s a great app to use when you use your iPhone or iPad at work.
If you’re an avid Microsoft user, love the Office package or use a Windows desktop next to your iOS device, OneDrive is definitely something you should consider.
The app gives you a great look over what you have shared and what others have shared with you, in addition to separating out pictures stored on your drive.
Creating Word documents and other Office files is just as easy as with Dropbox. Another point is that OneDrive just launched the ability to scan physical documents, like you can do in Dropbox.
There is, however, a couple of limitations to the free tier. You can’t share unlimited of times, and there’s a lower security for your accounts.
The Dropbox app is a great tool for backing up files from your mobile device. It’s on the top 3 most popular apps in the Productivity category on App Store and has the second place of apps providing cloud storage for iOS devices. The top one is Google Drive, as of late February 2018 that is.
Dropbox integrates well with Microsoft Office, making Dropbox a great choice for Microsoft users. You can create new Word, Excel or PowerPoint file and store it wherever you want on your Dropbox account.
Dropbox also lets you scan a physical document using your camera, and it gets stored as a PDF on Dropbox.
A big downside with Dropbox doesn’t come from the app itself, it’s their pricing plan. They have a free tier giving you 2gb storage, but if you want more you’ll have to pay for 1tb. There’s nothing in between these two plans.
The standard solution for cloud storage for iOS and every Apple product out there, iCloud works very well for those who go full Apple. If you own two or more Apple devices like MacBook, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and many more, iCloud lets you keep all of them in sync at all times.
If we look at the usability of the service on iOS, you access your files in a somewhat different way than when using any other cloud storage solution. After the launch of iOS 11, Apple scrapped the old iCloud Drive app and replaced it with the Files app. This app lets you not only access your files stored in iCloud, but also any other cloud service that you’ve installed on your device. This makes it easier for you to work with multiple cloud services on your iPhone.
A big downside with iCloud is their sharing functionality. Even though it’s improved over the last couple of years, it’s still hard to share entire folders.
It’s worth noting that if you want to use the cloud to store files from more than just Apple products, iCloud is not the right one for you. iCloud isn’t as compatible with Windows and Android as other providers like Google Drive and Dropbox. But it you’re an die-hard Apple fan, iCloud can be a powerful cloud storage solution for you.
Box is really making a run for it and makes a solid competitor to the giants in this list. The app is beautiful with a very friendly look. It’s easy to move around the app, find your most valuable files as favorites and browse through files made available offline.
A great feature available on the Box app is to set up a 4 digit numeric password to secure your drive in case your phone ever gets stolen.
The biggest flaw for Box is that it doesn’t work as well for creating new documents. This makes Box a better solution for those who are only looking for a way to backup pictures and videos from their iPhone.
That’s our take on the best cloud storage apps for iOS. Since each app excels on individual areas, you might end up using more than just one service. Learn how you can scrap multiple cloud platforms and combine them using Correlate by reading this blog post.